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Function Trumping Form for Rugged Box-Level Systems

With little product or spec progress on standard small form factor box systems, the industry has turned its focus toward very sophisticated rugged boxes with advanced computing functionality.

Validated Compact Systems Reduce Costs and Development Cycles

Demands to curb size, weight and power are stronger than ever. By using pre-tested COMs-based platforms as system building blocks, designers can reduce cost and development time.

FPGA Board Advances Tighten Up System Capabilities

Integrated alongside faster converter technologies, FPGA solutions are feeding today’s huge signal processing appetites. Meanwhile, GPUs are becoming accepted as a solid choice for parallel processing military systems.

Power Supplies and Converters Help Reduce System SWaP

Choosing the right power supply technology is critical as military system developers strive to reduce system size, weight and power.

November 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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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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Serial Fabrics Handbook

Pentek's High-Speed Switched Serial Fabrics Improve System Design Handbook is written by Rodger Hosking, Vice President and Co-founder of Pentek. The handbook proves to be a useful technical reference for engineers and it's yours, FREE!Read More...

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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