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Signal Processing Techniques

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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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Signal Processing COTS Standards

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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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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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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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OpenVPX

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

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Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) sensors are increasing in number and complexity, burying operators and analysts beneath more data than they can handle. In response, UAS engineers need to pack more processing power behind the sensor itself, and Commercial Off-The-Shelf (COTS) vendors are leveraging the low Size, Weight, and Power (SWaP) and flexibility of COM Express to meet their scalability demands.[Continue reading →]

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Signal Processing Applications

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Choosing the right sensor technology for SWaP-C constrained Internet of Things (IoT) applications can require sacrifices in power, performance, or cost. Developments in Anisotropic Magnetoresistive (AMR) sensor ICs, however, are lessening these tradeoff burdens.[Continue reading →]

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The impetus for this issue came when I posted "COM Express: Flexibility and scalability for UAS sensor processing" to the PC/104 and Small Form Factors LinkedIn group (www.linkedin.com/ groups/PC104-Small-Form-Factors-PC-1854269). The article was originally published under the xTCA & CompactPCI Systems title, and being a PCI Industrial Computer Manufacturers Group (PICMG)-centric magazine, it, admittedly, did not fully consider Small Form Factor (SFF) alternatives beyond COM Express. And, as I’m sure you can imagine, I heard about it.[Continue reading →]

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Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) sensors are increasing in number and complexity, burying operators and analysts beneath more data than they can handle. In response, UAS engineers need to pack more processing power behind the sensor itself, and Commercial Off-The-Shelf (COTS) vendors are leveraging the low Size, Weight, and Power (SWaP) and flexibility of COM Express to meet their scalability demands.[Continue reading →]

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CAMBRIDGE, UK. Engineers at Suritec have integrated the Cambridge Pixel SPx Fusion video and display software into the Hyperstar Command & Control (C2) Activity-Based Intelligence (ABI) system. SPx fusion enables fusing primary radar video tracks with Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) and Automatic Identification System (AIS) data from ship and aircraft transponders. This capability will improve target validation and reduce information on the operator display of the Hyperstar system.[Continue reading →]

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Multicore processors – they’ve been here for some time now, and it appears as though they’re here to stay. So perhaps a better question than “what’s after multicore?” is “what comes next for multicore?” ...[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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Signal Processing Types

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ALISO VIEJO, CA. The Microsemi RTAX-DSP Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs) have achieved Class V and Class Q Qualified Manufacturers List (QML) qualification. After 2,000 hours of life testing on each wafer lot and destructive physical analysis on ...[Continue reading →]

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