Military Embedded Systems E-letter - August 2015
E-letter August 2015
Solving DO-178C design challenges with SCADE model-based tools
By Pierre Vincent, ANSYS, INC.
The process for verifying a model-based app developed w/ SCADE and highlights SCADE Test combined with LDRA Test Environment.
SECTION: Defense Tech Wire
DNA marking of ICs still causing discontent
By John Mchale, Editorial Director
The Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) caused quite a stir among authorized integrated circuit (IC) suppliers and original component manufacturers (OCMs) in 2013 when - in an effort to mitigate counterfeits - it essentially required them to mark their Federal Supply Class (FSC) 5962 IC parts with plant deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) to tag them as authentic. I wrote about the controversy in this space in our December issue with a column titled: "DNA marking for counterfeit parts: problem solver or money pit," that had comments from the DLA and from authorized suppliers affected by the mandate.
Special Report
Counterfeit IC threat evolves with spread of clone parts
By John Mchale, Editorial Director
The better government and industry get at detecting counterfeit parts, the better counterfeiters get at fooling detection techniques, especially today with remanufactured or cloned parts adding to the threat. They are an imminent threat as they can permeate military systems, from fighter jets to nuclear submarines, and cause catastrophic failures.
SECTION: University update
What distinguishes programming language "Ada" from its competition?
By Sally Cole, Senior Editor
Once considered a DoD-only programming language, "Ada" continues to evolve and is increasingly being taught in universities around the globe for high-integrity applications that demand safety, security, and reliability. The language, around since the early 1980s, is now undergoing a revival of sorts in industry and in academia.
SECTION: Mil Tech Trends
Rugged computing for wearers of camouflage
By Sally Cole, Senior Editor
Makers of rugged computing systems are working to deliver the best of all worlds: rugged-designed military products that enable mission-critical reliance and reliability, while balancing it with the best technology, at a low cost with commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) components, and in the shortest possible timelag behind the commercial market.
SECTION: Industry Spotlight
The Internet of Things for the intelligence community
By Chip Downing, Wind River Systems
The Internet of Things (IoT) is an initiative to integrate a wide variety of technical and commercial information-generating components to provide new business opportunities based upon device and system intelligence. This technology is the large-scale commercialization of technology that has been developed and proven by the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) and the intelligence community (IC) over the past fifteen years.
SECTION: Sister Publication Article
SpaceVPX: Ready to launch
By Jerry Gipper, Editorial Director, VITA Technologies
In April, VITA announced that VITA 78 SpaceVPX Systems had reached ANSI recognition as ANSI/VITA 78.00-2015. The working group dedicated to the development of VITA 78 completed the VITA and ANSI processes, reaching full recognition under guidance of the VITA Standards Organization (VSO). What is this new specification? What does it mean for the critical embedded computing industry? Let's take a look at how this specification originated.
Rugged, Low-Cost Mission Display with Embedded Intel® Processor
We have your solution – DIN 41 612 connectors
North Atlantic Industries
The rugged, conduction-cooled, 700-watt VPX56-6 AC/DC power supply is designed for VPX applications, and plugs into standard 6U VPX chassis with VITA 62 1" power supply slot.
Esterel Technologies
Production-Proven Critical Systems and Software Development Solutions
Elma Electronic
3U OpenVPX Backplane with VITA 66.4 Optical Slots
Innovative Integration
Address servo & control applications with the FMC-Servo
FMC Module w/(8) 16-bit
500 kSPS A/D Channels
(8) 16-bit D/A Channels with onboard PLL
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Pico Electronics
Low Profile Transformers & Inductors
Annapolis Micro Systems
Dual Twelve Bit 2.3 or 1.5 GSps DAC I/O Card
Data Device Corporation (DDC)
When "Off-the-Shelf" won’t do...
DDC Custom Motor Controllers
Intel Embedded Innovator
Accelerating the Internet of Things
ACCES I/O Products
Rugged Mini PCI Express Isolated RS232 Serial Communication Cards with Tru-Iso™ Isolation and Extended Temperature
Excalibur Systems
EXC-4500ccVPX Multi-Protocol Carrier Board
RTV 2602 Talon Serial FPDP Value Rackmount Recorder
SECTION: Upcoming E-Casts.  An E-cast is a live webcast that may have a single or multiple vendors. E-cast events are used to educate audiences about a problem/solution, from the vendor's perspective. The presentation is typically 45 minutes in duration with a 15-minute moderated Q&A session.
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Keeping it Cool: Thermal Management Challenges in Embedded Military Electronics

September 24th 2:00 PM EDT
Presented by: Aavid Thermalloy, GE Intelligent Platforms, Isola Group, TE Connectivity
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