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Cohort company, MASS, has completed development of the latest version of its CounterWorX™ suite of specialist Countermeasure Development (CM Dev) tools.

The latest iteration of CounterWorX™ means that the suite now covers all operational environments, including RF, IR and EO spectrums, and allows intricate sub-system modelling.[Continue reading →]

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Mercury Systems received a $3.8 million order from a leading electronics manufacturing services provider for millimeter wave transceiver subsystems integrated into a homeland security high-resolution imaging system.[Continue reading →]

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ANDOVER, Mass. ∠May 3, 2018 ∠Mercury Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: MRCY, www.mrcy.com) announced it received a $10.8 million order from a leading defense prime contractor for rugged servers to be used in a military communications application. The order was booked in the Company's fiscal 2018 third quarter.

Mercury’s enterprise class servers are successfully deployed in a broad range of C4ISR mission critical applications. Designed from the ground up for longevity and operation in extended operational environments, the company’s SWaP-optimized servers deliver cutting-edge commercial technologies to operations on the move. [Continue reading →]

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Presagis, a recognized leader in simulation software and solutions, has announced the delivery of its UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) simulator platform - UAV CRAFT - to Laflamme Aero, the firm leading the LX300 unmanned helicopter project.[Continue reading →]

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Mercury Systems TRRUST-Stor_BGA_with_quarter ANDOVER, Mass. - May 1, 2018 - Mercury Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: MRCY, www.mrcy.com) announced the beginning of customer engagements for its new TRRUST-Stor® secure solid state drive (SSD) optimized for embedded computing applications in forward-deployed defense environments. Available in host-accessible capacities up to 256 GB, the new device features triple-level cell (TLC) NAND flash memory operating in single-level cell (SLC) mode combined with advanced BuiltSECURE™ algorithms in a ruggedized, ultra-compact 22mm x 32mm ball-grid array (BGA) package. The device’s ARMOR™ 6 processor seamlessly integrates certified cryptographic algorithms, encryption key purge, device sanitization and non-thermal self-destruct capabilities into a single device. This low-profile SSD device is ideal for applications requiring on-board high-speed, secure storage in SWaP-constrained environments such as aircraft, unmanned systems and mobile ground applications including secure laptops and tablets.

The increase in critical sensor data collected by modern defense computing systems burdens embedded board design engineers to integrate on-board data storage solutions for maximum space savings without sacrificing storage capacity, performance, speed or security. A multifaceted approach to the implementation of security is required to address all possible operating scenarios. State-of-the-art encryption technologies free of key bypass mechanisms must be paired with advanced key management techniques and device sanitization protocols. Successfully achieving this objective ensures that access to high-value data is restricted only to those individuals with proper authorization. [Continue reading →]

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Among the latest in military avionics trends: Digital electronic displays, panoramic displays, software-defined radio (SDR), improved satellite communications, and precise navigation without GPS.[Continue reading →]

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Irvine, Calif. – February 27, 2018 - Marvin Test Solutions, Inc. (MTS), a trusted provider of globally-deployed innovative test solutions for military, aerospace, and manufacturing organizations announced that it has been awarded an $8.6M Firm-Fixed-Price (FFP) contract by the U.S. Air Force to provide chassis and instrumentation for the production of PATS-70A test sets used for O-Level and I-Level maintenance of A-10/C aircraft, as well as upgrade kits for existing PATS-70 test sets to the PATS-70A configuration. Work will be performed at the company’s Irvine, CA facility with expected completion by mid-2019.

MTS partnered with the U.S. Air Force, Odgen Air Logistics Complex at Hill AFB, Utah in 2014 to design, produce, and deploy the PATS-70 test set based on its field-proven, COTS (Commercial Off The Shelf) MTS-207 Rugged Field Test Set which replaces the obsolete PATS-30. The PATS-70A program will enhance the capabilities of the PATS-70 test set to support additional armament and weapon systems in addition to supporting the existing avionics test functionality.[Continue reading →]

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Modern maritime radar systems for missile defense and navigation have become more precise by leveraging commercial signal processing and radio frequency (RF) components in modular designs that enable commonality with clear technology refresh paths.[Continue reading →]

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ANDOVER, Mass. - Jan. 30, 2018 - Mercury Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: MRCY, www.mrcy.com), announced it received $3.4 million in follow-on orders from a leading defense prime contractor for custom high-performance microelectronics integrated into the guidance, navigation and control system of a precision guided munitions application. The orders were booked in the Company’s fiscal 2018 second quarter and are expected to be shipped over the next several quarters.

The Company’s portfolio of digital microelectronics solutions include BuiltSecure™ high-density secure memory, secure solid-state drives, GPS selective availability anti-spoofing modules (SAASM) and highly customized, purpose-built microelectronics. Delivering best-in-class size, weight and power savings, all of the Company’s digital microelectronics are designed and manufactured in a Defense Microelectronics Activity (DMEA)-trusted facility in Phoenix, Ariz.[Continue reading →]

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NEW XILINX(r) ULTRASCALE+(tm) BASED VPX3-535 (AND ULTRASCALE(tm) BASED VPX3-534 CONDUCTION COOLED VARIANT) FEATURE FPGAS TO DELIVER 2X THE PERFORMANCE FOR C4ISR APPLICATIONS ASHBURN, Va. – January 26, 2018 -- Curtiss-Wright’s Defense Solutions division today announced its highest performance 3U OpenVPX™ FPGA-based transceiver cards, with 2x or greater performance compared to Curtiss-Wright's previous generation product (VPX3-530). Leveraging Curtiss-Wright’s industry leading expertise in ruggedization and thermal management, the new VPX3-535 features a user programmable Xilinx Virtex™ VU9 UltraScale+ FPGA to process dual 6Gsps 12b ADC/DAC channels on a single slot module solution with 6GHz bandwidth. Such performance supports wideband direct RF applications. The VPX3-535, Curtiss-Wright’s first publicly announced module to feature full compliance to the VITA 48.8 Air-Flow-Through (AFT) cooling standard, ensures optimal performance in the harshest conditions.

For today’s COTS 3U and 6U VPX modules that dissipate ~150W+, VITA 48.8 provides a low-cost, effective means to cool the latest generation of high power components. In addition, the VPX3-535 supports an option for VITA 67 backplane RF I/O, which eliminates the need to manage front panel cables.[Continue reading →]

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Cambridge Pixel has introduced a 1U 19" rack-mount dual channel radar signal converter which offers a cost-effective way of importing legacy data from two radars into a modern display such as on a naval ship or in an air traffic control application.[Continue reading →]

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Curtiss-Wright\'s Axon(tm) Next Generation Compact Flight Test Data Acquisition Unit (DAU) is Now Shipping ASHBURN, Va. – January 15, 2018 – Curtiss-Wright’s Defense Solutions division today announced the general availability of production units of the next-generation compact Axon Data Acquisition Unit (DAU) for flight test applications. Axon combines unprecedented flexibility and scalability with high speed and outstanding reliability for demanding flight test applications. The innovative modular Axon DAU builds on Curtiss-Wright’s heritage as a leading supplier of rugged reliable data acquisition. Optimized for size, weight and power (SWaP), Axon works with Curtiss-Wright’s widely used Acra KAM-500 and TTC DAUs, while reducing volume by 55% and weight by 41% compared to a standard KAM-500 chassis. Axon is ideal for use in aircraft flight test instrumentation, airborne telemetry, flight data monitoring and space data handling applications.

“We are very excited to announce that our innovative new Axon data acquisition platform is now shipping,” said Lynn Bamford, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Defense Solutions division. “Axon uniquely enables flight fest instrumentation engineers to lower the weight of equipment and wiring, gather more data faster, and meet demanding time schedules without compromising data integrity. Axon’s miniature size and unprecedented flexible installation options make it possible to place data acquisition in remote locations never previously possible.”[Continue reading →]

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ANDOVER, Mass. - Jan. 15, 2018 - Mercury Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: MRCY, www.mrcy.com) announced it received a $2.5M order from a leading defense prime contractor for custom storage appliances built with the Company’s TRRUST-Stor® secure solid-state drive (SSD) devices for an undisclosed military application. The order was booked in the Company’s fiscal 2018 second quarter and is expected to be shipped over the next several quarters.

Designed and manufactured in its Phoenix, Ariz. Advanced Microelectronics Center, the Company’s portfolio of commercial self-encrypting SSD devices are built on its powerful ARMOR™ processor. By combining performance-enhancing algorithms with the industry’s most advanced cryptographic engine, Mercury’s secure SSD portfolio sets the defense industry standard for commercial data-at-rest solutions delivering uncompromising security and performance for government agencies, military forces and defense prime contractors.[Continue reading →]

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ANDOVER, Mass. - Jan. 11, 2018 - Mercury Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: MRCY, www.mrcy.com), announced it received a $4.6M follow-on order from a leading defense prime contractor for state-of-the-art GPS filter amplifiers for a precision guided munitions application. The order was booked in the Company’s fiscal 2018 second quarter and is expected to be shipped over the next several quarters.

The Company’s entire suite of commercial radio frequency (RF) and microwave solutions offer differentiated capabilities for electronic warfare, radar, and weapons applications. With affordable solutions up to 140 GHz, Mercury’s design and packaging expertise produces industry-leading performance in highly ruggedized form factors. [Continue reading →]

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ANDOVER, Mass. - Jan. 9, 2018 - Mercury Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: MRCY, www.mrcy.com) announced it received a $7.7 million follow-on order from a leading defense prime contractor for BuiltSecure™ high-density secure memory devices integrated into a state-of-the-art airborne command, control and intelligence system. The order was booked in the Company’s fiscal 2018 second quarter and is expected to be shipped over the next several quarters.

BuiltSecure memory devices leverage the Company’s expertise in three-dimensional packaging technology, transforming a two-dimensional array of memory devices into a single, vertically-integrated memory module ruggedized for the harshest military operating environments. With up to 85% space savings enabled by Mercury’s BuiltSecure memory devices, valuable board real estate is now available to system architects for the incorporation of additional components needed to support enhanced system functionality. BuiltSecure memory devices are designed and manufactured in the Company’s Advanced Microelectronics Center (AMC) in Phoenix, Ariz.[Continue reading →]

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Digital camera produce digital image records cinematic image in digital appearance. Dissimilar to film photographs which relatively have enormous resolution, digital camera accumulate images digitally in a memory chip which is an alternative to recording them on the film. Once the photograph is taken it can be initialized to a computer system displayed on the screen and printed. Digital cameras shares optical structure, commonly using lens with a fluctuating diaphragm to spotlight on to an image pickup device. Many current devices are adequate to grab sound or video further to still images. The major influence of digital camera is that making photos economical and quick being there is no film processing. The biggest producer of the film Kodak refined photo CD format which has come to be de facto barometer for accumulating digital photograph.[Continue reading →]

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ANDOVER, Mass. - Dec 7, 2017 - Mercury Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: MRCY, www.mrcy.com), today announced the start of customer design engagements for its new MISSION-Stor™ ultra-portable secure solid state drive (SSD) with integrated security and performance-enhancing algorithms. Though similar in size and function to a commercial USB flash drive, the Company’s new secure SSD has been precision-engineered to withstand the harshest military operating environments while simultaneously protecting the most sensitive data from adversarial attack. The new product is ideally suited for mission management applications, where mission instructions must be securely transferred to a military platform operating in a potentially hostile threat environment.

The new MISSION-Stor device marries state-of-the-art NAND flash memory with the Company’s sixth generation ARMOR™ processor in a SWaP-optimized form factor small enough to comfortably fit in the pocket of a flight jacket. MISSION-Stor addresses customer applications that require protection of highly sensitive data, up to and including the Top Secret designation. MISSION-Stor SSD devices support encryption, key purge, sanitization and self-destruct capabilities. Mercury has engineered the new MISSION-Stor SSD device to the rigorous standards of Federal Information Processing System (FIPS) 140-2 and the National Security Administration’s Commercial Solutions for Classified (CSfC) program. The new product is expected to receive FIPS 140-2 certification approved component listing for the CSfC program in 2018.[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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ANDOVER, Mass. - Nov. 20, 2017 - Mercury Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: MRCY, www.mrcy.com) announced it received a follow-on $3.8 million order from a leading defense prime contractor for multi-chip module devices integrated into an advanced airborne electronic warfare system. The order was booked in the Company’s fiscal 2018 second quarter and is expected to be shipped over the next several quarters.

Mercury’s broad portfolio of secure digital microelectronic solutions are designed and manufactured exclusively in the Company’s Defense Microelectronics Activity (DMEA)-trusted Advanced Microelectronics Center in Phoenix, Ariz. The Company’s state-of-the-art three-dimensional packaging technology delivers maximum space-savings in a highly ruggedized ball grid array (BGA) package designed for harsh military 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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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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Mercury Systems 4N1G72T-XBX_321_BGA ANDOVER, Mass. - Nov. 9, 2017 - Mercury Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: MRCY, www.mrcy.com) announced that it has shipped the defense industry’s first BuiltSecure™ high density secure memory devices manufactured with double data rate fourth-generation synchronous dynamic random-access memory (DDR4 SDRAM). The Company’s first BuiltSecure DDR4 product embeds 8GB of high-speed DDR4 memory in an ultra-compact 13 by 20 millimeter ball grid array (BGA) package optimized for reliability in harsh military environments. A leading supplier of defense microelectronics is currently integrating Mercury’s DDR4 devices into a next-generation computing system for a military avionics command, control and intelligence application.

Delivering space savings of 75% compared to discrete memory devices, Mercury’s three-dimensional packaging technology transforms a planar array of nine discrete DDR4 devices into a single, SWaP-efficient and vertically integrated BuiltSecure device delivering DDR4 performance over an extended operating temperature range of -55 to +125 °C. With a height less than 2.5 millimeters, the new devices are ideally suited for placement on the backside of a printed circuit board, thereby freeing valuable real estate on the front side of the board for placement of additional active and passive components needed to further enhance system performance. [Continue reading →]

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Spectrum\'s M2p platform board Grosshansdorf, Germany - 8 November 2017. Spectrum Instrumentation announces the first products of a completely new designed digitizer card series. It consists of the new platform-board M2p, which will be the PCIe base for all upcoming products for the next years. The other part is the new 59xx module, which will be available in many variations. M2p platform and 59xx module form 13 different new digitizer cards with lots of options regarding speed and channels.

Oliver Rovini, CTO at Spectrum, said: "These products will be the heart of a new mid-range digitizer series which is designed to cover signal frequencies from 1 MHz to 40 MHz. Within that range, the new units will smoothly replace all our current 12, 14 and 16-bit models giving our existing customers an easy upgrade path with a lot of technical advantages. As such, we see many applications for these new products in the areas of Ultrasound, Laser, Lidar, Radar, Automotive and big physics experiments."[Continue reading →]

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AICSYS Inc. maintains your legacy system while help you migrate to the new application. Some existing Industrial and Military automations were invested heavily in expensive system such as control automation and data acquisition application. Legacy System appears when an obsolete or phase out computer hardware are still in use; The main cause for legacy system when a functional system cannot be reintegrated or transferred to a newer system due to hardware functionalities and new technology compatibilities.[Continue reading →]

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ANDOVER, Mass. - Nov. 1, 2017 - Mercury Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: MRCY, www.mrcy.com) announced the BuiltSAFE™ GS Multi-Core Renderer for the Xilinx® Zynq® UltraScale+™ MPSoC family. Part of the BuiltSAFE Graphics Suite, the Multi-Core Renderer runs on the multi-core ARM® Cortex® A53 processor inside the MPSoC and is certifiable to DO-178C at the highest design assurance level (DAL-A) as well as the highest Automotive Safety Integrity Level (ASIL D).

The BuiltSAFE GS Multi-Core Renderer is a high performance, small footprint OpenGL library designed to render highly complex 3D graphics in safety-critical embedded systems. Unlike traditional software renderers that run on a single CPU core, the performance of the Multi-Core Renderer scales up with more CPU cores. Because it runs on the CPU, the Multi-Core Renderer enables high-quality graphics applications to be run on Zynq Ultrascale+ CG variants, which are not equipped with a hardware graphics core. Even variants of the Zynq Ultrascale+ that do include a graphics core can benefit from the easier certification processes of the Multi-Core Renderer. [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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*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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The design of radio equipment for the military market has evolved significantly from the use of transistor-based circuits to specialized and powerful integrated circuits (ICs). Designs may be geared towards rigid, single-purpose platforms or towards flexible, application-agnostic systems with dedicated digital signal processors (DSPs), such as software-defined radio (SDR). The one thing all of these approaches have in common: difficulty in estimating and understanding the cost/performance trade-offs of new designs.[Continue reading →]

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ANDOVER, Mass. - Sept. 21, 2017 - Mercury Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: MRCY, www.mrcy.com) announced the launch of its Diagnostic Support Tools (DST) software suite, which provides the capabilities required for customers to build a robust subsystem Built-In-Test (BIT) for system integrity during system boot and application execution. Compatible with Mercury’s BuiltSECURE™ infrastructure, DST provides comprehensive, non-intrusive fault detection across processor boards, graphics cards, I/O modules, networks, backplanes, operating systems, and applications.

The DST suite delivers an extensible platform for all three stages of BIT operation: Power-on BIT (PBIT), Continuous BIT (CBIT), and operator Initiated BIT (IBIT). PBIT support includes tailored tests of Mercury’s hardware built-in self-test (BIST) results and software bring-up. CBIT supports continuous testing with a high level of test coverage due to the low-overhead implementation, and is tunable depending on the hardware and software requirements. IBIT supports running full diagnostics during application execution or while in a halted state for debugging or triggered events.[Continue reading →]

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ANDOVER, Mass. - Sept. 19, 2017 - Mercury Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: MRCY, www.mrcy.com), announced it received a $3.8M order from a leading defense prime contractor for high-performance radio frequency (RF) and microwave modules integrated into an advanced electronic warfare system. The order was booked in the Company’s fiscal 2018 first quarter and is expected to be shipped over the next several quarters.

The Company’s leading portfolio of RF and microwave solutions include products addressing applications from 1 to 140 gigahertz (GHz) frequencies in the electromagnetic spectrum. State-of-the-art design tools minimize development time and enable a rapid transition from prototype to high-volume production in Mercury’s Advanced Microelectronics Centers.[Continue reading →]

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ANDOVER, Mass. - Sept. 14, 2017 - Mercury Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: MRCY, www.mrcy.com) announced the availability of its BuiltSAFE™ GS Multi-Core Renderer. Part of the BuiltSAFE Graphics Suite, the software renderer runs on a multi-core CPU and is certifiable to DO-178C at the highest design assurance level (DAL A) as well as ASIL D for automotive safety. The multi-core implementation overcomes the performance issues typically associated with software-only graphics solutions. By using scalable CPU-based graphics, this software-only solution eliminates the need to certify GPU hardware for the highest levels of safety and address the obsolescence issues associated with GPU devices and the associated graphics memory chips.

For systems that include a GPU, the BuiltSAFE GS Multi-Core Renderer can be part of a hybrid solution that uses software-based graphics on the CPU for DAL A level processing and GPU graphics for the highest performance where only DAL C or lower levels of assurance is required. This configuration can be particularly useful in avionics systems where the primary flight display elements need to operate at DAL A whereas the mission display elements can operate at DAL C and can benefit from increased graphics capabilities.[Continue reading →]

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As the first commercial SSD supplier to achieve this significant milestone, customers and NSA-trusted integrators of CSfC-compliant security solutions can leverage Mercury's NIAP-certified SSD for data at rest protection for classified, secret, and top secret programs according to CSfC program guidelines.[Continue reading →]

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Wolfspeed has introduced a new series of 28V GaN HEMT RF power devices, capable of higher frequency operation to 8GHz with increased efficiency and higher gain as well as best-in-class reliability for commercial and military wireless communications and radar applications.[Continue reading →]

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ANDOVER, Mass. - September 11, 2017 - Mercury Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: MRCY, www.mrcy.com) announced it received a $8.0M order from a leading defense prime contractor for BuiltSECURE™ high density secure memory devices manufactured at its DMEA-trusted facility in Phoenix, Ariz. The high-speed memory devices will be integrated into active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar systems deployed on an advanced airborne military platform. The order was booked in the Company’s fiscal 2018 first quarter and is expected to be shipped over the next several quarters.

The Company’s entire portfolio of BuiltSECURE high density secure memory devices use Mercury’s three-dimensional packaging technology to transform a two-dimensional array of discrete memory devices into a single, vertically stacked, dense ball grid array (BGA) package. Delivering space savings up to 75%, the memory devices are also precision engineered to withstand the harshest of operating conditions encountered during military operations. [Continue reading →]

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ANDOVER, Mass. - Sept. 5, 2017 - Mercury Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: MRCY, www.mrcy.com) announced it received a $2.0M follow-on order from a leading defense prime contractor for high-efficiency, SWaP-optimized GPS filter amplifiers for a munitions application. The order was booked in the Company’s fiscal 2017 fourth quarter and is expected to be shipped over the next several quarters.

“Receiving this significant order from our valued customer further reinforces Mercury’s market-leading position as a trusted supplier of high-performance radio frequency, microwave, and millimeter wave components and subassemblies supporting our nation’s military forces,” said Charlie Leader, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Mercury’s Advanced Microelectronics Solutions group. “With three domestic Advanced Microelectronics Centers equipped with state-of-the-art RF and microwave manufacturing capabilities, Mercury delivers the most contemporary portfolio of affordable, proven solutions to the defense industry today.”[Continue reading →]

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Richard Warren, Cambridge Pixel’s director of software in front of an unmanned boat (Bladerunner). • Cambridge Pixel’s software processes radar video from Navico’s Simrad 4G or Halo radars and provides a fused track (as ASTERIX or TTM format) into ASV’s control software

• Cambridge Pixel will be showcasing its radar products on stand S4-352 (South hall) at the DSEI Defence and Security show at the ExCeL Centre, London from 12-15 September 2017.[Continue reading →]

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ANDOVER, Mass. - Aug. 30, 2017 - Mercury Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: MRCY, www.mrcy.com) announced that it recently received Aerospace Standard 9100 (AS9100) certification for its Mercury Defense Systems Advanced Design Centers located in Cypress, Calif., West Lafayette, Ind. and Huntsville, Ala., as well as its headquarters facility in Andover, Mass. These recent certifications add to the existing certifications the Company currently holds at many of its sites in the U.S. and Europe.

The aerospace and defense industry is highly regulated and demands the highest level of quality standards for the development and manufacture of products. Established by the International Aerospace Quality Group in 1999, the AS9100 Quality Management System (QMS) standard is recognized globally and has been widely adopted across the aerospace and defense industry to promote quality, safety and continuous product and process improvement. Mercury’s AS9100 certification validates that the Company has the necessary processes in place to meet the aerospace industry’s demand for safe, reliable products that meet or exceed the requirements of customers and regulatory authorities.[Continue reading →]

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MINNETONKA, Minn., August 14, 2017 – Digi International®, (NASDAQ: DGII, www.digi.com), a leading global provider of machine-to-machine (M2M) and Internet of Things (IoT) connectivity products and services, today announced the immediate availability of the Digi XBee® SX 868, a surface mount (SMT) radio communication module with industry-leading interference blocking for noisy wireless environments. Deployable in several regions throughout the world and with pre-certification for EU countries, the module offers extremely reliable long-range, low-data rate connectivity for industrial IoT applications such as agriculture, heavy equipment, transportation, and energy/utilities.

The compact SMT module, measuring about 22 x 34 mm, operates in the 863 - 870 MHz frequency band (K, L, M, N, Q/R) and combines tuned Surface Acoustic Wave (SAW) filtering as well as intelligent Listen Before Talk / Adaptive Frequency Agility (LBT/AFA) technology to avoid connectivity issues caused by external radio interference. The patented frequency scan occurs automatically without performance impact by listening to the radio environment before any transmission starts, automatically shifting to a new channel when a interference source is detected.[Continue reading →]

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EnSilica has announced two senior-level appointments designed to significantly boost its rapidly expanding full System-on-Chip (SoC) services as the company continues to expand its base of customers seeking complex, full-service custom analog and mixed-signal chip design and supply. EnSilica has appointed David Tester to the newly created position of Director of SoC Architecture and Patrick McNamee to the newly created position of Director of Silicon Operations.[Continue reading →]

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- Luxoft recognized as global leader in ADM services by ISG - The Company will host two webinars moderated by ISG along with offering a downloadable reprint of the ISG Provider Lens(tm) ADM Archetype Report with an ISG-authored preface on Luxoft - Luxoft's automotive technology practice focuses on digital cockpit, navigation and ADAS, under the hood, diagnostics, and advance software development and verification capabilities[Continue reading →]

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CHANDLER, Ariz., Aug. 1, 2017 — The SAM D5x and SAM E5x microcontroller (MCU) families are now available from Microchip Technology Inc. (NASDAQ: MCHP). These new 32-bit MCU families offer extensive connectivity interfaces, powerful performance and robust hardware-based security for a wide variety of applications.

The SAM D5/E5 microcontrollers combine the performance of an ARM® Cortex®-M4 processor with a Floating Point Unit (FPU). This combination offloads the Central Processing Unit (CPU), increasing system efficiency and enabling process-intensive applications on a low-power platform. Running at up to 120 MHz, the D5x and E5x MCUs feature up to 1 MB of dual-panel Flash with Error Correction Code (ECC), easily enabling live updates with no interruption to the running system. Additionally, these families are available with up to 256 KB of SRAM with ECC, vital to mission-critical applications such as medical devices or server systems. [Continue reading →]

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Modern radar and electronic warfare (EW) systems rely on sophisticated signal processing and complex radio-frequency (RF) modulation on pulse. Without proper signal design verification, these techniques may not be effective during critical engagements, which could be catastrophic for the operator. Determining the radar's ability to successfully detect and track targets or an EW system's ability to identify threats and avoid detection or tracking can be challenging. Advanced RF signal analysis and RF pulsed signal capture techniques (variable segment length, de-interleaving, duplex IF real-time analysis) that enable designers to measure signal parameters and confirm the proper operation of their radar or EW systems.[Continue reading →]

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• IIoT platform "toii" is an in-house development that connects machines of different makes and generations • Due to predictive maintenance the platform is also supposed to forecast the necessity of machine services in the future • Processes can be planned and coordinated optimally and flexibly[Continue reading →]

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The DAPtools for Python software from Microstar Laboratories enables intensive data acquisition from Python applications on desktop GNU/Linux systems. Operations with strict time constraints are delegated to the embedded DAPL environment, running on a Data Acquisition Processor board, while less time sensitive data management and display features run in parallel under the Linux kernel. DAPtools for Python is included in the DAPtools Basic package, provided with each DAP product at no added cost. This combines the best of both worlds: the regularity and precision of DAP systems, the flexibility and versatility of the Python environment.[Continue reading →]

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ANDOVER, Mass. - May 25, 2017 - Mercury Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: MRCY, www.mrcy.com), announced it received a $4M order from a leading defense prime contractor for an advanced defense application. The order was booked in the Company’s fiscal 2017 fourth quarter.

“With this order, Mercury is delivering on its commitment to provide state-of-the-art radio frequency solutions required for our military forces to maintain a strategic and tactical advantage,” says Charlie Leader, Senior Vice President of Mercury’s Advanced Microelectronic Solutions group. “Our customers and our warfighters can count on Mercury’s next generation business model to continue delivering advanced commercial technology innovations that matter to the defense industry.”[Continue reading →]

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TORONTO, ON, May 25th, 2017 - Peraso Technologies Inc., a leader in Wireless Gigabit (WiGig®) chipsets, will be demonstrating a wireless gaming solution ideal for VR / AR applications, amongst numerous other 802.11ad applications, including 4K wireless display and Wi-Fi networking at Computex 2017. The demonstrations will be driven by Peraso's Wi-Fi CERTIFIED WiGigTM W110 USB 3.0 adapter and their W120 WiGig phased array chipset, both designed to help drive the WiGig Ecosystem forward with unprecedented speed and functionality.

With the growing demand for Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality, emphasis is now beginning to shift toward finding a wireless solution that will untether the headset from the PC. WiGig (802.11ad and the upcoming 802.11ay) technology is the immediate solution, providing the bandwidth, power and super low latency needed to make this application viable, on the uncongested 60 GHz band. [Continue reading →]

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Unprecedented growth of over 80% this year at EnSilica has created a further requirement within the company for a major recruitment drive to fuel its continued expansion in the next 12 months and beyond. The company is seeking experienced chip designers with analog, mixed-signal and RF expertise and has also launched a graduate recruitment scheme.[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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Microchip announced the MCP9600--the world's first thermocouple-conditioning integrated circuit to combine precision instrumentation, a precision temperature sensor and a precision, high-resolution analog-to-digital converter (ADC), in addition to a math engine preprogrammed with the firmware to support a broad range of standard thermocouple types (K, J, T, N, S, E, B and R).[Continue reading →]

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CAMARILLO, Calif. -- Semtech Corp. (Nasdaq: SMTC), a leading supplier of analog and mixed-signal semiconductors, today announced the uClamp3601P – a 33V, high-performance transient voltage suppression (TVS) device for protecting industrial sensors.

The single-line uClamp3601P achieves the low-clamping voltage performance needed to safeguard today’s small form factor proximity sensors from ESD, EFT and low level surge transients. [Continue reading →]

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Microchip\'s new DACs are ideal for applications in the consumer and industrial markets, such as wireless microphones, mp3 player accessories and blood glucose test devices and applications such as motor control, instrumentation, sensor calibration, set point/offset trimming, among others. The integration and feature set of Microchip\'s new DACs offers customers system flexibility and power savings while simplifying their design efforts. CHANDLER, Ariz.[NASDAQ: MCHP] — Microchip Technology Inc., a leading provider of microcontroller, mixed-signal, analog and Flash-IP solutions, today announced the expansion of its non-volatile Digital-to-Analog Converter (DAC) product line with the MCP47FEBXX devices. The low-power, single and dual-channel DACs feature 8-, 10- and 12-bit resolution, integrated EEPROM and an I2C™ interface, and are offered in 8-pin TSSOP packages. The DACs are ideal for applications in the consumer and industrial markets, such as wireless microphones, mp3 player accessories and blood glucose test devices and applications such as motor control, instrumentation, sensor calibration, set point/offset trimming, among others.

The integrated EEPROM enables DAC settings to be recalled at power up, for added system flexibility. The choice of 8-, 10- and 12-bit resolution provides flexibility with design requirements and cost. The various shutdown modes significantly reduce the device current consumption for power critical applications. These devices offer customers the ability to utilize the internal bandgap for device voltage reference, simplifying development and lowering system cost, or use an external voltage reference source in order to optimize their design.[Continue reading →]

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High-definition (HD) digital electro-optic and infrared sensors are shoveling evermore data into the battle space. How can soldiers get that information quickly enough to act on it in a timely manner?[Continue reading →]

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Over the past few decades, mixed-signal integrated circuit (IC) design has been one of the most exciting and technically challenging segments of the semiconductor industry. Despite all of the advances that have occurred in the semiconductor industry over that time span, the one constant need is still to ensure the analog world we live in interacts seamlessly with the digital world of computing, a requirement especially driven by the current pervasive mobile environment and the rapidly emerging Internet of Things (IoT) "re-evolution."[Continue reading →]

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Microchip\'s new MCP3919 and MCP3912 AFEs integrate three and four channels of 24-bit, delta-sigma Analog-to-Digital Conversion (ADC), respectively, with industry-leading accuracy of 93.5 dB SINAD, -107 dB THD and 112 dB SFDR for precise signal acquisition and higher-performing end products. AFE completes Microchip’s MCP391X family, which spans 1 to 8-channel members for single-phase and poly-phase energy measurement. CHANDLER, Ariz. — Microchip Technology Inc., a leading provider of microcontroller, mixed-signal, analog and Flash-IP solutions, today announced the completion of its high-accuracy, 1-8 channel, single and poly-phase MCP391X energy-measurement Analog Front End (AFE) family. The new MCP3919 and MCP3912 members integrate three and four channels of 24-bit, delta-sigma Analog-to-Digital Conversion (ADC), respectively, with industry-leading accuracy of 93.5 dB SINAD, -107 dB THD and 112 dB SFDR for precise signal acquisition and higher-performing end products. These are the optimal numbers of channels for single-phase energy meters with neutral monitoring (3-channel); or single-phase, three-wire energy meters (4-channel). The high level of integration on the new AFEs also includes a low-drift voltage reference, programmable gain amplifiers, phase-delay compensation and cyclic redundancy check (CRC).

As the energy-metering infrastructure is being upgraded worldwide, designers are demanding increased AFE accuracy and integration to develop the latest generation of smart meters. These features are also required by the designers of advanced power-monitoring systems for applications such as server power supplies and power distribution units, electronic circuit breakers, smart power strips and other data-acquisition products in the industrial, commercial and consumer markets. Microchip’s newest AFEs improve application performance with their industry-leading accuracy, high integration and optimal number of channels for single-phase energy measurement. Additionally, the high AFE accuracy facilitates energy-meter calibration, which reduces production costs.[Continue reading →]

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When designers are trying to select a component in the signal path of a satellite system, it is often difficult to find a device with both the radiation tolerance and accuracy required. Signal integrity is, after all, the key specification when designing an analog signal chain. The main causes of error to the integrity of the signal chain can be divided into two categories: inaccuracies due to noise and inaccuracies due to shifts in voltage. While it is important to consider all components in the signal path, one component is the most critical in achieving precision performance: the voltage reference.[Continue reading →]

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DALLAS – Texas Instruments (TI) is enabling system designers to reduce the size of their industrial monitoring and control applications with its newest successive approximation register (SAR) analog-to-digital converters (ADCs). The ADS7042 is the industry’s smallest and lowest-power 12-bit SAR ADC, and the ADS8354 family includes the industry’s smallest 14- and 16-bit, simultaneous-sampling SAR ADCs. For more information about the ADS7042 and ADS8354 family, visit www.ti.com/saradc-pr.

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PC/104 Sized Microcontroller with PIC32 Micro/sys recently released a low-power single board microcontroller with fully integrated web hosting, networking, and analog I/O on a PC/104 form factor (3.775” x 3.55”). Featuring Microchip’s 80MHz PIC32® microcontroller, the USB3032 is an ideal COTS solution for applications requiring low power in -40˚C to +85˚C operation. USB3032 includes access to Microchip’s easy-to-use and widely supported IDE tool suite and protocol stacks, which, combined with Micro/sys’ 10-year product availability and attractive OEM pricing, allows designers to shorten time-to-market and maximize development productivity while keeping overall system production and maintenance costs low.

With this simple microcontroller, designers can communicate via different communication protocols while their production, security monitoring, data logging, or test and measurement control application continues running. Some mix-and-match protocol conversions available are Ethernet to CAN, CAN to USB, and USB to RS232. For example, a user might want the USB3032 to communicate via 10/100 Mbps Ethernet to an internal IT intranet to transmit instructions for controlling the on-board D/A, A/D or I/O in the field, then forward the results via CAN down-stream to other processes for control. USB3032 performs well in such environments by storing up to 1024 messages in 32 buffers while offering user-selectable filter-to-buffer mapping with 32 filters and 4 filter masks. For maximum data processing over Ethernet and CAN, USB3032 offers a built-in DMA interface.[Continue reading →]

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CHICAGO – Design engineers looking to extend the capabilities of FPGA/CPLD boards with mixed-signal/analog integration can now take advantage of Analog Devices PMOD Compatible Reference Design Boards from Newark element14.

PMODs are small I/O interface boards that offer an ideal method for extending the capabilities of FPGA/CPLD boards. Analog Devices PMOD-compatiable modules offer a wide variety of solutions that provide quick and easy access to leading analog and mixed-signal reference designs.[Continue reading →]

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Simulation tests of aerodynamics are conducted to improve the physical designs of a variety of products so as to enhance overall safety, comfort, and performance. The larger the object being tested, the more complicated the test will be. Test and measurement solutions based on PXI Express (PXIe) architecture can help to simplify and speed up system installation.[Continue reading →]

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The DS-MPE-DAQ0804 offers 8 16-bit analog input channels, 4 16-bit analog output channels, and 21 configurable digital I/O lines in a PCIe MiniCard form factor with an extended operating temperature of -40oC to +85oC.[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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Geneva, March 11, 2014 – STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM), a global semiconductor leader serving customers across the spectrum of electronics applications, has announced a raft of analog and mixed-signal devices targeting the rapidly growing market for wearable technology. These devices include current sensors, audio amplifiers, op amps, analog switches, and battery gas gauges enabling ST to offer the industry’s most complete set of building blocks for creating innovative wearable applications.

Wearable applications are making a growing impact in markets that range from new healthcare technologies including remote heart-rate monitoring to consumer applications such as smart fashion accessories. These applications represent a range of current and future markets that market analysts Strategy Analytics projects to grow by more than 70% through 2017.[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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Increased competition, more dense designs and integration of different technologies in a small space combined with market regulatory pressures are creating new challenges for original equipment manufacturers. As a result, implementing the necessary transient immunity protections to prevent application malfunction due to transients on power and signal lines is becoming ever more challenging. The impact of increasing microcontroller (MCU) sensitivity and low-cost application design is being felt in all markets: consumer, industrial, automotive, etc. While there are significant differences in the design and use of products for these markets, the susceptibilities induced in all microcontroller-based applications are essentially the same. Typical susceptibilities include unexpected state changes on input pins (reset, interrupt request, or general purpose inputs) and corruption of on-chip clock signals, which can all cause various operational issues on the design itself, in addition to resulting in failure to meet regional compliance regulations for electromagnetic compatibility (EMC).[Continue reading →]

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This White Paper describes the implementation of the Rohde & Schwarz (R&S) FSVR’s realtime capabilities. It shows fields of application as well as the technical implementation. The measurement speed available in today's spectrum analyzers is the result of a long evolution. But one property has survived all evolution steps: even the R&S FSV does not detect signals between the end of one sweep and the start of the next one. This gap in data acquisition, the so called "blind time", has decreased with each new spectrum analyzer generation, but it is still present.

The keys to a real-time spectrum analyzer are: · Parallel sampling and FFT calculation: The data acquisition continues while the FFTs are performed. · Fast processing of FFT algorithms: The computation speed must be high enough to avoid that "stacks" of unprocessed data are being built up. Slow FFT computation will result in an overflow of the capture memory and a subsequent data loss (= a new blind time).[Continue reading →]

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Engineers working on large, complex project with short deadlines will face many design tradeoffs and decisions. Deciding where to focus time during the design phase is a big challenge. This paper identifies three important design decisions you should make when programming an embedded system, and provides guidance given your application requirements. Taking time to consider each of these three items will put you on the right track to designing a reliable, scalable, and maintainable embedded application.[Continue reading →]

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The Symmetricom(r) QUANTUM(tm) Chip Scale Atomic Clock (SA.45s CSAC) delivers the accuracy and stability of an atomic clock to portable applications for the first time. That means that when it comes to the next era in atomic timekeeping, the clock is already running.[Continue reading →]

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This application note along with its corresponding white paper 1MA207 show how to use the Rohde and Schwarz radar product portfolio to tackle test and measurement tasks in modern radar technology. Target groups are students who want to become familiar with radar issues as well as radar professionals who want to solve certain test and measurement tasks.[Continue reading →]

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This 60+ page brochure leverages Freescale's rich history of innovation in motor control processor solutions to simplify and speed up your motor control design projects. Learn about motor control techniques such as encoder signal processing, advanced synchronization, trapezoidal back EMF BLDC motor control, torque generation, sensorless field oriented control and more. Links are provided for reference designs, tools and processors to implement many of the described techniques.

Motor control methods described include brushless DC (BLDC), permanent magnet synchronous motor (PMSM), AC induction motor (ACIM), and switched reluctance motor (SRM). Specific solutions are described for appliances, fans, compressors, air conditioners, industrial drives, servo robotics, medical pumps and respirators. [Continue reading →]

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The data busses in aircraft and spacecraft require very high quality in transmission and reception since proper communication of commands and data are crucial to operation. The ARINC 429 standard used predominately in commercial aircraft and the MIL-STD-1553 bus used in military avionics and space vehicles (military and commercial) have some common characteristics as well as important differences. This paper will give useful examples of how to view, test and troubleshoot these busses using digital oscilloscopes.[Continue reading →]

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National Semiconductor Corp. has announced the availability of seven new 24-bit and 16-bit multi-channel sensor AFEs (analog front-ends) to enable designers to easilly configure signal paths from interface sensors to microcontrollers.[Continue reading →]

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Texas Instruments has announced availability of the new TRF7970A NFC (near-field communications) transceiver, which they claim offers the industry's lowest power, extending battery life "up to 2 times longer than competitive products" by virtue of eight selectable power modes. TI is also offering royalty-free software stacks for the TRF7970A to developers, which they say are compatible across a broad range of the company's MSP microcontrollers.

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Conexant has announced the launch of a new audio playback product line acquired from Keterex to play 8 KHz audio data directly to an external speaker via an on-chip digital audio processor and class-D amplifier.[Continue reading →]

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The 23rd annual Hot Chips conference at Stanford University held a series of talks that were billed as a "tutorial" on Package-Scale Power Management. In actuality, the talks were less tutorial and more of a review of the challenges, and current and (potential) future solutions for power management in heterogeneous multicore designs. One common thread that ran through each of the presentations... integration of more complex and higher performance analog circuits is an absolute requirement. Digital needs analog more than ever.

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Daniel explains why wireless and medical imaging systems cannot simply appropriate data compression technologies, such as MP3, used in other fields, elaborating on why compression technologies fall short for higher-performance applications. He then describes a new compression algorithm that can keep pace with sample rates of up to 40 gigasamples per second.Today’s Data Acquisition Systems (DAS) using Analog-to-Digital Converters (ADCs) in wireless infrastructure and medical imaging applications are adding more channels while at the same time increasing both bit-resolutions and sampling rates, causing a data explosion at the system level. All this data must be transported from the DAS, where it is acquired, to processing devices such as FPGAs or CPUs, where the raw data is processed. This “data pipe” uses many device I/Os, crosses various interfaces and busses, and often includes different forms of storage along the way such as DRAM or disk drives and RAID. Over the years, the brute force approach to increasing the size and capacity of this pipe was to throw more hardware at the problem. Indeed, ADCs grew wider in bits; FPGAs grew larger in density, and memory requirements increased accordingly, with the same thing happening to a lesser extent in I/O as well. Systems grew more complex, used more power, and saw overall higher bill of material costs.

Dealing with this data explosion without increasing complexity and cost in FPGA-based designs means adopting some form of data compression in the FPGA, usually with IP algorithms. Real-time signal compression of the data sampled in systems such as wireless and medical imaging can take on the data geyser, at the same time reducing system complexity, power, and costs.[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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Maxim's Pocket IO PLC Development Platform provides designers and industrial engineers the flexibility to experiment, to find the best solution for reduced power dissipation and small form factors in PLC designs.[Continue reading →]

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Latency, or the time between input and output, can be very important, depending on the application. For processing of communications intelligence (COMINT) like audio conversations, text data and the like, relatively long latency is tolerable. For applications like Radar and Electronic Warfare (especially Digital Radio Frequency Memory or DRFM), just a small amount of latency is problematic, due to the necessity of quick response times.

Similarly, these demanding applications require very high bandwidth (throughput) due to the volume of data involved. Low latency without high bandwidth (and vice versa) is a waste of performance, as it won’t deliver mission success.[Continue reading →]

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RFEL will be launching its latest core at EW Europe. The new Fractional Rate Resampler IP core, which was originally part of the company's multi-award winning ChannelCore Flex(tm) product, is now offered as a stand-alone IP core for FPGAs in response to customer requests.[Continue reading →]

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To perceive is to assign meaning to what we see, hear, touch, taste and smell. Similarly, perceptual computing offers users a more natural way to interact with machines. Today's platforms have the ability to go well beyond simple facial recognition, which is becoming quite common today as a way to replace passwords. In fact, recent developments in software technology made practical by advanced graphics processing units (GPUs) are expanding perceptual computing to new levels of functionality in embedded applications.[Continue reading →]

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USB Type-C standard enables reversible connectors and 10 Gbps data transfer speeds with support for new bi-directional USB power delivery[Continue reading →]

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It is the purpose of this primer to instead describe digital oscilloscopes, which have for practical purposes replaced their analog predecessors in the vast majority of applications. Covered here is a short description of the oscilloscope's origins, its transition from analog to digital, types of digital oscilloscopes and their major subsystems, key benchmark specifications, and measurements.

Whether analog or digital, the oscilloscope is a versatile piece of test equipment. Even though its basic function is to measure and display voltage, its capabilities are vastly greater. They range from automation of the measurements described here, as well as signal detection and analysis in commercial and defense systems, and a wide array of others.[Continue reading →]

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Using Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) is no longer relegated to the realm of the specialist. A new class of CFD analysis software is proving to be highly effective at performing heat transfer analysis, enabling mechanical engineers to accelerate key decisions at their workstations and without the need for CFD specialists. Embedded into the MCAD environment, this intuitive process allows designers to optimize a product during the design stages reducing manufacturing costs across a wide range of mechanical designs and systems.[Continue reading →]

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Engineers working on large, complex project with short deadlines will face many design tradeoffs and decisions. Deciding where to focus time during the design phase is a big challenge. This paper identifies three important design decisions you should make when programming an embedded system, and provides guidance given your application requirements. Taking time to consider each of these three items will put you on the right track to designing a reliable, scalable, and maintainable embedded application.[Continue reading →]

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The M5U2203 is the first and most powerful rugged rackmount server optimized as a GPU supercomputer supporting four double-wide plug-in cards in x16 PCIe 3.0 slots and with Intel's latest E5-2600 processors[Continue reading →]

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla., July 24, 2012 -- Video service providers are increasingly turning to Digital Adware for their new modular ad insertion platform, AdSync. Launched last year, AdSync presents small and mid-sized video providers with an affordable digital ad insertion solution, allowing them to maximize profitability from local ad sales.

"The ability to insert ads into digital cable and IPTV platforms has always been available, but the cost of the equipment and licensing fees required has put it out of reach for many smaller carriers," said Brian Stuart, President of Digital Adware. "AdSync is not only priced considerably lower than products of its kind, but it also facilitates splicing and multiplexing functions, eliminating an array of licensing fees, offering a true one box solution."[Continue reading →]

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Whether for noise removal or feature abstraction, selecting correctly between a linear or nonlinear filter for image processing applications could be the difference between "getting the picture."[Continue reading →]

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Washington, D.C.. STM Group, Inc. has announced today, at the Satellite 2012 tradeshow in Washington D.C., that it is now shipping its SatLink® family of VSATs and Hubs with support for the new DVB-RCS2 standard for general availability. STM is the first company in the industry to support the "RCS2" standard. In June of 2011, STM also lead the way with the first public demonstration of the major high-performance features in the new RCS2 standard, just a few months after approval by the DVB organization.

DVB-RCS2 provides for higher order modulation and coding along with many other elements contributing to much higher throughput, better bandwidth efficiency, and improved link availability relative to legacy VSAT systems. Modulation and coding from QPSK 1/3 up to 16QAM 5/6 is provided for TDMA burst mode carriers with Adaptive Coding and Modulation (ACM) controlled per burst for each VSAT. The other elements include a 16-state Turbo Code FEC and highly efficient Return Link Encapsulation (RLE) for IP packets imposing about 2% overhead.[Continue reading →]

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DVB-RCS2 provides for higher order modulation and coding along with many other elements contributing to much higher throughput, better bandwidth efficiency, and improved link availability relative to legacy VSAT systems.[Continue reading →]

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Being the first microwave radio systems provider to introduce 2048QAM, NEC can deliver up to 40% per-channel capacity increase to its customers, relative to the systems commonly in operation today which employ up to 256QAM.[Continue reading →]

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Photovoltaic (PV) power systems, including solar power inverters, are expected to operate reliably and at full rated output for a minimum of 25 years, so they need highly efficient inverters that run cooler, last longer and generate cash savings for the PV system manufacturer and user. Download this white paper from Silicon Labs to find out how advanced digital isolation technologies boost solar power inverter reliability.[Continue reading →]

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This white paper discusses the behavior of the Intel Core i7 processor, as implemented on the Curtiss-Wright Controls Embedded Computing multi-processor CHAMP-AV series products at elevated temperatures, and how to take advantage of board features to maximize the performance potential of the system.[Continue reading →]

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With mission critical software, development teams are tasked with looking for ways to accelerate innovation, improve product value, and lower software change costs. This white paper shows how Deos™, a time and space partitioned RTOS, allows this by providing the ability to decompose the software system into discrete, separately verified, binary re-useable components. In short, Deos provides tools and technologies to help a development team reduce the fear of post deployment changes and improvements that often grip mission critical projects.[Continue reading →]

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SDR (Software Defined Radio) has revolutionized electronic systems for a variety of applications including communications, data acquisition and signal processing. This handbook shows how DDCs (Digital Downconverters) and DUCs (Digital Upconverters), the fundamental building blocks of SDR, can replace conventional analog receiver designs, offering significant benefits in performance, density and cost.

In order to fully appreciate the benefits of SDR, a conventional analog receiver system will be compared to its digital receiver counterpart, highlighting similarities and differences. The inner workings of the SDR will be explored with an in-depth description of the internal structure and the devices used. Finally, some actual board- and system-level implementations and available off-the-shelf SDR products for embedded systems will be described.[Continue reading →]

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To realize the full potential of multicore systems, many usage scenarios require using multiple secure computing domains, often managed by different operating systems, on the same physical device. This can be accomplished by dividing the cores, memory and I/O devices of a system into secure, logical partitions. The partitions need to operate independently of each other, and operating systems must be able to access and manage the hardware resources belonging to the partition with little or no overhead.[Continue reading →]

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Today, manufacturing organizations world wide are working on reducing complexity in the manufacturing process and increasing the transparency of processes throughout the enterprise. The ability to communicate data from any part of the enterprise to any other part of the enterprise is core to making modern manufacturing work.[Continue reading →]

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This handbook shows how digital receivers, the fundamental building block of software radio, can replace conventional analog receiver designs while offering significant benefits in performance, density and cost. The inner workings of the digital receiver are explored and actual digital receiver systems and commercially available products are described. [Continue reading →]

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This paper provides an introduction to the use of re-configurable FPGA devices on a PMC or IP mezzanine module as an alternative to dedicated DSP hardware.

The development time, cost, and ease with which DSP solutions can be deployed has improved considerably since the introduction of high performance FPGA components from companies such as Xilinx® and Altera®. Modern FPGA devices now offer extensive support for DSP applications. In this paper, we will discuss these advances, current trends for implementing DSP applications, available development tools, and the benefits of using FPGAs for DSP.[Continue reading →]

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Migrating code to multi-core processors has become a major design decision for embedded developers. To help simplify migration efforts, operating system vendors have introduced solutions for asymmetric multiprocessing (AMP), symmetric multiprocessing (SMP), and bound multiprocessing (BMP). However, once the basic multiprocessing model is chosen, the real work begins. It isn’t enough to get software to run on a multi-core processor — the key to success is optimizing the software to make full use of all the processor’s cores.

This paper examines various techniques for optimizing code on multi-core processors. It addresses threading models for multiple concurrent tasks and parallel processing for increased performance. It discusses how to minimize lock contention with mutexes and semaphores by engineering the appropriate levels of lock granularity. Finally, the paper explores methodologies for resolving performance problems that result from inefficient use of CPU cache. [Continue reading →]

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Quite a bit of technology needs to surround and support new high speed A/D converters in order to deploy them successfully in realtime systems.

A complete signal acquisition plan must be developed. It should include frequency content of the signal, voltage levels, accuracy and bandwidth.[Continue reading →]

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