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A new research report added to the comprehensive repository of Market Research Reports Search Engine (MRRSE) offers market forecast and analysis on the global supervisory control and data acquisition market (SCADA). The report titled “Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) Market - Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends and Forecast 2016 – 2024” gives users transparent and unbiased insights on the key factors that are shaping the adoption of SCADA globally.

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Spectrum\'s SCAPP Currently digitizers have a bottleneck caused by having to use either the host PC's central processor with 8 or 16 cores or a FPGA that is complex to program. Spectrum Instrumentation has solved this problem with its new SCAPP software option - the Spectrum CUDA Access for Parallel Processing - that opens an easy-to-use yet extremely powerful way to digitize, process and analyze electronic signals. SCAPP allows a CUDA-based Graphical Processing Unit (GPU) to be used directly between any Spectrum digitizer and the PC. The big advantage is that data is passed directly from the digitizer to the GPU where high-speed parallel processing is possible using the GPU board's multiple (up to 5000) processing cores. That provides a significant performance enhancement when compared to sending data directly to a PC that may have only 8 or 16 cores. It becomes even more important when signals are being digitized at high-speeds such as 50 MS/s, 500 MS/s or even 5 GS/s.

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*Record up to eight channels of Ethernet streams *Ethernet rates of 1, 10 and 40 Gigabits/second *Available in a field deployable, portable chassis *Real-time aggregate recording rates up to 10 GB/s *SSD RAID storage capacity up to 122 TB *SystemFlow GUI control panel for fast, intuitive operation[Continue reading →]

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RFA 600 Typical applications for this device are pulsed laser devices, radar systems, ultra sonic systems, automated test environment (ATE), VHF transmitters, data cable drivers, HDTV cable drivers, signal generator output stages and many more.

What makes the product outstanding for this category is the output voltage swing, that can be as high as 22 V. This is possible due to the discrete circuit design and sophisticated components. Unlike most RF amplifiers, it processes True-DC signals. This is very important for accurate pulse amplification and analysis, especially when the pulses have different length.[Continue reading →]

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Global analysis of the enhanced vision system market has been provided under the scope of this report for the period of 2017-2025. This market has been segmented into system, components, application and geography that are covered within this report.[Continue reading →]

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*Four 200 MHz, 16-bit A/Ds *Four wideband FPGA-based Digital Down Converters (DDCs) *32 narrowband FPGA-based DDCs *XMC (VITA 42) with PCIe Gen 3 interface *Jade Architecture with Xilinx Kintex UltraScale FPGA *Navigator Design Suite for streamlined IP development[Continue reading →]

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VP62105 July 28th, 2017, as an independent embedded computer manufacturer, LinkedHope® released a 6U VPX single board VP62105. Based on the Intel® 3rd generation CoreTM i3/i5/i7 platform, VP62105 has a new microarchitecture that enables small-sized designs to be created with unmatched computing power, graphics performance and energy efficiency on a small footprint.

VP62105 provides 4 Serial RapidIO (SRIO) x4 links for VPX Data Plane communication, 2 PCI express x8 channel for VPX Expansion Plane communication and 4 Gigabit Ethernet for VPX Control Plane communication. The rich data interchange options make it much easier to build computer and system solutions.[Continue reading →]

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VP68801 July 27th, 2016, as an independent embedded computer manufacturer, LinkedHope® announces its new 6U VPX L3 Ethernet and SRIO Switch board, named VP68801, a China Local-design, Local-manufacturing product.

VP68801 is a China local design VPX Switch, compliant with VITA46.0, VITA48, and VITA65 specifications. The Profile of VP68801 is SLT6-SWH-16U20F-10.4.2, which uses Gb Ethernet as control plane and SRIO as data plane. It is mainly applicable to high-speed data exchange and routing among different types of payload boards in a VPX chassis. The switching board is designed as 6U VPX form factor, supporting both traditional air-cooled version and conduction-cooled version. With reliable anti-shock and vibration capability, excellent heat dissipation performance and unique environment protection design, the whole board can be stably operated in the wide temperature environment of -40°C to +85°C.[Continue reading →]

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Infineon is launching fully-packaged (MEMs bare die and ASIC in a single package) products to serve the silicon microphone business, with an emphasis on low-noise, high-end use cases such as headphones/earbuds, cameras and voice-controlled systems.[Continue reading →]

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Sundance Multiprocessor Technology Ltd. has announced that its new SMT6657 embedded procesor mdule has been chosen by the new Facility for Antiproton and Ion Research (FAIR) currently being constructed in Darmstadt, Germany to power its SIS100 Proton Accelerator. The SMT6657 is the highest performance embedded processing module ever manufactured on the PC/104 small form factor of 90mm x 96mm.[Continue reading →]

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Sundance Multiprocessor Technology Ltd. has announced the SMT6657, the highest performance embedded processing module ever manufactured on the PC/104 small form factor of 90mm x 96mm. Sundance has also announced that the SMT6657 has been chosen by the new Facility for Antiproton and Ion Research (FAIR) currently being constructed in Darmstadt, Germany to power its SIS100 Proton Accelerator.[Continue reading →]

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*Multi-channel real-time recording of RF Signals up to 3 GHz *Captures and reproduces IF bandwidths up to 560 MHz *Up to 61 TB of hot swappable SSD storage capacity *Real-time sustained recording rates up to 6.4 GB/sec *Designed to operate under conditions of shock and vibration[Continue reading →]

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The new MEMSIC MDP 200 bi-directional differential pressure sensors are perfect for a wide range of medical, automotive and industrial applications. MEMSIC's ultra-sensitive MEMs thermal technology enables the new MDP200 to detect minute changes in flow induced by differential pressure. The suspended bridge microstructure inside the MDP200 allows it to reliably detect pressure changes from a range of 0.016 Pascal to 500 Pascal.[Continue reading →]

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ANDOVER, Mass. - July 11, 2017 - Mercury Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: MRCY, www.mrcy.com) annoat it has extended its commercially-developed Ball Grid Array (BGA) packaging conversion technology to the new Intel® Xeon® Processor Scalable Family, previously codenamed “Skylake-SP”. The technology enables conversion of the land grid array (LGA) package found on standard Intel Xeon server CPUs to the more rugged BGA package. The result is a truly rugged server-class processing option in an open system architecture that delivers 2-4x the performance of other product lines of Intel Xeon processors generally available in native BGA packages. Once converted to BGA, the new Intel Xeon processors can be used in a wide variety of deployed military applications on airborne, naval and ground platforms that must be able to withstand harsh temperature and vibration conditions.

“Mercury’s unique BGA conversion technology enables our customers to use the latest and most powerful Intel Xeon server chips in deployed military applications,” said Richard Jaenicke, Director of Strategic Marketing and Alliances. “The new Intel Xeon Processor Scalable Family provides major increases in vector processing performance, memory bandwidth, and number of cores as compared with native BGA-based Intel Xeon solutions such as the Intel Xeon Processor D family and the Intel Xeon Processor E3 mobile family.”[Continue reading →]

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New family of pre-integrated systems speeds the development, and reduces the design risk for deployed application-specific solutions. ASHBURN, Va. – July 6, 2017 – Curtiss-Wright’s Defense Solutions division today introduced a new family of pre-integrated rugged mission management systems designed to lower the cost, speed the development, and reduce the design risk for deployed application-specific solutions. Through the use of fully integrated and tested industry-leading COTS modules, these base systems are architected, pre-qualified and pre-verified to address the needs of specific mission requirements. By providing a proven pre-configured base solution, these systems deliver a significant “headstart” that significantly reduces the integrator’s development cycle and costs. Using one of Curtiss-Wright’s pre-integrated hardware solution sets as their starting point, a system integrator can easily and quickly customize the base system by with application-specific software and/or expanding the base system with additional components to meet their application’s unique requirements. The first member of this innovative new family of pre-integrated solutions is designed for Software Defined Radio (SDR) and Electronic Warfare (EW) applications. It will be followed by announcements for additional application-specific pre-integrated base systems designed for applications such as Radar, EO/IR, and Video/Display.

“More and more frequently, our customers are asking us to help them jumpstart their application specific system designs with cost-effective pre-integrated system architectures that quickly get them most of the way to completion of their development by using proven COTS elements,” said Lynn Bamford, senior vice president and general manager, Curtiss-Wright Defense Solutions division. “Our new family of application-specific mission management systems hits the sweet spot for these designers, with ‘pre-rolled’ systems targeted for applications such as Software Defined Radio and Electronic Warfare. These high-TRL systems provide our customers with an easy to customize base system that delivers a head-start for faster deployment while lowering risk to program schedule and budget.”[Continue reading →]

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Air Flow-By Cooling Technology From Mercury Systems Achieves TRL-8 - HDS6603_AFB ANDOVER, Mass. - May 16, 2017 - Mercury Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: MRCY, www.mrcy.com) announced that systems using ANSI/VITA 48.7 Air Flow-By™ standard cooling technology have passed flight tests in multiple manned and unmanned airborne platforms, some in their final mission configuration, thereby achieving technology readiness level 8 (TRL-8). Mercury holds a patent on one implementation approach of that standard, and has revised the licensing fees under the patent to be zero cost.

Mercury Systems developed Air Flow-By cooling technology as an improvement to its finely managed air cooling, the original air flow-through (AFT) technology it developed back in 2003. Air Flow-By cooling technology is the most efficient solution on the market to achieve a sealed environment that tolerates cooling with air that may contain contaminants. Unlike today’s AFT technology that merely adds an airflow heat exchanger to the primary side surface of a printed wiring board (PWB), Air Flow-By solutions cool both sides of the PWB by encapsulating the PWB in a heat exchanger shell such that air flows across both sides of the module for maximum cooling efficiency. The heat exchanger shell creates a sealed environment that protects against airborne contaminants, electromagnetic interference (EMI), electrostatic discharge (ESD), and provides an extra layer of physical security. Even with the increased protection and cooling capacity, Air Flow-By solutions maintain the standard 1.0-inch pitch to avoid a 33% reduction in board count found in AFT implementations that may require the module width to grow to 1.5-inch pitch. Now, Air Flow-by technology also has a cost advantage with its zero-cost licensing. [Continue reading →]

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MEMSIC Announces Economical, Compact, Highly Accurate VG380 Vertical Gyro Modules MEMSIC Announces Economical, Compact, Highly Accurate VG380 Vertical Gyro Modules

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Mercury received an $8.8 million follow-on order from a leading defense prime contractor for high-performance digital signal processing subsystems for an unmanned airborne intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance application.[Continue reading →]

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ANDOVER, Mass. - April 18, 2017 - Mercury Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: MRCY, www.mrcy.com), announced it received a $9.3 million order from a leading defense prime contractor for high performance, OpenVPX™ digital signal processing modules and supporting professional services for a manned airborne radar application. The order was received in the Company's fiscal 2017 third quarter and is expected to be shipped over the next several quarters.

“We have a longstanding relationship with this customer in providing high performance signal processing solutions for airborne radar,” said Ian Dunn, Vice President of Mercury’s Sensor and Mission Processing group. “By adopting our new OpenVPX product line, our customer now has a cost-effective, modular open systems architecture that protects their long-term investment in software by providing them an easy path to port their application to an affordable high-performance processing solution.”[Continue reading →]

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The Electronic Warfare operating environment is unique because a system latency difference measured in nanoseconds can mean the difference between mission success or failure. This paper describes how COTS technologies are pushing, the frontiers of the possible in EW. [Continue reading →]

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Novi Sad, Serbia - March 10, 2017 - DENSO ADAS Engineering Services GmbH joins the Alpha project, contributing with its CMS (Camera Monitor System). This algorithm eliminates blind spots and estimates the proximity of oncoming vehicles, with the aim of collision avoidance. By joining the project, DENSO ADAS strengthens the algorithm potential of the ecosystem built around the Alpha development board. This is leading towards the support of ADAS applications such as advanced warning systems, active control systems and semi-autonomous driving.[Continue reading →]

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Intersil Corporation (NASDAQ: ISIL) today introduced a radiation hardened 32-channel driver with integrated decoder that reduces the size, weight and power (SWaP) of satellite command and telemetry systems. The ISL72813SEH is the industry’s first high current driver to integrate the decoder, level shifter and driver array in a single monolithic IC, allowing satellite manufacturers to significantly increase system capacity and reduce solution size by up to 50%. The device offers a 4x higher density channel count compared to the nearest competitor, and the integrated level shifter eliminates several peripheral components.

The ISL72813SEH driver leverages Intersil’s proprietary silicon on insulator process, which provides single-event latch-up (SEL) robustness in heavy ion environments. The driver’s integrated decoder interfaces directly to the general purpose I/Os of FPGAs and CPUs in the satellite’s flight computer, dramatically reducing pin count compared to competitive 1-input to 1-output driver arrays. Each of the device’s 32-channels of common-emitter open-collector driver outputs can generate pulses of up to 42V and 600mA. The ISL72813SEH addresses latching relay and solenoid commanding for most satellite control functions, including redundancy management, mechanism drive enables, propulsion component relays and enables, battery management, and payload switch control. The ISL72813SEH’s low VCE saturation levels eliminate a major customer concern by reducing the overhead voltage required to drive the load. The driver’s power efficiency and high integration reduces the amount of circuitry required on the bus, allowing customers to add more spacecraft functionality and processing power.[Continue reading →]

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CHELMSFORD, Mass. - Feb. 15, 2017 - Mercury Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: MRCY, www.mrcy.com), announced that its Chelmsford, Mass. facility recently received the Category 1A Trusted Supplier accreditation for design capability from the U.S. Defense Department’s Defense Microelectronics Activity (DMEA). This expands upon the previously received Category 1A accreditation for broker, packaging, assembly, and test at Mercury’s Phoenix, Ariz. facility, and is part of Mercury’s overall strategy to be the leading commercial provider of trusted and secure sensor and mission processing subsystems. The vast majority of companies receiving DMEA accreditation are either defense prime contractors or semiconductor suppliers. Mercury is the only commercial provider of embedded computing boards and subsystems to have received DMEA accreditation to date.

The DMEA Trusted Supplier accreditation is a critical component of complying with DoD Instruction 5200.44, “Protection of Mission Critical Functions to Achieve Trusted Systems and Networks (TSN).” That DoD policy requires that “…in applicable systems, integrated circuit-related products and services shall be procured from a trusted supplier using trusted processes accredited by the Defense Microelectronics Activity (DMEA) when they are custom-designed, custom-manufactured, or tailored for a specific DoD military end use.”[Continue reading →]

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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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Safety Certifiable 3U VPX Graphics Modules for Avionics ASHBURN, Va. – NOVEMBER 3, 2016 – Curtiss-Wright’s Defense Solutions division announced that it has expanded its portfolio of DO-254/DO-178C safety certifiable COTS products with the introduction of two new rugged 3U VPX high performance graphics processor modules. Based on AMD’s latest embedded Graphics Processing Unit (GPU), the Radeon™ E8860, both of these multi-head graphics cards support the long lifecycle availability required for defense and aerospace programs. Through the use of a suite of CoreAVI® software drivers and supported by the embedded industry’s longest component supply program, availability for VPX3-717 and VPX3-719 module hardware and software is ensured for 15+ years. Designed for use in safety certifiable applications, these size, weight, power and cost (SWaP-C)-optimized modules were developed to meet DO-254 DAL C and DO-178C DAL A certification. DO-254 and DO-178C certification artifact kits, available from Curtiss-Wright, ease platform certification, speed time to market, and significantly reduce the cost and risk of developing safety certifiable electronics subsystems for commercial and military aviation platforms.

“We are very excited to announce these new safety certifiable rugged graphics cards,” said Lynn Bamford, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Defense Solutions division. “These SWaP optimized 3U VPX graphics engines enable system designers to speed the design of DO-254/DO-178B safety certifiable avionics systems, eliminating the high cost of custom solutions. Even better, they feature unmatched 15+ year availability for hardware and software, a true boon for long lifecycle aerospace and defense programs.”[Continue reading →]

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AUSTIN, Texas – Sept. 27, 2016 – Cirrus Logic (NASDAQ: CRUS) is enabling a dramatic leap forward in single-chip audio and voice processing features for mobile applications with the introduction of its flagship low power smart codec. The Cirrus Logic CS47L90 offers mobile device manufacturers the ability to provide new innovative voice features with audio technology that allows consumers to enjoy a high-fidelity listening experience from their mobile devices.

“Always on” voice activation, noise reduction, active noise cancelation, echo cancelation and speaker protection features empower consumers with greater voice control over their mobile device while delivering a superior, noise-free audio user experience. The CS47L90 provides a premium listening experience with SmartHIFI™ audio playback. SmartHIFI from Cirrus Logic is a unique combination of powerful DSP processing and high-performance analog circuits to deliver an audio experience typically associated with high-end audio equipment, now optimized for mobile audio playback. The CS47L90’s ultra-low power consumption, both in standby and operational modes, also enables significant battery life savings. [Continue reading →]

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*Maxim MAX2121 L-Band RF tuner boosts output bandwidth to 123 MHz *Faster 500 MHz 12-bit A/Ds capture full signal bandwidth *Improved signal quality with digital down converter IP modules *Custom Virtex-7 IP development with GateFlow Design Kit and Vivado tools *Advanced GateXpress technology for FPGA reconfiguration across PCIe[Continue reading →]

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Chatsworth, Calif. May 2016 – PowerPC AltiVec is back with Aitech Defense Systems newest SBC, the rugged 3U VPX-based C912. The new board combines NXP’s latest generation T4 series of QorIQ SoC multicore e6500 processors with AltiVec along with extensive on-board I/O features.

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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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BERG, Germany – 21 April, 2016 – Reiser Simulation and Training (RST), a leading provider of flight simulation systems and training services, today announced that it has acquired Innovative Control Systems (ICS), a supplier of a wide range of production-proven avionics, test systems and custom engineering services for the aerospace industry. ICS is a long-time partner and supplier to Reiser and will continue to be operated as an independent company under Innovative Control Systems, LP. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

ICS counts more than 30 leading aerospace companies among its global customer base, including industry leaders such as Honeywell, Dassault, Embraer, Cessna, Gulfstream, Pilatus, Bell-Augusta, GE Aviation and NASA. It has a particular expertise in the area of aviation communications protocols, including ASCB and ARINC-825, ARINC-664, ARINC-717 and is a founding member of the CAN Aviation Alliance. [Continue reading →]

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Modern day processors for imaging, radar, and other sensors are complex systems each unique with diverse processing requirements per company, platform, sensor, and application. A common feature is that these systems require high bandwidth and high performance signal processing. Such is now readily available with advances in FPGA capabilities as well as their programmability, the incorporation of embedded graphical processors, the increasing number of cores with vector units, and the high bandwidth of PCI Express and multi-Gigabit Ethernet.

Another common feature is that as the flexibility and power of these sensor systems has appreciated, so has the complexity of their software control. It is not uncommon for the architecture of embedded imaging and other sensor systems to have a framework of multiple software executables for the interface, data, and control processing.[Continue reading →]

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Cemtrol is using Cambridge Pixel's HPx-200e PCI Express (PCIe) radar input card and versatile SPx software library to add comprehensive radar acquisition and display capability to its new multi-function Radar Display Console.[Continue reading →]

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CHELMSFORD, Mass. - April 11, 2016 - Mercury Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: MRCY, www.mrcy.com), announced it received $2.9 million in orders from a leading defense prime contractor to provide digital signal and image processing modules for an unmanned airborne ISR application. The orders were booked in the Company’s fiscal 2016 third quarter and are expected to be shipped over the next several quarters.

“This order exemplifies the important role Mercury plays in helping primes meet the challenging demands of decreased funding and DoD acquisition reform by integrating open, standards-based technology to improve performance while protecting legacy investments,” said Ian Dunn, Vice President of Mercury Systems' Embedded Products Group. “We are proud of our continuing partnership with our customer and ongoing work on high performance ISR solutions that improve U.S. intelligence capabilities in global military operations.”[Continue reading →]

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PULSAR-B160-325x2-MV SDR modem board Simpulse, specialist in embedded Software-Defined Radio (SDR) solutions for innovative communication systems, today announced availability of an ultra flexible embedded SDR modem board for professional high-performance video transmissions. The board integrates Simpulse’s patented PULSAR DSP co-processor, a scalable and programmable hardware architecture that induces great flexibility and ensures customer products to be evolutive, easy to customise and extend.

The new PULSAR-B325x2-MV mobile video modem board offers high radio performances for long-range and highly mobile transmissions. The radio modem features great system robustness coupled with high flexibility, thanks to the underlying PULSAR technology.[Continue reading →]

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Sundance’s EMC2-Z7030 SBC with integrated Xilinx SDSoC development environment A Sundance EMC2-Z7030 stack Chesham, UK – February 17, 2016. Sundance Multiprocessor Technology Ltd., an established supplier and manufacturer of embedded modules for the PC/104-compatible format, has announced that it has integrated Xilinx’s new SDSoC development environment on to its EMC2-Z7030 single board computer (SBC). Sundance’s EMC2 range is a family of industrial-grade and deployment-ready SBC’s that feature a Xilinx Zynq SoC with integrated dual-core ARM-A9 CPUs coupled to 1Gb of DDR3 memory, four-lanes of PCI-Express and re-programmable logic with Kintex-7 FPGA technology. The EMC2 range is designed to the latest, yet long-established, PC/104 form factor of 90mm by 96mm, called OneBank.

The Xilinx SDSoC development environment has a full, system-optimizing C/C++ compiler that allows system and software engineers to take full advantage of the speed increase offered by running processing intensive algorithms on the Programmable Logic (PL) of the Zynq Z7030. The new development flow offers a familiar software development environment using an Eclipse-based GUI, programming in C/C++ and debugging from the ARM-A9 CPUs, called the Processing System (PS). SDSoC offers profiling, estimation and hardware/software event traces to help developers optimize the system performance while seamlessly generating the full Zynq SoC system with hardware accelerated IPs, data motion network and software BSPs.[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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CHELMSFORD, Mass. - Jan. 14, 2016 - Mercury Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: MRCY, www.mrcy.com), announced it received a $4 million follow-on order from a leading defense prime contractor for high-performance digital signal processing modules for an unmanned airborne synthetic aperture radar (SAR) application. The order was booked in the Company’s fiscal 2016 second quarter and is expected to be shipped over the next 11 months.

“Our long-standing relationship with this defense contractor and our advanced signal processing systems have played a pivotal role in supporting SAR programs that deliver high resolution actionable data,” said Didier Thibaud, President of Mercury’s Commercial Electronics business unit. “This award underscores our ongoing engineering expertise and delivery of innovative, commercially-developed building blocks that provide superior value and performance across generations of applications.”[Continue reading →]

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*Sixteen 250 MHz 16-bit analog input channels *Up to 61 TB of hot swappable SSD storage capacity *Real-time sustained recording rates up to 8 GB/sec *Most cost, size and space efficient recorder in its class[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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CHELMSFORD, Mass. -- Nov. 12, 2015 -- Mercury Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: MRCY, www.mrcy.com), announced that its Mercury Defense Systems subsidiary recently received a $1.8 million order from a leading international aerospace and defense company for radar environment simulation equipment. The order was booked in the Company’s fiscal 2016 first quarter and is expected to be shipped over the next several quarters.

Brian Perry, President of Mercury Defense Systems, said, “This order underscores Mercury’s ability to deliver the effective, affordable open architecture, standards-based solutions required by our prime contractor customers and the DoD. Our radar testing systems, many of which have been in continuous operation for more than 18 years, have earned a reputation for their performance, quality and reliability.”[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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NEW VPX3-687 3U SWITCH MODULE DELIVERS 10X FASTER ETHERNET COMPARED TO EARLIER 1 GBE DESIGNS AUSA 2015, WASHINGTON, D.C. – October 12, 2015 – Curtiss-Wright Corporation today announced that its Defense Solutions division has introduced the industry’s highest density, fastest throughput 3U form factor Ethernet switch module. The new VPX3-687 1/10/40 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) switch module is designed to address the increasing demand for 10 and 40 GbE data transfers in embedded systems. Earlier 3U OpenVPX™ Ethernet switch cards were typically limited to 2-4 ports of 10 GbE, and were only able to interconnect a couple of switches or modules. In comparison, with its 320 Gbps of line-rate switching, the fully managed multi-layer VPX3-687 provides support for up to 32 ports of 10 GbE (or 8 ports of 40 GbE) in a single 3U slot. This increased performance raises the level of Ethernet connectivity to that previously available only in 6U systems and results in significant Size, Weight, Power and Cost (SWaP-C) reduction. Validated for deployment in the harshest environments, the rugged VPX3-687 is available in both air-cooled and conduction-cooled formats.

“Our customers are increasingly turning to 10 Gigabit Ethernet to achieve levels of performance in 3U VPX systems previously only obtainable from larger and hotter 6U designs,” said Lynn Bamford, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Defense Solutions division. “We continue to expand our family of 10/40 GbE-enabled products to provide our system designers with powerful and flexible building blocks, like our new VPX3-687 module, that enable a new level of performance in SWaP-optimized small form-factor embedded systems.”[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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MEMSIC today announced the availability of its MFC2030 Bi-Directional Flow Sensor for a wide range of applications such as analytical instruments, anesthesia and other medical flow devices, process control, and natural gas measurement. Check out the embedded chart to see how it stacks up against the completion.Provides bi-directional flow, better flow range, best accuracy, assortment of interfaces, lowest power consumption, etc.[Continue reading →]

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Oslo, Norway – Novelda, a developer and manufacturer of adaptive smart sensors, today announced the appointment of Trionic Associates Inc. as its engineering and technical sales representative for the New York, New Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania region of the USA.

Novelda VP of Sales and Marketing, Ingar Fredriksen, said, “With product lines spanning semiconductors, RF/microwave & wireless, electromechanical and board-level products, Trionic is one of the leading manufacturers’ representatives in this marketplace and has just the right focus and skills to support and help grow our business.”[Continue reading →]

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A new research report added to the comprehensive repository of Market Research Reports Search Engine (MRRSE) offers market forecast and analysis on the global supervisory control and data acquisition market (SCADA). The report titled “Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) Market - Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends and Forecast 2016 – 2024” gives users transparent and unbiased insights on the key factors that are shaping the adoption of SCADA globally.

Free Copy of Sample Report @ https://www.mrrse.com/sample/149[Continue reading →]

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Spectrum\'s SCAPP Currently digitizers have a bottleneck caused by having to use either the host PC's central processor with 8 or 16 cores or a FPGA that is complex to program. Spectrum Instrumentation has solved this problem with its new SCAPP software option - the Spectrum CUDA Access for Parallel Processing - that opens an easy-to-use yet extremely powerful way to digitize, process and analyze electronic signals. SCAPP allows a CUDA-based Graphical Processing Unit (GPU) to be used directly between any Spectrum digitizer and the PC. The big advantage is that data is passed directly from the digitizer to the GPU where high-speed parallel processing is possible using the GPU board's multiple (up to 5000) processing cores. That provides a significant performance enhancement when compared to sending data directly to a PC that may have only 8 or 16 cores. It becomes even more important when signals are being digitized at high-speeds such as 50 MS/s, 500 MS/s or even 5 GS/s.

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*Record up to eight channels of Ethernet streams *Ethernet rates of 1, 10 and 40 Gigabits/second *Available in a field deployable, portable chassis *Real-time aggregate recording rates up to 10 GB/s *SSD RAID storage capacity up to 122 TB *SystemFlow GUI control panel for fast, intuitive operation[Continue reading →]

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RFA 600 Typical applications for this device are pulsed laser devices, radar systems, ultra sonic systems, automated test environment (ATE), VHF transmitters, data cable drivers, HDTV cable drivers, signal generator output stages and many more.

What makes the product outstanding for this category is the output voltage swing, that can be as high as 22 V. This is possible due to the discrete circuit design and sophisticated components. Unlike most RF amplifiers, it processes True-DC signals. This is very important for accurate pulse amplification and analysis, especially when the pulses have different length.[Continue reading →]

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Global analysis of the enhanced vision system market has been provided under the scope of this report for the period of 2017-2025. This market has been segmented into system, components, application and geography that are covered within this report.[Continue reading →]

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*Four 200 MHz, 16-bit A/Ds *Four wideband FPGA-based Digital Down Converters (DDCs) *32 narrowband FPGA-based DDCs *XMC (VITA 42) with PCIe Gen 3 interface *Jade Architecture with Xilinx Kintex UltraScale FPGA *Navigator Design Suite for streamlined IP development[Continue reading →]

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VP62105 July 28th, 2017, as an independent embedded computer manufacturer, LinkedHope® released a 6U VPX single board VP62105. Based on the Intel® 3rd generation CoreTM i3/i5/i7 platform, VP62105 has a new microarchitecture that enables small-sized designs to be created with unmatched computing power, graphics performance and energy efficiency on a small footprint.

VP62105 provides 4 Serial RapidIO (SRIO) x4 links for VPX Data Plane communication, 2 PCI express x8 channel for VPX Expansion Plane communication and 4 Gigabit Ethernet for VPX Control Plane communication. The rich data interchange options make it much easier to build computer and system solutions.[Continue reading →]

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VP68801 July 27th, 2016, as an independent embedded computer manufacturer, LinkedHope® announces its new 6U VPX L3 Ethernet and SRIO Switch board, named VP68801, a China Local-design, Local-manufacturing product.

VP68801 is a China local design VPX Switch, compliant with VITA46.0, VITA48, and VITA65 specifications. The Profile of VP68801 is SLT6-SWH-16U20F-10.4.2, which uses Gb Ethernet as control plane and SRIO as data plane. It is mainly applicable to high-speed data exchange and routing among different types of payload boards in a VPX chassis. The switching board is designed as 6U VPX form factor, supporting both traditional air-cooled version and conduction-cooled version. With reliable anti-shock and vibration capability, excellent heat dissipation performance and unique environment protection design, the whole board can be stably operated in the wide temperature environment of -40°C to +85°C.[Continue reading →]

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New family of pre-integrated systems speeds the development, and reduces the design risk for deployed application-specific solutions. ASHBURN, Va. – July 6, 2017 – Curtiss-Wright’s Defense Solutions division today introduced a new family of pre-integrated rugged mission management systems designed to lower the cost, speed the development, and reduce the design risk for deployed application-specific solutions. Through the use of fully integrated and tested industry-leading COTS modules, these base systems are architected, pre-qualified and pre-verified to address the needs of specific mission requirements. By providing a proven pre-configured base solution, these systems deliver a significant “headstart” that significantly reduces the integrator’s development cycle and costs. Using one of Curtiss-Wright’s pre-integrated hardware solution sets as their starting point, a system integrator can easily and quickly customize the base system by with application-specific software and/or expanding the base system with additional components to meet their application’s unique requirements. The first member of this innovative new family of pre-integrated solutions is designed for Software Defined Radio (SDR) and Electronic Warfare (EW) applications. It will be followed by announcements for additional application-specific pre-integrated base systems designed for applications such as Radar, EO/IR, and Video/Display.

“More and more frequently, our customers are asking us to help them jumpstart their application specific system designs with cost-effective pre-integrated system architectures that quickly get them most of the way to completion of their development by using proven COTS elements,” said Lynn Bamford, senior vice president and general manager, Curtiss-Wright Defense Solutions division. “Our new family of application-specific mission management systems hits the sweet spot for these designers, with ‘pre-rolled’ systems targeted for applications such as Software Defined Radio and Electronic Warfare. These high-TRL systems provide our customers with an easy to customize base system that delivers a head-start for faster deployment while lowering risk to program schedule and budget.”[Continue reading →]

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ANDOVER, Mass. - May 18, 2017 - Mercury Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: MRCY, www.mrcy.com) announced it received a $5.9 million order from a leading defense prime contractor to provide radar subsystems and related digital processing technologies for a missile defense application. The order was booked in the Company’s fiscal 2017 third quarter.

“For years Mercury’s best of breed technologies and rapid deployment have helped drive performance to unprecedented levels for this prime contractor’s missile defense applications,” said Didier Thibaud, Mercury’s Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. “We are committed to delivering solutions that meet stringent platform requirements and provide significant affordability, portability and performance in an open architecture.”[Continue reading →]

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SANTA CLARA, Calif.-- INTERNET OF THINGS WORLD -- Avnet (NYSE: AVT), a leading global technology distributor, will showcase how the Internet of Things (IoT) impacts daily life in its “Smart Neighborhood” at Internet of Things World, May 16-18 at the Santa Clara Convention Center. In Booth #302, Avnet will demonstrate smart home and smart city technology featuring its customers’ products and Avnet-designed development kits. Avnet’s Smart Neighborhood at IoT World underscores how the company helps its customers bring IoT innovations to market at every stage of the technology product lifecycle.

“IoT is about the things, and the data that these things collect, to enhance our lives every day,” said Lou Lutostanski, Avnet’s vice president, Internet of Things. “Avnet helps guide IoT solutions to market that are born out of the ideas of companies of all sizes, from small startups to large multinational companies. Bringing together innovative solutions across industries into one Smart Neighborhood shows the true potential of Avnet’s approach to IoT in the real world.” [Continue reading →]

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ANDOVER, Mass. - April 18, 2017 - Mercury Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: MRCY, www.mrcy.com), announced it received a $9.3 million order from a leading defense prime contractor for high performance, OpenVPX™ digital signal processing modules and supporting professional services for a manned airborne radar application. The order was received in the Company's fiscal 2017 third quarter and is expected to be shipped over the next several quarters.

“We have a longstanding relationship with this customer in providing high performance signal processing solutions for airborne radar,” said Ian Dunn, Vice President of Mercury’s Sensor and Mission Processing group. “By adopting our new OpenVPX product line, our customer now has a cost-effective, modular open systems architecture that protects their long-term investment in software by providing them an easy path to port their application to an affordable high-performance processing solution.”[Continue reading →]

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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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Spectrum\'s SCAPP Currently digitizers have a bottleneck caused by having to use either the host PC's central processor with 8 or 16 cores or a FPGA that is complex to program. Spectrum Instrumentation has solved this problem with its new SCAPP software option - the Spectrum CUDA Access for Parallel Processing - that opens an easy-to-use yet extremely powerful way to digitize, process and analyze electronic signals. SCAPP allows a CUDA-based Graphical Processing Unit (GPU) to be used directly between any Spectrum digitizer and the PC. The big advantage is that data is passed directly from the digitizer to the GPU where high-speed parallel processing is possible using the GPU board's multiple (up to 5000) processing cores. That provides a significant performance enhancement when compared to sending data directly to a PC that may have only 8 or 16 cores. It becomes even more important when signals are being digitized at high-speeds such as 50 MS/s, 500 MS/s or even 5 GS/s.

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ANDOVER, Mass. - Nov. 16, 2017 - Mercury Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: MRCY, www.mrcy.com) announced the Ensemble® 6000 Series GSC6202 6U OpenVPX™ general purpose graphics processor unit (GPGPU) module with two NVIDIA® Pascal™ or Maxwell™ architecture GPU processors. The module’s immense parallel computing capability is ideal for image processing, artificial intelligence, and computational neural networks in electro-optic/infrared (EO/IR), radar signal processing, and electronic warfare (EW) applications.

The GSC6202 GPGPU module features two NVIDIA Pascal or Maxwell-class GPUs with up to a total of 4096 CUDA® cores and 32 GB memory. The GPUs are connected to a PCI Express Gen 3.0 switch network with dual x16 connections to the backplane. This balanced architecture provides the processing power, memory, and I/O for the most challenging image processing, radar processing, or cognitive and adaptive algorithms for agile threat assessment and response. Mercury’s advanced cooling technology standards such as Air Flow-By™ cooling and Liquid Flow-Through cooling enable the use of the fastest GPU chips and PCI Express switches running at full speed even in rugged environments.[Continue reading →]

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ANDOVER, Mass. - Nov. 16, 2017 - Mercury Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: MRCY, www.mrcy.com) announced the Ensemble® 6000 Series GSC6202 6U OpenVPX™ general purpose graphics processor unit (GPGPU) module with two NVIDIA® Pascal™ or Maxwell™ architecture GPU processors. The module’s immense parallel computing capability is ideal for image processing, artificial intelligence, and computational neural networks in electro-optic/infrared (EO/IR), radar signal processing, and electronic warfare (EW) applications.

The GSC6202 GPGPU module features two NVIDIA Pascal or Maxwell-class GPUs with up to a total of 4096 CUDA® cores and 32 GB memory. The GPUs are connected to a PCI Express Gen 3.0 switch network with dual x16 connections to the backplane. This balanced architecture provides the processing power, memory, and I/O for the most challenging image processing, radar processing, or cognitive and adaptive algorithms for agile threat assessment and response. Mercury’s advanced cooling technology standards such as Air Flow-By™ cooling and Liquid Flow-Through cooling enable the use of the fastest GPU chips and PCI Express switches running at full speed even in rugged environments.[Continue reading →]

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Diamond Systems Corporation unveils its ultra-small COM-based ZETA single board computer family. The Zeta family include interchangeable COM Express COMs for scalability and long product life, ultra-compact size, and an unsurpassed level of I/O, including a complete high-quality analog and digital data acquisition subsystem.[Continue reading →]

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Radar, communications, and SIGINT [signals intelligence] systems have traditionally combined sensor processing, data conversion, and signal processing hardware within single enclosures or equipment racks. Analog signals for antennas, transducers and other sensors were connected through cables, often causing loss and interference along the way. However, enabled by new data converter and field-programmable gate array (FPGA) technology and evolving open embedded computing standards, system designers can now deploy small-form-factor (SFF) subsystems at each sensor site for distributed signal acquisition and preprocessing. Digitized signals are then delivered through optical cables, providing higher signal quality over longer connection distances while reducing size, weight, cost, and maintenance.[Continue reading →]

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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) characteristics.[Continue reading →]

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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 standard development process within PICMG is flexible - members can prepare pre-work of a potential standard before coming to PICMG (CompactPCI was introduced this way) or develop them within open committees under the aegis of PICMG. It's all about collaboration. The value of open standards adoption is that it helps the industry by enabling interoperability, multivendor solutions, flexibility, and reduced time to market for end users.[Continue reading →]

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RFA 600 Typical applications for this device are pulsed laser devices, radar systems, ultra sonic systems, automated test environment (ATE), VHF transmitters, data cable drivers, HDTV cable drivers, signal generator output stages and many more.

What makes the product outstanding for this category is the output voltage swing, that can be as high as 22 V. This is possible due to the discrete circuit design and sophisticated components. Unlike most RF amplifiers, it processes True-DC signals. This is very important for accurate pulse amplification and analysis, especially when the pulses have different length.[Continue reading →]

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2017-10-09 Mercury Systems Launches 6U OpenVPX Server with Extreme Durability_LDS6527 ANDOVER, Mass. - Oct. 9, 2017 - Mercury Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: MRCY, www.mrcy.com) announced the Ensemble® 6000 Series LDS6527 6U OpenVPX™ single board computer (SBC) with available options for Modified Off-the-Shelf (MOTS) extreme durability configurations and BuiltSECURE™ technology. MOTS configurations leverage enhanced commercial components, board fabrication rules, and subsystem design techniques to withstand extreme temperature cycles over a longer period of time than standard rugged designs. For deployment at the tactical edge and export to U.S. allies, Mercury’s BuiltSECURE technology counters nation-state reverse engineering through world-class systems security engineering expertise.

Featuring an embedded-server-class 12-core Intel® Xeon® Processor D family CPU, two mezzanine sites for agile I/O customization, and 40/10 Gbit Ethernet or InfiniBand™ FDR10 switched communications for a high bandwidth data plane, the LDS6527 seamlessly supports open data movement middleware alongside APIs to ensure customers’ software investment is preserved. Mercury’s advanced cooling technology standards such as Air Flow-By™ cooling enable the use of the hotter server CPU and InfiniBand chips. In addition to traditional signal processing for radar and electro-optic/infrared (EO/IR), the LDS6527 SBC has capabilities to provide on-board data exploitation for the most demanding ISR applications as well as cognitive or adaptive algorithms for agile communications, EW, and radar systems.[Continue reading →]

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RANCHO CUCAMONGA, Calif., October 9, 2017 – General Micro Systems Inc. (GMS) today announced that the U.S. Army will exclusively deploy powerful rugged server and display systems from GMS to run the multifunction video display (MVD) software within Type II medium mine protection vehicles (MMPV). The prime contract—composed of four electronic components and estimated at $88 million over three years—provides the Army a dense, ultra-small, rugged server using the same high-performing Intel® Xeon® E5 processors that Apple® is shipping in its latest “Pro” products.

“For the first time, the U.S. Army will have deployed military technology that is as leading-edge as the latest and best-available commercial technology in the consumer market,” said Ben Sharfi, CEO and chief architect, GMS.[Continue reading →]

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Rugged processor with 10Gigabit Ethernet Concurrent Technologies latest product combines high performance processing with multiple 10 Gigabit connections for deployment in computer applications requiring higher bandwidth local area network connectivity.

The single slot BA 1TR/501 features a 4-core Intel® Xeon® processor E3-1505M v5 with 16GB of DDR4 ECC DRAM and a rich assortment of I/O interfaces including dual 10 Gigabit and dual Gigabit Ethernet connections. The product is designed to suit the growing number of high performance command, control, communicate and compute applications in the military and aerospace markets that need matching network and processor capacity. [Continue reading →]

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XM61001 July 24th, 2017, as an independent embedded computer manufacturer, LinkedHope® released a China local-designed, local-manufactured XMC processor board XM61001, which is a XMC graphics & image processing board mainly used for high-performance embedded graphics & image processing and GPU general-purpose computing (GPGPU) applications. Based on AMD Radeon™ E8860 embedded GPU, XM61001 provides 768/48 GFLOPS single/double precision peak (600e/4.5Gbps) processing performance, 640 independent computing units (shaders) as well as a maximum power consumption of 37W and a minimal power consumption of about 15W when adjusted to low power mode. It is especially suitable for high definition (1920*1080) and 4K (3840*2160) UHD displays, high-performance parallel computing and other GPGPU applications.

XM61001 has a 128-bit GDDR5 independent video memory up to 2GB, and the whole board is reinforced to meet the anti-shock and anti-vibration requirement described in VITA 42 and VITA 48 specifications. XM61001 also supports OpenGL 4.2, DirectX 11.1 APIs and industry-standard OpenCL™ 1.2 program language.[Continue reading →]

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RFEL HALO RPDS Newport, Isle of Wight, UK - 3 March 2017 - RFEL has supplied the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL), UK with two HALO™ Rapid Prototype Development Systems (RPDS). These systems will be used by DSTL to evaluate RFEL's and 3rd party video processing algorithms for real-time video trials and to support interactive demonstrations to military users. This approach will dramatically speed up the assessment of complex video processing solutions, where traditional software simulation suffers from prohibitively long simulation times when assessing real-world performance.

Simulation has traditionally been used to mitigate the risk of deploying algorithms using expensive bespoke hardware. However, the flexibility and high performance of the HALO RPDS system using System-on-Chip (SoC) technology means that it is now possible to experiment with algorithms in hardware to accelerate testing, while automatically ensuring that any successful candidate solutions are inherently supported on the HALO platform.[Continue reading →]

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Recently, the U.S.-based Internet service provider OneWeb ordered 900 satellites to provide additional global broadband. Knowing that this volume is more than half of the total 1,400 satellites already in orbit, and knowing that the cost for sending one into space is about $100 million, the industry needs to start thinking about new technologies that could help manage the mass of satellites that must be produced every year.[Continue reading →]

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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.[Continue reading →]

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In the current environment of "open source everything," is there still a role for PICMG and open specifications? Doug Sandy, vice president of technology and CTO for PICMG, explores the past and future of PICMG within the emerging industry landscape.[Continue reading →]

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PICMG got its start back in 1994 with the development of the first edge card computing industry standard: PICMG 1.0. Since then edge card computing has evolved to incorporate the latest PCI Express interface methodology and implementation standards in the SHB Express or PICMG 1.3 industry standard.[Continue reading →]

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uCOM-AL6C Ubiqconn Technology, an innovative manufacturer specializing in Embedded IoT and Industrial 4.0 solutions, today introduced its COM Express Compact Type 6 module - uCOM-AL6C, empowered by the latest 14nm Intel® AtomTM E3900 series processors, formerly Apollo Lake-I. The adoption of the latest Intel® AtomTM CPUs offers enhanced processing power, real-time computing and lower power consumption on a compact 95x95mm2 COM Express module. uCOM-AL6C is designed to fit the demanding requirements in Embedded IoT, smart factory, smart edge gateway and other Industrial 4.0 related applications which design of power and space is critical.

Intel® AtomTM x5-E3930, x5-E3940, or x7-E3950 SoC processor offers frequency up to 2.0GHz and TDP as low as 6.5 Watt or above. The adoption of the new Intel® 14nm AtomTM SoC series also delivers IoT-oriented platform features including DDR3L-1,600 SO-DIMM up to 8GB, conflict-free Embedded Options Available, Intel® Gen9 Graphics 505/500 with 4K support and Intel® Quick Sync Video. These technological enhancements enable uCOM-AL6C to function as a core in Embedded IoT and Industrial 4.0 applications, such as production system gateway, automated factory monitoring, real-time sensor data processing, and factory control box.[Continue reading →]

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Leaders of PICMG say that their standards continue to grow in adoption across the globe, with COM Express making huge inroads in Asia and Internet of Things (IoT) markets while CompactPCI Serial grows in acceptance in Europe.[Continue reading →]

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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 helped found.[Continue reading →]

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• Industrial Internet Control System from GE greatly improves operational equipment efficiency and enables quantum leaps in productivity • Unique solution combining connected machine controllers with cloud connectivity, advanced analytics software and apps for plant and asset control in real time[Continue reading →]

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PICMG is a nonprofit consortium of companies and organizations that collaboratively develop open standards for high-performance telecommunications, military, industrial, and general-purpose embedded computing applications.[Continue reading →]

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Summer ended with sad news for our OpenSystems Media family when we learned that our friend and coworker, Joe Pavlat, Editorial Director of PICMG Technologies magazine, passed away suddenly at his home in Grass Valley, California. He was only 63 years old.[Continue reading →]

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CHELMSFORD, Mass. - July 28, 2016 - Mercury Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: MRCY, www.mrcy.com), announced it received a $5 million order from a leading defense prime contractor for high-performance signal processing subsystems for a radar application. The order was booked in the Company’s fiscal 2016 fourth quarter and is expected to be shipped over the next several quarters.

"Mercury's renowned heritage in advanced and reliable radar signal processing subsystems and open systems architectures has ensured our continued participation in this mission-critical defense program,” said Ian Dunn, Vice President of Mercury’s Embedded Products group. "We are proud of our continuing partnership with our customer and ongoing work on high performance ISR solutions that improve U.S. intelligence capabilities in global military operations.”[Continue reading →]

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SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Cypress Semiconductor Corp. (Nasdaq: CY) today introduced a new PSoC® programmable system-on-chip that simplifies the design of next-generation industrial, home appliance and consumer systems that require multiple sensors. Many Internet of Things (IoT) applications require multiple sensors and can benefit from dedicated coprocessors that offload sensor processing from the host and reduce overall system power consumption. The new PSoC Analog Coprocessor integrates programmable analog blocks, including a new Universal Analog Block (UAB), which can be configured with GUI-based software components. This combination simplifies the design of custom analog front ends for sensor interfaces by allowing engineers to update sensor features quickly with no hardware or host processor software changes, while also reducing BOM costs.

For example, in home automation applications, engineers can easily configure the PSoC Analog Coprocessor to continuously monitor multiple sensors, such as temperature, humidity, ambient light, motion and sound, allowing the host to stay in a standby low-power mode. Future design changes to support new sensor types can also be easily implemented by reconfiguring the programmable analog blocks. Cypress will demonstrate the PSoC Analog Coprocessor, along with its PSoC, FM Flexible MCU, Bluetooth® Low Energy and Energy Harvesting Power Management IC solutions at Sensors Expo from June 21 to 23 in booth 416 at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose. More information on the PSoC Analog Coprocessor is available at www.cypress.com/PSoCAnalog.[Continue reading →]

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Curtiss-Wright Selected by Raytheon Company to Provide Electro-Mechanical Drive for M60 and Challenger 1 Upgrades EUROSATORY 2016 (Booth #HALL 5A, Stand J761), PARIS, FRANCE – June 13-17, 2016 – Curtiss-Wright’s Defense Solutions division today announced that its Drive Technology business unit, a leading supplier of rugged, high reliability modular electro-mechanical aiming and stabilization solutions, located in Neuhausen am Rheinfall, Switzerland, has teamed with Raytheon Company to provide its cost-effective upgrade solution for modernizing the turret drive and stabilization system on M60 and Challenger 1 main battle tanks (MBT). Curtiss-Wright’s Electric Gun Turret Drive Upgrade Kit replaces older, less accurate hydraulic and hybrid-based turret stabilization systems on the M60 and Challenger 1 with a state-of-the art full electro-mechanical drive. The system provides for a lighter and safer turret that is able to rotate faster and accurately fire while the tank is on the move. Curtiss-Wright has delivered the Electric Gun Turret Drive Upgrade Kit to Raytheon Company, and supported its integration into both the M60 and CHALLENGER 1, resulting in successful live fire testing of the upgraded tanks.

“We are very proud to team with Raytheon Company to upgrade M60 and Challenger 1 main battle tanks with a modern electro-mechanical turret drive system that provides a quick, cost-effective solution for significantly boosting the performance of these older hydraulic and hybrid turret drive systems, enabling them to competitively meet the threat posed by newer and far more costly contemporary platforms,” said Lynn Bamford, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Defense Solutions division. “We are working together with Raytheon Company to provide our Electric Gun Turret Drive Upgrade Kit, which can help ensure that thousands of main battle tanks, currently in use around the world, continue to be vital and effective for years to come.”[Continue reading →]

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BERG, Germany – 21 April, 2016 – Reiser Simulation and Training (RST), a leading provider of flight simulation systems and training services, today announced that it has acquired Innovative Control Systems (ICS), a supplier of a wide range of production-proven avionics, test systems and custom engineering services for the aerospace industry. ICS is a long-time partner and supplier to Reiser and will continue to be operated as an independent company under Innovative Control Systems, LP. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

ICS counts more than 30 leading aerospace companies among its global customer base, including industry leaders such as Honeywell, Dassault, Embraer, Cessna, Gulfstream, Pilatus, Bell-Augusta, GE Aviation and NASA. It has a particular expertise in the area of aviation communications protocols, including ASCB and ARINC-825, ARINC-664, ARINC-717 and is a founding member of the CAN Aviation Alliance. [Continue reading →]

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San Diego, CA, February 23, 2016 * * * congatec, a leading technology company for embedded computer modules, single board computers (SBCs) and embedded design & manufacturing (EDM) services, has added a particularly powerful graphics version to its COM Express Basic Server-on-Module portfolio. The new module features the Intel® Xeon® Processor E3-1515M v5, fast DDR4 memory and Intel® Iris™ Pro graphics. The GPU of the new SoC module provides 128 MB eDRAM and with 72 execution units it has three times more parallel execution power than the Skylake architecture without Iris graphics. Developers of tightly packed COM Express based system designs now have access to a new performance class that would have previously required a dedicated graphics unit.

Thanks to its outstanding performance, the new conga-TS170 Computer-on-Module will be in big demand for high-performance image processing applications in industrial and medical technology as well as industrial-grade IoT edge node servers and media servers with virtualization. For example GPGPU-based video transcoding, deep packet inspection or big data analytics. Further application fields include industrial thin client servers with virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI). To manage these distributed IoT, M2M and Industry 4.0 applications, the new conga-TS170 module also offers powerful server-class tools. Thanks to Intel® vPro™ technology and congatec's board management controller with watchdog timer and power loss control, the module comes fully equipped for remote monitoring, management and maintenance tasks, right up to out-of-band management. [Continue reading →]

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Multi-Module Synchronization Capability Increases the Total Number of Streaming and Recording Channels • New bundle options allow multichannel digital down conversion streaming and recording capability on wideband digital receiver • Ideal for applications in 5G, Radar and Satellite Communications, and Aerospace & Defense • Guaranteed recording time, storing all I/Q samples up to full-storage capability of host computer for long-duration frequency post-analysis[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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San Diego, CA * * * congatec Inc., a leading technology company for embedded computer modules, single board computers (SBCs) and embedded design and manufacturing (EDM) services, is introducing new COM Express basic modules parallel to AMD’s launch of its new generation of high-end embedded processors. The new conga-TR3 modules with dual- or quad-core AMD Embedded R-Series SOCs offer not only a much more broadly scalable TDP from 12 to 35 watts over earlier modules and a significantly improved performance per watt but two further prominent new features: the extremely high-performance AMD Radeon™ graphics as well as full support of the HSA specification 1.0.

“The AMD Embedded R-Series SOCs boast rich and vibrant graphics plus extremely wide scalability right down to 12 watts, so they can even be deployed in fanless, completely enclosed, and thus particularly robust designs. This significantly expands the range of applications for our high-end embedded modules based on this AMD platform,” explains Gerhard Edi, CTO of congatec AG.[Continue reading →]

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NEW VPX3-687 3U SWITCH MODULE DELIVERS 10X FASTER ETHERNET COMPARED TO EARLIER 1 GBE DESIGNS AUSA 2015, WASHINGTON, D.C. – October 12, 2015 – Curtiss-Wright Corporation today announced that its Defense Solutions division has introduced the industry’s highest density, fastest throughput 3U form factor Ethernet switch module. The new VPX3-687 1/10/40 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) switch module is designed to address the increasing demand for 10 and 40 GbE data transfers in embedded systems. Earlier 3U OpenVPX™ Ethernet switch cards were typically limited to 2-4 ports of 10 GbE, and were only able to interconnect a couple of switches or modules. In comparison, with its 320 Gbps of line-rate switching, the fully managed multi-layer VPX3-687 provides support for up to 32 ports of 10 GbE (or 8 ports of 40 GbE) in a single 3U slot. This increased performance raises the level of Ethernet connectivity to that previously available only in 6U systems and results in significant Size, Weight, Power and Cost (SWaP-C) reduction. Validated for deployment in the harshest environments, the rugged VPX3-687 is available in both air-cooled and conduction-cooled formats.

“Our customers are increasingly turning to 10 Gigabit Ethernet to achieve levels of performance in 3U VPX systems previously only obtainable from larger and hotter 6U designs,” said Lynn Bamford, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Defense Solutions division. “We continue to expand our family of 10/40 GbE-enabled products to provide our system designers with powerful and flexible building blocks, like our new VPX3-687 module, that enable a new level of performance in SWaP-optimized small form-factor embedded systems.”[Continue reading →]

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congatec’s flat Thin Mini-ITX boards feature low-power Intel® Pentium® and Celeron® processors with powerful graphics San Diego, CA * * * congatec Inc., a leading technology company for embedded computer modules, single board computers (SBCs) and embedded design and manufacturing (EDM) services, is extending its industrial-grade Thin Mini-ITX motherboard portfolio to include graphics-rich conga-IA4 boards with 14 nm Intel® Pentium® and Celeron® processors (codenamed Braswell) and full Windows 10 support. Compared to their predecessors, the new Thin Mini-ITX boards offer increased computing and graphics performance as well as support for up to three 4k displays. Despite the distinct performance gain, the power requirement has been lowered to 3 watt SDP (Scenario Design Power), which enables energy-saving, fanless system designs. With their construction height of just 20 mm, the Thin Mini-ITX motherboards allow for flat system designs and can even be integrated into slim Panel PCs.

The new industrial-grade Thin Mini-ITX motherboards are designed for deployment in applications where conventional motherboards do not suffice in terms of robustness, interference resistance, 24/7 operation as well as long-term availability. Target applications of the boards include, among others, cash register systems, scales and vending machines, gaming and digital signage applications as well as industrial HMIs, Panel PCs and thin clients in manufacturing, logistics and clinical environments. congatec’s Thin Mini-ITX motherboards are differentiated from similar industrial-grade offerings by the added value of extensive documentation as well as congatec’s integration support. Continuous software support with regular security upgrades for UEFI and software drivers round out congatec’s services.[Continue reading →]

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conga-MA4 extends congatec\'s portfolio of credit card-sized computer modules by integrating the new 14 nm Intel® Pentium® and Celeron® processors (codenamed Braswell) on COM Express Mini modules. San Diego, CA * * * congatec Inc., a leading technology company for embedded computer modules, single board computers (SBCs) and embedded design and manufacturing (EDM) services, extends its portfolio of credit card-sized computer modules by integrating the new 14 nm Intel® Pentium® and Celeron® processors (codenamed Braswell) on COM Express Mini modules. The new conga-MA4 module further enhances the computing and graphics performance of their predecessors and offers a new class of performance density. Despite the increase in performance, heat dissipation has been lowered to a SDP (Scenario Design Power) of 4 Watts, enabling very compact, passively cooled system designs.

Comprehensive Microsoft Windows 10 support makes the new COM Express Mini modules ideal for system designs with state-of-the-art operating systems. The modules also make it easy to connect two 4k screens thanks to the powerful new Intel Gen 8 graphics with up to 16 execution units. The high level of computing and graphics performance is complemented by a full set of COM Express Type 10-compliant interfaces. This makes the new COM Express Mini modules the ideal choice for graphics-intense low-power applications requiring a small footprint. Typical applications can be found in high-performance banking, vending and POS terminals. Additional uses could include medical imaging, compact diagnostic workstations as well as IoT-connected industrial controls and in extremely compact and robust box PCs and thin clients.[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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Cambridge Pixel is exhibiting for the first time at the Navy League Sea Air Space Expo. They will be previewing their new RS 100 RADAR/DATA Recorder at the show along with other latest versions of its radar acquisition, scan-conversion and target tracking solutions.[Continue reading →]

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NUREMBERG, Germany --Silicon Labs (NASDAQ: SLAB), a leading provider of wireless connectivity solutions for the Internet of Things (IoT), today introduced a new family of 32-bit wireless microcontrollers (MCUs) designed to simplify a wide range of IoT connectivity applications. The new EZR32 wireless MCUs deliver best-in-class power efficiency and sub-GHz RF performance and enable any application requiring longer battery life, increased wireless range, small form factor, and the flexibility to support proprietary and industry-standard wireless protocols with a single-chip device. Target applications for the EZR32 family include smart metering, wireless sensor networks, home and building automation, security systems, remote monitoring, and asset tracking.

Combining an EFM32™ MCU core with EZRadio/EZRadioPRO sub-GHz transceivers, EZR32 wireless MCUs offer developers significant advantages over conventional system designs that pair discrete MCUs with RF devices. Seamless “MCU+RF” integration frees developers from the challenge of making complex interconnections between the MCU and the radio, resulting in an easier design process and simpler board designs with less susceptibility to interference. Developers can begin their wireless designs secure in the knowledge that they are getting a fully tested, field-proven, single-chip wireless MCU solution that helps reduce component count and board size for space-constrained applications. [Continue reading →]

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4DSP announced a new high-performance PCI Express (PCIe) card today called the PC870 which provides one 10-bit analog-to-digital (A/D) channel at 5Gsps and one 10-bit digital-to-analog (D/A) channel at 5Gsps. Adapted from the Kintex UltraScale-based PC820 FPGA carrier card, the PC870 features advanced DSP capabilities, serial connectivity options, 4GB of DDR3 SDRAM, and a PCIe Gen3 interface that can support up to eight lanes.[Continue reading →]

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dSPACE MicroLabBox: New all-in-one development system for the laboratory. Wixom, Michigan: dSPACE has introduced a new, compact control system development platform for laboratory use, MicroLabBox, that offers high computing power and comprehensive functionalities. MicroLabBox makes creating, optimizing and testing controllers, and implementing data acquisition applications easy and cost-efficient for both industry and academia.

With its powerful combination of a Simulink-programmable real-time processor and the latest high-performance Kintex FPGA (field-programmable gate array), MicroLabBox provides the versatility required for research and development. It is specifically designed with an optimal form factor to not take up any more desk space than a conventional laptop computer. MicroLabBox, with over 100 I/O channels of various types, lets engineers develop innovative applications in robotics, medical engineering, electric drives, renewable energy, consumer appliances, industrial products, automotive engineering, and aerospace. [Continue reading →]

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Taipei – ARBOR Technology, a leading provider of embedded computing solutions, will be at Hall 2, stand number 2-319 at the Embedded World 2015 in Nuremberg, Germany on 24-26 February 2015. During the 3-day exhibition, ARBOR will be showcasing an array of total embedded solutions, from board to system to service, for variety of applications. Here are the highlights, and more will be displayed at the booth:

New Embedded Computing featuring the latest Intel processor – representation of a wide range of embedded computing, such as Computer-on-modules, PC/104, ATX, Mini-ITX and Miniboard. The features include Intel® Atom™ Processor E3800 and Intel® Broadwell-U CPU.[Continue reading →]

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Whether they're powering a map-sensor payload for a Global Hawk UAV or a man-pack radio system for a soldier on the move, custom computer solutions have to be small and lightweight. Oh, and while you're at it, make them ruggedized, constant in temperature, power efficient, and inexpensive.

Military contractors have been trying to solve this puzzle for years, but in almost every application, they are forced to make some tradeoffs. To meet these stringent demands, engineers have created a clever solution — modular embedded computing platforms that allow customers to design their own customized machines.[Continue reading →]

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For decades, modular embedded computer systems have been built using card cages, backplanes, and plug-in boards that perform a wide variety of functions. While it is less expensive to do something on a single board, if volumes are high and there is not...[Continue reading →]

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LinkeHope(tm) announces its new VPX payload single board computer named VP62105, a China Local-design, Local-manufacturing product. It's a modular design, based on COMexpress(r) technology, up to 4-core i7 processor from Intel(r) Ivy Bridge family. VP62105 is designed to meet harsh environment applications like rural communication, military, medical and outdoor video processing.[Continue reading →]

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CHELMSFORD, Mass. - Mercury Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: MRCY, www.mrcy.com), a leading provider of affordable, commercially developed, open sensor processing systems and services for critical commercial, defense and intelligence applications, announced it received a $5.7 million follow-on order from a leading defense prime contractor for high performance digital signal processing subsystems and related services for a naval radar application. The order was booked in the Company’s fiscal 2015 first quarter and is expected to be fulfilled over the next several quarters.

“Mercury’s years-long relationship with this customer underscores our deep expertise in designing and building advanced radar subsystems and architectures that address the evolving needs of today’s naval environments,” said Brian Hoerl, Mercury's Vice President of Sales. “Our collaborative approach has enabled us to develop innovative solutions that meet stringent performance, reliability and affordability requirements.”[Continue reading →]

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Geneva - STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM), a global semiconductor leader serving customers across the spectrum of electronics applications, the world’s top MEMS (Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems) manufacturer and the leading supplier of MEMS for consumer and mobile applications[1], today announced it has shipped five billion MEMS sensors. This achievement confirms ST’s continued position as the industry leader and, combined with its total of more than three billion micro-actuators shipped, demonstrates ST is the only company with the expertise to cover the full range of micro-machined silicon devices.

Beyond gaming systems, smartphones, tablets, navigation systems, and other widely adopted applications, ST’s sensors have also been used in thousands of other useful, fun, and valuable applications including weather stations[i], bicycle helmets[ii], smart and sport watches[iii], and other sporting goods[iv] as well as a host of automotive and Internet-of-Things[v] products.[Continue reading →]

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LIBERTY, SC, USA – Sealevel Systems, Inc., announces the Relio R4 industrial computer designed for applications requiring flexible I/O configurations in a compact 1U rackmount design. Based on COM Express architecture, the system offers high reliability, scalable processing and a long product life cycle. Available with a choice of Intel dual-core Atom, Core i3 or Core i7 processor, the system is ideal for remote monitoring, test and measurement, and data acquisition applications.

The Relio R4 system is packed with standard I/O features including dual Gigabit Ethernet, five USB 2.0 ports, one RS-485 and two RS-232 serial ports, DisplayPort and VGA video. Two SeaRAQ™ I/O expansion slots are accessible through the rear of the enclosure that enable a variety of real-world analog I/O configurations such as A/D inputs, 0-20mA inputs, thermocouples, RTD inputs, and 4-20mA outputs. Optically isolated inputs, relay outputs and additional serial interfaces are also available. [Continue reading →]

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Newport, Isle of Wight, UK - RFEL, who specialises in high performance, electronic video and signal processing solutions, in collaboration with KTK Kommunikationstechnik, GuS and Rheinmetall Defence, will be launching an advanced fused Driver Vision Enhancement (fDVE) solution at Eurosatory (www.eurosatory.com).

Typical sensor types used for defence applications are daylight sensors (mostly CCD), lowlight sensors (image intensifier tubes) or thermal imaging sensors (MWIR/LWIR). Each type of sensor has its specific advantages and disadvantages. Whilst daylight sensors are good in daylight conditions, they tend to be bad in lowlight conditions. On the other hand, thermal imaging sensors excel in daylight or lowlight situations but tend to show less detail. The typical solution is to blend daylight and thermal imaging but this results in a loss of contrast and definition relative to the original daylight image.[Continue reading →]

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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) characteristics.[Continue reading →]

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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 standard development process within PICMG is flexible - members can prepare pre-work of a potential standard before coming to PICMG (CompactPCI was introduced this way) or develop them within open committees under the aegis of PICMG. It's all about collaboration. The value of open standards adoption is that it helps the industry by enabling interoperability, multivendor solutions, flexibility, and reduced time to market for end users.[Continue reading →]

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Technical Highlights of M4i.22xx-ir40m option: Now provides programmable full scale ranges from ±40 mV up to ±0.5 V Sampling rates up to 5 GS/s with 8-bit ADC resolution and high SNR Available in PCIe, PXIe and LXI form factors[Continue reading →]

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Recently, the U.S.-based Internet service provider OneWeb ordered 900 satellites to provide additional global broadband. Knowing that this volume is more than half of the total 1,400 satellites already in orbit, and knowing that the cost for sending one into space is about $100 million, the industry needs to start thinking about new technologies that could help manage the mass of satellites that must be produced every year.[Continue reading →]

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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.[Continue reading →]

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In the current environment of "open source everything," is there still a role for PICMG and open specifications? Doug Sandy, vice president of technology and CTO for PICMG, explores the past and future of PICMG within the emerging industry landscape.[Continue reading →]

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PICMG got its start back in 1994 with the development of the first edge card computing industry standard: PICMG 1.0. Since then edge card computing has evolved to incorporate the latest PCI Express interface methodology and implementation standards in the SHB Express or PICMG 1.3 industry standard.[Continue reading →]

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Leaders of PICMG say that their standards continue to grow in adoption across the globe, with COM Express making huge inroads in Asia and Internet of Things (IoT) markets while CompactPCI Serial grows in acceptance in Europe.[Continue reading →]

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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 helped found.[Continue reading →]

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PICMG is a nonprofit consortium of companies and organizations that collaboratively develop open standards for high-performance telecommunications, military, industrial, and general-purpose embedded computing applications.[Continue reading →]

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Summer ended with sad news for our OpenSystems Media family when we learned that our friend and coworker, Joe Pavlat, Editorial Director of PICMG Technologies magazine, passed away suddenly at his home in Grass Valley, California. He was only 63 years old.[Continue reading →]

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The integrated onboard automated control systems are currently considered as advanced and multifunctional platforms providing solutions for a wide range of tasks. In such a case, depending on the type of a vehicle, they can either assist human-operators and expand opportunities (a classic example here is the onboard avionic system on a manned aircraft) or can be the main (sometimes the only one) command center of any self-propelled robotized vehicle (Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), unmanned underwater vehicles (UUVs), spacecraft etc.). The core of such control platforms is the onboard computing system -- a special-purpose Box PC, usually controlled by real-time operating system and using peripheral equipment for connection to the systems of data acquisition and vehicle control.[Continue reading →]

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When revamping one of the most popular industry specifications, many factors need to be considered to meet the diverse needs of existing users and those of a new set of developers ready to take advantage of an upgraded technology platform.[Continue reading →]

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Open standards for embedded computing offer the customer a wide range of products, vendor independence, and a fairly predictable upgrade path to incorporate new semiconductor, storage, and software technologies. The standards themselves are generally developed and maintained by open organizations or consortia that work to be inclusive and not beholden to one or a few companies. There are many successful open standards organizations in operation, and the IEEE, PICMG, and VITA are among the best known.

One of PICMG’s early successful standards is CompactPCI, which incorporates the wealth of PCI silicon developed for the desktop PC world into a modular and rugged standard for embedded computing. First released in 1995, it continues to be the solution of choice for a very wide range of applications, including the Mars rover, Curiosity (I just never get tired of saying that). [Continue reading →]

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Grosshansdorf, Germany - Spectrum is pleased to announce that it is boosting its sales and support services in the US with the opening of Spectrum Instrumentation Corporation. Spectrum, headquartered in Grosshansdorf, Germany, is a pioneer in design and manufacturing of PC based test and measurement instrumentation that is used for electronic signal capture, generation and analysis. The company specializes in high-speed digitizer and generator technology and has available over 400 modular products in the popular industry standards; PCIe, LXI and PXI.

Managing Director of Spectrum, Gisela Hassler, says: "The importance of the US market continues to grow for us, particularly with the recent release of a number of high-end digitizer products. Our US customers are generally early technology adopters and they are looking for products that give them a technical edge. Modular hardware and software products need to be backed up with good application support. One thing that really helps to facilitate this is direct access to our engineering expertise and knowledge. As such, the timing is right for us to increase our local presence."[Continue reading →]

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Fully Integrated/Qualified Mission Computer delivers enhanced performance with up to four (4) Core(tm)i7 SBCs connected by Layer 2 Ethernet Switch and PCIe, and an optional Graphics Engine[Continue reading →]

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Whether they're powering a map-sensor payload for a Global Hawk UAV or a man-pack radio system for a soldier on the move, custom computer solutions have to be small and lightweight. Oh, and while you're at it, make them ruggedized, constant in temperature, power efficient, and inexpensive.

Military contractors have been trying to solve this puzzle for years, but in almost every application, they are forced to make some tradeoffs. To meet these stringent demands, engineers have created a clever solution — modular embedded computing platforms that allow customers to design their own customized machines.[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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PXIe-based RF and microwave sources that provide high-quality CW signals at frequencies up to 12 GHz are well suited for general purpose LO, CW, and GHz clock applications where low cost, high performance and small footprint are important.[Continue reading →]

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A military prime contractor in Europe has chosen MicroTCA over OpenVPX for its RADAR Signal Processing application. The applications include ground-based mission surveillance, and airborne and ground-based RADAR. The company was looking for a high-performance, compact solution for data processing that could be used across multiple platforms including light-rugged and extreme rugged applications. MicroTCA provides excellent SWaP-C (Size, Weight, Power, and Cost). The architecture is an easily ruggedized form factor and provides a versatile ecosystem for a wide range of applications. The customer’s system provides simultaneous multi-mission capability, high survivability (small target, high mobility), and is fully self-contained. The MicroTCA platform is expected to expand into other mission computing and RADAR projects for the company.

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For decades, modular embedded computer systems have been built using card cages, backplanes, and plug-in boards that perform a wide variety of functions. While it is less expensive to do something on a single board, if volumes are high and there is not...[Continue reading →]

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ADLINK Technology, a leading global provider of cloud-based services, intelligent gateways and embedded building blocks for edge devices that enable the Internet of Things (IoT), invites attendees to view our latest PXI Express-based test solutions in Booth 627 at IEEE's AUTOTEST 2014 from September 15–18 at America's Center in St. Louis, MO. ADLINK will also be taking part in the PXI Systems Alliance (PXISA) Discovery Fest, a multi-vendor interoperability event, taking place in Room 240 on the final day of the show.

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McObject announced that its co-founder and CEO, Steve Graves, has been chosen to deliver two presentations at Flash Memory Summit, the world's largest conference dedicated to flash memory and its applications. The talks focus on strategies for using NAND flash-based technology to enhance in-memory database systems (IMDS) performance and durability, and stem from McObject's benchmark testing of its eXtremeDB IMDS in partnership with leading flash technology vendors.[Continue reading →]

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A selfie taken by Curiosity Mars Rover\'s mast camera and compressed for transmission by the JPEG core available from CAST Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey — CAST, Inc. salesperson Steve Lilly couldn’t have imagined he’d help produce the galaxy’s most prolific selfie-shooting robot when he took that first call from Malin Space Science Systems (MSSS). Yet that’s what ended up happening, as the JPEG Encoder IP Core MSSS licensed from CAST now plays a key role in getting Curiosity Rover’s amazing photos of Mars—and itself—back down to Earth.

The innovative system MSSS designed for the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) rover uses three imaging systems: the Mars Descent Imager (MARDI) that captured the rover’s landing, the Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) on the rover’s robotic arm for close-ups of rocks and soil, and the dual-camera Mast Camera (Mastcam) on the rover’s remote sensing mast. These four cameras feed the four-board MMM Digital Electronics Assembly (DEA), a box inside the rover’s temperature-controlled interior that does image processing and JPEG compression and stores the images in 8 Gigabytes of non-volatile NAND Flash memory on each board.[Continue reading →]

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The growing number of autonomous and semi-autonomous platforms require a diverse range of technology subsystems, prompting engineers to select 3U CompactPCI (CPCI) for unmanned systems deployments because of its low power and ease of use.This year’s announcement that the number of active-duty Army personnel would be reduced to pre-World War II levels has positioned unmanned systems technology for a much larger role within the Department of Defense (DoD). Throughout the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, unmanned systems were leveraged heavily for Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition, and Reconnaissance (ISTAR) missions, and advancing sensor technology only affirms their place in the Pentagon’s tactical situational awareness strategy.

However, while the sophisticated sensors of an RQ-4 Global Hawk or MQ-9 Reaper require the best processing performance and bandwidth capacity available, the fact is those larger platforms represent only a small fraction of the DoD’s Unmanned Aerial Systems (UASs) inventory (Table 1). For smaller unmanned vehicles the Size, Weight, and Power (SWaP) of systems like VME and VPX are simply too great, and represent an overkill for less compute-intensive applications in vehicle management and Payload Interface Units (PIUs). As a result, engineers continue to leverage CompactPCI (CPCI) technology for its low power and expansion capabilities, among other benefits.[Continue reading →]

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While we have tended to focus on high-end platforms like AdvancedTCA (ATCA) over the last couple of years, the embedded computer world is much broader than that and a recent trip to a very large, non-telecom-oriented tradeshow made that very clear.

The Embedded World tradeshow and conference was held February 25-27 in Nuremburg, Germany. Over 850 exhibitors from 35 countries exhibited their products and technologies, and more than 26,000 people attended. The show occupied six exhibit halls at NürnbergMesse, and is now the world’s largest that is strictly devoted to embedded technologies. There was very little telecom equipment, as most of those suppliers were at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, which was held the same week.[Continue reading →]

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Simi Valley, CA Innovative Integration, a trusted supplier of signal processing and data acquisition hardware and software solutions, today announced the SBC-Duo-a user-customizable, turnkey embedded single board that includes a full Windows/Linux PC and supports a wide assortment of ultimate-performance XMC modules. With its modular I/O, quad-core CPU performance, and compatible PC architecture, the SBC-Duo reduces time-to-market for customers, providing outstanding performance while maintaining a tiny footprint and low cost. Applications include Embedded Instrumentation, Remote Sensing, Autonomous I/O, Mobile Instrumentation and Distributed data acquisition.

The SBC-Duo addresses the needs of many customers in a variety of markets, Wireless, Industrial Control, Military Hardware, Medical Imaging, Telecom/Intelligence, and Test & Measurement. Distributed Data Acquisition – Put the SBC-Duo at the data source and reduce system errors and complexity. Optional GPS/IEEE1588 -synchronized timing, triggering and sample control is available for remote I/O. Limitless expansion via multiple nodes. [Continue reading →]

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Tech Source has announced the new Condor 3001xF XMC graphics and video card to support the output of video signals to the next generation of avionics monitors running at resolutions of up to 1080p60. The card is ideal for retrofitting existing aircraft that have coaxial cables present with a new higher resolution (full HD) video format.[Continue reading →]

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Industrial markets are creating global impact, manufacturing new products through more sophisticated production processes, data sharing, and greater integration of machine vision throughout operations. Data and image processing systems in turn often require a high degree of customization, driving system integrators toward modular platforms that can be developed and deployed quickly. Throughout this industrial evolution, CompactPCI (cPCI) has played an important role as an ideal platform for handling the increasingly high data throughput required on the factory floor.

New and faster point-to-point industrial applications are now possible with cPCI Serial. These platforms capitalize on the fundamental change from bus-based systems to more integrated, serial communication-based systems that leverage an efficient star topology. New designs using this platform can benefit from a proven standard with a healthy ecosystem enhanced with new options for high-bandwidth I/O. Understanding the flexibility and capabilities of cPCI Serial offers a significant competitive edge for industrial Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) - and keeps industrial applications poised for whatever comes next.Industrial embedded markets keep designers very busy, working with a diverse and demanding range of vision-based applications. Machine vision covers the spectrum and can be found in automotive or electronics manufacturing, packaging, medical technology, surveillance systems, traffic and road safety engineering, or general healthcare. These essential systems handle localization and identification, measurement, and inspection tasks such as identifying, counting, and measuring objects or reading product codes and labels, for example. They may inspect product quality in a manufacturing line, constantly controlling and documenting quality throughout production processes. [Continue reading →]

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For the past 20 years, the PCI Industrial Computer Manufacturers Group (PICMG) has been developing standards that enable industrial computing customers to deploy the latest technology while taking advantage of time-to-market and hardware cross-compatibility inherent in open standards. This article explores the early days of PICMG and how the organization continues to evolve to meet the needs of industrial customers deploying technology in a wide range of applications.[Continue reading →]

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When Bob Dylan wrote that song 40 years ago he was likely thinking about the dramatic social and political changes that were happening in the 1960s, but a similar change in the technology of big networks is happening now – the way they are built, used, and the business models that support them are all being transformed. Terms like Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) and Software-Defined Networking (SDN) are the latest additions to the alphabet soup of terms used by traditional telecom service providers and in the datacenter. The architectures used by both of these industries are beginning to merge into one where services, storage, and computing are provided to customers that want to sell something via e-commerce or share cat videos or corporate spreadsheets. With the increasing use of mobile devices, programs and data will not be on your desktop, but “in the cloud,” and accessible from anywhere.

This column was going to focus on introducing some of the concepts involved with SDN and NFV, but my good colleague Curt Schwaderer did a far better job than I ever could have in his excellent article on page 12, “Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) explained.” I highly recommend you read it, and also the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) white paper he references. [Continue reading →]

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The AdvancedTCA (ATCA) Base Extensions (PICMG 3.7) specification supports larger systems with the horsepower to handle deployment in cloud and datacenter applications, while also emphasizing compatibility with original AdvancedTCA (PICMG 3.0) platforms and boards. In addition to extended blade and shelf area, PICMG 3.7 includes enhanced Hardware Platform Management (HPM) capabilities, such as a complete description of the system power geography, much of which can be integrated into existing ATCA systems.[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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October 17, 2013 – San Jose, CA – ADLINK Technology, Inc., a trusted provider of embedded computing products for machine vision, announces the release of its new EOS-4000, the industry’s first compact Camera Link® embedded vision system to feature a powerful 3rd generation Intel® Core™ i7/i5 quad core processor, two independent Power over Camera Link (PoCL) ports, and rich I/O capability. The 3rd generation Intel quad-core processor delivers maximum computing power, and Camera Link connectivity provides image transmission with no CPU loading, making—along with Direct Memory Access (DMA)—the EOS-4000 ideal for speedy and accurate high-resolution performance supporting industrial automation and medical imaging environments.

The EOS-4000 streams raw image data over dedicated point-to-point link topology, with no network latency or protocol overhead, and implements DMA solutions, rearranging data for efficiency. Transmission of image data from cameras to the system memory is executed without utilizing any CPU resources, and the EOS-4000 supports 64-bit memory addressing and RAID technology (dual SATA interface), benefiting vision applications with large address space.[Continue reading →]

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DSPC-8681 DSPC-8682 TAIPEI, Taiwan, September 5, 2013 – Advantech (TWSE: 2395.TW) will reveal the latest DSP-based technology for advanced video solutions at the upcoming IBC Show to be held September 13-17 in Amsterdam. The company will feature products that support new video standards, including High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC), JPEG2000 codec, 4K/2K resolution and AVC-Intra/Ultra, enabling high-performance video applications from core servers to edge nodes, allowing OEM customers to choose the most cost-effective platform for their particular applications.

Advantech DSPC-8681 and DSPC-8682 PCIe cards adopt multicore and programmable KeyStone™ multicore architecture from Texas InstrumentsIncorporated (TI) for fulfilling market needs in terms of raw power, low energy consumption and high density integration. These cards can support up to eight TMS320C6678 multicore DSPs from TI, each with 2GB of DDR3 1333/1600MHz 64-bit DDR3 memory, the PLX® ExpressLane(TM) PEX8748 PCIe Gen 3 switch, a Xilinx XC3S200AN Spartan-3 FPGA and an IDT CPS1616 Serial RapidIO Gen 2 switch to achieve levels of performance that far exceed the performance and density of commodity platforms. The DSPC-8681 and DSPC-8682 cards are perfectly capable of dealing with all of the new video codec standards including HEVC, JPEG2000 and AVC-Intra & Ultra in addition to existing well-established codecs such as MPEG-2 and H.264/MPEG-4 AVC.[Continue reading →]

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Open systems have the advantage of being the creation of many minds with many perspectives on what should be done. Therefore, many of these systems were originally developed to be general in their applicability, and found deployment applications like machine control and instrumentation. However, many of these systems have also migrated to industries that traditionally embraced only purpose-built and proprietary architectures based the belief that no open standard adequately met their needs. PICMG has been very busy of late trying to bridge this gap, and has released, or is about to release, a number of significant specifications to both improve existing platforms and adapt them to new market spaces,

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HUNTSVILLE, AL. The first product based on Intel's 4th generation Core i7 processor will be in a rugged 3U VPX form factor and dubbed the SBC326. The single-board computer (SBC) is targeted at constrained-space applications such as manned- and unmanned air and ground vehicles. The product provides enhanced graphics performance, improved processor performance, and better security – all in the same power envelope as previous generations.[Continue reading →]

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ECHING, Germany. Kontron's initial offering of products based on the 4th generation Intel® Core i7 processors includes Mini-ITX, COM Express, 6U CompactPCI, and the Kontron SYMKLOUD Media cloud platforms. Four intelligent platforms with improved processing and graphics performance as well as energy efficiency are available for evaluation with immediate effect. n developments on their preferred new target platform.[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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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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Intel(r) 3-D processor technology brings a new dimension of processing to the embedded computing space and comes with a great deal of improvements. What are the most important benefits for embedded appliances and how can engineers deploy them most efficiently?[Continue reading →]

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How to decide which form factor to use for a radar or sonar application? Consider the application's topology: Interconnect topologies that comprise many high-speed connections are well suited to VPX, while applications with more “well-behaved” communications are usually a good candidate for less complex technologies like CompactPCI.[Continue reading →]

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The 2nd generation Intel(r) Core(tm) processor family brings huge improvements in processing power, graphics performance and power consumption. Further enhancements to power and a smaller footprint make it the ideal choice in 2011 for upgrading nearly all existing x86 platforms. But what is it exactly that makes the new processors so attractive?[Continue reading →]

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The demand for higher-quality video imagery in surveillance systems requires an advanced link between the sensors and the usable video data. An image processing system consisting exclusively of software processing isn’t capable of meeting these demands, and an ASIC-based system doesn’t provide the needed flexibility. Because of the compute-intensive nature of pixel processing, an FPGA-based imaging processing design using JPEG2000 encoding provides a powerful and flexible methodology.[Continue reading →]

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A couple days ago, someone asked me if Embedded Computing Design was all about mobile phones now. I’ll say that’s not quite true, but it is symptomatic. My job is to spot trends, and I’m pretty sure that “phonemance” (think “bromance,” only the object of affection is your phone, not your best buddy) has implications much larger for the embedded computing industry than any phone.

Have you heard or said this recently: “This phone is my life”? It’s even a hook in phone advertisements, with messages urging you to bring everything in your life together in one place and promising the ability to do anything, anywhere, even multiple things at the same time. What needs to be recognized is that this notion is driving our industry, for better or worse, and it’s a good idea to get your arms around it if you haven’t already.[Continue reading →]

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Dog days? More like dogged pursuit of a number of markets for CompactPCI, and success as CompactPCI demonstrates its ability to adapt – check out the mil-areo app described in the Global Technology column this month.Most successful computer open standards, if they are to remain viable, adapt to changes in technology. The best expand their capabilities while maintaining a high degree of backwards compatibility. This leverages existing product offerings and reduces the cost of upgrades. CompactPCI, which has been around for 15 years now, has continued to evolve to improve performance and add new features. The original spec supported the 33 MHz, 32-bit parallel PCI bus. This was then expanded to 66 MHz, 64-bit PCI.

By the year 2000, parallel buses like PCI were being supplanted by higher-speed switched serial buses. They were popping up like weeds and were simply too numerous for all to survive. Some were chip-to-chip interconnects, while others were intended to interconnect boards at the system level. The most popular system-level interconnect, Ethernet, just kept getting faster, cheaper, and better. In 2001 a PICMG technical committee headed up by John Peters from Performance Technologies developed a specification that allowed boards in a CompactPCI system to communicate via Ethernet over the backplane. This was the industry’s first switched serial fabric standard, and it is still widely used. In 2005 PCI Express was added as a backplane interconnect in the CompactPCI Express specification.[Continue reading →]

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Along with a redesigned data acquisition system, the company TechniScan Medical Systems (TMS) relied on the features a CompactPCI board incorporated, including hot swap and Intelligent Platform Management Interface (IPMI).[Continue reading →]

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Southampton, UK and Paris, France– June 13, 2016 – VadaTech, a leading manufacturer of embedded boards, enabling software and application-ready platforms, has partnered with ECRIN Systems to showcase the latest VadaTech solutions for defence, aerospace and security at Eurosatory being held in Paris between the 13 th and 17 th June.

In Hall 5, stand J730 visitors will be able to see and learn about new Xilinx FPGA FMC carriers in the PCIe, VPX and AMC form factors, FMC analog-to-digital (ADC) and digital-to-analog (DAC) cards based on TI and Analog Devices technology, and rugged 1U platforms for sonar and radar applications. [Continue reading →]

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The integrated onboard automated control systems are currently considered as advanced and multifunctional platforms providing solutions for a wide range of tasks. In such a case, depending on the type of a vehicle, they can either assist human-operators and expand opportunities (a classic example here is the onboard avionic system on a manned aircraft) or can be the main (sometimes the only one) command center of any self-propelled robotized vehicle (Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), unmanned underwater vehicles (UUVs), spacecraft etc.). The core of such control platforms is the onboard computing system -- a special-purpose Box PC, usually controlled by real-time operating system and using peripheral equipment for connection to the systems of data acquisition and vehicle control.[Continue reading →]

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In this interview with engineers in the Machine Beam Controls Group at DESY, Holger Schlarb and Michael Fenner discuss the data acquisition requirements of the accelerator community, as well as how a tradition of using COTS signal processing solutions continues to improve uptime and maximize performance for some of the most complex machines on Earth.[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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A military prime contractor in Europe has chosen MicroTCA over OpenVPX for its RADAR Signal Processing application. The applications include ground-based mission surveillance, and airborne and ground-based RADAR. The company was looking for a high-performance, compact solution for data processing that could be used across multiple platforms including light-rugged and extreme rugged applications. MicroTCA provides excellent SWaP-C (Size, Weight, Power, and Cost). The architecture is an easily ruggedized form factor and provides a versatile ecosystem for a wide range of applications. The customer’s system provides simultaneous multi-mission capability, high survivability (small target, high mobility), and is fully self-contained. The MicroTCA platform is expected to expand into other mission computing and RADAR projects for the company.

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Embedded Tech Trends 2014, the business and technology forum for critical and intelligent embedded systems, just wrapped up in Phoenix. This year 19 sponsor companies and 13 editors and industry analysts gathered for an intensive two days of technology presentations and meetings. Twenty-five presentations were delivered in a very fast paced format that kept everyone on their toes. Each morning session of presentations was followed by a hectic afternoon of one-on-one sponsor/media meetings.

The purpose of the event is to bring media and industry thought leaders together to exchange ideas and to network among peers. It is good old fashioned face-to-face networking that is not possible with even the best of online social media networks. Nothing beats spending a few days with such a collection of industry colleagues. I left the event filled with new ideas and industry connections.[Continue reading →]

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Eching, Germany, February 14, 2013 – Kontron has announced today that the Kontron MicroTCA™ Carrier Hubs (MCH) AM4904/AM4910 have been upgraded to include support of the MTCA.4 specification. Offering the MicroTCA™ enhancements for rear I/O and precision timing, the MCHs are ideally aligned with the requirements of high-speed data acquisition and processing applications. Target segments include physical research centers and many other high-bandwidth applications that require increased serviceability packed into a compact form factor and feature high levels of performance, bandwidth and availability. By supporting four different high-speed fabric variants, including GbE, sRIO, PCIe and 10 GbE, the new Kontron MicroTCA Carrier Hubs build the backbone of practically all data-intensive MicroTCA™-based high-performance applications.

Besides deployment in physics applications, other typical scenarios can be found in telecom markets – including 3G, LTE and network test equipment – and non-telecom markets such as military, medical, test and measurement, as well as in image and video processing applications. To cover the individual application requirements, the modular Kontron AM4904/AM4910 MCHs come in four different versions. The Kontron AM4904-BASE is a pure Gigabit Ethernet switching version; the Kontron AM4904-PCIE has a combined PCIe mezzanine card and the Kontron AM4904-SRIO features sRIO. For high bandwidth demands, the Kontron AM4910 provides 10 Gigabit Ethernet switching. All the versions provide central management and data switching functionality on a full-size, single-width Advanced Mezzanine Card (AMC) form factor.[Continue reading →]

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In recent years there has been a market and technology trend towards the convergence of network infrastructure into a common platform or modular components that support multiple network elements and functions such as application processing, control processing, packet processing, and signal processing.[Continue reading →]

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A couple days ago, someone asked me if Embedded Computing Design was all about mobile phones now. I’ll say that’s not quite true, but it is symptomatic. My job is to spot trends, and I’m pretty sure that “phonemance” (think “bromance,” only the object of affection is your phone, not your best buddy) has implications much larger for the embedded computing industry than any phone.

Have you heard or said this recently: “This phone is my life”? It’s even a hook in phone advertisements, with messages urging you to bring everything in your life together in one place and promising the ability to do anything, anywhere, even multiple things at the same time. What needs to be recognized is that this notion is driving our industry, for better or worse, and it’s a good idea to get your arms around it if you haven’t already.[Continue reading →]

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High-performance, deterministic response, scalability, and future flexibility are all part of a TCA solution, delivering a strong combination of technical and business advantages.[Continue reading →]

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Advances in technology have brought with them ever-increasing demands for more compute power in multiple application areas. Many, but not all, of these high-performance applications are related to telecommunications, and they face similar computing problems: [Continue reading →]

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Reflections on the success and evolution of 6U CompactPCI [Continue reading →]

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This article discusses the evolution of CompactPCI and how it is more than just an extension to PCI. [Continue reading →]

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This article discusses different components of the platform, how it works, and key points regarding its purpose. [Continue reading →]

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This article looks at some of the PCI Industrial Computer Manufacturers (PCIMG) standards that designers typically use with network processors and includes an ATM-to-IP application example. [Continue reading →]

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An introductory article on the new backplane bus for CompactPCI. [Continue reading →]

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