SPI to MIL-STD-1553 Interface

Data Device Corporation (DDC) (Bohemia, NY) has introduced the Nano-ACE® BC/RT/MT MIL-STD-1553 terminal, the latest evolution in its Enhanced Mini-ACE® series, which has been in operation since 1999 with more than 800 million hours of in-service history. This new Nano-ACE® (BU-67833LC), which is an upgraded version of the BU-67743LC Nano-ACE RT, offers complete BC/RT/MT functionality, along with increased 32K ×17 RAM including parity capability, comprehensive autonomous built-in self-test, and the option to auto-initialize from an external EEPROM.

The Nano-ACE® BC/RT/MT utilizes a fast 50 MHz Serial Peripheral Interface (SPI) to reduce pin count and package size, enabling users to benefit from DDC's market-leading 1553 functionality and reliability, in an ultra-small package that provides the ability to create more compact and higher density boards. The BU-67833LC Nano-ACE's highly efficient +3.3V transceivers minimize power consumption and heat dissipation, enabling further board miniaturization through the use of smaller power and heat sinking components.

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Solid State Power Amplifier

COMTECH PST (Melville, NY) has introduced a new Gallium Nitride (GaN) amplifier for applications in the X-Band pulsed radar market. The AB linear design operates from 9.0 to 9.9 GHz frequency range over any instantaneous bandwidth of 500 MHz. Development of this product is intended for use in ruggedized radar applications. The amplifier design features Self Protection for Load VSWR, Duty Factor, Pulse Width, Temperature, as well as a graceful degradation in case of a RF power module failure. Custom configurations and features are available as well as specific power levels up to 16 kW.

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2.4 kW Fuel Cell Module

Intelligent Energy (Loughborough, UK) launched a new 2.4 kW fuel cell power product for the commercial UAV market with first deliveries planned for October 2019. This latest product can achieve much longer flight times, for example on a DJI M600 frame with an 11-liter 350Bar hydrogen cylinder, a retrospectively fitted 2.4 kW FCPM could achieve a flight time of over 2 hours compared to just 25 minutes with its battery power pack.

Two 2.4 kW modules can also be linked in parallel to provide up to 4.8 kW of power without the need for additional hardware. The module provides the continuous power to the UAV and is hybridized with a small battery to manage the peak loads. The module can be fitted onto a number of off-the-shelf frames. However, according to the manufacturer, efficiencies and flight time can be optimized even further on a customized frame.

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System Diagnostic Toolkit

Abaco Systems (Huntsville, AL) recently announced the Health Toolkit, a unique and innovative solution designed to maximize system reliability and success in mission critical environments such as electronic warfare, digital radar and flight control. Health Toolkit is a software/middleware tool, operating between the underlying hardware and the application software, that interrogates all aspects of the hardware's performance, optionally reports on its health via an intuitive GUI and enables corrective measures to be taken if necessary.

The Health Toolkit is unique in that it not only analyzes and reports on Abaco VPX hardware within the system, but also enables third party and custom hardware to be both integrated and interrogated and does so in a unified manner that makes the gathering and interpretation of data substantially easier. The granular data provided by the Health Toolkit can be used to identify patterns of behavior that can lead to hardware malfunction, enabling corrective action to be taken to prevent system failure. It also reports on resource utilization, allowing resources to be reassigned if necessary.

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Single Board Computer

Aitech (Chatsworth, CA) and Embedded Flight Systems, Inc. (EFSI) have partnered to integrate NASA's cFS (core Flight System) into Aitech's modular, powerful and flexible SP0-S space SBC. NASA's cFS is a platform-and project-independent, reusable software framework and set of reusable software applications. The cFS architecture is composed of three key aspects—a dynamic run-time environment, layered software and a component-based design—that combine to make the cFS suitable for reuse on any number of NASA flight projects and embedded software systems, at a significant cost savings.

The Aitech SP0-S features multiple hardware I/O and software options, including ample ECC-protected SDRAM. It also includes user Flash and EEPROM and auto-failover, redundant boot Flash, in addition to two on-board GbE ports, serial ports, discrete I/O, temperature sensors, three Watchdog timers, and more.

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Rugged COM Express Module

The CB71C Rugged COM Express Module from MEN (Nuremberg, Germany) is based on the AMD Ryzen Embedded family and can now be equipped with the new Ryzen Embedded R1000 SoC in addition to the Ryzen Embedded V1000 SoC. The new AMD Ryzen Embedded R1000 SoC features a Radeon Vega graphics engine with three compute units and support for up to three displays with a resolution of up to 4k without additional graphics hardware. With up to four powerful “Zen” processor cores, when using the AMD Ryzen Embedded V1000 SoC, the CB71C is also suitable for virtualization.

The modules with AMD Ryzen Embedded V1000 provide passive cooling and a temperature range from -40°C to +85°C are possible with the low-power versions. The CB71C can be equipped with up to 32 GB directly soldered DDR4 main memory and a 16 GB eMMC. PCI Express 3.0, DDI (DP, eDP, HDMI), SATA 3.0, Gigabit Ethernet and USB 3.0 are available as high-speed interfaces.

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