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Rugged LCD Monitors

Chassis Plans (San Diego, CA) has upgraded its militarygrade rugged 24" rackmount LCD monitor, the CPX1-241, and industrial-grade large rugged LCD monitor, the CPI1- 241, to include multi-touch technology with gesture support through Windows 7. The monitor’s native resolution is 1920×1200. The additional work space can be customized by the customer for dashboards and gauge controls.

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FGPA Processor Board

Creative Electronic Systems SA (Geneva, Switzerland) has announced the FIOV-2310, a 3U OpenVPX™ module with a Xilinx Kintex™-7 325T/410T user-programmable FPGA at its core. The FIOV-2310 allows the configuration of the highspeed links between the FMC connector and various VPX backplane profiles.

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PC Development System

Pentek (Upper Saddle River, NJ) has announced its Model 8266 PC development system, pre-configured to speed application development for Pentek Cobalt® Virtex-6 and Onyx® Virtex-7 FPGA PCI Express software radio and data acquisition I/O boards. The 8266 is delivered with the selected Pentek hardware, configured for either Windows 7 Professional or Linux operating systems, along with ReadyFlow® BSP drivers and software examples.

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Using Polyimide In 3D Thin Film Multilayer Circuitry

Today, the cost and complexity of all platforms and systems in military and defense technologies are being challenged by the need for high functionality in smaller but less expensive architecture, especially in light of current national budget challenges. In the area of RF and microwave electronics it is becoming evident that a move from two dimensional (2D) planar circuitry architecture to three dimensional (3D) thin film multilayer technology can result in dramatic reduction of chip size, increase of operation speed, and lower total module costs.

Posted in: Articles, Aerospace, Architecture, Integrated circuits, Polymers, Military vehicles and equipment
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Field Configurable MIL-DTL-55181 Power Distribution

The proliferation of scalable tactical equipment has driven the need for field configurable power-distribution systems. A stacking-interconnect technology has been developed that utilizes the same mating interfaces and locking mechanisms as standard MILDTL- 55181 connectors without the logistics planning and storage space requirements of Y-cables and power distribution panels.

Posted in: Articles, Defense, Architecture, Connectors and terminals, Integrated circuits, Electric power, Military vehicles and equipment
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Designing Thermal Management Systems for Smaller, Lighter Avionics

The avionics systems of military aircraft support maneuverability and situation awareness for the pilot, process essential images, operate sensors, record data, and provide for broadcast and communication between home base and wingman. The newest generation of military aircraft cannot be flown without avionics, and modern combat is making the leap to electronic warfare.

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Using RF Technology to Form a Wireless Network Under Water

Consumers have shown that they are eager to be rid of cabling and wires connecting them to devices situated or worn near or on the body. From athletic monitoring devices to headphones, and computer mice to cellphone hands-free kits, manufacturers have met a demand for connectivity without wires through the application of short-range RF technology.

Posted in: Articles, RFM Catchall, Aerospace, Radio equipment, Wireless communication systems, Water, Marine vehicles and equipment
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Oil Pipeline Fault Detection System Determines Material Permittivity at Microwave Frequencies

Researching fault location techniques for the oil industry requires data on the complex permittivity of the polyamide Rilsan at microwave frequencies. Rilsan is a vital material used in oil pipe construction. Currently there is no published data for the complex permittivity of Rilsan. The task for this project was to develop an accurate method to measure the complex permittivity of Rilsan to gain an understanding of the dielectric relaxations that occur within it. A fast, accurate method was developed using a vector network analyzer (VNA) and rectangular waveguide.

Posted in: Articles, Detectors, Waveguides, Research and development, Materials properties, Test equipment and instrumentation, Test procedures, Mining vehicles and equipment
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From VME to VPX

Sequestration, defense reform and cost constraints are driving a new paradigm in the defense industry, where leveraging existing technologies is no longer optional, but required. This is especially true as we migrate from VME to VPX-based embedded computing.

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Optical Muzzle Flash Detection Sensors

An optical detector technology from Cal Sensors detects muzzle flash from over 100 meters away. Operating at the speed of light, optical flash detection systems provide an almost instantaneous response to a gunfire event. The realtime detection capabilities give the targets the critical seconds needed to duck and apply counter-measures.

Posted in: Application Briefs, Optics, Sensors and actuators, Surveillance, Military vehicles and equipment
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