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Small UAV Electronics and Payloads Grow More Sophisticated

Making use of integrated electronics and computing, Small UAVs, along with their payloads and control gear, are moving to more sophisticated recon and warfighting capabilities.

Upgrade Programs Tackle Slot-Card vs. Box System Choice

As size, weight and power (SWaP) concerns grow in priority, the upgrade program decision makers are looking at whether to rely on slot-card systems or migrate to a complete box-level solution.

Optical Interface Products and Standards Get Real for Defense

Compared to traditional copper connections, optical interfaces enable higher data rates across significant distances. Combined with better data integrity and reduced cable size and weight, optical interfaces are an attractive choice for bandwidth hungry military systems.

XMCs and FMCs Bridge Legacy and New Design Needs

XMCs have become firmly entrenched as an ideal solution for marrying high-bandwidth compute functions to well-established legacy slot-card form factors. Meanwhile, FMCs provide a smaller form factor mezzanine solution aimed at FPGA-based functions.

December 2014: Inside Track

The Inside Track gives engineers and managers a current and objective look at the events of the military and aerospace industry as seen by our expert editorial staff.

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Marines test Legged Squad Support System during Advanced Warfighting Experiment

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INDUSTRY NEWS

US Air Force awards Raytheon $80 million for MALD-J

Raytheon has been awarded an $80,768,012 firm-fixed-price and cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for the Lot 7 Miniature Air Launched Decoy Jammer (MALD-J) missile (200 each) to include: data, mission planning, process verification program, and operational flight software. Work will be performed in Tucson, Arizona, and is expected to be completed by June 30, 2016. This award is a result of a sole-source acquisition. Fiscal 2012, 2013 and 2014 procurement and operations and maintenance funds are being obligated in the amount of $79,112,476 at time of award. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center/EBJM, Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, is the contracting activity (FA8682-14-C-0004). Read More...

Sikorsky, Boeing Selected to Develop ‘Digital Backbone’ for Future Vertical Lift Program

Boeing and Sikorsky Aircraft, a subsidiary of United Technologies have been selected to help develop the Joint Common Architecture (JCA) standard for the U.S. Army’s Joint Multi-Role (JMR) Science and Technology program, an element of the Future Vertical Lift (FVL) initiative. The Technology Investment Agreement was awarded by the U.S. Army Aviation Applied Technology Directorate on June 30.Read More...

North Atlantic Industries to Provide Flight Control Systems for ARES Unmanned Demonstrator

North Atlantic Industries (NAI) has been chosen by Lockheed Martin Skunk Works to provide navigation system solutions for the Aerial Reconfigurable Embedded System (ARES) vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) demonstrator. Vehicle management computer (VMC) and actuator interface unit (AIU) requirements were met utilizing NAI’s Commercial-off-the-Shelf (COTS) SIU6 chassis. Built on NAI’s Custom-On-Standard Architecture (COSA) platform, the SIU6 chassis is populated with highly configurable PowerPC-based single board computer (SBC) and multi-function I/O 6U VME boards (64EP3 & 64C3). This provides a flexible system solution that allows Lockheed Martin to quickly mix and match functionality based on the ARES application demands.Read More...

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New! Putting FPGAs to Work in Software Radio Systems

As FPGAs acquired DSP capabilities with hardware multipliers, Pentek was among the first to offer board-level FPGA design kits so customers could easily add their own IP algorithms.Read More...

Dense FPGA Processing Engine: High Bandwidth Interconnects

FPGA-based processing is often used in airborne sensors, where space and weight are at a premium. This Solution Brief describes one such processing platform supplied by VadaTech. In this application, mulitple sensor inputs are fed into a highly connected FPGA cluster and the result output over Ethernet. Being a mil/aero application, it was originally assumed that the most appropriate platform would be VPX, but in this instance a MicroTCA solution provided both size and cost benefits.Read More...

MicroTCA Overview: A Brief Introduction

The Micro Telecommunications Computing Architecture (MicroTCA) is an embedded, scalable architecture which offers flexibility to build robust systems. MicroTCA was designed as a complimentary system to the Advanced Telecommunication Computing Architecture (ATCA).Read More...

Addressing Security Concerns for Connected Devices in the Internet
of Things Era

The Internet of Things (IoT) and the rise of a machine-to-machine (M2M) ecosystem have been long anticipated. As the ecosystem converges with major trends like the cloud computing and big data, businesses need to be prepared to securely address the new wave of connected intelligent device and protect the data that comes with them.Read More...

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