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  •  → Resource Guide 2004

    FPGAs impact on next generation sensor digital signal processing

    Signal processing
     → January 2014
    Digital channelizer implemented on COTS FPGA board: A flexible solution for military signal processing

    Digital channelizer implemented on COTS FPGA board: A flexible solution for military signal processing

    Jeff Milrod (BittWare)
    One of the major challenges of modern military Digital Signal Processing (DSP) is dealing with the ever-widening bandwidth of digitized signals. Until fairly recently, analog-to-digital converters (A/D converters) were limited to only hundreds of MHz, so anything beyond that had to be dealt with usi... [read more]

    radar
     → January/February 2018
    Radar on the high seas

    Radar on the high seas

    Sally Cole (Senior Editor); John McHale (Editorial Director)
    Modern maritime radar systems for missile defense and navigation have become more precise by leveraging commercial signal processing and radio frequency (RF) components in modular designs that enable commonality with clear technology refresh paths.

    Signal processing
     → January 2014
    Common EW and radar systems for emerging military missions

    Common EW and radar systems for emerging military missions

    A. Lorne Graves (Mercury Systems)
    Due to shrinking Department of Defense (DoD) budgets and ever-decreasing platform size, the need to use common apertures and sensor chain elements for Electronic Warfare (EW) and radar systems is becoming a necessity. System developers must use common elements from Radio Frequency (RF) to processing... [read more]

    ARM + DSP
     → 2013-14 Resource Guide
    ARM + DSP makes an optimized SoC

    ARM + DSP makes an optimized SoC

    Monique DeVoe (Assistant Managing Editor)
    The use of ARM CPUs is growing in Systems-on-Chip (SoC) platforms, as the generic ARM architecture lends well to a wide variety of systems and applications. However, while ARM processors are ideally suited for system management functions, they typically struggle with processing-intensive tasks such ... [read more]

    DSP
     → January 2011
    White Paper: Intel(r) x86-Based Digital Signal Processing - Using the Intel(r) Architecture in High-Performance Military Embedded Signal Processing Applications

    White Paper: Intel(r) x86-Based Digital Signal Processing - Using the Intel(r) Architecture in High-Performance Military Embedded Signal Processing Applications

    Ian Stalker (Curtiss-Wright Controls Embedded Computing)
    Historically, processors from the PowerPC(r)/Power Architecture(r) family have been the dominant choice for implementing Digital Signal Processing in high-performance, embedded COTS military applications. Today however, the low-power, high-performance advantages of Intel(r) architecture processor ... [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]

    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.

    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]

    radar
     → January 2015
    Small radars enable detection in coastal zones

    Small radars enable detection in coastal zones

    Sally Cole (Senior Editor)
    For force protection in tight areas such as coastlines and coastal zones, military leaders are leveraging small, compact surveillance radar systems. Mark Radford, CEO of Blighter Surveillance Systems, discusses this trend and talks about the technology behind small radars with Senior Editor Sally Co... [read more]

    Signal processing
     → January 2014
    Designing a general-purpose FPGA DSP card for EW, radar applications using the latest generation of FPGAs

    Designing a general-purpose FPGA DSP card for EW, radar applications using the latest generation of FPGAs

    Denis Smetana (Curtiss-Wright)
    Designing a general-purpose FPGA card that addresses the universe of Electronic Warfare (EW) and radar applications is a challenge. For any individual application, defining the requirements of the system and determining the optimal architecture for that particular solution is fairly straightforward.... [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]

    Embedded Tech Trends
     → Spring 2014

    Embedded Tech Trends in review

    Jerry Gipper (Editorial Director)
    Editorial Director Jerry Gipper reviews Embedded Tech Trends 2014

    Interfacing
     → April 1999

    Optimizing the processor-to-memory interface design in high-performance DSP systems

    Stephen Paavola (SKY Computers, Inc.)
    Digital signal processor chips are typically designed to interface to static RAM. However, many high-end DSP applications (such as automated visual inspection and radar signal processing) have data sets that are much larger than the few Mbytes of memory that SRAMs can provide. In order to provide ad... [read more]

    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]

    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]

    Video
     → January 2013
    Video: Model 78670 4-Channel 1.25 GHz, 16-bit D/A with Virtex-6 FPGA Board

    Video: Model 78670 4-Channel 1.25 GHz, 16-bit D/A with Virtex-6 FPGA Board

    Rodger Hosking, Vice President and Co-Founder (Pentek, Inc.)
    Pentek vice president and co-founder Rodger Hosking demonstrates how the Model 78670, 4-Channel 1.25 GHz, 16-bit D/A with Virtex-6 FPGA Board, provides complete software radio transceiver solutions and delivers excellent dynamic range for advanced military radios, radar, beamforming and communicatio... [read more]

    Unmanned Aerial Systems (UASs)
     → Nov/Dec 2016

    New RF tuners drive the design of multichannel signal analyzers for SIGINT

    Marc Couture (Curtiss-Wright Defense Solutions)
    Here's the problem: Your unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) is flying through densely populated geography when one of its signal intelligence (SIGINT) systems' radio-frequency (RF) channels detects an emitter signal of interest on a specific frequency, indicating a potential target. It's not enough to kn... [read more]

    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.

    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.

    Signal processing
     → September 2017
    Analysis of modern radar and electronic warfare signals using advanced RF measurement techniques

    Analysis of modern radar and electronic warfare signals using advanced RF measurement techniques

    Philip Gresock (Keysight Technologies)
    Modern radar and electronic warfare (EW) systems rely on sophisticated signal processing and complex radio-frequency (RF) modulation on pulse. Without proper signal design verification, these techniques may not be effective during critical engagements, which could be catastrophic for the operator. D... [read more]

    Signal processing
     → January 2014

    Radar market promising for embedded computing designers

    John McHale (Editorial Director)
    Welcome to our 2014 Radar Issue. Why have an issue focused on radar? Simple: the radar market, along with Electronic Warfare (EW), shows the most promise for embedded-computing system designs.

    Signal processing
     → Fall 2016

    Signal-processing challenges ongoing and evolving

    Mariana Iriarte (Associate Editor)
    Advancements in processor technology mean that engineers and designers are able to meet the demand of signal-processing requirements in applications ranging from radar and software-defined radios to high-performance embedded computing (HPEC), and space systems. Designing for exacting high- bandwidth... [read more]

    FPDP
     → April 2000

    Simplex Link: An extension of the FPDP standard

    Joe Williams (Systran Corporation)
    The Front Panel Data Port (FPDP) was specifically designed to provide a high speed connection between the A/D converter of a front-end system (such as radar antennas) and the digital signal processors that are used to process the incoming data stream in real-time.

    radar
     → January 2015

    Expanding radar signal processing market and our expanding coverage

    John McHale (Editorial Director)
    Editorial Director John McHale discusses the January Radar issue and Military Embedded Systems' recent and upcoming projects.

    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]

    Automotive systems
     → Winter 2003

    Hybrid digital signal controller enables next-generation automotive control systems

    Ross Bannatyne (Motorola SPS)
    This article discusses a new category of electronic hybrid controller that combines the most useful attributes of Microcontroller Units (MCUs) and Digital Signal Processors (DSPs).

    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]

    Sensors
     → August 2005

    Successful techniques for capturing analog signals for real-time signal processing

    Rodger Hosking (Pentek, Inc.)
    Signal processing systems consist of common functional blocks, from the sensor to the processor to “downstream” data recipients. Additionally, all such systems share a common denominator: the real world is analog, not digital. Capturing, sampling, filtering, and processing analog signals requires so... [read more]

    Software-configurable processors
     → March 2006

    Extending software-configurable processors through multiple configurations

    Joe Hanson (Stretch Inc.)
    General-purpose and digital signal processors using fixed instruction sets are failing to meet compute requirements of many of today’s complex embedded systems. Joe explains how software-configurable processors can be used to solve this problem.

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