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May 2004

COTS View

New Pentium M Brings Integrated Graphics, I/O to Low-Power Embedded Apps

In the area of traditional embedded designs such as interactive clients, the need for high-performance compute power with integrated chipset features continues to grow at a rapid paceRead More...

Hardware Assets

Battery and Power Issues Move to Center Stage

Gone are the days military systems designers could afford the luxury of treating power as an afterthought. Portable battery-powered devices are playing an increasingly critical role oRead More...

Mature Modular DC/DC Converters Suit Military Apps

Recent advances in power conversion have been nothing short of spectacular. For example, many suppliers are offering very inexpensive non-isolated, point-of-load converters with at leRead More...

Systems Approach Extends Battery Life Suit Military Apps

Power management technology—along with wireless technology—is the latest frontier in embedded electronics hardware and software design. There are many reasons for thisRead More...

Tradeoffs Drive Portable Mil Battery Choices Suit Military Apps

The equipment used by battlefield soldiers has changed dramatically over the last 20 years. The amount of new equipment requiring battery power continues to ramp. For example, the comRead More...

On the Softer Side

UML 2.0 Automates Code Generation from Architecture

If you design and implement software using the Unified Modeling Language (UML), you’ve probably been aware of a gap between the classes you create and the system you’re buRead More...

Want to Make Your System Highly Available? Add COTS to the Middle(ware)

Systems running business and mission-critical applications—from e-commerce to cellular phone communication—are expected to provide continuous uninterrupted service to Read More...

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Technology Focus

PC Provides Data Recorders an Evolution Path

All kinds of defense systems and applications collect data, whether to be used immediately or saved for later. If sensors stream data faster than the processing system can processRead More...

Data Recording Considerations for Selecting High-Speed Sensor Systems

Due to the multitude of components found in modern sensor systems and the differing characteristics of those components, pairing sensor acquisition and analysis subsystems with recordRead More...

Massively Parallel Data Acquisition

To address a wide range of data rates and capacities at the lowest cost, system designers must architect modern data acquisition systems on building blocks that provide scalability. HRead More...