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June 2011

Special Feature

30-Year History: Shuttle Program Parallels Computer Tech Advances

I magine a world with no personal computers, no MS-DOS, no Internet, no iPhone; iPad or App Store; No Twitter or Facebook. That’s where we were in 1981 when Ronald Reagan tooRead More...

Copper Leadframes Eclipse Alternatives for Military Memory Designs

Memory board design can present the military system designer with one of their toughest tasks: managing heat dissipation at the component level. With ever increasing memory densities anRead More...

System Development

COM Boards Find Place as Slot-Card Alternative

For decades now, the notion of standards-based slot card embedded computing has been a tried and true mainstay of military electronics. Lead by bus architectures such as VME and CompRead More...

Tech Recon

Deterministic Version of Ethernet Offers Real-Time Performance at Low Risk

Ethernet enjoys tremendous success in a variety of different commercial and industry applications. It has limitations as a deterministic communication interface when applied to critical eRead More...

Bridging 1553 to Ethernet Networks Paves Future of Avionics

Modern avionics systems find switched Ethernet the dominant network architecture with MIL-STD-1553 (1553) and ARINC implemented for high reliability and legacy communications. ForRead More...

Serial FPDP Provides Throughput Advantages for Sensor I/O

Military embedded systems have started to use standard network interfaces for all types of communication. By embracing network-based architectures, new systems are inherently moreRead More...

Technology Focus

Roadblocks Few as Tech Refresh Strengthens PC/104’s Hand

The PC/104 form factor—along with all of its follow-on variants—continues to hold a secure legacy position in military embedded systems. And over the past 12 months, PC/1Read More...

PC/104 and PC/104 Family Boards Roundup

Extreme Rugged PC/104-Plus SBC Sports Atom Processor Supporting a range of Intel Atom processors from the power-efficient N450 running at 1.66 GHz to the performance oriented dual-cRead More...