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April 2003

COTS View

Chem-Bio Sensor Platform Leverages PC/104

Software defined radio (SDR) technology is enabling a new era in multi-band, multi-mode radio implementation. SDR combined with a software scheme like the Software Communications ArchitRead More...

Hardware Assets

Wearable Computers Blaze Connectivity Path

Within the pantheon of military system gear, wearable computers find themselves blessed with the richest, most dynamic set of innovative COTS technologies at their fingertips. That&rsquRead More...

Wearable Computer Musters for Battlefield Robot Control

Speedy development is one of the key benefits of the commercial off-the-shelf approach. That’s made especially vivid when the design mission is measured in weeks instead of years.Read More...

On the Softer Side

The eCos RTOS- An Open Source Alternative

There are a wide variety of RTOSes on the market today and deciding which one to use is usually straightforward. Most designers stick to conventional evaluation metrics such as verifyinRead More...

Flash and uClinux Forge A Powerful Mix

The Linux operating system enjoys an ever-increasing popularity amongst military system designers. They like it because, unlike commercial operating systems, Linux is open source and thRead More...

Stress Testing Weighs Into Open Source Realm

Stress testing is such a fundamental part of military hardware development that its absence would be hard to image. Software stress testing, in contrast, receives very little attention.Read More...

Special Feature

Case Study: Benchmarking Real-Time Determinism in Windows CE

The real-time deterministic performance of Windows CE has been extensively investigated for application in the command and control systems of unmanned aerial vehicles and battlefield roRead More...

Intel-Based Platform for Document Authentication Uses Biometrics and Other Identifiers

In the post-9/11 world, the ability to use biometrics—the scanning of embedded human biological data—to accurately validate the authenticity of personal identification documRead More...

Technology Focus

Distributed Power Knocks at Military’s Door

Designers of military electronic systems take comfort in the idea of a centralized power source. With a penchant for thinking in blocks, military system designers find it tidier to haveRead More...

TDR/T Technique Simplifies Power Net Modeling

When it comes to embracing distributed power schemes, designers of military electronic systems lag far behind commercial system developers. Designers in the defense realm much prefer thRead More...

Taking Aim at Military EMI and Transient Voltage Challenges

Military and aerospace engineers face several challenges with respect to electromagnetic interference (EMI) and transient voltage compliance. The standards developed by the various miliRead More...

Test and Screening

Vibration Screening Custom Tailored for Electronics

Environmental Stress Screening (ESS) exposes hardware to environmental loads aimed at preventing infant product failures, but it creates stress cycles that lead to fatigue damage. This Read More...

Relating Sinusoid to Random Vibration for Electronic Equipment Testing

Sinusoid vibration and random vibration testing are two acceptable ways of evaluating electronics against vibration damage. Most new platforms’ vibration specs have random vibratiRead More...