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New, dual threaded 64-bit Altivec(tm)-enabled VPX6-197 SBC features a quad-core T2080 processor, delivers 1.8 GHz non-throttling processing performance with only 42 watts of power dissipation[Continue reading →]

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Hauppauge, New York, USA, May 9, 2016 – Behlman Electronics Inc., known for its leadership in providing power products for military shipboard, airborne and mobile programs, as well as for industrial and commercial applications, has introduced an Intelligent Chassis Manager that will provide a wide range of diagnostic, management, and control functions for virtually any kind of electronic chassis.

According to Behlman president, Ron Storm, “We knew we were onto something important when we added high-level intelligence to our revolutionary VPXtra™-IQ Power Supplies, making them capable of monitoring and reporting output voltage; output current; input voltage; input current; temperature; and much more. Now we are proud to add the stand-off IQCM Intelligent Chassis Manager to the Behlman line of Intelligent Products for use in managing chassis functions.” [Continue reading →]

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Open VPX is the next-generation interoperability standard for system-level defense and aerospace applications. It is ideal for rugged applications that require smaller packages, as well as high I/O and connectivity densities and higher speed. Open VPX leverages the work of the individual VPX standards to reduce customization, testing, cost and risk. It defines an architecture that manages and constrains module and backplane designs, defines pin outs, and sets interoperability compliance while maintaining full compliance with VPX. Amphenol has multiple product offerings for Open VPX, open architecture system needs.[Continue reading →]

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Intel's new Xeon D system-on-chip (SoC) is making large numbers of x86 processing cores readily available for embedded defense applications. With an architecture designed to support math-intensive processing and very-high-bandwidth data transfers, the Xeon D enables advanced cognitive electronic warfare (EW) applications to operate in small size, weight, and power (SWaP)-constrained platforms.

Unlike conventional radar systems, new software-defined digitally programmable radars are able to generate previously unencountered waveforms that do not match known waveforms and pulse trains already on an EW system’s pulse descriptor word (PDW) list. The PDW typically contains all the collected data for a specific pulse, including time of arrival (TOA); angle; pulse width, power, and frequency (superhet); or frequency band. In order to defeat never-before-seen waveforms, system designers are developing a new generation of cognitive EW systems that are able to quickly adapt to changes in the radio frequency (RF) environment and almost instantly make decisions about how to respond to unfamiliar threats. [Continue reading →]

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Curtiss-Wright Corporation today announced that its Defense Solutions division will display its latest industry leading commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) solutions designed for use in demanding EW and SIGINT C4ISR defense and aerospace applications at the 52nd Annual AOC International Symposium and Convention.[Continue reading →]

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Mercury Systems - 3U Ensemble® LDS3506 CHELMSFORD, MA – Nov. 9, 2015 – Mercury Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: MRCY) today announced support for the expanded industrial-grade Intel® Xeon® Processor D-1500 Product Family (formerly code-named Broadwell DE) with new embedded open systems architecture (OSA) form factors and configurations. The new configurations will feature broader processor core count and power options, greater ruggedness and extended reliability, providing even more server-class processing power at the tactical edge. The new Xeon devices are available from the manufacturer for a minimum of seven years, mitigating diminished manufacturing sources (DMS) risk, critical for defense electronics systems viability and supportability.

Mercury’s 3U Ensemble® LDS3506 was the embedded industry’s first OpenVPX™ processor module with Xeon D-1500 server-class and low-latency FPGA processing capability to be introduced. The FPGA resources support main processor off-loading, private and personalized security and enables the MVRI-optimized switch fabric to be updated, making this compute module exceptionally versatile and capable for a variety of high-performance applications. Micro via radial interconnect (MVRI) technology is OpenVPX-compliant and enables rugged OpenVPX modules to run switch fabrics at 40Gb/s and higher.[Continue reading →]

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Curtiss-Wright Corporation today announced that its Defense Solutions division has optimized its new 3U OpenVPX(tm) CHAMP-XD1 and 6U CHAMP-XD2 DSP modules to use the Intel(r) Xeon(r) processor D-1500 Product Family. The modules, which are available now with 8-core versions of the processor, will also be available with 12 and 16-core versions of the processor, which Intel will make available in the first quarter of 2016.[Continue reading →]

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HARRIS FLITESCENE DIGITAL MOVING MAP SOFTWARE/BOARD-SETS ARE PRE-VALIDATED FOR EMBEDDED AVIONICS APPLICATIONS ASHBURN, Va. – Curtiss-Wright Corporation today announced that its Defense Solutions division, in collaboration with Harris Government Communications Systems, has introduced the new FliteScene® Digital Mapping Solution, its latest pre-validated, pre-tested System Ready Application (SRA). The new SRA combines Harris’s popular FliteScene Digital Moving Map software with a range of Curtiss-Wright’s pre-integrated rugged single board computer (SBC) and high performance GPU-based display graphics controller board sets. The resulting SRAs, which are marketed and supported by Curtiss-Wright, provide avionics system integrators with an open architecture COTS-based digital moving map solution for embedded avionics systems that significantly reduces their design risk and time to deployment. The pre-validation and integration, provided by Curtiss-Wright, comes at no additional cost to the customer. Using the FliteScene SRA eases and speeds the integration of situational awareness and high performance digital mapping functions into embedded commercial and military avionics systems.

The FliteScene SRA is proven and field qualified. Already deployed on several demanding rotary wing aircraft applications, this pre-integrated digital moving map solution has successfully demonstrated the ease of integration and high reliability of the combined Harris software & Curtiss-Wright hardware solution. [Continue reading →]

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CHELMSFORD, Mass. - Mercury Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: MRCY, www.mrcy.com), announced the results of its participation in the US Air Force-led Next Generation Radar (NGR) Processor Study. The goal of this program is to assess the capability of current embedded computing open architectures to perform airborne radar signal processing on future USAF platforms. Mercury demonstrated that its scalable and rugged high-density server modules exceeded the target benchmarks in the study, enabling affordable capability evolution of radar processors through open, non-proprietary and standards-based systems for airborne solutions.

“Mercury’s exceptional performance in this study reflects our ongoing investment and commitment to delivering the most powerful OpenVPX™ processing modules in the embedded computing industry,” said Ian Dunn, Vice President and General Manager of Mercury’s Embedded Products Group. “Now in its fourth generation, our powerful, open standards-based Ensemble® HDS660x modules meet the DoD’s expectations for affordability, security, modularity and OSA requirements and can be deployed in harsh environments to take cloud processing for military and aerospace applications right to the tactical edge.”[Continue reading →]

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Mercury will highlight OpenRFM(tm), an open architecture paradigm ideal for EW systems; server-class processing solutions that bring cloud technologies to the tactical edge; light-weight SIGINT solutions with direction finding and geolocation capabilities for UAVs, and DRFM-based systems for EW applications and training symulators.[Continue reading →]

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Mercury Systems received a $6.9 million order from a leading defense prime contractor for high performance, OpenVPX(tm) digital signal processing modules and supporting professional services for a manned airborne radar application.[Continue reading →]

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Mercury Systems Ensemble LDS3506 CHELMSFORD, Mass. – Mercury Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: MRCY), a leading high-tech commercial provider of more affordable secure and sensor processing subsystems powering today's critical defense and intelligence applications, announced the rugged OpenVPX™ Ensemble® LDS3506 processing module that seamlessly integrates the Intel® Xeon® processor D system-on-a-chip (SoC) product family (formerly codenamed “Broadwell DE”) with Xilinx’s powerful Ultrascale™ FPGA in a SWaP-constrained 3U package. This dense union of best available commercial-item general processing and FPGA resources produces a highly versatile, affordable and interoperable building block for embedded, high-performance computing applications with additional low-latency, refresh and mission capabilities.

The Ensemble LDS3506 leverages Mercury’s fourth generation of highly SWaP-efficient packaging technology to securely deliver the Intel Xeon processor D product family for reliable deployment in scalable subsystems right to the tactical edge. The Ensemble LDS3506 secures and cools the best commercial technology to produce a dense, powerful combination of general server-class and low-latency front-end FPGA processing in an open systems architecture module that is designed and made in the USA. [Continue reading →]

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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.[Continue reading →]

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VITA and PICMG are the open standards bodies that define the specifications underpinning embedded form factors such as VPX and CompactPCI. Both groups continue to provide a vital service to commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) component manufacturers and customers alike, enabling engineers to spend less time worrying about interoperability between subsystem components and more time working on application development.[Continue reading →]

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Mercury Systems has launched the OpenRFM(tm) standards initiative designed to streamline the integration of RF and digital subsystems in advanced sensor processing applications with the goal of creating more affordable, flexible and open standards-based solutions.[Continue reading →]

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Over the past several years, the Obama administration has indicated it would be changing focus from the Middle East and rebalance, or pivot, toward the Pacific. This "Pacific Pivot" regional strategy will require new roles and missions in "more contested" environments, which means that airborne intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) platforms will be required to operate differently than they have before.[Continue reading →]

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Curtiss-Wright Expands its Hybricon(r) Family of Fabric40(tm) OpenVPX Backplanes with New Central-Switched and Pass-Through Profiles ASHBURN, Va. – Curtiss-Wright Corporation (NYSE: CW) today announced that its Defense Solutions division has expanded its industry leading family of 40Gbps Gen3 OpenVPX™ backplanes with the introduction of three (3) new Hybricon® central-switched Fabric40™ OpenVPX backplanes and two (2) new Gen3 OpenVPX-optimized Fabric40 OpenVPX pass-through backplanes. Curtiss-Wright’s Fabric40 family of backplanes is designed to enable end-to-end transmission of the high speed data required for the most demanding ground and airborne C4ISR and EW deployed applications. They deliver over 2x the performance of previous generation Serial RapidIO (SRIO) Gen-2-based systems and 4x the performance of 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10 GbE)-based systems.

The new Gen3 OpenVPX backplanes support full-speed, bottleneck-free distribution of data over, Gen3 PCI-Express, 40Gbps Ethernet or Infiniband® fabrics. Featuring patent-pending signal integrity technology to ensure application reliability and reduced risk, these high performance backplanes enable the design of a new class of embedded subsystems capable of delivering previously unobtainable levels of performance to support numerous demanding defense and aerospace EW, SIGINT, RADAR applications, such as the real-time detection and identification of signals of interest. Designed for deployment in harsh defense and aerospace environments, Hybricon backplanes are ideal for use in air, naval, ground vehicles, and base station platforms.[Continue reading →]

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Innovative packaging, cooling and interconnect technologies combined with the new Intel(r) Xeon(r) E5-2600 v3 processors deliver up to 1.38 TFLOPS of full throttle, embedded general-purpose symmetric multi-processing power[Continue reading →]

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This paper examines scalability of computational performance with the Intel(r) Sandy Bridge multicore architecture, particularly when used on Mercury processor boards. We look specifically at two device types, an 8-core Xeon (E5-2648L clocked at 1.8 GHz) and a 4-core Core i7 (2715QE clocked at 2.1 GHz). These are relatively low-power devices which are suitable for use on embedded processor boards.[Continue reading →]

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HMC-A System Health Monitors from the Orbit Electronics Group are among the most advanced such components available today, and are available as VME or VPX models, and Stand-Off Mounted models (shown above). See them at www.vmevpx.com. Hauppauge, New York, USA, June 16, 2014 – Orbit Electronics Group has announced their entry into the full spectrum of VME-VPX solutions. Among the company’s over 135 standard and customized VME-VPX products are seven System Health Monitors.

Orbit’s System Health Monitors are available in three models and a total of four form factors: Stand-Off Mounted (HMC-A, HMC-B, and HMC-C); VPX 6U (HMC-A, and -B); and VME 6U (HMC-A and -B).[Continue reading →]

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VPB601 VPB603 4DSP’s FlexVPX provides system designers with the flexibility and performance required for the most demanding applications. The ability to interconnect 2 and 3-slot 3U VPX compliant backplanes allows for custom system configurations using COTS hardware. The backplanes are equipped with PCI Express bridges that ensure fast and high throughput for point-to-point communication between different elements in the system. FlexVPX utilizes OpenVPX (VITA 65) which enables the interoperability of products from different vendors. With the option to build multi-slot solutions, users have the opportunity to design a range of systems that feature a small footprint, a high level of ruggedization, and unmatched performance.

“FlexVPX has opened up new customer options for VPX backplanes and systems. 4DSP’s portfolio of FlexVPX backplanes are designed to meet virtually any application and give the system engineer the ability to capitalize on the established VPX ecosystem while improving system size, weight and power profile,” said Pierrick Vulliez, 4DSP’s CTO. The FlexVPX backplanes provide excellent options for building SONAR/RADAR, satellite communications, and Software Defined Radio systems when used with 4DSP’s 3U VPX FPGA carrier cards – the VP680, VP780, VP788, and VP796 – as well as the company’s StellarIP firmware development tool.[Continue reading →]

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FREMONT, Calif. – Elma Electronic Inc. introduces the S50J Computing Platform, a highly reliable and rugged field-deployable system with abundant configurable I/O for maximum design versatility. Virtually any I/O scheme can be supported using tailored I/O panels, and the S50J also features expandable aluminum sidewalls for easy sizing.

The fanless system platform is ideal for applications where system reliability is paramount and environmental conditions can be extreme. Specific uses include signal processing; hyperspectral imaging, tactical command and control as well as surveillance and reconnaissance.[Continue reading →]

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Electronic Warfare (EW) system designers are taking advantage of the performance leaps in commercial technology, driven by high-volume commercial markets such as telecommunications and cloud computing. These components such as FPGAs combine speed, high connectivity, and low power consumption for signal-processing intensive EW platforms such as fighter aircraft and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs).[Continue reading →]

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The Electronic Warfare (EW) market is increasingly diversified across almost every area of defense spending. Despite budget restraints, the market expects growth in the EW domain driven by the trend of EW systems to form a larger part of military activity. New technology offers engineers of EW or Electro-Optical/Infrared (EO/IR) systems the possibility to use remote high performance sensor modules using Gigabit/10 Gigabit serial interfaces to transmit their data sample flows. To manage and process this huge amount of data, engineers must define new, innovative, and open system architectures.[Continue reading →]

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Ensemble® SFM6104 Switch Fabric Module with enhanced InfiniBand® and 40 Gigabit Ethernet capability for embedded, state-of-the-art sensor chain compute solutions CHELMSFORD, Mass. – Mercury Systems, Inc. (www.mrcy.com), a best-of-breed provider of commercially-developed, open sensor and Big Data processing systems for critical commercial, defense and intelligence applications, announced the new Ensemble® SFM6104 Switch Fabric Module with enhanced InfiniBand® and 40 Gigabit Ethernet capability for embedded, state-of-the-art sensor chain compute solutions. Designed to work seamlessly with Mercury’s advanced I/O, processing and OpenVPX™ development chassis offerings, the new module supports either SDR/DDR/QDR/FDR-10 InfiniBand or 10/40 Gigabit Ethernet across the data plane and Gigabit Ethernet on the control plane. As with all of Mercury’s open systems architecture (OSA) products, the SFM6104 conforms to VITA 65 (OpenVPX), the embedded computing industry’s open architecture standard.

“Mercury has a long tradition of championing open architectures, while leveraging the best commercial-item high performance computing (HPC) technology for use in rugged embedded applications such as advanced signal processing, including radar and image processing,” said Leon Woo, Mercury Systems’ Vice President of Engineering. “Our new SFM6104 module is an industry-standard compliant building block that delivers data center-level performance across the latest generation of InfiniBand and Ethernet switch fabrics. When you couple it with our Intel® Xeon®-powered processor modules, the native Quick Path Interconnect (QPI) and PCIe Gen 3 wideband capability is continued beyond the processor module to the switch fabric. You get the most powerful and scalable commercial-item HPC technology that can be deployed on rugged sensor platforms, providing true data center-level capability and performance for harsh environments.”[Continue reading →]

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Modern radar and electronic warfare designs rely heavily on embedded computing systems that leverage high-speed commercial processors and FPGAs to find every target or signal and enable the warfighter to respond in real time. Meanwhile, signal processing system designers are cutting costs by using parallel compute platforms such as OpenCL that work across multiple chip platforms.[Continue reading →]

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High density power electronics with high efficiencies – typically more than 90 percent – are becoming the defacto requirement for high-end mission critical military platforms such as radar, fighter jets, UAVs, and weapon systems where size, weight, and power are limited. Meanwhile, Gallium Nitride based RF components are beginning to populate military RF applications.[Continue reading →]

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Data in the modern battlefield has become as essential as munitions. Detection, target tracking, and the decisions that must be made – based on data acquired from sensors and cameras mounted to Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) or a myriad of radar and sonar devices on a cruiser – all require sophisticated algorithms executing on powerful computing equipment. Traditional methods of Digital Signal Processing (DSP) have used specialized FPGA equipment, multiprocessor VME, and OpenVPX solutions, but a new class of computing has the potential to replace some of those expensive and highly specialized processing elements.[Continue reading →]

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The SMS-652 Rugged Switchbox™ is a fully MIL-qualified standalone 16-port GbE Switch LRU. The new VPX3-652 GbE Switch LRM provides up to 20 ports of Ethernet connectivity in a single 3U slot with a very low power footprint. ASHBURN, Va. – November 20, 2013 - Curtiss-Wright Controls Defense Solutions, a business group of Curtiss-Wright Controls, has introduced two new cost-effective rugged Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) Switch solutions, the SMS-652 Rugged Switchbox™ subsystem and VPX3-652 GbE Switch module, that speed and ease the integration of modern networking technology into defense platforms. Curtiss-Wright’s new GbE Switch line replaceable unit (LRU) and line replaceable module (LRM) solutions dramatically lower the cost of adding network connectivity into new and legacy platforms. These COTS GbE Switch solutions are designed to meet the continuing technology refresh requirements of defense and aerospace systems integrators facing increased size, weight, power and cost (SWaP-C) pressures.

The SMS-652 Rugged Switchbox™ is a fully MIL-qualified standalone 16-port GbE Switch LRU that can be quickly and easily integrated into airborne, ground and naval platforms. Housed in a compact sealed enclosure, the SMS-652 is ideal for airborne communications systems, sensor data acquisition, and data processing applications, on platforms such as UAVs, where there is limited available space for larger subsystems.[Continue reading →]

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CHELMSFORD, Mass. – November 14, 2013 – Mercury Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: MRCY, www.mrcy.com), a best-of-breed provider of commercially developed, open sensor and Big Data processing systems for critical commercial, defense and intelligence applications, announced it is dramatically improving affordability and increasing processing power by leveraging Ethernet protocols for switched fabrics, cluster computing and sensor I/O used in sophisticated OpenVPX™-based high performance embedded computing (HPEC) subsystems.

The company’s Ensemble® OpenVPX subsystems, combined with an Ethernet switched fabric, may be the ultimate open systems architecture (OSA). By using TCP/IP and sockets, the de facto standard for networking and communications, the systems are affordable and well supported. The ubiquity of Ethernet means that users can take advantage of countless software applications, productivity tools, installed applications and support from multiple vendors.[Continue reading →]

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Chatsworth, Calif. October 2013 – Aitech Defense Systems Inc., a pioneer in true rugged embedded and mission critical computing technologies, now offers two new rugged single board computers (SBCs) based on the latest Freescale 12-core T4240 QorIQ processor architecture.

Both the VME-based C111 and the VPX-based C112 provide integrated performance characteristics that enable enhanced processing in data-intensive rugged and defense computing environments. [Continue reading →]

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CHATSWORTH, CA. Aitech Defense Systems has released the C873, a rugged, 3U OpenVPX (VITA 65) Single-Board Computer (SBC) based on the 4th generation Intel Core i7 quad-core processor. The 2.4 GHz operation of the Intel Haswell processors provides the C...[Continue reading →]

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New Initiative Doubles Data Fabric Speeds Across Product Line: CHAMP-AV9 DSP Board Announced as First Fabric40(tm) Product to Support 40 Gbps Speeds for both Ethernet and Infiniband(r) Fabrics[Continue reading →]

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IPC 2.5 Software Library Simplifies Development of Switched Interconnect Solutions with Messaging and Global Shared Memory Support ASHBURN, VA – July 16, 2013 – Curtiss-Wright Controls Defense Solutions, a business group of Curtiss-Wright Controls, has announced availability of IPC 2.5, the latest version of its popular Inter-Processor Communications (IPC) software library for building high-performance multi-processor DSP OpenVPX™ (VITA 65) platforms employing switched interconnect technology.

IPC 2.5 is designed for use in demanding defense and aerospace signal processing applications such as radar, signal intelligence, image processing and electronic warfare. The new IPC 2.5, with its support for Serial RapidIO® (SRIO) Gen 2, makes Curtiss-Wright's DSP communications library ideal for use in DSP applications designed with the latest high bandwidth, switched serial fabric-based OpenVPX technology.[Continue reading →]

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WOBURN, MA. Engineers at Concurrent Technologies announced that their first processor board based on the new quad-core 4th generation Intel Core processor family -- aka Haswell. The TR B12/msd is a 3U VPX single-board computer that features the new i...[Continue reading →]

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CHELMSFORD, MA. Engineers at Mercury Systems, Inc. have added a new server based on Intel's 4th generation Core i7 processor (formerly Haswell) -- the rugged Ensemble Series 6U OpenVPX HDS6502 High Density Server (HDS) that provides as much as 16GB of ...[Continue reading →]

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HUNTSVILLE, AL. GE Intelligent Platforms has released a rugged 6U OpenVPX InfiniBand switch fabric module, the IBX400. The board-level, Modular Open Systems Architecture (MOSA)-compliant module leverages Mellanox Technologies’ sixth generation SwitchX 2 VPI switch, and is suited for deployment in Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) applications.[Continue reading →]

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VITA 46, 48, and 65: The Next Generation VME system replacement. VITA 46 is the VPX base electrical and mechanical specification. VITA 48 is the VPX REDI cooling spec. VITA 65 is Open VPX. Open VPX was the industry's attempt to bring order to chaos. Open VPX methodically defines a system of profiles that would fully explain the interactions between the backplane and plug-in modules. The profiles are the physical mapping of resources in the system. This information can then be used to determine compatibility.[Continue reading →]

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VCP-2864, 3U OpenVPX™ JPEG 2000 Codec module GENEVA, SWITZERLAND, February 21, 2013 — CES - Creative Electronic Systems SA today announced the VCP-2864, a 3U OpenVPX™ JPEG 2000 Codec module in a compact, rugged form factor. The VCP-2864 is powered by a Xilinx Kintex™-7 FPGA and two JPEG 2000 compression engines. Flexible video configuration options (bitrate, frame rate, etc.) allow the user to optimize the VCP-2864 as needed.

The VCP-2864 can be combined with the VCP-8166 H.264 / AVC compression / decompression XMC module to form a single-slot solution for JPEG 2000 and H.264 compression and decompression, as well as raw capture for HD video and still images.[Continue reading →]

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Emerson Network Power PCIE-8120 Media Processing Acceleration Card Emerson Network Power PCIE-8120 Media Processing Acceleration Card TEMPE, Ariz., US. [14 February, 2013] –Emerson Network Power, a business of Emerson (NYSE:EMR) and the global leader in enabling Business-Critical Continuity™, today announced a performance breakthrough for adding voice and video to network server applications. Where a typical commercial Host Media Processing solution is limited to 2000 ports per server, a single Emerson Network Power PCIE-8120 PCI Express media processing acceleration card is capable of transcoding over 7000 bidirectional voice channels from G.711 to G.729A, and multiple cards can be added to a single server for even higher performance.

Featuring up to 12 low power Octasic digital signal processors (DSPs) with embedded voice or video firmware, the Emerson Network Power PCIEe-8120 can also transcode over 300 mobile video streams at CIF resolution, and offers support for high definition video resolutions up to 1080p. It enables users to add high density, highly scalable voice and video processing to network applications, while using less space, less power and at lower cost than the alternative of adding more servers or suffering significantly reduced application performance. [Continue reading →]

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Ideal for rugged embedded computing applications, the ADM-VPX3-7V2 from Alpha Data is designed to support the world's largest FPGA (V2000T), PCIe Gen3, VITA57 FMC I/O, full industrial ruggedization, along with the widely respected Alpha Data software development kit and technical support.[Continue reading →]

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ASHBURN, VA – January 25, 2013 – Curtiss-Wright Controls Defense Solutions (CWCDS), a business group of Curtiss-Wright Controls, has introduced the CHAMP-WB (“WideBand”), the Industry’s first Xilinx® Virtex®-7 OpenVPX™ COTS DSP Engine designed for sense-and-response applications that require high bandwidth and minimal latency. In addition, Curtiss-Wright is also introducing its first module for the CHAMP-WB, the TADF-4300, featuring Tektronix Component Solutions’ 12.5 GS/s Analog-to-Digital (ADC) and /Digital-to-Analog (DAC) technologies. Combined, these two modules form the CHAMP-WB-DRFM and provide the highest bandwidth/highest resolution platform for wideband Digital Radio Frequency Memory (DRFM) processing available in the embedded defense and aerospace market, delivering an unprecedented 12.5 GS/s 8-bit ADC and 12.5 GS/s 10-bit DAC performance from a single 6U slot.

This new rugged 6U card set is the first product resulting from Curtiss-Wright’s recently announced technology and marketing partnership with Tektronix Component Solutions, and features the jointly-developed TADF-4300 module. The CHAMP-WB-DRFM card set is optimized for EW applications and provides the industry’s lowest latency, highest performance ADC/DAC performance and highest available I/O bandwidth. Based on Tektronix’s silicon germanium (SiGe) based data converters, the TADF-4300, when coupled with the CHAMP-WB’s on-board Virtex®7 FPGA and high-speed wideband interfaces, enables designers to develop powerful embedded DRFM solutions with 3x the performance of existing CMOS-based offerings.[Continue reading →]

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This paper describes and illustrates some of the many applications for which the GE Intelligent Platforms ICS-8580 rugged video processor is an ideal solution for unmanned vehicle platforms -- in the air, on the ground and in the water.[Continue reading →]

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Mezzanine carrier cards have been used in system designs for many years, and will continue to play an integral part, especially as the performance of processor cards continue to increase in the future. This white paper will discuss the many uses of carrier cards designed specifically for VPX and OpenVPX systems. First, let's define what we mean by a mezzanine carrier card. In some system designer's vernacular, a mezzanine carrier card can be defined as any card that can host a mezzanine. Although one can take this simple approach, we will be bit more restrictive in our definition. In this white paper, we will refer to a mezzanine carrier card as a card that can host one or more mezzanines but does not provide any processing function. The processing function or control of the mezzanine is provided by another card in the system. Stated another way, the mezzanine carrier is used to host a mezzanine which is then controlled and used by a "processor" card in the system. Hence, we could refer to the mezzanine carrier as being "dumb".[Continue reading →]

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In 1999, a proposal for next-generation I/O was introduced by Intel®, Microsoft® and Sun Microsystems® (now Oracle®). The collective goal was to define an optimal server and storage architecture. The resulting specification, known as System I/O, was released in October 2000. Today, this is known as InfiniBand. This white paper will explore the merits of this architecture as well as methods of optimizing its use.

Key applications for rugged multi core CPUs with high speed performance I/O include land vehicles, UAVs, RADAR, synthetic aperture RADAR (SAR), SONAR, and image fusion, as well as targeting and tracking applications [Continue reading →]

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Recent initiatives to increase the performance and flexibility of modular platforms aimed at high-performance embedded computing (HPEC) are bearing fruit by enabling board and system designers to use high-speed switched fabrics from mainstream high-performance computing (HPC) markets to maximize performance, reduce technical risk and shorten time to solution for advanced military and aerospace applications.

This white paper explores how system integrators can leverage the switched fabric networking technologies found in HPC systems in the development of military and aerospace applications. [Continue reading →]

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Military and aerospace sector reaps benefits from consumer-led technology developments. The military and aerospace market may be said to have started this situation, first as far back as the late-1970s with the Advanced Research Projects Agency Network (ARPANET) that laid the groundwork for the packet-switch networks that, in turn, form the basis of today's Internet, then again with the 1980s Very High-Speed Integrated Circuits (VHSIC) program that established the blueprints for semiconductor design and manufacturing.[Continue reading →]

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High-performance Element Processing Architecture can now be employed as a basis for large array radar systems, enabling system designers to increase levels of digitization by using open standards based hardware. The advent of OpenVPX and its flexible and scalable architecture now makes it possible for military system integrators to improve total cost of ownership of radar systems.[Continue reading →]

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