IEE (Van Nuys, CA) offers a line of rugged, military-qualified handheld control display units (CDUs). The display sizes and resolutions range from 4-line 2.8" character displays up to full graphic displays and from...

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Flexible Flat Cables

Cables from Cicoil (Valencia, CA) encapsulate individual components in a shock-absorbing silicone jacket that protects from repeated exposure to vibration, temperatures between -65°C to +260°C, harsh weather, and turbulent flight. Each cable can incorporate a variety of elements including power conductors, shielded signal...

Rohde & Schwarz (Columbia, MD) has developed a multi-functional universal radio network analyzer that provides drive testing. The R&S®TSMW drive test scanner supports Long Term Evolution (LTE) formats in communication...

The MIL-STD-1553 PCI Express module from AIM GmbH (Trevose, PA) features up to 4 dual redundant MIL-STD-1553A/B streams on one card. The design includes a high-speed FPGA with integrated PCI-Express bus (2.5 Gb/s...

Mercury Computer Systems (Chelmsford, MA) has released two small-form-factor-based products with SWaP characteristics: the Echotek® Series RFM-251-XMC tuner and the wideband DCMV6- XMC digital transceiver. The...

Boyd Coatings Research Co. (Hudson, MA) has developed the CRC 6000-line Hydrophobic Coating, a customized coating used primarily on radomes, satellite dishes and other communication installations to prevent water film...

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Copper Foam

Copper foam from Goodfellow (Oakdale, PA) combines the thermal conductivity of copper with the structural benefits of a metal foam. The matrix of cells and ligaments is repeatable, regular, and uniform throughout the material,...

Data Device Corporation (Bohemia, NY) has released the Total-AceXtreme™ MILSTD- 1553 hardware/software development kit. The package includes design documentation, simulation models, and software so that users...

The warfighter couldn’t take it anymore. His team’s mission was to sweep villages, collect fingerprints, photograph irises, and compare these biometric indicators against a...

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Laser Detection System Technology

While most ordnance is now laserguided, there is still much work to be done on the defensive detection of laser designators. Hence the growing need for advanced laser-warning systems (LWS). While multiple...

The Air Force Satellite Control Network (AFSCN) is a worldwide network of ground stations that supports a variety of users from NASA to the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO). The...

Application Briefs: Defense
Fluorosilicones

A broad operating temperature range, fuel resistance and long-term reliability are some of the unique properties of fluorosilicones that make them useful in aerospace applications. To demonstrate their effectiveness, NuSil...

Application Briefs: Defense
Silicone Cables: Silicone Encased Cables Make Military Robots More Reliable

Cicoil’s highly flexible and durable flat silicone cables are being used on unmanned ground based military robotic vehicles that require absolute reliability in mission critical and extreme environment conditions. Unlike bulky and stiffer round cables, flat silicone...

Application Briefs: Defense
AWACS Real-Time Operating System

LynuxWorks, Inc. announced recently that the Mission Systems and Sensors Division (MS2) of Lockheed Martin in Owego, NY, selected the LynxOS real-time operating system (RTOS) and Luminosity Integrated...

Application Briefs: RF & Microwave Electronics
Mission Data Transmitted Successfully With Network Gateway

In the 1990s, when laying the groundwork for its missile defense shield, the Pentagon realized that if it wanted to provide an effective defense against ballistic missile attack, it...

The scientific community is interested in using field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) for scientific computations because they can be targeted for specific...

Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Managing Security in FPGA-Based Embedded Systems

Field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) combine the programmability of processors with the performance of custom hardware. As they become more common in critical embedded systems, new...

Briefs: Electronics & Computers
CMOS-Memristor Hybrid Nanoelectronics

The memristor is the fourth fundamental passive electronic device in addition to the resistor, capacitor, and inductor. By integrating with complementary metal oxide semiconductor (CMOS) devices, memristors show promise for development of revolutionary new nanoelectronic computing architectures with...

Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Dynamically Reconfigurable Software-Defined Radio for GNSS Applications

Historically, the military has used special- purpose Global Positioning System (GPS) radios for radio navigation. This has the disadvantage of locking users into fixed technology solutions designed to meet a fixed set of requirements. Software Defined Radios (SDR) have the...

Basalt rock is a black or gray fine-grained rock in the family of igneous rocks, formed by cooling of molten lava. It is commonly found in the Earth’s crust, is abundant...

Briefs: Materials
Size Scale and Defect Engineered Nanostructures for Optimal Strength and Toughness

Realistic combinations of ceramics and/or semiconductors have been developed that simultaneously achieve high hardness (>40 GPa) and toughness (>400 MPa*m1/2). To achieve this goal, there were three primary objectives: (1) the development of physically...

Briefs: Physical Sciences
Computational Cameras

A computational camera uses a combination of optics and software to produce images that cannot be taken with traditional cameras. A variety of computational cameras has been demonstrated; some designed to achieve new...

Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Miniature Snapshot Multispectral Imager

Multispectral imagers use an optical device that can separate the colors to obtain the spectral content in the scene. Such an optical device could be a grating or prism, a filter wheel, a diffractive...

Briefs: Information Technology
Two-Way, Freeform, Speech-to-Speech Translation Systems for Tactical Use

The Spoken Language Communication and Translation System for Tactical Use (TRANSTAC) is developing and fielding freeform, two-way translation systems that enable speakers of different languages to communicate with one another in real-world tactical situations without an...

Briefs: Information Technology
Universal Sparse Modeling

Sparse data models, where data is assumed to be well represented as a linear combination of a few elements from a dictionary, have gained considerable attention in recent years, and their use has led to state-of-the-art results in many signal and image processing tasks. Sparse modeling calls for constructing a succinct...

A lightweight Web Service (WS) and a Web site interface have been developed that enable remote measurements of electronic devices as a “virtual laboratory.” Using...

When working sequences of images, registration of the frames to a common point of reference is an essential prerequisite for many types of image analysis. The phase...

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32-Bit Microcontrollers

Microchip Technology (Chandler, AZ) has announced low-pincount, 32-bit PIC32 microcontrollers (MCUs) that provide 61 DMIPS of performance in packages 5 × 5 mm. The PIC32 “MX1” and “MX2” MCUs feature dedicated...

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Data Review Tool

The PeerReview Complete™ tool from SmartBear Software (Beverly, MA) allows engineers to share, review, and annotate schematics, 2D drawings, diagrams, images, HTML, and other digital content. PeerReview Complete features...

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