Data Device Corporation (Bohemia, New York) has introduced a radiation-tolerant SPACE-PHY +5V Dual MIL-STD-1553 Transceiver/ Transformer Device. SPACE-PHY is an integrated MIL-STD-1553 physical...

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Capacitive Touch Sensing Tools

Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX) has announced a new software library, sensor tuning GUI, design collateral, and support for additional microcontrollers (MCU). TI’s MSP430™ MCUs operate at less than 1μA average current per button. TI’s open source MSP430 Capacitive Touch Software Library now...

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PCIe Carrier Card

The APCe8675 carrier card from Acromag (Wixom, MI) allows a PC to communicate with an XMC mezzanine module over a PCI Express (PCIe) bus. Acromag’s FPGA modules, or other XMC modules, can be inserted on the carrier card. The carrier’s PCIe x8 interface supports up to eight serial lanes for rapid data transfer between the...

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RF Switch

Peregrine Semiconductor Corp. (San Diego, CA) has released the PE95421 SPDT RF switch. Manufactured on Peregrine’s UltraCMOS® technology, the PE95421 switch is resistant to total dose and single-event radiation effects. The switch features HaRP™ technology enhancements for high linearity of 60 dBm IIP3.

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3U OpenVPX Backplanes

Pixus Technologies (Waterloo, Ontario, Canada) has announced new 3U OpenVPX backplanes in 5-slot and 6-slot sizes. The 5-slot OpenVPX backplane features a mesh topology, and the 6-slot version has a distributed topology. Both backplanes are designed for speeds from 3.125 Gbaud/s to 6.25 Gbaud/s, and they come with or...

Articles: Aerospace
Eyes In The Sky

Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are critical to today’s intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) missions, supplying valuable aerial imagery to ground forces. Small UAV systems are a highly flexible ISR solution since they can be quickly deployed with minimal infrastructure and manpower. Unfortunately, their...

Articles: Software
MISRA C:2012

For C programmers working on safety-critical applications, following restrictions and guidelines to ensure safe-coding practices can be painful. Features of the language designed to make your work easier, more efficient, or provide work-arounds for obstacles are often just the features that the guidelines disallow. However, whether...

Future trends for military radar require multifunction systems that combine radar, communications, and electronic warfare. This higher level of functional integration...

Articles: RF & Microwave Electronics
System Could Detect Concealed Person-Borne Bombs at a Distance

The recent tragic events at the Boston Marathon illustrate the growing and critical need for the detection of person-borne improvised explosive devices (PBIEDS). Such systems, in fact, are currently under development under the guidance and supervision of the Department of Homeland...

Articles: Test & Measurement
CompactPCI Steps Into the Future

CompactPCI Serial has proven to be a beneficial technology upgrade for a number of embedded systems designers accustomed to working with the legacy CompactPCI platform. Not only does CompactPCI Serial bring modern serial interfaces and a ruggedized connector scheme into play, but it also provides significant cost...

Articles: Electronics & Computers
The Evolution of AdvancedTCA: From telecommunications to military, aerospace and security

The Advanced Telecom Computing Architecture (AdvancedTCA® or ATCA®) is a series of open standard computing platform specifications originally ratified in 2002 to meet the needs of carrier grade communications equipment, primarily for core network...

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Armor Kits for Heavy Trucks

Over the last several years, the Army has initiated and implemented a Long Term Armor Strategy (LTAS). The LTAS provides modular armor protection for vehicles that vary dependent upon threat levels. The B-Kit consists of both transparent armor and opaque armor and provides a higher level of protection for the troops....

Application Briefs: Defense
F-16 Full Mission Trainers

L-3 Communications announced that its Link Simulation & Training (L-3 Link) division has been awarded a contract from the U.S. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center at Wright- Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton, Ohio. The company will build two F-16 Block 52 Full Mission Trainers (FMTs) for the Iraqi Air...

Briefs: Physical Sciences
High-Resolution, Measurement-Based, Phase-Resolved Prediction of Ocean Wavefields

Given remote and direct physical measurements of a realistic ocean wavefield, the goal of this work was to obtain a high-resolution description of the wavefield by integrating the measurements with phase-resolved wave prediction models including realistic...

Briefs: Test & Measurement
Measuring Impact Damage to Toughened CFRP Laminates with Time Domain Reflectometry

Laminated Carbon Fiber Reinforced Polymer (CFRP) composites are very effective in weight saving in aeronautical structural components. For these laminated CFRP structures, it is difficult to detect damage such as delamination, matrix cracks, and local fiber...

Briefs: Physical Sciences
Testing Mechanical Properties of Polymer-Based Multi- Phase Particulate Composites

Polymer composites comprised of metallic particles distributed throughout a contiguous polymer matrix can often be modified to produce advanced composites that exhibit multifunctional characteristics. The properties of the particulate composites often depend on...

Briefs: Physical Sciences
Humanlike Articulated Robotic Headform for Respirator Fit Testing

The testing of individual respiratory protection (IRP) devices is now accomplished with panels of human wearers. Historical at tempts to simulate the human face and head have been unsuccessful for a variety of reasons that include imprecision in reproduction of facial dimensions...

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3U VPX Ethernet Switches and Routers

Extreme Engineering Solutions, Inc. (X-ES) (Middleton, WI) has introduced the XChange3013 and XChange3018 3U VPX switches and routers. The XChange3018 is the first VPX Ethernet switch to support 10...

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Recording System Simulator

Pentek, Inc. (Upper Saddle River, NJ) has announced the SystemFlow Simulator for its Talon(R) analog and digital recording systems. The SystemFlow Simulator includes a virtual recorder server application that...

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Temperature Controller

Oven Industries’ (Mechanicsburg, PA) 5R7-001 temperature controller creates a seamless transition between heating and cooling devices. With a bi- directional or unidirectional H-bridge configuration, the temperature...

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Photo-Etched Lead Frames

Photofabrication Engineering (PEI) (Milford, MA) has expanded its manufacturing capabilities for custom-designed, photochemically-etched surface-mount and insert-mount lead frames for integrated circuit...

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2 GHz RF Source

Crystek Microwave (Fort Meyers, FL) has announced the release of a 2 GHZ RF Source, the CRFS75-2000. Crystek designed the module using proprietary circuitry and SAW (surface acoustic wave) resonator technology to provide...

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C40 Heatsink System

Ohmite Manufacturing (Arlington Heights, IL)recently introduced their high performance C40 Heatsink System with modular cooling benefits. Designed to provide engineers with a variety of cooling options, the C40 heatsinks...

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OpenVPX HDS Data/Graphics Processing Module

OpenVPX™ systems operating Serial RapidIO(R) or 10Gigabit Ethernet data plane architectures can process data and graphic information faster with the HDS6502 (High Density Server) module from...

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Modular Backplane System

Molex Incorporated (Lisle, IL) has announced a high-performance connector system designed specifically to enable PCB developers in the video, commercial broadcast and telecommunications industries to transfer...

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Virtex-7 XMC and VPX Boards

4DSP LLC (Austin, TX) recently introduced the FM780 and VP780, two highly configurable modules with advanced digital signal processing (DSP) capabilities and multiple I/O options. The FM780 is XMC (VITA 42.3) compliant with a PCI Express Gen 2 interconnect while the VP780 is 3U VPX form factor (VITA 46) compliant....

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RF Transceiver Module

National Instruments (Austin, TX) has released the NI 5791 RF transceiver adapter module for NI FlexRIO, which is currently being used in 5G technologies. The module forms a software defined radio (SDR) solution when paired with an NI FlexRIO FPGA module for real-time, userdesigned processing. Through triggering mechanisms...

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PXI Card

AIM’s (Trevose, PA) new PXI card model ACX3910-3U-1-EN is the latest addition to the extensive family of PXI cards for avionics databus test and simulation, providing off-the-shelf solutions for any test benches and test systems designed using PXI. Based on the field proven ACX3910-3U-1 STANAG3910 module for the Eurofighter Typhoon...

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Arbitrary Waveform Generator

Geotest-Marvin Test Systems (Irvine, CA) has announced the GX1649 64-channel PXI arbitrary waveform generator with 16-bit amplitude resolution and an output voltage range of ±15 volts. It is suited for use in...

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