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Intelligence Analysis System

Air Force intelligence analysts must assess an adversary’s capability to achieve their objectives, including their offensive and defensive systems, state of readiness, training, and conditions such as weather. To effectively assess these capabilities, analysts must integrate a tremendous amount of data from a number of sources. An automated decision support system can help analysts manage and process the information.

Posted in: Application Briefs, Artificial intelligence, Human machine interface (HMI), Data management, Defense industry
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One-Shot Sniper System

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has awarded Cubic Defense Applications, the defense systems business of Cubic Corporation, a $6 million contract to develop the next generation (XG) of the One Shot crosswind and range measurement system. The technology will provide ballistic aim point offsets in the shooter’s riflescope sight. The fielddeployable system is compact enough to have the option of mounting on the rifle or the spotter-scope, enabling military snipers to rapidly hit their targets at maximum effective ranges and under crosswind conditions.

Posted in: Application Briefs, Calibration, Weather and climate, Tools and equipment, Suppliers, Military vehicles and equipment
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Armed Scout Helicopter Upgrades

Officials from the Armed Scout Helicopter Project Office, together with the US Army Aviation and Missile Research Development and Engineering Center’s Prototype Integration Facility, announced that the first OH-58F Kiowa Warrior helicopter completed production and will be officially released to the Army to begin test and evaluation.

Posted in: Application Briefs, Performance upgrades, Military aircraft, Rotary-wing aircraft
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Light Combat Tactical All-Terrain Vehicle

Oshkosh Defense, a division of Oshkosh Corporation, has unveiled its Light Combat Tactical All-Terrain Vehicle (L-ATV) utility variant for the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) program. The L-ATV utility variant fulfills the JLTV requirement for a two-seat cargo vehicle, while the L-ATV base variant meets the requirement for a 4-seat multipurpose vehicle. Both Oshkosh L-ATV variants leverage a common crew protection system, advanced automotive systems, and the patented Oshkosh TAK-4i™ intelligent independent suspension system to deliver a superior level of protection and off-road performance in a light vehicle.

Posted in: Application Briefs, Independent suspension, Suppliers, Protective structures, Military vehicles and equipment
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Small Form Factor Computers Go Ultra-low Power

Agrowing number of mobile, space constrained or harsh environment applications are being designed for the military, industrial automation/HMI, digital signage and medical markets that are driving the need for ever-lower power consumption. These embedded systems have been underserved by existing SFF platforms that have not been able to offer ultra-low power operation, many times below 3 Watts, in a slim profile design. OEM developers have also been challenged to find computing platforms that deliver a flexible and scalable solution in terms of performance and rugged reliability with state-of-the-art interface and graphics support that mimics the same functionality as today’s smart consumer devices.

Posted in: Articles, Articles, Electronics & Computers, Architecture, Computer software / hardware, Embedded software, Human machine interface (HMI)
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Carbon Nanotube Technology Promises a Revolution in Electrical Cabling

While carbon nanotube technology (CNT) has generated widespread interest for applications ranging from semiconductors to medical, one area that is a focus of research at TE Connectivity is high-performance electrical cables. TE has been actively researching CNT for wire and cable, including cooperative efforts with universities and industry leaders, and has prototype samples for evaluation. While there is still much progress to be made before CNT cables become main stream, we believe the technology is sufficiently advanced to meet specific niche applications such as satellites.

Posted in: Articles, Articles, Electronics & Computers, Electric cables, Conductivity, Nanomaterials, Satellites
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High-Speed Data Converter System Evaluation Kit

Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) (Dallas, TX) has introduced the industry’s first complete high-speed data converter system evaluation kit (HSDC-SEK), which reduces system evaluation costs and enables designers to get their system running in minutes. The HSDC-SEK-10 includes a pattern capture card, pattern generator card, low-jitter clock source, clean 10-MHz signal source and a multi-output regulated power supply. The HSCD-SEK-10 can significantly reduce evaluation time and costs for a host of demanding applications in which high-speed data converters, such as the dual, 14-bit, 250-MSPS ADS4249 analog-to-digital converter (ADC) and the quad, 16-bit, 1.5- GSPS DAC34SH84 digital-to-analog converter (DAC), are key system performance drivers. Examples include test and measurement, communications, defense and medical equipment.

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Digitally Tunable Capacitors

Peregrine Semiconductor Corporation (San Diego, CA), a fabless provider of high-performance radio frequency integrated circuits (RFICs), announced that it has expanded its DuNE™ Digitally Tunable Capacitor (DTC) product line with six second-generation devices for antenna tuning in 4G LTE smartphones. The PE623060, PE623070, PE623080, and PE623090 (PE6230x0) DTCs have a capacitance range of 0.6 – 7.7 pF and support main antenna power handling of up to +34 dBm. The PE621010 and PE621020 (PE6210x0) DTCs have a capacitance range of 1.38 to 14.0 pF and are optimized for power handling of up to +26 dBm, making them well suited for diversity antennas. All of the new DTCs are manufactured on Peregrine’s UltraCMOS® technology process, with HaRP™ technology enhancements that enable the devices to meet the challenging harmonic and linearity requirements of LTE. The highly-versatile devices support a wide variety of tuning circuit topologies, with an emphasis on impedance matching and aperture-tuning applications.

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PCI-104 RS-232/422/485 Serial Communication Boards

ACCES I/O Products, Inc. has released a new family of PCI-104 serial communication boards—the 104I-COM-8SM Series. These PCI-104 boards feature a selection of 8, 4, or 2-ports of field selectable RS-232, RS-422, and RS-485 asynchronous serial protocols on a port by port basis. Ports are accessed via two 40-pin IDC type right angle header connectors. The 104I-COM-8SM Series allow for the connection of multiple serial devices, making them suitable for a variety of applications such as POS, gaming systems, retail, hospitality, automation, kiosks, defense industries, high-density networking, or any other application requiring the connection of RS-232/422/485 serial devices to a PCI-104 compatible system. Each RS-232 port is capable of supporting data communication rates up to 921.6 kbps and implement full modem control signals to ensure compatibility with a broad variety of serial devices. RS-422 and RS-485 modes support data communication speeds up to 1.8432 Mbps.

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Eurocard Subrack Enclosures

Pixus Technologies (Waterloo, Ontario, Canada) offers Eurocard subracks for 3U and 6U boards in multiple configurations. The subrack enclosures can house backplanes or special modules for industrial, mil/aero, communications, medical, energy, and test/measurement industries. The Pixus subrack line features a modular design, with extrusions and tapped strips in standard intervals allowing a wide range of configurations without customization. The EMC version features gasketing and optional EMC covers. Compact versions of the enclosures are available in 42 HP and 21 HP sizes standard. The Mobile Rugged industrial subrack features reinforced components and has been used in European railway applications. The standard and EMC subracks also come in 4U and 7U sizes, with 1U of spacing below the card cage for fan implementation.

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