Military Embedded Systems E-letter - July 2015
E-letter July 2015
Advantages and Benefits of OpenRFM
By Mercury Systems
OpenRFM proposes design, test, and control practices for interfacing RF and digital subsystems.
SECTION: Industry Spotlight
Reduced SWaP, COTS in space, and budget constraints in the rad-hard world
By John McHale, Editorial Director
Defense and space agency budgets remain flat while commercial small-satellite opportunities are heating up, all forcing radiation-hardened (rad-hard) electronic component designers to tackle reduced size, weight, and power (SWaP) requirements as well as re-examine the viability of using COTS equipment in space environments. Meanwhile, radiation testing and qualification requirements are getting tougher and embracing TOR standards.
SECTION: Field Intelligence
Sonar processing: Back to basics
By Charlotte Adams, GE Intellingent Platforms
Like the rest of the world, the oceans and the vast spaces beneath them are growing more dangerous. International adversaries are projecting power more aggressively with fighting ships and submarines. Smaller, quieter vessels are being employed, and reverberation-rich littoral waters are now key to protecting shorelines. Sonars and sonar processing need to keep up with the threat.
Special Report
Mitigating the risk of counterfeit electronics
By Ed Smith, Avnet
Counterfeit parts are a serious business. The top four most-counterfeited components alone affect $281.5 billion worth of semiconductor markets, and it's estimated that electronics-part counterfeiting costs U.S. semiconductor manufacturers around $7.5 billion per year. . The best way to mitigate this risk is to work within a trusted supply chain that depends on authorized manufacturers.
SECTION: Mil Tech Insider
JLTV: The VICTORY vanguard
By Mike Southworth, Curtiss-Wright Defense Solutions
The JLTV program promises to be a significant milestone in the DoD's long-stated efforts to bring COTS-based open architecture interoperability to ground vehicle designs. The new light-wheeled vehicle will serve as the replacement for the High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV), popularly known as the Humvee. Lockheed Martin, Oshkosh Defense, and AM General - each have a JLTV design under consideration.
SECTION: Mil Tech Trends
Application-ready platform choices expand rugged application possibilities
By RJ McLaren, Kontron
Defense OEMs must find a way to cost-effectively meet mounting data throughput and processing needs with commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) platforms in smaller form factors. Application-ready systems that have been ruggedized for reliability in extreme military settings instill confidence with high availability by effectively addressing the significant power densities generated at the board, chassis, and system levels.
VPX in high-performance embedded computing
By Thierry Wastiaux, Interface Concept
Taking advantage of the latest technologies deployed in the commercial high-performance embedded computing environments allow designers to build OpenVPX systems that pack the impressive computing power of tens of GFLOPS while meeting the space and weight limits required in the embedded military and aerospace fields.
SECTION: White Papers
Solving DO-178C design challenges with SCADE model-based tools
By Ansys, Inc.
Verification efforts when developing Safety Critical Software often exceed 60% or more of the total cost of the project when addressing DO-178C level A applications. Various verification techniques have been proposed to streamline software verification while preserving the safety of the application with Model-based verification can be considered as one of the most efficient.
SECTION: Sister Publication Article
5 steps to secure embedded software
By Bill Dickenson, Strategy on the Web and Vijayakumar Kabbin, Wipro Technologies
"When we do cybersecurity assessments, we get in almost every time. In our view, [the agencies] didn't need to wait until DOT&E found security issues, [the flaws] could have been found during software development." – Dr J. Michael Gilmore, Director of Operational Test and Evaluation, Office of the Secretary of Defense, CISQ IT Risk Management & Cybersecurity Summit, March 24, 2015, Reston, Virginia, USA.

The Radar E-mag

The Radar E-mag from the editorial staff of and OpenSystems Media provides features, news, columns, and more covering radar technology, as well as hardware and software designs for radar systems in the defense, aerospace, and automotive markets.

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Deploy faster with complete 3U VPX solutions
United Electronic Industries
UEINet™ Embedded I/O System
High-performance, cost-effective optical detection and ranging sensing technology for any environment, available from IC format to complete modules
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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Eleven standard development systems reduce ttm
We have your solution – DIN 41 612 connectors
Diamond Systems
Raptor Hardened COTS Systems with Embedded SBC or Gigabit Ethernet Switch
Leading-edge FMC and FPGA solutions – ADC & DAC, RF, multiple architectures
Esterel Technologies
Production-Proven Critical Systems and Software Development Solutions
North Atlantic Industries
The nano-sized NIU1A embedded I/O system features an integrated power supply, one function module slot, and an optional ARM Cortex-A9 processor
Technologic Systems
TS-7970: Field-Ready, Industrial Grade WiFi & Bluetooth Enabled 1 GHz i.MX6 Single Board Computer. Starting at $169 (Qty: 100)
Pico Electronics
New AVP/AVN Series of Miniature DC-DC Converters from Pico Electronics
Proto Labs
Turning to Lathe For Parts with Cylindrical Features
TEWS Technologies
8 CH Async RS232/RS422/RS485 Programmable Serial Conduction Cooled XMC
Extreme Engineering Solutions' XPand6903 Rugged, Sealed, Compact, Intel® Atom™-Based Fanless Embedded Box PC
Annapolis Micro Systems
Dual Twelve Bit 2.3 or 1.5 GSps DAC I/O Card
Data Device Corporation (DDC)
Motor Controllers for Demanding Applications
Elma Electronic
3U OpenVPX Backplane with VITA 66.4 Optical Slots
Excalibur Systems, Inc.
Miniature Airborne Communication Converter (MACC)
New rugged customizable small form factor embedded computer with removable SSD storage
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.
SYNOPSIS: A one-hour, live, moderated problem/solution technical webcast.

Managing Avionics Safety Certification for Unmanned Aircraft

July 28th 1:00 PM EDT
Presented by: CES, dSPACE, RTI

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
For additional E-casts, check out the Broadcast Archive.

The Precision Sensing E-mag

The defense procurement landscape has evolved, no longer does the military drive technology development. They are now a consumer of technology and subject to the whims of commercial markets such as component obsolescence. However, military mission requirements have only gotten tougher. Precision and accuracy are paramount whether the applications are unmanned, laser targeting, or navigation.

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