Military Embedded Systems E-letter - March 2015
E-letter March 2015
MIL-STD-1553 IP cores: An emerging technology
By Sealevel Systems, Inc.
IP cores offer many advantages over traditional 1553 ICs including lower cost, reduced size, easy ability to update, improved availability and lifecycle control.
Special Report
Orion spacecraft's avionics designed for "reliability" in deep space
By Sally Cole, Senior Editor
Unlike those used in manned spaceflight platforms of the past, the avionics and other electronics used in NASA's Orion spacecraft are driven mostly by software and commercial processor technology ruggedized and radiation-hardened to endure extreme radiation and temperature fluctuations. Orion's updated avionics also can handle the severe acoustic and vibration environments associated with launch, orbit, a fiery reentry, and a saltwater landing.
SECTION: University update
University UAS efforts focus on interaction with humans and wildlife conservation
By Amanda Harvey, Assistant Editor
Unmanned aerial systems are being implemented in a wide variety of applications. Two universities in particular are conducting research projects that deploy quadcopters to work with people and curb poaching in Africa.
SECTION: Mil Tech Trends
Multicore processors and unmanned aircraft trending in avionics safety certification circles
By Amanda Harvey, Assistant Editor
Avionics safety certification – for software and hardware – is increasingly seen as an ongoing evolving process, reflected in the enhancements to standards such as DO-178C. This long-term understanding is enabling avionics experts to account for complex situations in certification standards such as the growth of multicore processors, avionics computing, and the role of safety certification in unmanned aircraft systems (UASs).
SECTION: Mil Tech Insider
ROcE protocol brings 40 Gbps Ethernet to VxWorks
By Marc Couture and Aaron Frank, Curtiss-Wright Defense Solutions
Network performance can be an issue for VxWorks, especially in demanding applications like signal/image/radar processing. However, designers can get full-speed 40 Gbps Ethernet out of VxWorks.
SECTION: Industry Spotlight
Integrated modular and distributed avionics take flight
By Russell W. Graves, TE Connectivity
By treating connectivity as a system, aerospace designers can evaluate various tradeoffs – copper versus fiber, types of shielding, cable construction, and the like – to meet requirements for both signal integrity and the environmental and mechanical needs of the application.
SECTION: Sister Publication Article
VITA Technologies magazine
Standards for software defined radios expand
By Jerry Gipper, Editorial Director, VITA Technologies magazine
VITA 49 started an effort to develop interoperability standards for software defined radios (SDRs). The initial effort met with great success and is now expanding to add additional capability for a complete radio/sensor system. This article looks at what is under development by the VITA 49 working group.
Why Choose Curtiss-Wright Graphics Boards?
Artesyn Embedded Technologies
Artesyn Centellis® ATCA® Systems for Military Deployment
United Electronic Industries (UEI)
DNA/DNR-MIL Chassis from United Electronics Industries (UEI)
LCR Embedded Systems
LCR Embedded Systems LSF-02 small form factor computing and communication platform
North Atlantic Industries
The 64G5 is a 6U VME COTS board that can be configured with up to 6 Intelligent I/O and communications functions
Esterel Technologies
Production-Proven Critical Systems and Software Development Solutions
Pico Electronics
Miniature High Input Voltage DC-DC Converters
Proto Labs
Solving the Manufacturing Equation for Metal Parts
Elma Electronic
Rugged Card Retainers Double as Thermal Guides
Extreme Engineering Solutions' XPedite5970 Freescale QorIQ T2080-Based Conduction- or Air-Cooled 3U VPX SBC Module
Data Device Corporation (DDC)
Simplifying Avionics Test & Development
Excalibur Systems
PC/104-Plus for Avionics
Innovative Integration
What do you call an embedded PC powered by a Xilinx SX475T2 FPGA with a built-in 128 ch. Tunable DDC & 32K Spectrum Analyzer? The V602 Digital Receiver
Annapolis Micro Systems
Dual Twelve Bit 2.3 or 1.5 GSps DAC I/O Card
Themis Computer
Themis NanoPAK Small Form Factor Computer
Intel Embedded Innovator
Maximize value from IoT data
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.

Debunking Misconceptions About Static Analysis

April 1st 2:00 PM EDT
Presented by:MathWorks

OpenDataPlane – A Critical Enabling Layer for NFV Software Interoperability and Dataplane Acceleration Abstraction

April 7th 1:00 PM EDT
Presented by:ARM

Where is COTS technology today?

April 21st 11:00 AM EDT
Presented by:GE Intelligent Platforms, North Atlantic Industries, Pentek, United Electronic Industries
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