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September 2004

COTS View

A New Methodology to Automate DSP Algorithm Development

The process of taking a DSP algorithm from idea to implementation is laborious and time-consuming. This process traditionally starts in a high-level, floating-point development enRead More...

Hardware Assets

Evolution and Ease Bolster PC/104

As PC/104 gets ever deeper into its second decade of existence, its popularity continues to soar. PC/104 enjoys a key niche in embedded applications—such as aboard aircraft Read More...

PC/104 Tackles Rugged Land, Sea and Air Missions

PC/104, the smaller, more ruggedized offshoot of the venerable ISA-bus card, continues to make inroads into a wide range of new and retrofit embedded computing devices used acrossRead More...

PC/104 Finds an EPIC Upgrade Path

There’s no doubt that PC/104 and PC/104-Plus have served yeoman duty in industrial and military applications for some years now. That role will continue for some time, yet tRead More...

On the Softer Side

The Future of JTRS and its SCA: Lessons from Ada

The Joint Tactical Radio System program today bears a striking resemblance to the Ada language program from around 1985. Both cases feature a novel software standard with obvious Read More...

Software Radio Modems Enter the SoC Era

Many software defined radios today, especially military radios, use the Software Communications Architecture Core Framework (SCA CF) as the application framework to manage the radRead More...

Software Radios for JTRS Move into Development Phase

There’s a great synergy between the broad goals of the Software Defined Radio Forum and the specific but and sweeping goals of U.S. Military’s Joint Tactical Radio SysRead More...

Technology Focus

Leveraging PICMG 2.16 Packet Switching in VME64x Systems

VITA 31.1 provides a standardized way to implement an Embedded System Area Network on an enhanced, and compatible, VME backplane without the need for external Ethernet cables, whiRead More...

SCI Weds Reliability and Real-Time

Choosing the right distributed real-time application solution is no easy task. Although there’s a wide range of COTS hardware available for such solutions, using a new approRead More...

Implementing PCI Express for Industrial Control

A reliable industrial control system is essential for correcting processes before they run out of control and result in costly downtime. Designing the control system can be a chalRead More...

Test and Screening

Case Study: Developing a Stable Architecture for Interfacing Aircraft to PC–Based Test Equipment

There exists a growing need to reduce operating costs within the United States Air Force by using Commercial Off-The-Shelf (COTS) equipment. Unfortunately, there also exists a sigRead More...