Military Embedded Systems



Intel to buy FPGA maker Altera for more than $16 billion - Blog

June 01, 2015
According to a report I heard on CNBC this morning, computer chip giant Intel in Santa Clara, Calif., is looking to buy FPGA-designer Altera in San Jose, Calif., for about 16.7 billion or $54 a share. Altera Stratix FPGAs play key links military signal processing chains for applications such as radar, sonar, and electronics warfare to name a few.

Last Unmanned Systems show roundup - Blog

May 14, 2015
ATLANTA. The AUVSI Unmanned Systems show that was held in Atlanta last week used to be about the drones or unmanned platforms themselves then it morphed into being about the sensor payloads they carry and the capability these systems bring warfighters. It's still all about the payloads, but it's not just about the warfighter anymore. The event and the industry are moving from a military centric one to one that serves law enforcement, agriculture, weather monitoring, media coverage, and even Hollywood.

The fascinating world of containers - and why the military should care - Blog

May 14, 2015
OPEN SOURCE WAY BLOG: Quarterly posts about using open source technologies as a part of your embedded systems solutions to speed up your development efforts, reduce project costs, and create collaborative environments for innovation.

Sixth generation warfare: manipulating space and time - Blog

May 12, 2015
WARFARE EVOLUTION BLOG: In this installment we discuss 6th generation warfare (6GW), which leverages sophisticated technology to manipulate space and time. As Arthur C. Clarke said, "any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic."
From The Editor

Navy veteran Mariana Iriarte joins Mil-Embedded editorial staff - Blog

April 07, 2015
FOUNTAIN HILLS, Ariz. Mariana Iriarte, retired Navy 2nd class Petty Officer, joined the Military Embedded Systems editorial team as Associate Editor last month. Iriarte, who is bilingual in Spanish and English, holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English with a Creative Writing Specialization from Southern Methodist University (SMU) in Dallas.

Powering devices using Ethernet - Blog

April 03, 2015
ETHERNET EVERYWHERE BLOG: Power over Ethernet, or POE, is a technology that enables a single cable to provide both data connection and electrical power to networked pieces of equipment such as sensors, IP video cameras, and even wireless mesh nodes. POE works across standard network cabling (i.e. CAT5) to supply power directly from the data ports to which networked devices are connected.

Inspiring electronic warfare careers in Canada - Blog

March 09, 2015
A shift is happening within the Canadian electronic warfare (EW) community, as young EW professionals are transitioning into leadership roles at a much younger age than their predecessors. These leadership positions also happen to be affiliated with industry-government-academic collaborations in the EW/defense sector. Coinciding with this evolution in the community is the growth of the only Canadian chapter of the Association of Old Crows (AOC) – the Maple Leaf Chapter, headquartered in the National Capital Region of Ottawa, Ontario. Currently the Maple Leaf has a membership base of 150 and has stated growing again thanks to a revitalization that began last fall.

Defense electronics get boost from in-house manufacturing - Blog

March 03, 2015
While we are all aware that defense programs require rugged electronics that can deal with the harshest environments, and demand the highest levels of quality and reliability, an issue that might not be at top of mind is the effect that using contract manufacturers can have when customers require quick responses to critical program issues and urgent orders.

Open Source: More eyes, fewer vulnerabilities, greater security - Blog

February 27, 2015
The Open Source Way Blog: Welcome to the first in a series of quarterly posts about using open source technologies as a part of your embedded systems solutions to speed up your development efforts, reduce project costs, and create collaborative environments for innovation.

Record number of cyber attacks hit Lockheed Martin in 2014 - Blog

February 18, 2015
ARLINGTON, VA. Lockheed Martin President and CEO Marillyn Hewson, announced that Lockheed Martin was hit by 50 cyber attacks during 2014, the most the company has ever seen directed against it and Hewson says she expects the number to only increase.

Defining fifth generation warfare - Blog

February 05, 2015
WARFARE EVOLUTION BLOG: Discussing fifth generation warfare (5GW) makes me think of this quote from the Bible: "I beheld, and lo, there was no man, and all the birds of the heavens were fled."--Jeremiah 4:25. This defines 5GW, non-contact warfare in the present context. Since Sept. 11, 2001 the U.S. has performed more than 500 targeted killings on identified terrorists using armed unmanned aircraft.

Link aggregation: A cool tip for better bandwidth & redundancy on Ethernet switches - Blog

February 04, 2015
ETHERNET EVERYWHERE BLOG: Have you ever worried that your existing 1G link may not be cutting the mustard for some data transmission? What about link redundancy and failover with your existing Ethernet device? Wouldn’t it be nice to know that you you’ll always have failover?

Can Agile environments accelerate embedded software verification and certification? - Blog

January 27, 2015
CODE QUALITY BLOG: Although Agile development is being adopted by most software development organizations, most embedded developers, especially those seeking certification, continue to resist using Agile methodologies. Developers perceive more risks with an iterative Agile approach versus the traditionally regimented methodologies and artifacts required to achieve certification. Specific concerns stem from how requirements are captured in an Agile process, and how the test early-and-often principles of Agile development can be fulfilled prior to the embedded systems hardware being available.