Electronics & Computers

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.

Posted in: Articles, Aerospace, Defense, Computers, Electronics & Computers, Computer software / hardware, Imaging, Telecommunications, Autonomous vehicles, Military vehicles and equipment, Unmanned aerial vehicles
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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.

Posted in: Application Briefs, Aerospace, Communications, Defense, Thermal Management, Data Acquisition, Robotics, Marine vehicles and equipment, Unmanned aerial vehicles
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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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Military Grade Lithium Batteries

Tadiran (Lake Success, NY) has introduced the TLM Series of military grade lithium metal oxide batteries. TLM military grade batteries are cylindrical in shape, constructed with a carbon-based anode, multi metal oxide cathode, organic electrolyte, and a shut-down separator for enhanced safety. These batteries feature an open circuit voltage of 4V, a discharge capacity of 500 mAh (20 mA at 2.8V RT), and the ability to handle 5A continuously and 15A maximum pulses.

Posted in: Products, Aerospace, Defense, Batteries
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3U VPX Graphics Board

WOLF Advanced Technology’s (Ontario, Canada) new 3U VPX board, the VPX3U-GTX850M, is developed using NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX-850M – CUDA powered 28nm GM107 GPU – which is clocked at 862MHz and has 5 Streaming Multiprocessors for Maxwell (SMMs) each housing 128 Arithmetic Logic Units (ALUs) for a combined total of 640 Shader cores for CUDA or OpenCL parallel processing. An additional 40 Texture Mapping Units and 16 Render Output Processors, with a massive 2MB L2 cache and 2GB of GDDR5 memory – running a 128-bit interface – offers DirectX 11.2 or OpenGL 4.4 rendering capability per watt. The GPU also supports the sixth generation PureVideo HD video engine (VP6) for hardware decoding of MPEG2 and H.264 compressed video at resolutions up to 4K.

Posted in: Products, Aerospace, Defense, Board-Level Electronics, Software
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USB Load Cells

LC411-USBH low-profile compression load cells from Omega enable 1000 readings per second and feature a USB output to connect directly to a computer. Free PC software simplifies data logging and charting. Also included are .NET APIs and a command set for command line access. No additional power supply is needed. The load cell is powered directly from the computer’s USB port. More detail at http://articles.sae.org/13460.

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Trimming Wiring Harnesses Becomes Design Focus

Wires and cables help design teams add electronic features and functions, but networks and wiring harnesses add a fair amount of weight while their connections can be the cause of failures. That’s prompting developers to examine ways to reduce the size and weight of wires and cables. Read more at http://articles.sae.org/13419.

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Open Generic Avionics Architectures and Distributed Processing Using Ethernet and VPX

The backplane and hardware module standards help to increase part commonality and the reuse of components in different system architectures and applications, but this is only one part of the system design challenge. While the specified footprint, backplane format, and electrical signal characteristics help the design of modular hardware and open architectures, they still tell very little about how modular (and unambiguous) the interfacing among functions and their interactions are. This aspect is covered at the system integration (network) layer.

Posted in: Articles, Aerospace, Defense, Electronics & Computers, Architecture, Avionics
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Small Form Factor Strategies for Military Embedded Systems

The proliferation of unmanned military vehicles tasked with critical communications and radar requirements drives the need for powerful data acquisition and signal processing products that must fit into increasingly tighter spaces. New industry standards meeting these needs offer smaller circuit boards and enclosures, optical gigabit serial links, and advanced thermal management strategies. With new resources found in the latest processors and FPGAs, system designers can now create powerful, compact systems surpassing performance levels achievable only a few years ago.

Posted in: Articles, Aerospace, Defense, Electronics & Computers, Electronic equipment, Radar, Thermal management, Data acquisition, Autonomous vehicles, Military vehicles and equipment, Unmanned aerial vehicles
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