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  • Linux
     → February 2016
    White Paper: Total cost of ownership Linux vs. QNX - Part 1

    White Paper: Total cost of ownership Linux vs. QNX - Part 1

    Chris Ault, Senior Product Manager (QNX Software Systems)
    Is there such thing as a free OS? In this white paper we examine the total cost of ownership of an open source operating system vs. a commercial operating system.

    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]

    embedded hardware
     → July/August 2016
    Counterfeit mitigation: The small-company challenge

    Counterfeit mitigation: The small-company challenge

    Shmuel Yankelewitz (LCR Embedded Systems)
    It's an unfortunate fact of life that anything of value can - and probably will - be faked at some point. While exciting stories of forged multimillion-dollar paintings and violins might make the news from time to time, the far more pedestrian fact is that counterfeiting of small electronic componen... [read more]

    embedded software
     → Nov/Dec 2016
    Backup PNT methods are essential for GPS-denied environments

    Backup PNT methods are essential for GPS-denied environments

    Sally Cole (Senior Editor)
    Backup methods of position, navigation, and timing (PNT) are essential for warfighters operating within GPS-denied environments. Warfighters rely on the U.S. NAVSTAR global positioning system (GPS) and global navigation satellite system (GNSS) for military operations, but are encountering an intense... [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]

    MCU
     → December 2015

    An Application Specific Operating System for the Kinoma Create

    Jacob Harel (Zeidman Technologies); Igor Serikov (Zeidman Technologies)
    Marvell had a problem. Its Kinoma Create development platform had two tiny microcontrollers acting as programmable I/O controllers. Each MCU could be programmed through the GUI running on their main processor to handle multiple interfaces. However, when the user wanted two or more interfaces, data g... [read more]

    Operating systems
     → February 2016
    White Paper: Seven fatal mistakes to avoid when choosing an embedded OS

    White Paper: Seven fatal mistakes to avoid when choosing an embedded OS

    Malte Mundt, Senior Field Application Engineer (QNX Software Systems)
    How would you go about choosing an embedded Operating System (OS) for the next generation of your product? In this whitepaper we will make you aware of those pitfalls and shallows you ought to avoid when choosing an embedded OS, without drifting off into a lot of technical details.

    Software tools
     → May 2016
    White Paper: AXIS Software Development Tools

    White Paper: AXIS Software Development Tools

    Staff (Abaco Systems)
    Declare independence from your hardware and operating system.

    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]

    Unmanned Aerial Systems (UASs)
     → February/ March 2016
    Unmanned aircraft lack stringent certification process

    Unmanned aircraft lack stringent certification process

    Mariana Iriarte (Associate Editor)
    All types of unmanned aircraft systems (UASs) are popping into the national airspace, resulting in increasing numbers of accidents and near misses. Safety incidents are getting more frequent with military unmanned aircraft as well. This environment is forcing military commercial and aviation officia... [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.

    cyber
     → Spring/Summer 2017

    Lockheed Martin continues fighting cybercrime for DoD

    Sally Cole (Senior Editor )
    A recently won $347 million contract enables Lockheed Martin to continue overseeing the world's largest accredited digital forensics lab for five more years, as the company continues its role as the prime contractor for the Department of Defense (DoD) Defense Cyber Crime Center (DC3). Operating unde... [read more]

    embedded hardware
     → January 2016
    Next-gen military radar system design innovations

    Next-gen military radar system design innovations

    Sally Cole (Senior Editor)
    The maturity of GaN technology isn't being driven by the military industry, but instead was primarily driven by the telecom industry well over a decade ago.

    embedded hardware
     → February/March 2016
    Motor control in \

    Motor control in "more electric" aircraft

    Shen Wang (Microsemi)
    Many of the problems with the increasing complexity of motor controls for the brushless AC motors being used on MEA actuators can be solved with the implementation and use of flash-based FPGAs as their primary controller.

    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]

    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]

    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.

    Software-Defined Radio (SDR)
     → December 2015
    White Paper:  Putting FPGAs to Work in Software Radio Systems (Ninth Edition)

    White Paper: Putting FPGAs to Work in Software Radio Systems (Ninth Edition)

    Rodger Hosking (Pentek, Inc.)
    Preface FPGAs have become an increasingly important resource for software radio systems. Programmable logic technology now offers significant advantages for implementing software radio functions such as DDCs (Digital Downconverters). Over the past few years, the functions associated with DDCs have s... [read more]

    FMC
     → Spring/Summer 2016
    Very high-speed sampling and serial ADCs in embedded systems

    Very high-speed sampling and serial ADCs in embedded systems

    Thierry Wastiaux (Interface Concept)
    Latest-generation active electronically scaled array (AESA) radar systems can have thousands of TX/RX modules. High bandwidth is needed to connect each array element data converter to the FPGAs that process incoming and generate outgoing data streams. New software-defined radio systems use advanced ... [read more]

    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.

    NETWORKING: Ethernet
     → June 2016
    White Paper: Abaco Systems and networking: what can we do for you?

    White Paper: Abaco Systems and networking: what can we do for you?

    Staff (Abaco Systems)
    Solving networking problems

    xTCA
     → Spring 2017
    Recent developments based on PICMG xTCA for Physics standards

    Recent developments based on PICMG xTCA for Physics standards

    Ray Larsen (SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory); Kay Rehlich (DESY); Andrew Young (SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory)
    The xTCA for Physics PICMG standards work began in 2009 after several years of investigation into the suitability of ATCA as a controls platform for several new accelerators then under consideration.

    Electronic Warfare
     → March 2017
    White Paper: Game-Changing Technologies in Electronic Warfare

    White Paper: Game-Changing Technologies in Electronic Warfare

    Staff (Abaco Systems)
    Recent advances in general purpose computing on graphics processing units (GPGPU) technology have opened new possibilities for their use in some EW applications.

    Signal processing
     → Nov/Dec 2015
    Navigation warfare: GNSS denied  threat and mitigation

    Navigation warfare: GNSS denied – threat and mitigation

    Neil Gerein (NovAtel); Peter Soar (NovAtel)
    Heterogeneous sensors, multiconstellation/frequency, and anti-jam protection can be used in combinations to ensure robust PNT.

    White Paper
     → June 2017

    White Paper: Best Use of Discards to Improve Flash Storage Performance

    Thom Denholm (Datalight); Thom Denholm (Datalight)
    Steep declines in performance can arise in eMMC and UFS if discards are not being used. But what do discards mean for the flash and the file system, and can you balance the performance and the cost to make them work with your use case?

    continuous engineering
     → May 2016
    White Paper: Unlocking engineering insight for rapid innovation

    White Paper: Unlocking engineering insight for rapid innovation

    Staff (IBM)
    Within the IoT, operational and performance data from products already in the field can be captured and used to improve future innovations.

    embedded hardware
     → January 2016

    Designing COTS for data security

    Charlotte Adams (Abaco Systems)
    FPGA technology, for example, can be used to provide a "security hub" around which an antitamper strategy can be built.

    Flash
     → February 2017
    White Paper: A locked BOM is critical in industrial-grade flash storage designs

    White Paper: A locked BOM is critical in industrial-grade flash storage designs

    Steve Larrivee (Cactus Technologies)
    Reliability, endurance, and longer lifecycles are the key requirements in industrial SSD designs. This whitepaper shows how bill-of-material (BOM) control ensures that embedded storage devices can efficiently operate in harsh environments for many years without a disruption.

    Wearable computing
     → November 2016
    White Paper: Safe battery charging in wearables and other small systems

    White Paper: Safe battery charging in wearables and other small systems

    Kanji Kerai (Dialog Semiconductor Inc)
    The wearables sector is growing fast - and will continue to grow for some years to come. Progress is being made in both the power consumption of systems and the potential for energy harvesting. But the wearable that charges itself from the environment remains a distant goal. Hence, powering wearable... [read more]

    SSD
     → March 2016
    White Paper: A complete embedded storage solution that is both cost-effective and high-performance

    White Paper: A complete embedded storage solution that is both cost-effective and high-performance

    Staff (Silicon Motion)
    Over the past few years, an increasing number of solid state storage drives (SSDs) have been appearing in consumer devices. Not surprisingly, servers are now utilizing SSD's superior performance to keep pace with dramatic increase in data traffic - a task that traditional hard disk drives (HDDs) sim... [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

    Security
     → October 2016
    White Paper: Security Awareness

    White Paper: Security Awareness

    Grant Courville, Senior Director (QNX Software Systems)
    Historically, embedded systems were mostly islands -- that is, they provided their functionality in a stand-alone manner, and weren't connected, or had limited connectivity to other systems. The number of ways of getting in and compromising the operation was extremely limited. Connectivity has chang... [read more]

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