MEMs

Development of Soldier Conformable Antennas Using Conducting Polymers

Soldiers performing dismounted operations in the field use radios that have antennas with a distinct visible signature and can become easy targets. These antennas also tend to snag on other equipment or vegetation, creating a hazard and a distraction to any ongoing operation. Therefore, it has become necessary to develop an antenna that can conform to soldiers and be virtually indistinguishable from a soldier’s body armor.

Posted in: Briefs, Manufacturing & Prototyping, Antennas, Radio equipment, Protective clothing, Military vehicles and equipment
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Variable-Thrust, Multiple-Start Hybrid Motor Solutions

Interceptor boost propulsion has traditionally been dominated by solid rocket systems due to their responsiveness and high mass fraction capabilities. However, increased costs of handling these flammable motors, the need to evolve more and more insensitive munitions, the static thrust profile created at propellant casting, and the inherent performance limitations of solid propellants have motivated the interest in exploring alternate technologies.

Posted in: Briefs, Mechanical Components, Solid propellants, Product development, Hybrid engines
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Wheel Force Transducer

Aconcept wheel force transducer has been developed that can measure the forces and moments between a tire and a road on a High Mobility Multi-purpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV or Humvee) driven under off-road conditions. The proposed wheel force transducer is an important step in correcting the gap in current tire testing and modeling knowledge to ensure that future off-road vehicle models and simulation efforts are conducted with confidence. In order to obtain tire characteristics over off-road terrain, cost-effective field test equipment was required.

Posted in: Briefs, Mechanical Components, Tires and traction, Wheels, Test equipment and instrumentation, Off-highway vehicles and equipment
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Machine Control Interface Module

Trio Motion Technology (Tewkesbury, UK) has added to its MC464 Motion Coordinator machine controller range with the launch of its new EtherCAT Master drive interface module. The new module provides tightly synchronized control for up to 64 slave axes on the MC464 — up to seven modules may be added, each providing eight 100 nanosecond registration inputs which can be mapped to any axis. Trio’s MC464 Motion Coordinator is based on the 64-bit 400MHz MIPS processor with 64-bit position registers and double floating point maths for exceptional servo precision. With multitasking TrioBASIC programming, the central control unit includes analogue and digital I/O, status display, SD card memory expansion, axis synchronization and programming ports with a wide choice of half-and full-height expansion modules for drive technology, I/O expansion, factory and fieldbus communication.

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Stand-Alone Real-Time Clock/Calendar

Microchip Technology (Chandler, AZ) recently announced its first stand-alone I2CTM Real-Time Clock/Calendar (RTCC) family. All six MCP794XX devices are highly integrated at a low cost, including ample amounts of on-chip EEPROM and SRAM, as well as a user-lockable section of EEPROM available for a 64-bit reprogrammable unique ID that can be factory-programmed with a MAC address. The devices include digital trimming for time-of-day calibration, and a battery-switchover feature that supports backup power at very low voltage and current levels.

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Security Software

Express Logic (San Diego, CA) recently announced the integration of the μSSL™ Security Stack from Cypherbridge® Systems. μSSL implements a standards-based solution to achieve chip-to-chip and chip-to-server interoperabilty across wired and wireless networks. Integrated with Express Logic’s NetX Duo™ TCP/IP stack for IPv4/IPv6 operation, μSSL offers users of Express Logic’s ThreadX® RTOS an ideal solution for security-critical networked systems.

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Single-Chip Positioning Device

STMicroelectronics (Geneva, Switzerland) has introduced Teseo II, a new generation of single-chip stand-alone positioning receivers for Portable Navigation Devices, in-car navigation, and telematics applications. These Systems-on-Chips are the industry’s first monolithic devices capable of receiving signals from multiple satellite navigation systems, including GPS, GALILEO, GLONASS and QZSS. ST’s Teseo II family combines high positioning accuracy and indoor sensitivity performance with powerful processing capabilities and superior design flexibility.

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Mobile Secure Router

The LN1000 mobile secure router from Juniper Networks (Sunnyvale, CA) is an 8 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) port, ruggedized blade router that provides radio router protocol support with hardware based queuing and an integrated intrusion detection and prevention system. It is compliant with the IPv4 and IPv6 protocols and runs on the Juniper Networks Junos® operating system. Packaged in the VITA Standards Organization’s 4" x 6" x .85" VPX form factor, consuming less than 35 watts of power, and weighing less than 1.5 pounds, the LN1000 is usable in environments ranging from -40°C to +85°C.

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Embedded Graphics Card

VIA Technologies (Taipei, Taiwan) has announced the world’s first graphics card designed specifically for the embedded market. The VIA eH1 AIB features an advanced DirectX 10.1, OpenGL 3.1, OpenGL ES 2.0 compatible 64-bit architecture and offers multi-stream 1080p HD video decoding and Stereoscopic 3D rendering capability. The VIA eH1 also features the S3 Chrome 5400E GPU, the industry’s most power-efficient 64-bit discrete graphics solution, and is complimented with 512 MB of DDR3 memory.

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Maintaining Mobility

Fuel is one of the top three logistics drivers on the battlefield, along with water and ammunition. Fuel powers the vehicles that mobilize troops and keep communications and supply chains running, and is used in the generators that power forward operating bases. Transporting fuel to the front lines, however, has become extremely costly in both lives and dollars.

Posted in: Application Briefs, RFM Catchall, Logistics, Military vehicles and equipment
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