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  • 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.

    SoC
     → September 2014
    Market conditions swing in favor of the custom SoC

    Market conditions swing in favor of the custom SoC

    Diya Soubra (ARM)
    The system-on-chip (SoC) is now a part of almost all electronic systems. As an integrated circuit (IC) that pulls together microprocessor cores, systems logic, and I/O functions, the SoC enables a wide range of product designs and is driving new markets such as the Internet of Things (IoT) and the c... [read more]

    DSP
     → Fall 2016
    Using DSP and RF circuit co-design to reduce risk and cost

    Using DSP and RF circuit co-design to reduce risk and cost

    Murthy Upmaka (Keysight Technologies, Inc.)
    In all areas of business, increased communication leads to more streamlined processes and greater potential for success. This is no less true in system design. Within large design organizations, baseband field programmable gate array (FPGA) and radio frequency (RF) signal processing communities have... [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]

    Smart Energy
     → August 2014
    Greener power requires smarter grids

    Greener power requires smarter grids

    Markus Staeblein (Texas Instruments (TI)); Kripa Venkat (Texas Instruments (TI))
    Grid parity will bring power from renewable sources that cost the same or less than power from fossil fuels and other traditional energy sources. We will achieve these low renewable energy costs through a continued investment in solar and wind turbine technology development and manufacturing, but al... [read more]

    hardware
     → Fall 2015

    PC/104: Ready solutions

    Stephen St. Amant (PC/104 Consortium President)
    A dozen people sit around a large conference-room table. A few have visitor's badges. Everyone has a smart device of some sort. Many have engineering notebooks and pens. Business cards have been cordially exchanged, and cups of coffee are still too hot to drink. In the middle of the table sits an as... [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.

    Signal processing
     → October 2018
    FMC enhancements for growing high-speed data needs

    FMC enhancements for growing high-speed data needs

    Dylan Lang (Samtec)
    Field-programmable gate array (FPGA) technology has proven to be invaluable to embedded designers for many years. Often acting as an all-in-one solution, FPGAs negate the need for ASIC [application-specific integrated circuit] technology and reduce the cost of custom IP algorithms in silicon. FPGAs ... [read more]

    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]

    Industrial hardware
     → 2014 Resource Guide
    What can an embedded PLC do for your controls solution?

    What can an embedded PLC do for your controls solution?

    Don Divelbiss, P.E. (Divelbiss Corporation)
    Take control down a level - Single-chip PLCs simplify programming and ease system development for automation apps.

    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.

    embedded hardware
     → July/August 2015

    DNA marking of ICs still causing discontent

    John McHale (Editorial Director)
    The Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) caused quite a stir among authorized integrated circuit (IC) suppliers and original component manufacturers (OCMs) in 2013 when - in an effort to mitigate counterfeits - it essentially required them to mark their Federal Supply Class (FSC) 5962 IC parts with plant ... [read more]

    Signal processing
     → October 2017

    DARPA's Electronics Resurgence Initiative addresses eventual saturation of Moore's Law

    Mariana Iriarte (Associate Editor)
    In an effort to address Moore's Law before engineers run out of time, Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA) officials recently launched the Electronics Resurgence Initiative (ERI). The initiative consists of six programs in which engineers from government, industry, and academia, will spe... [read more]

    Signal processing
     → November/December 2017
    Capacitive load switching sources in military systems: How to extend relay switching life and reliability

    Capacitive load switching sources in military systems: How to extend relay switching life and reliability

    Mike Baldwin (TE Connectivity)
    With high-performance electromechanical relays continuing to play an important part in military and aerospace applications, it is important for engineers to capture all the electrical requirements. A critical area is extending relay switching life under capacitive transient high inrush current condi... [read more]

    3D printing
     → September 2014

    Defense electronics and 3D printing

    John McHale (Editorial Director)

    Obsolescence
     → Fall 2014
    Designing for forward and backward compatibility is key to managing obsolescence

    Designing for forward and backward compatibility is key to managing obsolescence

    Michael Carter (IXI)
    The military and defense community struggles with the issue of obsolescence as it works to accept new designs for COTS products. This environment requires suppliers, especially smaller ones, to innovate or die. But the outlook is not bleak for companies that are able to produce products with high va... [read more]

    FPGA
     → November 2014
    Strategies for verifying an FPGA design

    Strategies for verifying an FPGA design

    David Kelf (OneSpin Solutions)
    The escalating cost, time, and risk associated with custom integrated circuit (IC) fabrication has driven increased field programmable gate array (FPGA) usage across electronics applications. FPGAs are larger, faster, and more power-efficient than ever, and bring a number of capabilities unavailable... [read more]

    Obsolescence
     → October 2014
    Designing for forward and backward compatibility is key to managing obsolescence

    Designing for forward and backward compatibility is key to managing obsolescence

    Michael Carter (IXI)
    The military and defense community struggles with the issue of obsolescence as it works to accept new designs for COTS products. This environment requires suppliers, especially smaller ones, to innovate or die. But the outlook is not bleak for companies that are able to produce products with high va... [read more]

    counterfeit parts
     → October 2014
    Counterfeit threat taking malicious turn?

    Counterfeit threat taking malicious turn?

    Don Sawyer (Avnet)
    In June 2014, an American contractor from Massachusetts admitted to conspiring to traffic counterfeit military goods for his role in shipping counterfeit semiconductors from Hong Kong to a U.S. Navy submarine base in Connecticut. The chips – sold as new – were actually refurbished and remarked. Had ... [read more]

    embedded hardware
     → March 2017

    Safety-certifiable COTS case

    Charlotte Adams (Abaco Systems)
    In commercial aviation, one of the most safety-conscious industries in existence, hardware and software developers must design and test their products according to rigorous safety standards. The most well-known are DO-254 for computer hardware, such as integrated circuits (ICs) and field-programmabl... [read more]

    OpenRFM
     → WInter BG 2014
    Digital meets RF

    Digital meets RF

    Jerry Gipper (Editorial Director)
    In the not too distant past, computers and RF were not to be in the same room, let alone the same piece of computing equipment. Then over the years the two became friendlier as microprocessors were used to control radios and eventually led to the creation of soft radios and today’s highly popular sm... [read more]

    3D printing
     → Fall 2014

    Defense electronics and 3D printing

    John McHale (Editorial Director)
    The Department of Defense (DoD) is notorious for kicking tires on new technology for years before deploying it in mission-critical applications – and only after rigorous testing. However, with 3D printing they seem to be doing more than kicking the tires.

    OpenVPX
     → Fall 2014

    Pacific Pivot focus accelerates demand for OpenVPX server-class embedded processing

    John Bratton (Mercury Systems)
    Over the past several years, the Obama administration has indicated it would be changing focus from the Middle East and rebalance, or pivot, toward the Pacific. This "Pacific Pivot" regional strategy will require new roles and missions in "more contested" environments, which means that airborne inte... [read more]

    processing
     → Winter 2015
    The advantages and disadvantages of using commodity ARM evaluation platforms in production

    The advantages and disadvantages of using commodity ARM evaluation platforms in production

    Eric Rossi (EMAC, Inc)
    Most folks in the ARM embedded world are familiar with names like Raspberry PI, BeagleBone, Xplained, etc. These boards, as well as a whole host of others from various ARM board manufacturers, have enticing price points that lure us into considering them for use in production products. This class of... [read more]

    embedded hardware
     → Nov/Dec 2015
    More efficient power supplies using health monitoring

    More efficient power supplies using health monitoring

    Mariana Iriarte (Associate Editor)
    Continuous monitoring is a more valid way of testing, often giving more insight into the failure modes and interaction with the rest of the system.

    embedded hardware
     → November 2015
    Battling the heat in military CPUs

    Battling the heat in military CPUs

    Tim Fleury (Mercury Systems)
    By understanding the thermal profile for each component that makes up a system using CFD, it is possible to innovate methods for the mass transfer of thermal energy.

    COM Express
     → Fall 2015
    Standardized COMs provide real reliability: Rugged COM Express

    Standardized COMs provide real reliability: Rugged COM Express

    Michael Plannerer (MEN Mikro Elektronik)
    Embedded systems continue to pack more performance into less space. This increases the degree and intensity of computing pressure that each element in a system endures.

    Embedded software
     → October 2015
    SDR security and shared spectrum challenges

    SDR security and shared spectrum challenges

    Mariana Iriarte (Associate Editor)
    The more challenging the signals become, the more powerful SDR hardware needs to become to handle the signal processing requirements of these wideband signals.

    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 software
     → Spring 2018
    Liquid cooling expands application spectrum for CompactPCI computers

    Liquid cooling expands application spectrum for CompactPCI computers

    Manuel Murer (EKF Elektronik); Wolfgang K. Weber (EKF Elektronik)
    In early December 2017, I had the honor of delivering one of the keynote speeches at the DESY MicroTCA Workshop in Hamburg, Germany. The workshop was well-attended, as 183 participants from 25 institutes and 23 companies gathered to share the latest developments in MicroTCA hardware, software, and a... [read more]

    Autonomous Driving
     → September 2015
    White Paper: Thermosets\' Cost and Reliability Advantages for Automotive Radar PCBs

    White Paper: Thermosets' Cost and Reliability Advantages for Automotive Radar PCBs

    Mike Miller, Senior Manager (Isola Group S.a.r.l.)
    New thermoset resins are emerging as a viable alternative for advanced automotive safety systems by offering cost and reliability advantages over thermoplastic materials.

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