Electronics & Computers

Embedded Switch Fabrics

Mercury Systems, Inc. (Chelmsford, MA) has announced its Micro Via Radial Interconnect (MVRI) technology. MVRI improves OpenVPX™ switch fabric interconnect data rates by increasing the signal integrity margin approximately three-fold, enabling switch fabrics and point-to-point connections to run faster and more reliably. MVRI technology is scalable, enabling it to support signaling rates greater than 14 wGbaud per channel. Planned future fabric implementations, using InfiniBand enhanced data rate (EDR) or 100Gb Ethernet, especially benefit from the performance boost MVRI technology delivers. Intel® Xeon® server-class OpenVPX ecosystems in combination with the latest InfiniBand and Ethernet switch fabrics provide the embedded processing capability needed for challenging electronic warfare (EW) and C4ISR processing applications.

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Data Acquisition Module

Diamond Systems Corp. (Mountain View, CA) has introduced DSMPE-DAQ0804, a rugged data acquisition PCIe MiniCard module. The DS-MPE-DAQ0804 offers eight 16-bit analog input channels, four 16-bit analog output channels, and 21 configurable digital I/O lines in a PCIe MiniCard form factor, with an extended operating temperature of -40 °C to +85 °C. The analog inputs provide single-ended and differential capability, 4 programmable input ranges, and 100 KHz aggregate sample rate. Features of the analog input circuitry include an integrated programmable timer to control A/D sample rates automatically.

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VPX Single Board Computer

GE Intelligent Platforms (Charlottesville, VA) has announced the SBC626 rugged 6U VPX single board computer (SBC). The technology features the quad-core 4th generation Intel ®Core™ i7 processor (Haswell). The Haswell processor supports PCI Express® Gen3 technology and USB 3.0, providing bandwidth for on-board and offboard connectivity. The SBC626 also includes an optional Security Hub field programmable gate array. The FPGA combines a mix of passive and active features to allow users to develop an onboard anti-tamper capability. The computer also provides support for AXIS, GE’s Advanced Multiprocessor Integrated Software development environment.

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Digital Input Board

United Electronic Industries (UEI) (Walpole, MA) has released the DNx-DIO-449, 48 channel, digital input board. The board is compatible with all of UEI’s popular Cube, RACKtangle and FlatRACK chassis. Features include: Input range from 3.3 V to 150 V; monitors both AC and DC inputs; monitors contact closures without external components; fully programmable logic high/low levels and hysteresis; automatic change-of-state detection with 200 μS resolution time stamps; built-in A/D for analog voltage measurement of each input; internal signal injection for BIT (Built-In-self-Test).

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Going Off-Road With Hard-Carbon Lithium-Ion Battery Technology

EnerDel’s second-generation Mobile Hybrid Power System (MHPS) was delivered in May to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Research and Development Center in Champaign, IL. It offers a reduction in diesel fuel consumption of up to 70% “in most use cases as demonstrated by the military.” The MHPS-80, as delivered to USACE-ERDC, features an onboard 15-kW charging generator, an 80-kW·h lithium-ion battery system, power inverter, and dc input for wind and solar energy. Read more at http://articles.sae.org/13540/.

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Power Loss and Data Integrity in Military SSDs

For the defense industry, NAND Flash, with its lack of moving parts, has made it the common storage medium for a variety of field applications. With its small size, low power usage, high performance and robustness in extreme environments, choosing solid state storage has been a clear choice from the beginning.

Posted in: Articles, DTB, Aerospace, Defense, Power Management, Computer software / hardware, Computer software and hardware, Computer software / hardware, Computer software and hardware, Military aircraft, Rotary-wing aircraft
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Mil-Aero Design Embraces Intelligent Application-Ready ATCA Platforms

Cohesive Hardware/Software Solutions Accelerate Development of High Performance Data and Video Applications

Telecommunications design continues its evolution toward higher bandwidth and performance, fueled by growth in Giga-bit Ethernet, wireless network systems and competitive business models incorporating multi-play network services. Similar data-rich applications characterize military design, with a broad spectrum of image-intensive applications powering modern warfare. With fewer troops on the ground, more use of reconnaissance gathered via autonomous vehicles, and real-time feeds informing command and operations, system developers must deliver more network-centric solutions and applications that offer ideal support to today's warfighter.

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Unmanned Ocean Drone

Liquid Robotics
Sunnyvale, CA
408-636-4200
www.liquidr.com

Accurately forecasting weather conditions and currents prior to mission deployment is an invaluable intelligence tool for the warfighter. Being able to accurately predict a Category-5 typhoon or hurricane, instead of a tropical storm, also saves lives, saves property, and saves time in evacuations. The Liquid Robotics' Wave Glider®, a surfboard-sized ocean drone filled with sensors, computers, and communications equipment, can survive a Category-5 typhoon while continuously collecting and transmitting meteorological and oceanographic data. Previously this type of data was unobtainable because it was too risky to send manned ships out in the middle of a hurricane/typhoon; buoys can become severely damaged or come off their moorings in such conditions; and satellites have difficulty seeing through the dense cloud cover.

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True DC Switch and X-Band Core Chip

Peregrine Semiconductor Corp. (San Diego, CA) recently introduced two new integrated products—a True DC switch and an X-band core chip. Built on Peregrine’s UltraCMOS® technology, both products integrate RF, digital and analog components onto a single chip.

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Mini Embedded Systems

4DSP (Austin, TX) builds mini embedded systems in the FMC (FPGA Mezzanine Card) form factor. The FMCs are stacked over one another. A typical system features a 12V-30V DC input power supply; Atom CPU + 64GB SSD + Gigabit Ethernet; and Kintex-7 FPGA with 1 GB DR3 SDRAM. The ruggedized, approximately 3" × 3" form factor can be conduction cooled.

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