Articles: Unmanned Systems
Airflow and Thermal Analysis of UAV De-Icing Systems

The use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) has been increasing around the world as many countries have been rapidly adding UAVs to their arsenals during the past decade. One of the most critical challenges facing UAV designers is icing. Icing has long been known to be dangerous for aircraft. A...

Articles: Aerospace
Designing A New Generation of Rugged Military Electronics

The military electronics industry is reinventing itself as DoD budget cuts are creating a need for rugged solutions that deliver long-term viability. Despite reduced resources, the DoD doesn’t want to sacrifice the performance or quality of its battlefield electronics — an...

RFM Catchall: RF & Microwave Electronics
A Fundamental Key to Next-Generation Directed-Energy Systems

Imagine an explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) unit on a routine scouting patrol deep in the notorious “Triangle of Death” south of Baghdad, where marines, sailors, and soldiers frequently find themselves exposed to improvised explosive devices (IEDs).

Articles: Electronics & Computers
Using Laser Direct Structuring (LDS) to Create Robust Hardware Security Devices

A wide 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...

Articles: Electronics & Computers
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...

Application Briefs: Defense
Uninterruptible Power Supply
Rugged Power Supply Protects Aircraft Carrier’s Voice-Data-Video Network Node

Earl Integrated Power & Controls, a division of Earl Industries (Portsmouth, VA), was enlisted by the U.S. Navy to create an innovative, vertically mounted voice-data-video (VDV) network node for the Ford Class Aircraft Carrier. One of...

Application Briefs: Defense
Interoperable Communications Platform
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...

Application Briefs: Defense
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,...

Briefs: Information Technology
Thermal-to-Visible Face Recognition

For nighttime surveillance, acquisition of visible light imagery is impractical due to the lack of illumination. Thermal imaging, which acquires mid-wave infrared or long-wave infrared radiation naturally emitted by the human body, can be utilized in low-light conditions to perform surveillance tasks....

Briefs: Physical Sciences
Target Detection and Classification Using Seismic and PIR Sensors

Unattended ground sensors (UGS) are widely used in industrial monitoring and military operations. Such UGS systems are usually lightweight devices that automatically monitor the local activities in-situ, and transfer target detection and classification reports to the processing...

Briefs: Physical Sciences
Component Identification in Multi-Chemical Mixtures with Swept-Wavelength Resonant-Raman Spectroscopy

The utilization of ultraviolet resonance Raman spectroscopy for the detection and identification of chemical, biological, and nuclear hazards is of great interest due to the sensitivity and specificity afforded by this technique. Detection by...

Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Analysis of Mine Impulse Data Using Stereo-Digital Image Correlation

Improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and other traditional under-body blast weapons are a significant threat to military ground vehicle systems. Engineers and scientists attempting to analyze the effects of under-body blast events have an array of commercial and internally...

RFM Catchall: RF & Microwave Electronics
Modeling Supports Energy-Saving Microwave Technologies

During the Apollo Program, astronauts on the Moon encountered a small menace that created big problems: lunar dust. Similar to how tiny bits of Styrofoam behave on Earth — adhering to anything they touch — lunar dust sticks to spacesuits, spacecraft, tools, and equipment, and is...

Products: Electronics & Computers
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...

Products: Electronics & Computers
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...

Products: Electronics & Computers
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...

Products: Electronics & Computers
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...

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Accelerated Processing Unit

With average power below 13 Watts and discrete-class AMD Radeon™ graphics performance integrated into the AMD (Sunnyvale, CA) R-Series APU (Accelerated Processing Unit), applications that previously required a discrete graphics card can be developed in smaller form factors with lower power and cost. The...

For the production of composite components, SINGLE Temperature Controls (Charlotte, NC) provides hot-water temperature control systems for temperatures up to 437°F. The ATT (Alternating Temperature Technology)...

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3U CompactPCI, OpenVPX Computers

Curtiss-Wright Controls Embedded Computing (CWCEC), a business group of Curtiss- Wright Controls (Charlotte, NC), has introduced 5-slot natural convection-cooled rugged ½ ATRstyle 3U CompactPCI and VPX systems. The MPMC-935x Multi-Platform Mission Computers feature built-in power supplies and payload modules....

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Flash Memory

Aeroflex (Colorado Springs, CO) offers the UT8QNF8M8 64Mbit NOR Flash Memory, a rad-tolerant 3-volt memory organized as 8Mx8 or 4Mx16. For both read and write functions, the UT8QNF8M8 NOR Flash operates from a single power...

Interface Concept (Briec-de-l’Odet, France) has introduced a VME board based on the Intel® Core™2 Duo processor SL9380/SU9300 associated to the Intel®3100 Chipset. The VME64x- VITA31.1-compliant IC-DC2-VMEb...

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Rugged Tablet Computer

The programmable, customizable Hydra-T3™ tablet from InHand Electronics (Rockville, MD) features the Pixel Qi WSVGA display with analog resistive multi-touch capabilities. The tablet is powered by InHand’s flagship Fury single board computer (SBC) based on Texas Instruments’ DaVinci DM3730.

Lemos International (Barrington, RI) offers a full range of RFX precision SC cut oscillators. RFX (Livingston, Scotland) designs and manufactures standard and customized high frequency precision OCXO, TCXO, VCXO, and...

Products: RF & Microwave Electronics
RF Integrated Circuit

CML Microcircuits (Winston-Salem, NC) has released the CMX971 quadrature modulator integrated circuit, one of the company’s RF Building Blocks. The RF Building Block range is designed to provide high-performance ICs required for HF/VHF/UHF and professional radios, wireless data terminals, wireless microphones, and marine...

Products: RF & Microwave Electronics
RF Connectors

Bomar Interconnect Products (Ledgewood, NJ) offers the vertical or horizontal mount BNC E-Snap™ RF connectors. Developed for employment with PCMICA cards in wireless applications, the connectors are part of the 50-ohm E-Snap Series, which is comprised of SMA, SMB, SMC, MCX, and low-profile MCX LP edgeboard RF connectors. The...

Products: RF & Microwave Electronics
Vector Signal Generators

The MG3710A series of vector signal generators from Anritsu (Richardson, TX) generates test signals based on all leading technologies, including LTE, LTE Advanced, W-CDMA/HSPA, CDMA2000, GSM and PDC, as well as WLAN, Bluetooth®, and ISDB-T. Three models offer frequency coverage from 100 kHz to 2.7 GHz, 4 GHz, or 6 GHz,...

Products: RF & Microwave Electronics
RF Power Transistor

Nitronex (Durham, NC) offers the XPT1015 28V, DC-3.0 GHz, 40W power transistor with 17.5 dB small-signal gain, and 65% peak drain efficiency at 2 GHz. The thermal resistance of the transistor is 1.9 °C/W. It is designed...

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