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  • embedded hardware
     → July/August 2016
    Turbocharge HPEC system design with HPC development tools

    Turbocharge HPEC system design with HPC development tools

    Tammy Carter (Curtiss-Wright Defense Solutions)
    As parallel programming grows in importance and popularity, the critical challenge has become how to intelligently manage, develop, and debug the increasingly complex code. Traditional tools such as trace analysis, serial debuggers, and the venerable "printf"statement just aren't up to the task. Alt... [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]

    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 hardware
     → Nov/Dec 2016

    FACE conformance program

    Charlotte Adams (Abaco Systems)
    September 2016 marked a major milestone along the long road to avionics software standardization: the last essential component of the system developed by U.S. Navy and Army aviation authorities and their suppliers clicked into place.

    Static analysis
     → October 2016
    White Paper: Finding Concurrency Errors with GrammaTech Static Analysis

    White Paper: Finding Concurrency Errors with GrammaTech Static Analysis

    Staff (GrammaTech)
    Multithreading adds entirely new classes of potential bugs to those that must be considered by developers. At the same time, the nondeterminism and sheer number of possibilities introduced by thread interleaving make it significantly more difficult to find bugs in multithreaded systems by testing an... [read more]

    Signal processing
     → June 2017
    Using calibration to reduce the cost of satellite design and test

    Using calibration to reduce the cost of satellite design and test

    Scott Leithem (Keysight Technolgies)
    What is now known as "NewSpace" introduces business challenges that older satellite programs did not encounter. One example is the creation of constellations of low Earth orbit (LEO) satellites - much smaller and lighter (<1000 kg) than traditional geosynchronous satellites - in a highly competitive... [read more]

    embedded hardware
     → March 2017
    Formal program verification in avionics certification

    Formal program verification in avionics certification

    Yannick Moy (Adacore)
    Five years after the official adoption of the new DO-178C/ED-12C standard and its supplements, including the DO-333/ED-216 supplement on formal methods, no avionics-certification project has yet acknowledged using this new supplement. However, formal method technologies do exist that would ease the ... [read more]

    Signal processing
     → January/February 2018
    The path to smarter, autonomous radar and EW platforms

    The path to smarter, autonomous radar and EW platforms

    Mariana Iriarte (Technology Editor)
    Data flowing from radar and electronic warfare (EW) systems to the analyst's screen will determine the course of action in any given mission. Bearing in mind that decisions need to be made, at times in seconds, it's critical for radar and EW systems to quickly sift through that data and turn it into... [read more]

    Signal processing
     → July/August 2017
    DoD major program procurement and modernization highlights from FY 2018 budget request

    DoD major program procurement and modernization highlights from FY 2018 budget request

    John McHale (Editorial Director)
    Funding requested for Department of Defense (DoD) Major Defense Acquisition Programs (MDAPs) for Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 totals $94.9 billion, more than $17 billion dollars over the FY 2017 request, making up 46 percent of the Trump administration's $208.6 billion FY 2018 acquisition budget request.

    Embedded software
     → October 2016
    Software-defined radio enables enhanced military communications

    Software-defined radio enables enhanced military communications

    Stephanie Chiao (Per Vices Corp.)
    Software-defined radio (SDR) is not a new technology for the military, having been developed for defense communications. However, it has evolved beyond the Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS) program, which is now obsolete. Although JTRS is no longer an active program, some variations of the system h... [read more]

    Signal processing
     → June 2018
    Mars, methodologies, and mastery of embedded development

    Mars, methodologies, and mastery of embedded development

    Larry Lapides (Imperas Software)
    Embedded software in military, defense and aerospace programs is on an exponential complexity curve. Yet fail-safe reliability durability and security have always been paramount for the military and aerospace sectors, which excel at building systems including significant hardware and software compon... [read more]

    Signal processing
     → January/February 2017
    Radar processing for naval upgrades: Software architecture is key to flexibility

    Radar processing for naval upgrades: Software architecture is key to flexibility

    Dr. David G. Johnson (Cambridge Pixel)
    Advances in naval radar capabilities need to be matched with flexible software architectures that can exploit the radar sensor to identify threats and provide robust software solutions, including multihypothesis, multimodel tracking, that can evolve over extended military program life cycles.

    Signal processing
     → September 2017

    Image-processing programming: Hope for non-nerds?

    Charlotte Adams (Abaco Systems)
    Today's armored-vehicle and helicopter operators can detect, assess, and act upon threats with the aid of devices such as helmet-mounted displays and heads-up displays. Thanks to image processing, ground-attack vehicle commanders soon will be able to enjoy a 360-degree "window" on their environments... [read more]

    Embedded software
     → February/March 2016
    Major DoD program procurement and modernization budget highlights

    Major DoD program procurement and modernization budget highlights

    John McHale (Editorial Director)
    WASHINGTON. Funding slated for Department of Defense (DoD) major weapon systems programs for Fiscal Year 2017 totals $183.9 billion. The entire DoD budget request for FY 2017 is $582.7 billion, a $2.4 billion increase over the FY 2016 enacted total.

    COM
     → Winter 2016
    UAS payloads, radar best bets for military electronics market

    UAS payloads, radar best bets for military electronics market

    John McHale (Editorial Director)
    "Uncertainty" best describes the current outlook for the U.S. military market, with the next president's positions still somewhat unclear, as is the nation's future defense outlook.Regardless of inertia or doubt in Washington, military program managers and industry engineers must continue to keep th... [read more]

    Signal processing
     → September 2016
    Radar, electronic warfare, UAS payloads are steadiest part of military market

    Radar, electronic warfare, UAS payloads are steadiest part of military market

    John McHale (Editorial Director)
    "Uncertainty" best describes the current outlook for the U.S. military market, with the next presidential election still undecided, as is the nation's future defense outlook. Regardless of inertia or doubt in Washington, military program managers and industry engineers must continue to keep the curr... [read more]

    Signal processing
     → July/August 2017

    Robotics family leverages open architectures to counter ordnance threats

    Mariana Iriarte (Associate Editor )
    Designers and engineers are taking advantage of the ability of open architectures and commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) technologies to counter emerging threats quicker by more easily upgrading legacy systems with newer, faster technology. In one such project, a U.S. Navy-sponsored program focuses on ... [read more]

    Embedded software
     → March 2017
    White Paper: Automate Code Review with Formal Semantic Analysis

    White Paper: Automate Code Review with Formal Semantic Analysis

    Ram Cherukuri (MathWorks)
    Discover best practices for writing robust, secure, and reliable software that meets industry standards. Learn how you can automate your code review process, which means you can do the analysis without executing the program or developing test cases.

    cyber
     → November/December 2017

    Getting up to speed on NSA-approved two-layer commercial encryption

    Paul Davis (Curtiss-Wright Defense Solutions )
    The National Security Agency/Central Security Service (NSA/CSS) created the Commercial Solutions for Classified (CSfC) Program to enable the use of commercial data protection in layered solutions to protect classified National Security Systems (NSS) data. Thanks to CSfC, system designers can now dep... [read more]

    Embedded software
     → February/March 2016

    Avionics FACE lift

    Charlotte Adams (Abaco Systems)
    FACE looks not only at technology but also at issues such as intellectual property, conformance verification, military specs, and procurement requirements.

    Signal processing
     → July/August 2018

    Drone-swarm tactics program leverages game-based technologies

    Mariana Iriarte (Technology Editor)
    Raytheon BBN Technologies has teamed up with Smart Information Flow Technologies and Oregon State University to tackle a challenge from Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) that aims to design, develop, and demonstrate a swarm of unmanned aircraft systems (UASs) or unmanned ground syste... [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]

    LTE
     → Fall/Winter 2017

    Collaboration equals innovation

    Jessica Isquith (President of PICMG)
    What continues to make PICMG successful as a standards body is our community of members and your collaboration in pursuit of innovation. As officers of PICMG, our mission is to shepherd and encourage that collaboration, making sure that the process moves along and that member voices are heard. The s... [read more]

    COM Express
     → Spring 2018

    MicroTCA Workshop Report at DESY

    Justin Moll (Vice President of Marketing at PICMG)
    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]

    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
     → Fall/Winter 2017
    COM Express hot among military electronics users while CompactPCI levels off

    COM Express hot among military electronics users while CompactPCI levels off

    John McHale (Editorial Director)
    PICMG standards such as CompactPCI have been leveraged for years in aerospace and defense applications such as communications, avionics, and satellites. Today, the fastest growing standard from the PICMG experts is COM Express, thanks to its flexibility and reduced size, weight, and power (SWaP) cha... [read more]

    COM Express
     → Fall/Winter 2017
    Seeking a unified hardware approach for IIoT control

    Seeking a unified hardware approach for IIoT control

    Brandon Lewis (Technology Editor )
    Although the Internet of Things (IoT) has emerged in every market segment, its implementation varies widely. In the Industrial IoT (IIoT), for example, a much more robust, reliable set of technologies is required than in the consumer world. Here, technology standards organizations will play an impor... [read more]

    Data recording
     → March 2016
    White Paper:  High-Speed, Real-Time Recording Systems (Third Edition)

    White Paper: High-Speed, Real-Time Recording Systems (Third Edition)

    Rodger H. Hosking, Vice-President & Cofounder (Pentek, Inc.)
    In today's world of high-speed A/D converters operating in the gigahertz range, real-time signal recording has become a challenging task that requires specialized hardware and intelligent application software. When designing a real-time recorder capable of streaming sustained data to disk at rates o... [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.

    xTCA
     → Spring 2017

    2017 marks significant changes for PICMG

    Jessica Isquith (President of PICMG)
    Last year ended with the loss of Joe Pavlat, who successfully led this organization for over 20 years. He worked with members to establish PICMG as a global leader in open standards for embedded computing. We are grateful for his service and will continue to build and improve the organization he hel... [read more]

    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]

    xTCA
     → Spring 2017
    ATCA and its hardware platform management at 15 years: How can I use them now?

    ATCA and its hardware platform management at 15 years: How can I use them now?

    Mark Overgaard (Pentair Electronics Protection)
    The ATCA [advanced telecommunications computing architecture] standard was adopted at the end of 2002; since that time, billions of dollars of ATCA-based products have shipped worldwide. The bulk of those products have gone into demanding high-end telecom applications worldwide, but there are numero... [read more]

    COTS
     → November 2016
    White Paper: Strategies for Open Architecture COTS Operating Systems

    White Paper: Strategies for Open Architecture COTS Operating Systems

    Staff (Abaco Systems)
    Design for Refresh: Strategies for Open Architecture COTS Systems Software Operating Systems

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