Ground Reference Component
ColossusEPC (Gilbert, AZ) has devel-
oped a ground reference component
that uses light energy to present a
viable method of grounding electricity
that improves the operation of electron-
ics, while providing adaptability and effi-
ciency in amplifying, generating, converting, transforming, and
otherwise conditioning power and isolating signals. Working
prototypes are now available. Features include:
The ability to store and amplify light photons before convert-
ing them into electricity, allowing it to provide isolated power
The ability to produce 1 to 4 true isolated single point
grounds in a contained component package from a single
The ability to create 100% isolated lines with no impedance.
Ironwood Electronics (Eagan, MN) has introduced a high
performance BGA socket for 1 mm pitch, 2577 pin BGA IC's.
The SG-BGA-6422 socket is designed for IC size 52.5 x 52.5
mm and operates at bandwidths up to 27 GHz with less than
1 dB of insertion loss. The sockets are designed to dissipate
up to several watts without extra heat sinking and can handle
up to 100 W with custom heat sink. The contact resistance is
typically 20 m per pin. Features include:
Mounting on the target PCB with no soldering.
A shoulder screw and swivel lid.
Ball guides for precise alignment of BGA balls and PCB
A temperature range from -35° to +100°C.
A pin self-inductance of 0.15 nH and mutual inductance of
A capacitance to ground of 0.01 pF.
A current capacity of 2 A per pin.
VME SBCs Using Intel & PowerPC
Aitech Defense Systems (Chatsworth, CA) has
announced two 6U VME SBCs, one based on the
Intel Haswell processor and one that is Freescale
QorIQ-based. Aitech’s rugged, industrial SBCs offer
a range of memory storage options and I/O, making
them suitable for a variety of embedded commercial,
industrial, and Naval applications. Operating temperature for the boards is from - 20° to +60°C.
Ai-VM163S features include:
An Intel 4th gen Core i7 quad core processor run-
ning at 2. 4 GHz.
8 GB DDR3L with ECC.
32 GB onboard SATA flash disk.
Ai-VM111S features include:
Freescale’s QorlQ T4 quad core,
T4080 processer with a
speed of up to 1.5 GHz.
4 GB DDR3L with
128 MB NOR
Linear Voice Coil Actuator
BEI Kimco Magnetics (Vista, CA) has introduced
a miniature linear voice coil actuator, LA10-08-000A.
Key to the product’s design specification was a
device that would deliver a high force in frequencies
up to 75 Hz in a small enough size to mount onto the
manufacturer’s existing ultrasound probe. Features
A 75 Hz frequency.
Measurements of 1” in diameter and 0.8” in length.
A peak force of 6.67 N.