MTU Develops New Turbine Blade Material in Record Time

MTU Aero Engines announced in March that its internal experts and industry partners have jointly developed a new class of intermetallic, high-temperature materials for highly stressed engine components. Named titanium aluminide (TiAl), this new lightweight material is designed for turbine blades and combines the advantages of metallic and ceramic materials.

Posted in: Technology Update, Defense, Lightweight materials, Engine components

Flight Management System Software

Paris La Défense Cedex, France
+33 (0)1 57 77 86 26

Thales was recently selected by Northrop Grumman Corporation to have its state-of-the-art Flight Management System software, i-FMS200, embedded in the avionics mission equipment package that Northrop Grumman will provide to upgrade the US Army’s UH-60L Black Hawk helicopters. The upgraded version of the Black Hawk helicopter will be known as UH-60V.

Posted in: Application Briefs, Defense, Computer software / hardware, Flight management systems

COTS Rugged Systems

North Atlantic Industries
Bohemia, NY

North Atlantic Industries (NAI) recently received an initial contract from L-3 Maritime Systems for Custom-on-Standard Architecture™ (COSA™) COTS rugged systems for the Ship to Shore Connector (SSC) Data Acquisition Unit. The advanced, rugged intelligent I/O and communications subsystem delivers significant advantages for data acquisition and control solutions for the U.S. Navy’s new SSC program. The SSC is the successor to the Navy’s versatile Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC) vehicle, which is nearing its expected service life. Prime contractor for the detail design and construction of the Ship to Shore Connector, awarded under Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) Contract N00024-12-C-2401, is Textron Systems.

Posted in: Application Briefs, Defense, Data acquisition, Marine vehicles and equipment, Military vehicles and equipment

Embedded Computing Subsystems

GE Intelligent Platforms
Huntsville, AL

GE’s Intelligent Platforms division recently secured orders from General Dynamics UK valued at £64 million (~$100 million) to provide a range of embedded computing subsystems that will be deployed onboard the British Army’s SCOUT Specialist Vehicle (SV) platforms. The scalable, open architecture subsystems – which include Ethernet switches, gateway processors, data servers and video servers – will allow SCOUT SV platforms to be easily upgraded during their lifetime as new requirements and technologies emerge.

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Emergency Locator Transmitter (ELT) Shipsets

McMurdo Group
Lanham, MD

McMurdo Group, a company that specializes in end-to-end search and rescue (SAR) and maritime domain awareness (MDA) solutions, was recently selected by Embraer to provide complete Emergency Locator Transmitter (ELT) shipsets for its E Jets second generation of aircraft, known as the E Jets E2. The contract will include McMurdo Group’s Kannad Integra ELTs with its new ARINC GPS Interface fitted on the aircraft, and Kannad 406 MHz Survival ELTs for use by crewmembers in the cabin.

Posted in: Application Briefs, Defense, Electronic equipment, Emergency management

Portable Fluid Chiller

A low temperature fluid chiller, suitable for labs and plants, has been introduced by Thermonics Corp. (Mansfield, MA). The portable chiller recirculates heat-transfer fluids at precise temperatures needed to support industrial applications in chemical, energy, and electronics. The two-stage, cascade refrigeration chiller is capable of reaching –80°C. Designed for reliability during 24/7 temperature control, the fluid chiller is equipped with on-board diagnostics that help predict chiller health and avoid unexpected downtime. An intuitive touch-screen interface allows for set up of thermal profiles, viewing data and trends, and logging diagnostics. Communications interfaces (IEEE, RS232, Ethernet, USB) for remote chiller control.

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FPGA Chip and Protocol

MEN Micro Inc. (Blue Bell, PA) has released the CS1, an FPGA chip with an integrated AFDX protocol that provides a flexible alternative for communication in airplanes. The customizable CS1 enables users to build AFDX-based communication systems independent of a form factor. Specifically designed for the demands of safety-critical avionic applications, the new chip is a DO-254-compliant FPGA, certifiable up to DAL-A, with DAL-D certification support package available in March 2015. Developed according to ARINC 664P7-1, and in consideration of the specific Airbus and Boeing AFDX requirements, the CS1 can be used in applications of both airplane suppliers.

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M-PHY® Multi-Lead Probe

The Teledyne LeCroy M-PHY Multi-lead Probe allows developers using an embedded MPHY bus in their PCB designs to tap into the signal traces directly and capture bus traffic for protocol analysis and debugging. The probe allows for individual connection to each separate transmit-pair and receive- pair of each serial lane, allowing flexibility to connect to any accessible points on the surface of the PCB. Each connection uses a high-impedance electrical probe to minimize perturbation of the M-PHY bus signals, while providing reliable capture of all M-PHY traffic.

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VMEbus 4th Generation Intel® Core™ i7/i5 Processor Board

Concurrent Technologies (Colchester, UK) has announced VP B1x/msd, a 6U VME board based on a 4th generation Intel® Core™ i7/i5 processor. The headline variant of VP B1x/msd uses the quad-core i7-4700EQ processor that features new instructions to enhance vector processing and security along with improved graphics capability. Variants are also offered based on i5-4410E and i5-4422E processors for dual core based performance and power optimized solutions. All processor variants include Intel HD Graphics 4600 which has 20 execution units and can support three simultaneous display outputs.

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Low-Profile AC-DC Power Supplies

Schaefer Inc. (Hopkinton, MA) recently introduced the new low-profile TERa Series of Advanced Thermal Technology AC-DC power supplies. The TERa family offers three output power classes of 700, 1200 and 2000 Watts that are uniquely sealed in a heat conducting potting material. Featuring an ultra-wide temperature range of –50°C to 85°C, these units are designed for easy-to-connect parallel/ series operation if higher power or redundancy is needed.

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