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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.

    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]

    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]

    cyber
     → July/August 2018
    Applying deep learning techniques to expand defense capabilities

    Applying deep learning techniques to expand defense capabilities

    Mohamed Bergach (Kontron)
    Leveraging advanced data center computing techniques holds the promise of delivering powerful ways to solve complex defense mission challenges. Deep learning is an increasingly popular technique that can be used to process very large data sets. As the goals for defense systems move in the direction ... [read more]

    Signal processing
     → October 2018
    ISR signal processing brings performance to sensors and enables AI at the edge

    ISR signal processing brings performance to sensors and enables AI at the edge

    John McHale (Editorial Director )
    Military intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) applications continue to make demands on signal-processing designers for more performance, better thermal management, and reduced size, weight, and power (SWaP). These systems - as they move closer to the sensor on various platforms - are... [read more]

    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.

    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]

    Avionics
     → November/December 2018
    Portable, reliable, and efficient concurrency: Ravenscar Ada tasking and the FACE safety profiles

    Portable, reliable, and efficient concurrency: Ravenscar Ada tasking and the FACE safety profiles

    Dr. Benjamin Brosgol (AdaCore); Dr. Patrick Rogers (AdaCore ); Dr. Dudrey Smith (AdaCore)
    Airborne systems that need a small footprint or must comply with an industry assurance standard such as DO-178B [1] or DO-178C [2] are sensitive to size and complexity costs in the run-time support libraries. To answer these needs, the Future Airborne Capability Environment (FACE™) Technical Standar... [read more]

     → September 2018
    Electronics funding for radar, electronic warfare, C4ISR continues to rise

    Electronics funding for radar, electronic warfare, C4ISR continues to rise

    John McHale (Editorial Director)
    The defense market for embedded electronics designers continues to be a growth area. While increased use of commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) technology has lowered the cost and therefore the spending in unmanned systems, it is fueling more innovation, especially in small platforms.

    Avionics
     → March 2018
    The need for speed: Avionics connectors evolve to meet today\'s bandwidth requirements

    The need for speed: Avionics connectors evolve to meet today's bandwidth requirements

    Mariana Iriarte (Technology Editor)
    The constant push for increased bandwidth requirements mean that avionics engineers must continually design connectors that handle ever-higher data rates. As connector designs focus more squarely on data rates, all kinds of users are asking for the most cutting-edge technology - all within a small p... [read more]

    cyber
     → July/August 2018
    Mobile computing mounts in popularity for military field use

    Mobile computing mounts in popularity for military field use

    Mariana Iriarte (Technology Editor)
    Commercial computer technology continues to influence military mobile computing requirements as warfighters demand that their field equipment have the same functionality and capability as their personal devices. Consequently, rugged mobile computing is getting a major boost as the Department of Defe... [read more]

    safety certification and security
     → November/December 2018
    Small sats aim to provide on-demand tactical-level imagery for warfighters

    Small sats aim to provide on-demand tactical-level imagery for warfighters

    Sally Cole (Senior Editor)
    Raytheon is sending a one-of-a-kind small satellite to low Earth orbit to do a proof of concept of a prototype design - originally developed for the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) - to provide useful imagery directly to military users in the field.

    VPX
     → Winter 2018
    Next generation VPX backplane production technology

    Next generation VPX backplane production technology

    Gary Rutledge (Amphenol Backplane & System Integration)
    The new generation of VPX protocols are here and the next generations are on the horizon. The exciting world of high speed has arrived and before we know it today's technology will be superseded. VPX is "evolving." The next generation of PCIe and Ethernet will add more complexities to the VPX signal... [read more]

    COM
     → Spring 2019
    High-energy physics: Controllers for X-ray laser accelerators

    High-energy physics: Controllers for X-ray laser accelerators

    Heiko Koerte (N.A.T.); Vollrath Dirksen (N.A.T.)
    DESY (Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron) - one of the world's leading particle-accelerator centers, conducting top-level international research into the fundamental relationships of matter - was tasked with finding a successor technology for its control and data-acquisition systems, which were based ... [read more]

    cyber
     → July/August 2018

    Bringing VxWorks support to Intel Xeon D-based EW systems

    Denis Smetana (Curtiss-Wright Defense Solutions)
    The advantages that the Intel Xeon processor D-1500 product family brings to compute-intensive embedded electronic warfare (EW) system designs is clear. These 8-/12-/16-core devices deliver enhanced performance at low power, making them suitable for use on rugged open-architecture modules designed f... [read more]

    Avionics
     → March 2018

    Introducing Gen 5 VPX

    Ivan Straznicky (Curtiss-Wright Defense Solutions )
    A new, higher-performance era of VPX (VITA 46) computing was launched in January - at the Embedded Tech Trends (ETT) 2018 Conference in Austin, Texas - with the announcement that Gen 5 VPX data rates will run on today's standard VPX connector. The initial Gen 5 VPX protocols are expected to be 100 G... [read more]

    safety certification and security
     → November/December 2018
    Reduce smallsat component costs by bridging gap between commercial and QML Class V options

    Reduce smallsat component costs by bridging gap between commercial and QML Class V options

    Ken O'Neill (Microsemi )
    Constellations of small satellites (smallsats) promise to bring tangible benefits to national security space (NSS) programs, where there is a critical need to minimize construction and deployment costs. Multiple smallsats, defined as satellites with launch mass of 500 Kg or less, can be built quickl... [read more]

    cyber
     → July/August 2018

    Majorana particles may block intruders on sensitive networks in the future

    Sally Cole (Senior Editor)
    The signature of the long-sought-after Majorana particle - a particle that has unusual properties believed to render it resistant to external interference - has been found by a group of researchers led by UCLA and funded by the U.S. Army. What they've found may just be the key to blocking intruders ... [read more]

    cyber
     → July/August 2018
    Mission- and life-critical cyber resilience for military platforms

    Mission- and life-critical cyber resilience for military platforms

    Sam Hamilton (BAE Systems); Dr. Robert (Bob) Gray (BAE Systems )
    Cyberattack has become the adversary's first weapon of choice, and military platforms, on land, air, sea, and space, are prime targets. Nation-state cyberattacks against military, contractor, and critical-infrastructure facilities are a daily occurrence, and compelling public demonstrations have rec... [read more]

    Avionics
     → March 2018
    Toward safety and security in FACE components: High assurance with portability

    Toward safety and security in FACE components: High assurance with portability

    Dr. Benjamin Brosgol (AdaCore); Dr. Dudrey Smith (AdaCore)
    The FACE [Future Airborne Capability Environment] approach is a joint government-industry software standard and business strategy for acquisition of affordable software systems that promotes innovation and rapid integration of portable capabilities across global defense programs. FACE - originally a... [read more]

    Obsolescence
     → November/December 2018
    Life cycle management, semiconductor re-creation, and mitigating counterfeit parts

    Life cycle management, semiconductor re-creation, and mitigating counterfeit parts

    John McHale (Editorial Director)
    Obsolescence management continues to be a challenge for military system designers, who are faced with designing for platforms that must last decades but using components that become obsolete in 18 months. In the following Q and A with Daniel Deisz, Director of Design Technology at Rochester Electron... [read more]

    machine learning
     → January/February 2019

    Machine learning, deep learning networks support drone security in UND research project

    Mariana Iriarrte (Technology Editor )
    A research team from the University of North Dakota (UND) has been working since mid-2017 under a grant from Rockwell Collins with the aim of addressing cybersecurity concerns involving unmanned aerial systems (UASs), more commonly called drones. The research, which is concluding in early 2019, has ... [read more]

    embedded hardware
     → January/February 2019

    Implementing a common architecture for military systems

    John McHale (Editorial Director)
    They're playing together nicely - the Army, Navy, and Air Force, that is - in their efforts to bring a common architecture to electronic systems across all three services. These efforts are resulting in three main initiatives: the Sensor Open Systems Architecture (SOSA); Command, Control, Communicat... [read more]

    cyber
     → October 2018

    Foreshadow: Researchers discover another Intel processor vulnerability

    Sally Cole (Senior Editor)
    Two international teams of security researchers have independently and concurrently discovered "Foreshadow," a new variant of the hardware vulnerability known as "Meltdown" that was announced earlier this year. Meltdown can be exploited to bypass Intel processors' secure regions to access memory and... [read more]

    avionics
     → October 2018

    Milestone in abstracting the hardware: Realizing the promise of FACE

    Mark Grovak (Curtiss-Wright Defense Solutions)
    The Future Airborne Capability Environment (FACE) Consortium, part of The Open Group, was formed to establish a standard common operating environment to ­support portable capability-based applications across Department of Defense (DoD) avionics systems. Key to the common operating environment envisi... [read more]

    artificial intelligence
     → January/February 2019
    Stacked, high-speed DDR4 and DDR5 memory useful in harsh battle environments

    Stacked, high-speed DDR4 and DDR5 memory useful in harsh battle environments

    Jennifer Keenan (Mercury Systems )
    Today's autonomous and artificial intelligence (AI) military systems process an ever-growing amount of sensor data. To handle this extreme workload, system architects must design boards using the fastest FPGA [field-programmable gate array] devices and Intel multicore processors. These devices canno... [read more]

    cyber
     → November/December 2018

    GAO: DoD has a pervasive weapon systems cybersecurity problem

    Sally Cole (Senior Editor)
    Weapon systems operated by the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) are more software-dependent and networked than ever before, which a new General Accounting Office (GAO) report says opens the door to mission-critical cyber vulnerabilities. The DoD intends to spend $1.66 trillion to develop its current... [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]

    embedded hardware
     → September 2018
    No room for compromise in supply chain security: New DoD initiative establishes benchmark for strategic ICT sourcing

    No room for compromise in supply chain security: New DoD initiative establishes benchmark for strategic ICT sourcing

    Phil Gallagher (Avnet)
    In response to the growing nexus between physical risk (counterfeits) and cyber risk (infiltration of systems and exfiltration of data) the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) has introduced a new policy adding security as a fundamental pillar of federal acquisition and supply chain risk management. Co... [read more]

    cyber
     → July/August 2018
    The state of cyber resiliency metrics on embedded systems

    The state of cyber resiliency metrics on embedded systems

    David Sheets (Curtiss-Wright Defense Solutions)
    The ability of an embedded system to identify, prevent, and respond to cyberattacks intended to disrupt its operational capabilities is defined by measuring its level of cybersecurity and cyber resiliency. The concept of cyberattacks can refer to either electronic warfare (EW) like signal jamming or... [read more]

    cyber
     → Spring 2019

    Foreshadow: Researchers discover another Intel processor vulnerability

    Sally Cole (Senior Editor )
    Two international teams of security researchers have independently and concurrently discovered “Foreshadow,” a new variant of the hardware vulnerability known as “Meltdown,” which exploits a bypass of Intel processors’ secure regions to access memory and data.

    avionics
     → March 2018

    Increased DoD budget good news for COTS suppliers

    John McHale (Editorial Director)
    The latest Department of Defense (DoD) fiscal year (FY) 2019 budget request is $686.1 billion, an increase of about five percent over the FY 2018 request. This is outstanding news for the warfighters, as they will get more support from a technology standpoint than during recent years where budget cu... [read more]

    embedded hardware
     → March 2018

    Ready or not, the quantum computing revolution is here

    Sally Cole (Senior Editor)
    A National Science Foundation (NSF) expedition project it calls "Enabling Practical-Scale Quantum Computing" (EPiQC) aims to bridge the gap between quantum designs currently in use and the algorithms necessary to fully embrace their power.

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