If all goes as planned, two rovers named Spirit and Opportunity will explore the surface of Mars next year, gathering geologic information and beaming the results back to Earth. However, the environment is so extreme that the rovers will be equipped with heaters to keep the electronic gear warm enough to operate properly as temperatures can dip to -120 degrees C. Futures space probes will involve even more extreme environments, with temperatures as high as 460 degrees Celsius on Venus and as low as -180 Celsius on Titan, the largest moon of Saturn.
Bishop and Associates has released a report covering technology roadmapping on electronic connectors. It includes the National Electronic Manufacturing Initiative (NEMI) 2002 Electronics Industry Roadmap on CD.
Hirose has released a 0.3 mm contact pitch, 1.25 mm above the board connector. FH23 series type FPC has a low insertion force and a high holding force. There is no need to hold the FPC after insertion in the connector. The connector will hold it in the correct position, allowing closing of the actuator. The number of contact positions available are 17, 27, 31, 33, 39 and 61.
The DGE 550T is a 32/64 bit PCI 100/1000 Mbps Nway gigabit LAN adapter designed for bandwidth intensive areas such as network servers, workstations and storage area networks, and enables users to run applications at rapid speeds. It provides dedicated bandwidth capacity for power servers directly attached to gigabit switches.
In a move which will raise the profile of the Australian printed circuit board (PCB) manufacturing industry, the chief executives of Australia's six major PCB companies have launched the Interconnect Technologies Forum (ITF).
Turck has released the IDC field wireable connectors for industrial automation applications that use eurofast (M12, 2 to 5 pin straight or right angle style) or picofast (M8, 3 and 4 pin straight style) field wireable connectors.