June 29, 2016
WARFARE EVOLUTION BLOG: Previously, we took a cursory look at the warfare capabilities of Russia, China, North Korea, and Iran in a potential war with the U.S. All these enemies would wage conventional third generation warfare (3GW) conflicts for the most part. Now, let?s take a look at the war against terrorism, or GWOT (Global War On Terrorism), a term first coined by President George W. Bush in 2001.
May 31, 2016
OPEN SOURCE WAY BLOG: The parameters for choosing an operating system (OS) for IoT deployments vary significantly from those for embedded systems of the past. These embedded systems served a specialized function, often having proprietary interfaces to other devices through custom hardware and software that included the operating system. In contrast, IoT systems are open by design, composed of standard building blocks, and connected to other devices using open interfaces. Obviously, not all IoT systems are built the same way, but the core technologies are similar.
May 31, 2016
CODE QUALITY Blog: With industry's drive to reduce the size, weight, and power (SWaP) of embedded systems, multicore systems are becoming the go-to for military and aerospace fields.
May 28, 2016
WARFARE EVOLUTION BLOG: Previously, we looked at the military capabilities of our primary conventional enemies: Russia, China, and North Korea. Now, let?s take a look at our final conventional enemy, Iran. Iran stands accused of being the state sponsor of terrorism in the Middle East, through their support of terrorist groups in Iraq (Taliban), Afghanistan (al Qaeda), Yemen (Houthis), Lebanon (Hezbollah), and the Palestinians (Hamas).
April 27, 2016
As an Advisory Board Member for the Aviation Electronics Europe show it is always a fun time when the show finally arrives -- seeing the results of our committee's work and preparation. Pre-registration for the event was up this year and we put together an exciting program. The exhibit floor was also well represented by the avionics industry.
March 09, 2016
CODE QUALITY Blog: It?s no secret that multicore systems have continued to be an attractive option for the military and aerospace fields. With the drive toward reducing the size, weight, and power (SWaP) of embedded systems, the push to rely on multicore systems continues.
February 26, 2016
EVOLUTION OF WARFARE Blog. In my previous posts I've discussed the different generations of warfare and where the U.S. military falls today and how it clearly is still the most powerful military. That said Russia has been flexing its muscle in Eastern Europe the last couple years and I thought it would be good to do an analysis of their military capability and see which generation of warfare their capability falls under. We will start by looking at the basic stats.
February 25, 2016
Interactions with the physical world can be tricky ? even dangerous! Let's say you have an Internet of Things (IoT) application controlling a chemical process - perhaps exotic chemicals for an aerospace mission. The IoT devices include sensors for temperature, pressure, flow rate, and tank levels and actuators for pumps, heaters and valves ? including a dump valve ready to vent high pressure. In this situation it's likely you would have analysis and reporting software running, be receiving sensor readings, and have control of the various pumps, heaters and valves. With IoT, computing can be pushed to the edge via gateways and controllers often running sophisticated applications.
February 18, 2016
As I write this we are on our seventh week ?being Abaco.? If you haven?t heard of Abaco Systems, we?re a brand new company formed when GE spun out its rugged embedded computing business. In the mil/aero market, we were known as GE Intelligent Platforms for the past decade. Our roots go back thirty years, to companies like Radstone Technology, VMIC, SBS Technologies, and Condor Engineering. We?re also a company in transformation - a company that is channelling the energy that comes from acquiring a new identity and new ownership to raise the bar for ourselves, with a laser focus on serving customers.
January 29, 2016
Televisions were rolled into classrooms at our high school when the news spread about the crash of the Challenger Space Shuttle. We watched the coverage all day, the launch, the explosion, and President Reagan’s speech. Seeing the pictures of Christa McAulliffe on the news casts yesterday morning that were commemorating the 30th year anniversary of her death along with 6 NASA astronauts when their spacecraft disintegrated moments after liftoff, brought it all back.
January 29, 2016
Earlier this month Fortune magazine reported that Wind River's run as it's own brand under the Intel umbrella will end as the company absorbs it completely. The news is not surprising as Intel is finishing up it's acquisition of FPGA-maker Altera and doing away with that brand as Altera is becoming Intel the Programmable Solutions Group (PSG).
From The Editor
January 15, 2016
Navy Secretary, Ray Mabus ordered the review of Navy job titles and a report to be completed no later than April 1, 2016. This comes after two West Point alumni graduated Ranger School back in August of last year, therefore breaking standards that once were thought impossible. This particular event, I believe, allowed the opening of all combat roles to women. Now, the Navy begins its long process of assessing and more than likely changing certain job titles to be more gender neutral.
December 22, 2015
Counterfeit electronics is a persistent matter that will be not easily go away, says Michael Cacheiro, vice president, supply chain management at Lockheed Martin. Incidents will continue to increase, as “counterfeit electronics used by the military increased by 250 percent between 2005-2008 and quadrupled from 2009-2012,” and 21 percent comes from authorized distributers.
- Maritime patrol and reconnaissance aircraft to see upgrades under ManTech contract
- VadaTech Announces a new 3U VPX with Multi-Channel, Multi-Protocol Avionics, MIL-STD-1553/ARINC429/ARINC717
- Flying vehicles: Are we there yet?
- Data-powered radar and human-autonomy teaming bolster U.K.'s next-gen combat air system
- MilSource Announces New Techaya Rugged 10 Gigabit Ethernet Switch/Router That Delivers Both Copper and Fiber Ports for Increased Data Speed Needs
- Bi-phase modulators covering broad frequency bands released by Fairview Microwave
- Hypersonics R&D institute to be situated at Texas A&M University
- ADL Embedded Solutions Inc. Announces ADLEPC-1700 Full-Featured, Ultra-Compact Embedded PC
- Predictive analytics and data visualization in development for AFSAC Directorate
- AI assist will help enable human-scale robotic systems for USAF
- Loyal Wingman Aircraft engine tested by Boeing Australia
- BAE Systems continues to drive innovation in autonomy-based mission planning
- CMOSS is rolling forward
- Hypersonic-deterring satellite system in development with L3Harris Technologies
- Comms system for military vehicles from Persistent Systems and General Dynamics rolls at AUSA Now conference
- Military radio for information at the edge introduced by L3Harris Technology at AUSA Now