Military Embedded Systems

Editorial Director

Military Embedded Systems

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Comms

Tin/lead conversion thwarts tin whiskers - Product

August 17, 2011
Whether we're talking the International Space Station, a C-17, or a Humvee, tin whiskers can throw a monkey wrench into system functionality - and even result in loss of life.
Comms

Nighttime is the right time for this IR night-vision spotlight - Product

August 17, 2011
It would be so convenient if military adversaries only struck when the sun was up - OK, dream on.
Radar/EW

DSP software eliminates signal-analysis headaches - Product

August 17, 2011
Digital Signal Processing is as integral to the military embedded scene as butter is to bread.
Comms

Simulation and training platform preps soldiers - Product

August 17, 2011
Since simulation and training are supposed to be realistic, how realistic is it for soldiers to have to learn commands and actions specific to operating the simulation device - actions that would never be used in combat?
Comms

PrivateEye could protect U.S. DoD privacy - Product

August 17, 2011
Could U.S. DoD workers using laptops outside (or even inside) the office use a PrivateEye?
Avionics

Rugged, compact computer meets the multi-mission challenge - Product

August 17, 2011
Attention, military designers: It just might be time to scrap your plans to swap in a display and bussed ATR when that critical system goes kerplunk.
Comms

This is how the Army builds a quiet hybrid vehicle: from the battery up - An exclusive interview with John Battaglini, VP of Business Development at International Battery - Story

July 27, 2011
As the following interview with John Battaglini, International Battery's VP of Business Development reveals, drop-in replacement has about 10x the number of discharge cycles compared to traditional lead-acid types, can cut auxiliary generator use by 50 percent to save fuel and noise, and has enough juice to run equipment without running a vehicle's engine. And, it's made in America. Edited excerpts follow.
Comms

Power.org keeps the wheels turning and evolution churning on everything "Power Architecture" - Q&A with Fawzi Behmann, Director of Marketing and Strategic Advisor at Power.org - Story

July 27, 2011
Most of us in the embedded design realm have probably tucked a PowerPC, PowerQUICC, or some other Power Architecture incarnation into an application or system in our time. But where, oh where has Power Architecture ended up? While Intel ramps up and delivers its high-profile industry vision, Power.org is steadily and more quietly (for now) putting its pedal to the mettle to sustain and grow the Power Architecture road map. Editor Chris Ciufo recently sat down with Fawzi Behmann, Director of Marketing and Strategic Advisor at Power.org, to get an inside look at the organization: past, present, and future.
Comms

Empire Challenge 2011 pours on the power ... and not always in a good way - Story

July 25, 2011
2,000 participants, 9 nations, and 12 U.S. agencies reach many conclusions in this year's Empire Challenge 2011. One of them is that low power, portability, and mission objectives rely on handhelds. Lower power means longer runtime.
Avionics

Static analysis is going deeper with deep-flow data flow - Interview with Jill Britton, Consultancy Services Group Manager at PRQA - Story

June 22, 2011
In the past 12 months, I've interviewed most of the major static analysis companies and can spot the similarities between their approaches. But in this interview with Jill Britton from PRQA, she tosses out a new-to-me term: deep-flow data analysis. Read on to see how it differs from (or is similar to) other static analysis tools you may be familiar with. Edited excerpts follow.
Radar/EW

I'll take data capture and processing for 240 Gbps, Alex - Product

June 22, 2011
OK it's not really the Alex Trebek-hosted TV game show "Jeopardy"; it's real warfighter jeopardy, and the Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) processing arena is paramount in capturing and processing vast volumes of mission-critical data.
Unmanned

Software helps UAS operators avoid the big jolt - Product

June 22, 2011
Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) mission operators might have to slog through hundreds of hours of "nothing special" Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) video.
Comms

Computers remain useful, even in direct sunlight - Product

June 22, 2011
Everyone has experienced the frustration: It's a perfectly good computer, tablet, or smartphone, but try to read it in direct sunlight and it's pretty much rendered a useless piece of sophisticated silicon.
Cyber

Software tool suite achieves Homeland Security compatibility - Product

June 22, 2011
In this age of Internet-connected everything, software becomes increasingly vulnerable to security breaches. However, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's National Cyber Security Division and the nonprofit MITRE Corporation have created and manage the Common Weakness Enumeration (CWE) Compatibility achievement just earned by LDRA for LDRA?s tool suite.
Comms

SSD secure data destruction in less than two seconds - Product

June 22, 2011
"Mission Impossible" TV show (1966-1973) operatives received their government-centric assignments via a cassette tape recorder embedded with a recorded voice that - after revealing the government top-secret assignment - concluded with the always-true prediction of ?This tape will self-destruct in 5 seconds.?
Comms

Static analysis advances from one core to - more - Product

June 22, 2011
Not just a popular engineering trade-show lunchtime topic, multicore processors such as the recently released Intel Core i7 Gen 2 really are proving themselves a revolutionary force in speeding up defense and other embedded applications.
Radar/EW

VSIPL library helps classic DSP stay cutting-edge - Product

June 22, 2011
DSP apps have been running in the military embedded scene seemingly since the beginning of time.
Comms

Operation Enduring Freedom wearable computer now COTS - Product

June 22, 2011
It's a hassle for soldiers to have to switch gears (literally), going from operating a computer one minute to suiting up to engage in combat the next.
Unmanned

The changing "face" of today's military upgrades is more than skin deep - Story

June 20, 2011
The DoD is applying the latest civilian technology to legacy platforms and doctrine faster than ever before, sometimes less than a year after it?s hit the consumer market.
Radar/EW

Board-level Micro and ATX Sandy Bridge servers pack big performance - Product

May 24, 2011
When Intel's Sandy Bridge microarchitecture hit the Core processor family in January 2011, the personal computer market was rocked to its core.
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