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Fanless Embedded Computer

DFI Tech (Sacramento, CA) now offers a higher performance quad core processor in its rugged EC series fanless computing systems. The EC700-BT Fanless Embedded System from DFI Tech features an Intel® Atom™ E3845 quad core 1.91GHz processor and 4GB of DDR3L ECC on-board memory. The lightweight fanless system is rugged, conforming to MIL-STD-810F (514-5C-2) for vibration and can handle 15G half sine wave of shock for 11 ms in 3 axes.

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Disk Encryption Technology

Enova Technology Corp. (San Jose, CA) recently announced its 10th generation X-Wall MX+ hardware security solutions for Microsoft EHDD. The X-Wall MX+ has built-in TCG Opal 2.0 capability to effectively transform any number of standard SATA disk or SSD to an Opal 2.0 compliant drive.

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ARINC 600 Network Server

MEN Micro Inc. (Blue Bell, PA) now offers a robust ARINC 600- compliant high speed network server for inflight communications. Pre-integrated and prequalified to DO160-G up to the operating system, the versatile MP70S enables aircraft to achieve new levels of inflight connectivity for wireless data transmission, entertainment and system maintenance applications. Using the latest Intel Core i7, quad-core 64-bit processor, the MP70S easily handles the high performance computing and networking requirements of modern avionics applications.

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ADS-B Compliant Transponder

ACSS (Phoenix, AZ), an L-3 and Thales Company, has developed an ADS-B transponder solution for legacy corporate aircraft, the NXT- 700. This next-generation Mode S transponder will satisfy the DO-260B mandate for Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADSB) on many legacy aircraft models and will reduce owner/operator costs, as well as downtime, because it is a “one-quarter ATR short” form-fit installation.

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Rate Indicator/Totalizer

The Hoffer (Elizabeth City, NC) HIT-4U Rate Indicator/Totalizer is being offered with additional options providing the user with enhanced functionality and flexibility in a compact enclosure. The choice of a NEMA 4X enclosure joins the explosion-proof enclosure options and is now available flow meter mounted or remote mounted on a 2” or smaller pipe. The NEMA 4X enclosure offers options for local Modbus access ports via USB port or hardwired access through strain relief for data log retrieval and configuration of the unit.

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Rugged Embedded System

Connect Tech (Guelph, Ontario) announces Rosie, its latest rugged embedded system, based on the NVIDIA® Jetson™ TX1. Housed in a compact enclosure with optional mounting brackets, Rosie features the NVIDIA Maxwell™ architecture with 236 CUDA cores delivering over 1 TeraFLOPs of performance with a 64-bit ARM A57 CPU.

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Zero-Emissions Electric Aircraft: Theory vs Reality

Many different electrically propelled aircraft have been or are soon to be flying. Recently a zero-emissions electric aircraft, Solar Impulse, flew around the world with zero fuel. However, an electric aircraft with the payload and range of a B-777 and having zero-emissions is a few more decades in the future.

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The Effect of Substrate Emissivity on the Spectral Emission of a Hot-Gas Overlayer

Recently, in operando optical investigations of high temperature solid oxide electrochemical cells (SOECs) have gained significant traction with several research groups motivated by a need to directly correlate electrochemical performances of SOECs with their associated and complex electrode processes. These techniques (including Raman spectroscopy, ambient x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, near-infrared thermal imaging, and Fourier transform infrared emission spectroscopy) have demonstrated a significant advantage over traditional, indirect experimental methods by providing direct, non-invasive information in real time along with high temporal, spatial, and/or molecular resolution.

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Process Approach to Determining Quality Inspection Deployment

As new technologies are implemented in manufacturing areas, inspection processes will be affected. Often because product quality has increased or automated inspection equipment has been introduced, the inspection activity may be reduced or eliminated. In many cases a disciplined process is needed to evaluate performance data against risk to determine if this change is warranted.

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Experimental Setup to Assess Blast and Penetration- Induced Secondary Debris in a Military Operations in Urban Terrain (MOUT) Environment

As part of Project Agreement on Military Operations in Urban Terrain (MOUT), the US Army Research Laboratory’s (ARL’s) Explosives Effects Branch supported a series of experiments conducted in Meppen, Germany (DEU), to understand loading on personnel protective equipment (PPE) produced during urban weapon attacks. These experiments were conducted by detonating an explosive charge placed on a brick wall to create secondary debris that would impact the US-designed collection medium.

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