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  • 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]

    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
     → 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]

    Signal processing
     → April/May 2018
    Certification initiatives ongoing for unmanned aircraft systems

    Certification initiatives ongoing for unmanned aircraft systems

    Joe Wlad (Verocel)
    Unmanned aircraft systems (UASs) operating in the National Airspace System (NAS) continue to proliferate. In response, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is issuing regulatory changes that will affect policy regarding safety certification of unmanned aircraft - military and commercial - that ... [read more]

    Signal processing
     → Winter 2018
    VITA 49: Software radio\'s evolving language

    VITA 49: Software radio's evolving language

    Rodger Hosking (Pentek, Inc.)
    Overwhelming adoption of software radio as a critical technology for real-time embedded systems spurs defense customers to expand its capabilities for the constantly evolving needs of military applications. With numerous vendors in the market, customers are seeking interoper­ability and easy inserti... [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]

    Signal processing
     → January/February 2018
    Using RISC-V in FPGAs for strategic defense systems

    Using RISC-V in FPGAs for strategic defense systems

    Ted Marena (Microsemi )
    The defense market is often characterized as slow-moving and a laggard when it comes to high-tech components. The strict certifications and testing that are often required for upgrading military systems generally cannot be rushed. At the same time, though, there is growing demand to speed developmen... [read more]

    Signal processing
     → October 2017

    Ethernet for synchronization: It's about time

    Andrew McCoubrey (Curtiss-Wright Defense Solutions)
    Today's embedded systems often include several counters and clocks that keep track of time, and ensuring that they are accurate - and synchronized across multiple devices - can be critical. For example, synchronized clocks can be used to partition shared resources (such as network links) in distribu... [read more]

    Signal processing
     → January/February 2018
    Data-to-decision: Fueling netcentric defense solutions with the IIoT and fog computing

    Data-to-decision: Fueling netcentric defense solutions with the IIoT and fog computing

    Roy Keeler (ADLINK Technology)
    In today's defense arena, traditional tactics using large, fixed systems no longer suffice. A deployed naval strike group might find itself needing to quickly integrate its data systems with those of on-site allies - some of which may be many years older - and process data with these combined platfo... [read more]

    avionics
     → November/December 2018

    Optimizing avionics reliability with dissimilar redundant architectures

    Rick Hearn (Curtiss-Wright Defense Solutions)
    The potential consequences and acceptable probability of failure of an avionics system dictate the Design Assurance Level (DAL) that must be met in order for it to be certified for flight. The key computing elements of a system - such as the single-board computers (SBCs), graphics cards, and operati... [read more]

    Signal processing
     → September 2017
    Radiation testing of CMOS devices required for space use

    Radiation testing of CMOS devices required for space use

    Ross Bannatyne (Vorago Technologies)
    Radiation testing of semiconductors is time-consuming and expensive. There are limited test facilities available and often a long waiting list to get "beam time." It is, however, an important part of product testing that is required for devices that will be used in high-radiation environments, such ... [read more]

    Signal processing
     → July/August 2017

    Augmented reality and video-management systems

    Kevin Rooney (Curtiss-Wright Defense Solutions)
    Over the last few years, the concept of augmented reality, in which computer-generated imagery is combined with views of the real world, has become mainstream. Formerly found only in very high-end applications, such as helmet-based heads-up displays for fighter-jet pilots, this next-generation graph... [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]

    Signal processing
     → June 2018
    New open standards drive military software radio architectures

    New open standards drive military software radio architectures

    Rodger Hosking (Pentek, Inc. )
    Since the 1994 Perry directive to use COTS [commercial off-the shelf] components, virtually all defense and intelligence organizations have been seeking standards-based solutions for electronic equipment and systems. However, even without that mandate, government customers have come to recognize the... [read more]

    Signal processing
     → June 2018
    New mission profile in space means COTS is now an acceptable risk

    New mission profile in space means COTS is now an acceptable risk

    Mariana Iriarte (Technology Editor)
    New mission profiles in space mean that suppliers of radiation-hardened (rad-hard) and radiation-tolerant electronics are able to meet less stringent requirements. The end result: Lower cost and faster time to market for parts used in space applications.

    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]

    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]

    Signal processing
     → November/December 2017
    Mission-critical power start-up demands perfect performance every time

    Mission-critical power start-up demands perfect performance every time

    David Berry (Vicor Corp. )
    Design of a mission-critical, rapid-start, isolated power system needs to be flawless. These systems, leveraged in mission-critical military applications, need to start in milliseconds - every time.

    VPX
     → Winter 2018

    VITA 57.4: FMC+

    Jerry Gipper (Editorial Director)
    Field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) are utilized in many applications, with the range expanding as new variations of FPGAs emerge. By design, FPGAs are easily reconfigured as application needs change. But sometimes a change to the front-end hardware connecting the FPGA to a real-world application... [read more]

    Signal processing
     → October 2018
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    How "near-peer" adversaries are changing command posts and battlefield network requirements

    Chris A. Ciufo (General Micro Systems)
    Future battles may be fought against so-called "near-peer" adversaries who may already be ahead of America's best technologies. It's time to adopt the latest consumer technologies in the command post by making the post more mobile or by making it virtual, like unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) pilots wh... [read more]

    Signal processing
     → July/August 2017
    Performance increases still needed for full adoption of mobile rugged computing for military use

    Performance increases still needed for full adoption of mobile rugged computing for military use

    Mariana Iriarte (Associate Editor)
    The constant drive forward in commercial technology is also driving military-computing technology to new heights. As this progress occurs, mobile computing is becoming more relevant to the warfighter, while at the same time posing huge challenges for designers and engineers. Even as engineers deal w... [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
     → Spring 2018
    Small form factors, big time markets

    Small form factors, big time markets

    Whether you're talking about PC/104 and PCe/104 for rail and military applications or COM Express for gaming and IoT applications, small-form-factor solutions for embedded computing are hot across multiple markets. Reduced size, weight, and power (SWaP) requirements are spurring innovation in smalle... [read more]

    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]

    LTE
     → Winter 2017
    The commonality of COTS solutions for UUVs and UAVs

    The commonality of COTS solutions for UUVs and UAVs

    Mike Southworth (Curtiss-Wright Defense Solutions )
    Some time ago, when designers started thinking about unmanned undersea vehicle (UUV) applications, concerns were raised that the undersea environment might be so different or exotic that standard solutions would need to be significantly modified. To the surprise of many, however, it was found that t... [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]

    embedded hardware
     → January/February 2018

    VME lives!

    Andrew McCoubrey (Curtiss-Wright Defense Solutions)
    As we start a new year, it is customary to look ahead at emerging technologies, both evolutionary and revolutionary. But as the calendar changes, it is also a time to reflect on the past and where we are today. Although recent years have produced few entirely new platforms designed from the ground u... [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]

    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]

    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]

    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]

    LTE
     → Spring 2018

    PICMG standards key to embedded computing industry

    Jessica Isquith (President of PICMG)
    The annual PICMG resource guide showcases how important PICMG [PCI Industrial Computer Manufacturers Group] standards have been and continue to be to the embedded computing industry. It represents all of the group's standards and reflects the multitude of offerings showcased at this year's Embedded ... [read more]

    Embedded software
     → Spring 2018

    PC/104: the smart play

    Stephen St. Amant (PC/104 Consortium President)
    "It just doesn't go out of style." Is the blue blazer timeless? That's what I hear. What about PC/104? Absolutely. In the embedded market space, longevity is key. Embedded systems go through ­rigorous testing and qualification; the systems need to last. While new form factors and specifications spro... [read more]

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