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NATO Special Forces Taps Mutualink for Global Cross Coalition Communications

NATO Special Operations Forces Headquarters (NSHQ) recently selected Mutualink as its official interoperable communications platform. Using Mutualink’s ruggedized Valence™ series platform, NATO SOF coalition partners will be equipped with advanced anywhere, anytime, interoperable communications and information sharing capability. This next generation capability securely links warfighters and command and control elements with each other as needed across different communications systems and allows them to share real time ISR, including files, maps, system views and full motion video (FMV) on the fly. For NATO SOF, quick reaction time and agile response capabilities are a must. Often first on the ground in challenging operational environments, harnessing collaborative multi-national information and intelligence sharing and seamless communications capability is critical.

Posted in: Application Briefs, Defense, Data exchange, Wireless communication systems, Collaboration and partnering, Military vehicles and equipment
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Fastener Inserts

Fastener Inserts Designed for Lightweight Aerospace Materials Reduce Risks, Costs

Ongoing efforts to increase fuel efficiency, tactical mobility, and payload capacity in aerospace design have driven engineers to find numerous ways to reduce mass through the extensive use of lightweight materials such as composites, aluminum, and plastics. Use of these lightweight materials can create other issues, however, such as finding safe and reliable ways to fasten assemblies that provide complete assurance of joint integrity under the severe conditions of shock, vibration and thermal cycling common in aerospace applications.

Posted in: Application Briefs, Defense, Fastening, Product development, Lightweight materials, Fasteners, Reliability
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Using Laser Direct Structuring (LDS) to Create Robust Hardware Security Devices

Awide range of devices are designed to handle, convey and store sensitive information that requires varying degrees of security from protecting low level administrative to classified and top secret information. In addition, the information and data can reside in an equally wide range of locations and environments from protected and guarded facilities to unsecure desks and offices and over a wide range of environmental conditions including temperature, humidity, shock and vibration.

Posted in: Articles, Articles, Electronics & Computers, Computer software / hardware, Cryptography, Cyber security, Lasers, Humidity, Vibration
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VPX-SC N-dimensional Supercomputing Architectures Come To The Critical Embedded Systems Market

From the first computers of the 1940s through the machines of the 1990s, all computer systems were CPUbound. In other words, the I/O interfaces could deliver more data than the CPU could process. In the 1990s Moore’s Law took over and clock speeds doubled every 18 months, along with the addition of multi-core processors. So, from 1990 through today, we have been I/O-bound, meaning CPUs can now process more data than the I/O links can deliver. Increases in CPU performance have been revolutionary while the increases in interconnect bandwidth have been incremental for many decades. However, bandwidth increases in RapidIO, InfiniBand, and Ethernet are breaking this bottleneck, giving us the ability to design incredibly powerful embedded supercomputing architectures for today’s dataintensive applications.

Posted in: Articles, Articles, Electronics & Computers, Architecture, Embedded software, Performance upgrades
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XMC Module

Innovative Integration (Simi Valley, CA) has announced the new X6-250M that integrates digitizing with signal processing on a PMC/XMC IO module. The module has a powerful Xilinx Virtex 6 FPGA signal processing core, and high performance PCI Express/PCI host interface. Applications include software defined radio, RADAR receivers, and multi-channel data recorders. The X6-250M has eight simultaneously sampling A/D channels that sample at rates up to 310 MSPS (14-bit). The A/D have matched input delays and response and are supported by a programmable sample clock PLL and triggering that support multi-card synchronization for large scale systems. A Xilinx Virtex6 SX315T (LX240T and SX475T options) with 4 banks of 1GB DRAM provide a very high performance DSP core with over 2000 MACs (SX315T).

Posted in: Products, Products, Electronics & Computers
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Serial/Deserializer Chipset

Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) (Dallas, TX) has introduced the DS90UB913Q serializer and DS90UB914Q deserializer, the newest additions to its FPD-Link III automotive-grade chipset family. The SerDes chipset provides a seamless video and data interface to megapixel driver assist camera modules, with no software overhead and fewer wires. DS90UB913Q features a 25mm2 footprint, with 10-MHz to 100-MHz pixel clock and 10- and 12-bit pixel depth. DS90UB914Q’s integrated 2:1 multiplexer allows the ECU video processor to select content from two camera sources. The DS90UB913Q and DS90UB914Q can be combined with other automotive vision control building blocks, including the TMS320DM8148 (DM8148) automotive vision processor; LM22671 42-V, 500-mA SIMPLE SWITCHER® step-down voltage regulator; and LP38693 500-mA LDO regulator.

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2-Channel RF/IF Rackmount Recorder

Pentek, Inc. (Upper Saddle River, NJ) has introduced an ultra wide- band RF/IF rackmount recorder, the Talon(TM) RTS 2709. Using 12-bit, 3.6 GHz A/D converters and state-of-the-art solid state drive storage technology, this system can achieve sustained recording rates up to 3.2 Gbytes per second. It can be configured as a one- or two-channel system and can record sampled data, packed as 8-bit or 16-bit wide consecutive samples. The RTS 2709’s state-of-the-art A/D converters digitize high-frequency signals at sample rates up to 3.6 GHz. It streams this digitized data to files created on the recorder’s built- in RAID array. The Talon RTS 2709 recorder moves data at a very high rate to the latest generation SSDs (solid state drives) through SATA- III ports. The drives are hot-swappable and can be configured in multiple NTFS RAID levels, including 0, 1, 5, 6, 10 and 50 to provide a choice for the required level of redundancy.

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cPCI Blade

ADLINK Technology, Inc. (San Jose, CA) has announced availability of the cPCI-6930, a next-generation 6U dual-slot CompactPCI(R) (cPCI) processor blade with flexible expansion capabilities. The cPCI-6930 features a 1.8 GHz eight-core Intel(R) Xeon(R) processor E5-2448L, Intel(R) C604 chipset, and DDR3-1333 ECC registered memory up to 48GB capacity. On-card connectivity includes four front panel GbE egress ports, 4GB soldered SATA NAND flash, optional bootable CompactFlash socket, and optional SAS/SATA direct connector for an onboard 2.5” drive to provide flexible storage capabilities. Rear I/O connectivity includes up to three SATA ports and up to eight SAS ports supporting hardware RAID via two mini-SAS connectors.

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Wheel Force Transducer for Field Testing

This project endeavors to develop, validate, and calibrate cost-effective field test equipment for measuring tire characteristics on vehicles while driving off-road. The four wheel force transducers are designed for use on the High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV or Humvee).

Posted in: Briefs, Physical Sciences, Wheels, Test equipment and instrumentation, Off-highway vehicles and equipment
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Thermal Mechanical Fatigue Crack Growth Testing

Turbines in aircraft turbojet engines are being subject to increasingly higher temperatures to improve fuel efficiency. High turbine efficiency requires the ability of turbine blades to withstand gas temperature of the order of 1350 to 1550 °C. In polycrystalline materials, these increased temperatures would cause creep strains along grain boundaries that would be unacceptable. Even single-crystal materials must be pushed to their limits to insure that engine performance is maximized. Airfoils in modern gas turbine aircraft use a systems approach for cooling to achieve required component life. There are three basic components to these systems: a cast nickel single-crystal superalloy in combination with thermal barrier coatings, and a sophisticated cooling scheme consisting of intricately designed channels and holes through the core and surface of the airfoil.

Posted in: Briefs, Physical Sciences, Fatigue, Turbojet engines, Test procedures, Thermal testing
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