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  • Signal processing
     → October 2018
    Newer 28 nm ADCs enable next-generation EW receiver systems

    Newer 28 nm ADCs enable next-generation EW receiver systems

    David Brown (Analog Devices); Peter Delos (Analog Devices )
    The high-speed ADC [analog-to-digital converter] is a primary design consideration in all wideband electronic warfare (EW) receivers; it largely determines system architecture and overall detect-and-observe capability.

    Signal processing
     → January 2016
    Bandwidth is king in aerospace and defense applications

    Bandwidth is king in aerospace and defense applications

    Ian Beavers (Analog Devices)
    One of the most important factors for success in an LPI system is to use the widest signal transmission bandwidth possible to disguise complex waveforms as noise.

    FPGAs
     → January 2015
    Beamforming: FPGAs rise to the challenge

    Beamforming: FPGAs rise to the challenge

    Denis Smetana (Curtiss-Wright Defense Solutions)
    Several design approaches exist for implementing beamforming processing tasks, with options ranging from GPUs to multicore CPUs, DSPs, and FPGAs. The unique strengths of FPGAs make them an increasingly appealing choice for beamforming when compared to their counterparts.

    FMC
     → Spring/Summer 2016
    Very high-speed sampling and serial ADCs in embedded systems

    Very high-speed sampling and serial ADCs in embedded systems

    Thierry Wastiaux (Interface Concept)
    Latest-generation active electronically scaled array (AESA) radar systems can have thousands of TX/RX modules. High bandwidth is needed to connect each array element data converter to the FPGAs that process incoming and generate outgoing data streams. New software-defined radio systems use advanced ... [read more]

    Mixed signal
     → November 2014
    The art and science of RF and mixed-signal design

    The art and science of RF and mixed-signal design

    Alessandro Piovaccari (Silicon Labs)
    Over the past few decades, mixed-signal integrated circuit (IC) design has been one of the most exciting and technically challenging segments of the semiconductor industry. Despite all of the advances that have occurred in the semiconductor industry over that time span, the one constant need is stil... [read more]

    Sensors
     → November 2014
    White Paper: Analog Signal Conditioning for Accurate Measurements

    White Paper: Analog Signal Conditioning for Accurate Measurements

    Staff (Sealevel Systems, Inc.)
    Q: Should I put some sort of circuit between my sensor and an analog-to-digital converter? A: Yes. You probably need some signal conditioning. The explanation in this paper goes on for a bit, but stay with it and you'll understand what you need and why you need it.

    High-Energy Physics
     → Summer 2015
    MicroTCA.4 continues culture of COTS signal processing at DESY

    MicroTCA.4 continues culture of COTS signal processing at DESY

    Brandon Lewis (Assistant Managing Editor)
    In this interview with engineers in the Machine Beam Controls Group at DESY, Holger Schlarb and Michael Fenner discuss the data acquisition requirements of the accelerator community, as well as how a tradition of using COTS signal processing solutions continues to improve uptime and maximize perform... [read more]

    A/D converters
     → December 2015
    White Paper: Critical Techniques for High-Speed A/D Converters in Real-Time Systems

    White Paper: Critical Techniques for High-Speed A/D Converters in Real-Time Systems

    Rodger Hosking (Pentek, Inc.)
    An A/D (Analog-to-Digital) converter, frequently abbreviated as ADC, accepts an analog voltage at the input and produces a digital representation of that voltage at the output that's called a "sample". The two primary characteristics of A/Ds are the rate of conversion or sampling rate, expressed in ... [read more]

    radar
     → Winter 2017
    Small-form-factor solutions revolutionize system architectures

    Small-form-factor solutions revolutionize system architectures

    Rodger H. Hosking (Pentek, Inc. )
    Radar, communications, and SIGINT [signals intelligence] systems have traditionally combined sensor processing, data conversion, and signal processing hardware within single enclosures or equipment racks. Analog signals for antennas, transducers and other sensors were connected through cables, often... [read more]

    FMC
     → Winter BG 2014
    Cost benefits of FPGA and FMC for embedded systems
development

    Cost benefits of FPGA and FMC for embedded systems development

    Jason Cella (4DSP)
    The FPGA Mezzanine Card (FMC), as defined by industry standard VITA 57.1, can be used to greatly improve project risk management and bring products to market faster due to its flexibility and performance. FMCs are very effective for system upgrades and technology insertion, and using them makes it e... [read more]

    voltage references
     → October 2014
    Shutting out the noise: Voltage references for precision analog signal paths in space applications

    Shutting out the noise: Voltage references for precision analog signal paths in space applications

    Dan Goodhew (Intersil Corp)
    When designers are trying to select a component in the signal path of a satellite system, it is often difficult to find a device with both the radiation tolerance and accuracy required. Signal integrity is, after all, the key specification when designing an analog signal chain. The main causes of er... [read more]

    Software Defined Radio (SDR)
     → October 2014
    Multiband military communications challenges overcome by software-defined radio

    Multiband military communications challenges overcome by software-defined radio

    Duncan Bosworth (Analog Devices)
    The ability to access accurate, real-time information across secure data links is a cornerstone of any successful military campaign. This ability is especially needed today given the requirement of the command-and-control center to communicate directly and instantly with soldiers in the field via bo... [read more]

    radar
     → January 2015
    Space Fence radar system to identify, track space junk

    Space Fence radar system to identify, track space junk

    Sally Cole (Senior Editor)
    Space Fence, a fully digital S-band radar system, is being built for the U.S. Air Force by Lockheed Martin to better identify and track space junk to help protect military satellites and other space assets by preventing conjunctions and the creation of more debris – hurtling along at speeds of 17,50... [read more]

    Embedded software
     → Spring 2016
    Adding advanced server-management features to ATCA IPMCs

    Adding advanced server-management features to ATCA IPMCs

    Mark Overgaard (Pentair Electronics Protection )
    With substantial convergent forces pushing data center and network center functionality together, AdvancedTCA (ATCA) server blades can further strengthen their management credentials by adding advanced server-management facilities at the hardware platform management (HPM) level.

    FMC+
     → November 2016
    White Paper: WFMC+ Mezzanine Card Evolution for Low Latency and High Bandwidth Solutions

    White Paper: WFMC+ Mezzanine Card Evolution for Low Latency and High Bandwidth Solutions

    Staff (Annapolis Micro Systems, Inc.)
    FMC+ is the next generation of FMC specification (VITA 57.4) that addresses the growing need for high speed wideband analog I/O.

    Oscilloscopes
     → April 2016
    White Paper: High-Resolution Measurements with R&S Oscilloscopes

    White Paper: High-Resolution Measurements with R&S Oscilloscopes

    Staff (Rohde & Schwarz GmbH)
    With the RTO-K17/RTE-K17 High Definition Option the user will see more signal details with up to 16 bit vertical resolution. In combination with the superior analog front end of the RTO and RTE, the user has a versatile instrument in his hands to analyze a wide range of applications. From Switch Mo... [read more]

    Embedded software
     → October 2015
    Software-defined radio is key to seamless and effective military communication

    Software-defined radio is key to seamless and effective military communication

    Stephanie Chiao (Per Vices Corporation)
    Software defined radios offers secure wireless nodes, engages with different devices, and provides low latency point-to-point wireless links.

    Embedded software
     → October 2015
    SCA-based software-defined radios: Vision, reality, and current status

    SCA-based software-defined radios: Vision, reality, and current status

    Lee Pucker (The Wireless Innovation Forum)
    Software communications architecture is driving a second generation of SDR market adoption.

    MIL-STD-1553
     → Fall 2014
    MIL-STD-1553 IP cores challenge traditional IC implementation

    MIL-STD-1553 IP cores challenge traditional IC implementation

    Marc Foster (Sealevel Systems)
    Forty years since its release, MIL-STD-1553 is evolving from traditional Integrated Circuits (ICs) to Intellectual Property (IP) cores integrated with Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs). The advantages of IP core implementation include cost reduction, the ability to upgrade and adapt a design ov... [read more]

    VSO
     → Winter BG 2014

    VITA Standards Organization activity updates

    Jerry Gipper (Editorial Director)
    The November VITA Standards Organization (VSO) meeting was hosted by Xilinx at their Longmont, CO facility. Over 30 people were in attendance to participate in status updates and several working group discussions. This update is based on the results of this meeting. Visit the VITA website (www.vita.... [read more]

    PC/104
     → Fall 2014

    Standard and custom peripheral cards: A hallmark of the PC/104 architecture

    Dr. Paul Haris (PC/104 Consortium Chairman and President)
    As anyone in this business knows, there is no single embedded architecture that can serve all applications with appropriate solutions. Tradeoffs are abundant, and it is not even the industry that defines an architecture’s applicability; rather, that decision is made by the application and level of d... [read more]

    xTCA
     → Spring 2017
    Recent developments based on PICMG xTCA for Physics standards

    Recent developments based on PICMG xTCA for Physics standards

    Ray Larsen (SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory); Kay Rehlich (DESY); Andrew Young (SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory)
    The xTCA for Physics PICMG standards work began in 2009 after several years of investigation into the suitability of ATCA as a controls platform for several new accelerators then under consideration.

    xTCA
     → Spring 2017
    SHB Express still going strong - PICMG 1.3 application examples

    SHB Express still going strong - PICMG 1.3 application examples

    Jim Renehan (Trenton Technology)
    PICMG got its start back in 1994 with the development of the first edge card computing industry standard: PICMG 1.0. Since then edge card computing has evolved to incorporate the latest PCI Express interface methodology and implementation standards in the SHB Express or PICMG 1.3 industry standard.

    embedded hardware
     → July/August 2015
    Counterfeit IC threat evolves with spread of clone parts

    Counterfeit IC threat evolves with spread of clone parts

    John McHale (Editorial Director)
    The better government and industry get at detecting counterfeit parts, the better counterfeiters get at fooling detection techniques, especially today with remanufactured or cloned parts adding to the threat. They are an imminent threat as they can permeate military systems, from fighter jets to nuc... [read more]

    Software Defined Radio (SDR)
     → December 2015
    White Paper: Software Defined Radio Handbook (11th Edition)

    White Paper: Software Defined Radio Handbook (11th Edition)

    Rodger Hosking (Pentek, Inc.)
    SDR (Software-Defined Radio) has revolutionized electronic systems for a variety of applications including communications, data acquisition and signal processing. This handbook shows how DDCs (Digital Downconverters) and DUCs (Digital Upconverters), the fundamental building blocks of SDR, can replac... [read more]

    cyber
     → February/March 2016
    Military helicopter avionics upgrades embrace COTS, FACE

    Military helicopter avionics upgrades embrace COTS, FACE

    Sally Cole (Senior Editor)
    Avionics designers are also addressing cybersecurity concerns in modern aircraft cockpits

    digital imaging
     → Nov/Dec 2014

    Digital image processing

    Charlotte Adams (GE Intelligent Platforms)
    High-definition (HD) digital electro-optic and infrared sensors are shoveling evermore data into the battle space. How can soldiers get that information quickly enough to act on it in a timely manner?

    Manufacturing
     → March 2017
    White Paper: Put the Power of Industry 4.0 in Your Pocket: Meet the Pocket IO

    White Paper: Put the Power of Industry 4.0 in Your Pocket: Meet the Pocket IO

    Staff (Maxim Integrated)
    Maxim's Pocket IO PLC Development Platform provides designers and industrial engineers the flexibility to experiment, to find the best solution for reduced power dissipation and small form factors in PLC designs.

    Power
     → February 2017
    White Paper: Powering IoT Infrastructure Systems with Digital Multiphase

    White Paper: Powering IoT Infrastructure Systems with Digital Multiphase

    Staff (Intersil Corporation)
    IoT growth is pushing infrastructure equipment to the limit in terms of processing power and bandwidth. For power designers, the main challenge is how to efficiently power and cool this equipment, while ensuring minimal electricity usage.

    Medical applications
     → November 2015
    White Paper: Medical Applications User Guide

    White Paper: Medical Applications User Guide

    David Niewolny, Healthcare Segment Manager (Freescale Semiconductor)
    134 pages of inspiration for your next design. When you're ready to begin your next medical device design project, start with our Medical Applications User Guide. It's filled with ideas and resources to help you on the way to developing the next breakthrough medical product.

    Interface
     → Spring 2016

    PICMG standards updates, improvements

    Joe Pavlat (Editorial Director)
    Below are highlights from the current efforts of the PICMG technical community to update and improve a number of popular PICMG standards.

    counterfeit
     → July/August 2015
    Mitigating the risk of counterfeit electronics

    Mitigating the risk of counterfeit electronics

    Ed Smith (Avnet)
    Counterfeit parts are a serious business. The top four most-counterfeited components alone affect $281.5 billion worth of semiconductor markets, and it's estimated that electronics-part counterfeiting costs U.S. semiconductor manufacturers around $7.5 billion per year. . The best way to mitigate thi... [read more]

    analog
     → October 2014
    White Paper: Determining an Effective Analog Sampling Rate

    White Paper: Determining an Effective Analog Sampling Rate

    Jon Titus (Sealevel Systems, Inc.)
    Q: How often should my equipment make measurements? A: This question often arises when people draft plans to automatically measure a physical quantity such as temperature, pressure, acidity, liquid level, and so on. You can approach this problem in several ways, from an educated guess to a mat... [read more]

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