Briefs: Medical
Remote Blood Pressure Waveform Sensing

This non-contact, non-invasive blood pressure apparatus continuously measures and monitors blood pressure using a laser Doppler vibrometer to create waveforms. The laser-based system may be utilized to continuously provide highly detailed information about the timing characteristics of the blood pressure...

Briefs: Physical Sciences
Robot Vision System for Precise Object Retrieval in Unmanned Systems

Automating large-scale material handling systems that involve picking up or retrieving items via cranes or robot arms can yield big benefits, particularly in harsh or hard-to-access environments. The Automatic Launch & Recovery System (AutoLARS) is being developed for the...

Briefs: Physical Sciences
Advanced Concepts for Space Access

A paper summarizes commonly proposed advanced launch concepts, including both concepts that employ propellant and propellant-less concepts. A wide range of advanced launch concepts have been proposed in an effort to revolutionize space access through either a significant reduction in launch costs or significant...

Briefs: Information Technology
Explicitly Timed Authorization Logic

A document describes explicitly timed authorization logic (nicknamed "η-logic"). In prior authorization logics, it is, variously, impossible or difficult to handle time explicitly; express security policies that involve complex, time-dependent relationships; or reason accurately about time. By enabling...

Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Emerging Power and Energy Technologies for Portable Electronics

A report discusses data obtained for the Navy's Special Operations Command (SOCOM), which seeks a portable power/energy source capable of providing sufficient power and energy for complex missions at a minimal weight penalty. The report focuses on the specific energy of systems,...

Products: Electronics & Computers
VME NAS RAID Blade

ACT/Technico (Warminster, PA) now offers the VME RAIDStor, a single-slot 6U network attached storage (NAS) blade that provides the same automatic, transparent data replication and re-sync of traditional box-level RAID storage modules in a more compact footprint. With network access for up to 18 slots (up to 1/2 terabyte per...

Products: Electronics & Computers
Ultra-Wide Input DC-DC Converters

Aimtec (Montreal, Canada) has introduced the 2 watt AM2GW-NZ series of ultra wide input (4:1) DC-DC switching power supplies with operating temperature range of -40°C to + 85°C. Versatile, single and dual output modules are available in input ranges of 9-36V and 18-72V with I/O isolation of 1500VDC...

Products: Electronics & Computers
32-bit Microcontrollers

Renesas Technology (San Jose, CA) has introduced the SH7262 and SH7264 series of high-performance SuperH® 32-bit microcontrollers (MCUs) with 1Mbyte of on-chip SRAM. The 144MHz devices are highly integrated and...

Products: Electronics & Computers
Network Analysis Software

OMICRON Lab (Houston, TX) has released new operation software for its Bode 100 portable network analyzer, giving users access to an extended frequency range. With the release of Bode Analyzer Suite V2.2, OMICRON Lab...

Products: Electronics & Computers
Software Radio PMC Modules

Pentek, Inc. (Upper Saddle River, NJ) has introduced its Model 7151 high-performance, high-resolution software radio module. Four 200 MHz 16-bit A/D converters feed a proprietary FPGA IP core that delivers 256...

Products: Electronics & Computers
Compact Embedded Computer

Mercury Computer Systems (Chelmsford, MA) has introduced the PowerBlock™ 50 system, a high-performance, ultra-compact embedded computer. The system's modular architecture allows for flexible configurations of...

Products: Electronics & Computers
Ethernet Protocol Analyzer

Absolute Analysis (Newbury Park, CA) has released a 10Gbps Ethernet protocol analyzer employing a SFP+ (Small Form-Factor Pluggable) interface and support for the 10GBase-LRM (Long Reach Multimode) standard. The...

Articles: Electronics & Computers
Using RFID to Protect System Firmware

Breeching the security of safety- or security-intensive products such as auto parts, set top boxes, military electronics, or smart batteries can be a lucrative business that is well worth the nominal investment required to create lookalike packaging and labeling, or to change the system firmware to allow...

Articles: Electronics & Computers
Board Versus Box: The Age-Old DAQ Dilemma

Since the beginning of PC-based data acquisition and control in the 1980s, one question has remained a constant consideration for all who would specify a new DAQ system. Is this application better served by an external I/O "box" connected to the PC via some communications link, or an internal "board"...

Articles: Electronics & Computers
Adopting Aerospace Development and Verification Standards for Software

An ever-increasing reliance on software control has meant that many companies from non-aerospace business sectors (automotive, nuclear power, MRI scanners, financial systems) that do not have a traditional requirement for sophisticated software development processes now find...

Application Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Seven Practical Steps for Designing Networking Enclosures

The design of enclosures to house networking servers and components should be guided by one overriding concern — heat. Servers, in particular, generate a great deal of heat, so an enclosure must be capable of dissipating that heat to ensure that the components deliver their expected...

PT-500 submersible liquid level/pressure transmitters from Automation Products Group (Logan, UT) are cCSAus certified for use in Class I, Div. 1, Groups C and D, and Class I, Zone 0, Group IIB hazardous locations....

IRC (Corpus Christi, TX) offers the CMH Series of high-voltage thick film resistors with voltage ratings to 20,000V and resistance range from 330 to 1GΩ. The resistors are qualified to MIL-PRF-49462, and are...

Xilinx (San Jose, CA) has introduced radiation-tolerant Virtex®-4QV field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) for processing needs of video, audio, radar streams, and packet processing functions in space...

Products
Resin System

Epsilon 99100 benzoxazine RTM/VARTM resin system from Henkel Corp. (Bay Point, CA) is designed for composite structure in aerospace applications. The resin is stable at ambient temperatures for over a year as a one-part resin....

Products
Access Control

Matrix Systems (Dayton, OH) offers Frontier® 5.7.5 access control software with a fault-tolerant door controller option with triple-tier data distribution redundancy. When the control of access or alarm point monitoring is...

Omegadyne (Sunbury, OH) offers the PX5000 Series pressure transducer for applications such as flight testing. Using sputtered thin-film sensor technology, the transducer has a 100,000-hour MTBF rate and is stable to 0.1%...

L-3 Infrared Products (Dallas, TX) offers the Thermal-Eye® 2400xp Advanced thermal imaging camera that features BST infrared detector technology with 320 × 240 resolution and uninterrupted video and solar...

The FOMIS and FOL429 fiber-optic bus extension systems from AIM-USA (Omaha, NE) support test applications such as vehicle launch sites, anechoic chambers, and engine testing that require an extended distance between the...

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Microchassis

Tripe E Corp. (Lowell, MA) has introduced a 2U microchassis for military, aerospace, and other harsh environment applications. The rack-mount unit features a flange that spans the entire depth of the unit, two fans, and...

The ED-FPC Series frequency and phase converters from Falcon Electric (Irwindale, CA) provide computer-grade power for sensitive equipment in military and aerospace applications. The rack-mount units range from 3...

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Connectors

Fischer Connectors (Alpharetta, GA) offers AluLite Series aluminum connectors for electronic systems integrated into air, land, and sea-based applications. The compact, rugged connectors are used for mobile equipment such as...

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Adhesive/Sealant

NuSil Technology (Carpenteria, CA) offers FS3-3730 fluorosilicone adhesive/sealant, a one-part, fast-curing, room-temperature vulcanizing silicone that bonds to most surfaces. It is designed to seal and bond without the need for a primer. It resists degradation when exposed to jet fuel, solvents, gasoline, or crude oil, making...

Articles: Aerospace
The Future of Space Propulsion
Significant challenges and advances in space propulsion have occurred over the past ten years. The end of the Cold War had significant impacts, both positive and negative. Operational systems now have to operate well beyond their design life. Parts and technology obsolescence are having a significant impact, as are an...

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