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Rugged digital data recorder, signal conditioner roll

Posted: 19 Dec 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:data recorder digital? signal conditioner rugged? environment harshs?

GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms has launched the DDR-300 digital data recorder and the DSC-300 signal conditioner targeted for use in harsh environments subject to extremes of heat, vibration and shock, or any conditions that prohibit the use of conventional rackmount units.

The DDR-300 and DSC-300 are rugged, compact and lightweight, allowing them to be field-deployed in space-constrained and weight-constrained environments such as aircraft and tanks, and in dangerous testing environments that require the units to be nearby. The DDR-300 meets the MIL-STD-810F standard.

For applications in which data from numerous sensors must be processed, a primary requirement is to condition the incoming signal before it can be processed.

In many applications, the requirement also exists to capture multiple parallel streams of incoming data at very high speeds for subsequent analysis. Such applications include test environments with NVH (noise, vibration, harshness) and munitions testing. The DDR-300 and DSC-300 have been designed for these environments.

The DDR-300 is a complete, self-contained, ready-to-run field-deployable unit. The 32-channel or 64-channel digital data recorder includes an integral 15-inch XGA TFT display, USB keyboard and mouse, integrated stereo speakers and support for up to 2.5Tbytes of high speed (up to 100MBps) 7,200rpm SATA disk storage, which may optionally be implemented in a RAID configuration.

It features a 2GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor and 2Gbytes of system memory. Housed in a magnesium chassis enclosed within a fiber-reinforced polycarbonate housing, the DDR-300 offers expansion slots for two full-size and two half-length PCI cards and a combination AC/DC power supply. Optionally available are a UPS battery, removable hard disk storage and rack-mounting. It weighs less than 25lbs.

The DSC-300 8-channel signal conditioning module weighs less than 5 lbs, and is capable of handling either analog or digital signals and either differential or single-ended inputs. Gain is selectable up to x1,000 per channel, with a bandwidth of 200kHz at gains of up to x100.

It features a built-in buffered output monitor together with a reference input for calibration, and supports voltage, bridge and ICP (Integrated Circuit Piezoelectric) inputs.

Both units are available now.

- Toni McConnel

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