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Redundant Fieldbus System Switches Automatically to Backup

The TS Series TRUNKSAFE system from MooreHawke, a division of Moore Industries (North Hills, CA), maintains continuous communication between a control system and instruments on a Foundation Fieldbus H1 segment. In the event of a failure on the Fieldbus segment, TRUNKSAFE enables the...

Products: Electronics & Computers
Analog-to-Digital I/O Card Provides Reconfigurable FPGA

BittWare (Concord, NH) has released the Tetra-PMC+ analog- to-digital (A/D) I/O card that features four wideband A/Ds running at up to 105 MHz, and an Altera Cyclone™ II FPGA providing A/D control, data distribution, and front-end processing capabilities.

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Rugged Computers Feature Embedded 3G Wireless

Panasonic Computer Solutions (Secaucus, NJ) has introduced two rugged Toughbook® computers: the CF-19 convertible tablet PC, and the CF- 30 clamshell notebook.

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Ultra-Low-Power Single-Board Computer for Rugged Applications

WinSystems (Arlington, TX) has introduced the EBC-855-G, an EBX-compatible, Intel Celeron® 1-GHz, ultralow- power single-board computer (SBC) that operates over an industrial temperature range of -40° to 70°C for applications in military, medical, communications, security,...

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Microcontrollers With Integrated Ethernet Peripheral

Microchip Technology (Chandler, AZ) has announced the PIC18F97J60 family of 8-bit microcontrollers with an integrated IEEE 802.3-compliant Ethernet communications peripheral.

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Single-Board Computer With Four-Way Symmetric Multiprocessing

The Momentum Series CX6-200 single-board computers from Mercury Computer Systems (Chelmsford, MA) uses two dual-core Intel® Xeon® processors ULV on a 6U single-slot module.

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Wireless Device Server Networks Existing Equipment

Lantronix (Irvine, CA) offers the WiBox® wireless Device Server™ that enables users to remotely manage and control machines over a network or the Internet.

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PCI Single-Board Computer Features Dual-Core Processors

Diversified Technology (Ridgeland, MS) has released the LBC9426 single-board computer based on the Intel® E7520 chipset.

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PCI Cards Feature 4 GigaSamples of Memory

Two 8-bit resolution arbitrary waveform generator cards with up to 4 gigasamples of onboard memory are available from Strategic Test Corp. (Woburn, MA).

Articles: Software
Embedded Databases: Data Management for Real-Time and Embedded Systems

The term embedded database was coined in the 1980s to mean a database management system (DBMS) that is embedded into an application, in contrast to large central databases (nowadays, usually client/server DMBSs a la Oracle). The first embedded databases had little or nothing...

Articles: Electronics & Computers
MILS: An Architecture for Security, Safety, and Real Time

The unrelenting growth and integration of embedded controls, information processing, and communications has created a need for systems that provide robust protection for resources and services in the face of serious threats. Formerly diverse requirements for different kinds of systems are...

Articles: Electronics & Computers
Liquid Cooling Takes Aim at Gamer PC Applications

Recent technical advances in graphics processing units have accelerated the proliferation of high-power graphics processing units (GPUs) and multiple GPUs in high-end gamer PC applications....

Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Unmanned SkyTote Demonstrates Capabilities

AFRL scientists are working on SkyTote, a novel unmanned air vehicle (UAV) that will take off and land vertically like a helicopter (see figure) but also transition into horizontal flight like a conventional aircraft. SkyTote's primary mission is to deliver a payload to a specific point within a...

Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
The Propulsion - Safety, Affordability, and Readiness Program

Propulsion - Safety, Affordability, and Readiness (P-SAR) is a new and unique program effort intended to achieve common engine sustainment goals across the Army, Navy, and Air Force aircraft fleets (see figure). Originally conceived as a follow-on to the highly successful High-Cycle...

Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Film Cooling Using Pulsed Coolant

Turbine engine designers routinely use film cooling to cool engine components in the hot-gas flowpath. Film cooling is the process of injecting coolant fluid at one or more discrete locations along a surface exposed to a harsh, high-temperature environment. The film cools and thus protects turbine engine...

Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Textile Capacitor

The Air Force (AF) is evolving from a Cold War-era force with a large, containment- focused infrastructure to a smaller, more responsive and affordable Air and Space Expeditionary Force. In support of this transformation, AFRL is developing affordable, sustainable, and scalable force applications, including directed energy...

Briefs: Materials
Nonchromated Treatment for Aluminum Surfaces

AFRL scientists and engineers recently completed development of a nonchromated treatment for aluminum aircraft surfaces and structures. The new treatment method is the result of a collaborative effort between AFRL, Boeing Phantom Works, and the Aeronautical Systems Center's Aging Aircraft Systems...

Briefs: Materials
Ground-Penetrating Radar

AFRL engineers used prototypes of recently developed ground-penetrating radar (GPR) and electronic cone penetrometer (ECP) devices to determine whether voids and anomalies in a particular airfield's subsoil were facilitating crack formation in an aircraft runway. Using the data collected during their Langley Air Force...

Briefs: Materials
Materials Knowledge Base

A team of scientists, engineers, and developers from AFRL and RJ Lee Group, Inc., recently completed functional prototype development of the Materials Knowledge Base (MKB), an object-based data repository for laboratory materials characterization information. Constructed as part of a Small Business Innovation Research...

Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Patterned Gallium Arsenide Devices for Infrared Countermeasures

The US Air Force has a need for improved tunable laser sources—both in the midinfrared region, for developing infrared countermeasure (IRCM) applications, and in the longinfrared region, for addressing an increasing variety of threat sensors. Since few direct lasers exist in these...

Briefs: Medical
AFRL Study Defines Standards for Low-Level Chemical Agent Exposure

Results of a 5-year, $40 million effort to study chemical warfare agents will benefit military and civilian personnel alike, helping leaders in both arenas cope with events should a terrorist or combat attack that exposes people to toxic chemical agents occur. Dr. Stephen...

Briefs: Software
Advanced Hardware-in-the-Loop Sensor Simulation

AFRL researchers and their counterparts at CG2, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Quantum3D, Inc., are collaborating through a Phase II Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) contract to develop advanced scene generation techniques that support algorithm development and testing for...

Briefs: Medical
AFRL Seeks Ways to Prevent Hearing Loss in Military Environments

In the 1988 movie "Good Morning, Vietnam," character Adrian Cronauer, a Saigon- based military disc jockey, performs an on-air skit in which he contacts an artilleryman in the field and offers to play a song for him. "Anything," the artilleryman screams into the phone, "Just play...

Briefs: Software
Dynamic Air Battle Planning

An air tasking order (ATO) implements air operations supporting the joint force commander's campaign by assigning aircraft and munitions to targets and specifying the timing and grouping of air missions. Currently, creating an ATO is a routine, but manually intensive process that underutilizes the skills of the Master...

Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Adaptable Miniature Initiation System Technology

The ever-changing nature of warfare presents constant challenges to weapon system designers, who must carefully consider various perspectives of mutual importance. Specifically, designers must address constraints associated with newly developed aircraft, such as the F-22 and F-35, which carry...

Briefs: Materials
AFRL Supports C-5A Evaluation Program

AFRL materials integrity experts are collaborating with the Aeronautical Systems Center's C-5 Systems Group, Warner Robins Air Logistics Center (WR-ALC), and Air Mobility Command (AMC) in an effort to disassemble and analyze components of an out-of-service C-5A aircraft. Members of the 653rd Combat Logistics...

Briefs: Materials
Microelectromechanical Systems Switch Simulator

AFRL materials scientists developed a highly sophisticated laboratory instrument that simulates the effects of physical forces and electrical current on microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) switches. The simulator's performance has induced revolutionary insights into microscale switches—how...

Briefs: Materials
Strain-Induced Porosity Model

AFRL scientists developed advanced computer models to improve the processing and quality of titanium alloys used in manufacturing gas turbine engine parts and critical structural components for military aircraft. AFRL transferred both the models and the basic materials knowledge to titanium mill suppliers to help...

Briefs: Materials
Conductive Polymeric Nanocomposite Materials

AFRL scientists have developed a method for uniformly dispersing carbon nanofibers throughout polymeric materials to increase their conductivity. Engineers will be able to employ the resulting polymeric nanocomposites in conductive paints, coatings, caulks, sealants, adhesives, fibers, thin films,...

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