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  • 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.

    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.

    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]

    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]

    Cyber Security
     → November/December 2018
    AI and military RF systems

    AI and military RF systems

    Ben Hilburn (DeepSig, Inc.); Manuel Uhm (Ettus Research/National Instruments (NI))
    Advances in artificial intelligence (AI) are enabling significant leaps in science and technology, including the fields of digital signal processing (DSP) and radio frequency (RF) systems. Methods nominally labeled as "AI" have been applied to radio systems for decades, but always with the goal of o... [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]

    embedded hardware
     → April/May 2017

    Electronic warfare and FPGAs: The need for speed

    Charlotte Adams (Abaco Systems)
    Electronic warfare (EW), the use of the electromagnetic spectrum to foil enemy forces and protect friendly ones, is perhaps the most time-sensitive of all the weapons in the military arsenal: a matter of nanoseconds could make the difference between life and death. That's why latency is so critical ... [read more]

    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]

    Signal processing
     → October 2017
    SDRs and designing for flexibility

    SDRs and designing for flexibility

    Brandon Malatest (Per Vices)
    The design of radio equipment for the military market has evolved significantly from the use of transistor-based circuits to specialized and powerful integrated circuits (ICs). Designs may be geared towards rigid, single-purpose platforms or towards flexible, application-agnostic systems with dedica... [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.

    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]

    radar
     → January/February 2019
    Configurable FPGAs: More than a point solution

    Configurable FPGAs: More than a point solution

    Paul Bundick (Curtiss-Wright Defense Solutions )
    Two major challenges confront developers of military radar-processing systems. The first challenge is that modern multiband radar sensors produce huge amounts of data that need to be brought into the system's digital-processing stage as accurately and rapidly as possible in order to generate actiona... [read more]

    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.

    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.

    Avionics
     → March 2018
    Military avionics get sleek with digital glass cockpit instruments and panoramic displays

    Military avionics get sleek with digital glass cockpit instruments and panoramic displays

    Sally Cole (Senior Editor )
    Among the latest in military avionics trends: Digital electronic displays, panoramic displays, software-defined radio (SDR), improved satellite communications, and precise navigation without GPS.

    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.

    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

    Signal processing
     → November/December 2017
    Increasing data-transfer performance in VPX systems

    Increasing data-transfer performance in VPX systems

    Thierry Wastiaux (Interface Concept)
    The combination of digital simulation and high-performance calculation is radically transforming industry and research. It is now possible to develop products and services without spending precious time and dollars on replicating work already done. This is certainly the case in the military and aero... [read more]

    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.

    Signal processing
     → January 2016

    RF tiptoes into the embedded world

    Lorne Graves (Mercury Systems )
    DoD has challenged microwave designers with creating subsystems with performance at or in some cases beyond the state of the art - and were just happy to get something that works, even at high cost.

    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.

     → 14th Edition

    Digitizing Footfall to Increase Physical Store Competitiveness

    Andrius Ojeras, Chief Executive Officer (SEMSeye)
    IoT Innovations Boost Sales Through Full Contextual Digital Engagement

     → 13th Edition

    Extreme Conditions Call for Extreme Signage

    Dwight Looi, Director of Product Development (IBASE Technology Inc.)
    Heavy-Duty Media Players for Outdoor and Vehicle Signage

    Signal processing
     → November/November 2017
    Programmability, connectivity requirements drive digital power supply design for military use

    Programmability, connectivity requirements drive digital power supply design for military use

    Mariana Iriarte (Technology Editor)
    Flexibility and programmability along with improved efficiencies and reduced footprints flavor requirements for military power supplies today from unmanned aircraft to ground vehicles to Navy warships.

    embedded hardware
     → January 2016
    Next-gen military radar system design innovations

    Next-gen military radar system design innovations

    Sally Cole (Senior Editor)
    The maturity of GaN technology isn't being driven by the military industry, but instead was primarily driven by the telecom industry well over a decade ago.

    Avionics
     → March 2018
    Modernizing a serial processing code to obtain optimal performance on an OpenVPX digital signal processing module

    Modernizing a serial processing code to obtain optimal performance on an OpenVPX digital signal processing module

    Beau Paisley (Arm); Tammy Carter ( Curtiss-Wright Defense Solutions)
    Serial algorithms can be evolved to a scalable, multithreaded, multiprocess implementation using ubiquitous and well-established high-performance computing (HPC) programming frameworks such as OpenMP and MPI. Such techniques are used in compute-intensive defense, aerospace, and industrial applicatio... [read more]

    Embedded software
     → Spring
    The road to achieving teraflop-scale computing in AdvancedTCA

    The road to achieving teraflop-scale computing in AdvancedTCA

    Martijn de Gouw (Prodrive Technologies); Eric van Uden (Prodrive Technologies); Andre van Herk (Prodrive Technologies)
    The proposal: Develop a high-performance machine vision design for use in an industrialized environment, requiring overall high availability and reliability. The challenge: To develop a high-density imaging platform that could scale up to multiple 42U racks.

    embedded hardware
     → February/March 2016
    Motor control in \

    Motor control in "more electric" aircraft

    Shen Wang (Microsemi)
    Many of the problems with the increasing complexity of motor controls for the brushless AC motors being used on MEA actuators can be solved with the implementation and use of flash-based FPGAs as their primary controller.

    cyber
     → Spring/Summer 2017

    Lockheed Martin continues fighting cybercrime for DoD

    Sally Cole (Senior Editor )
    A recently won $347 million contract enables Lockheed Martin to continue overseeing the world's largest accredited digital forensics lab for five more years, as the company continues its role as the prime contractor for the Department of Defense (DoD) Defense Cyber Crime Center (DC3). Operating unde... [read more]

    avionics
     → June 2018
    Trends in avionics connectors

    Trends in avionics connectors

    Russ Graves (TE Connectivity)
    After World War II, aviation electronics evolved away from electromechanical components toward electronic and digital technologies, as seen in the development of fly-by-wire systems. That evolution continues today, as both military and commercial aircraft use increasing amounts of computing power an... [read more]

    Automated Test Systems
     → February 2017
    White Paper: Automated Test Outlook 2017, Through the Eyes of NI\'s Cofounder: A Special Issue Guest - Edited by Dr. James Truchard

    White Paper: Automated Test Outlook 2017, Through the Eyes of NI's Cofounder: A Special Issue Guest - Edited by Dr. James Truchard

    Guest-Edited by Dr. James Truchard (National Instruments)
    In this special edition white paper, NI Cofounder Dr. James Truchard reflects on the past 40 years of test and measurement, identifies market and technology trends impacting today's test organizations, and looks forward to what lies ahead.

    Electronic Warfare
     → March 2017
    White Paper: Game-Changing Technologies in Electronic Warfare

    White Paper: Game-Changing Technologies in Electronic Warfare

    Staff (Abaco Systems)
    Recent advances in general purpose computing on graphics processing units (GPGPU) technology have opened new possibilities for their use in some EW applications.

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