This paper describes and illustrates some of the many applications for which the GE Intelligent Platforms ICS-8580 rugged video processor is an ideal solution for unmanned vehicle platforms -- in the air, on the ground and in the water.
White Paper: Switched Fabrics Support High-Performance Embedded Computing for Military and Aerospace Platforms
Lessons learned from high performance computing arena can be transferred to military and aerospace applications for improved component interoperability.
Avionics systems are complex systems that integrate hardware, communication media, have many interactions with other subsystems within or outside of the aircraft, and, for the system discussed in this presentation, integrate software that must be developed according to DO-178B guidelines. System engineering and software engineering are two engineering disciplines that are historically handled by teams with different cultures, and when their engineering processes are supported by tools, use different, incompatible, tools. This very often leads to difficult collaboration, with at some point redundant information, and inconsistencies.
Thermax's new white paper, Data Cabling for Today's and Tomorrow's Aircraft, discusses the optimum data cabling characteristics for meeting aircraft design challenges such as tight routing, harsher environments, and lighter, more fuel-efficient aircraft.
The promise of simple I/O expansion in an existing host server is made an implementation reality with proper PCI Express(r) link tuning and design fundamentals. Engineering a successful PCI Express over cable installation requires that the PCIe link-tuning fundamentals discussed in this article be properly implemented.
This guide provides an introduction to the MIL-STD-1553 data bus, its history, applications, and use. Additionally, this guide introduces the various test plans and discusses how the GE Intelligent Platforms MIL-STD-1553 product line can solve some of your testing and application needs.
White Paper: Automated Target Tracking — Closing the gap between the Predictable and the Unpredictable
While there are several methods of detecting movement and measuring the direction and the velocity of motion, the method that most resembles those human capabilities of visual input is the use of imaging sensors and automated target tracking hardware. Most autonomous or remotely piloted systems already have imaging sensors on-board, so the addition of an automated target tracking capability builds upon capabilities that are already resident in the platform.
Mezzanine carrier cards have been used in system designs for many years, and will continue to play an integral part, especially as the performance of processor cards continue to increase in the future. This white paper will discuss the many uses of carrier cards designed specifically for VPX and OpenVPX systems. First, let's define what we mean by a mezzanine carrier card. In some system designer's vernacular, a mezzanine carrier card can be defined as any card that can host a mezzanine. Although one can take this simple approach, we will be bit more restrictive in our definition. In this white paper, we will refer to a mezzanine carrier card as a card that can host one or more mezzanines but does not provide any processing function. The processing function or control of the mezzanine is provided by another card in the system. Stated another way, the mezzanine carrier is used to host a mezzanine which is then controlled and used by a "processor" card in the system. Hence, we could refer to the mezzanine carrier as being "dumb".
White Paper: SCADE System, a comprehensive toolset for smooth transition from Model-Based System Engineering to certified embedded control and display software
The International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) defines system engineering as an interdisciplinary approach and means to enable the realization of successful systems. It focuses on defining customer needs and required functionality early in the development cycle, documenting requirements, and then proceeding with design synthesis and system validation. The main challenges of system engineering are related to providing non-ambiguous and coherent specification, making all relevant information readily available to all stakeholders, establishing traceability between all activities, and providing the appropriate level of verification and validation. Tools supporting these activities in an efficient way are not yet widely deployed in the industry.
Traditional high-performance computing platforms are limited by the connection bandwidth and latency between the multiple computing elements needed to achieve the performance targets. For the embedded market, the difficulty is compounded by the demanding environmental requirements. The VPX standard resolves this limitation with a large number of high-throughput point-to-point connections between the processing elements in a rugged mechanical structure.