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October 2004

COTS View

Chat and Collaborate With Me: On-Line DCTS Certification, Levels and Requirements

The Defense Collaboration Tool Suite (DCTS) is a suite of commercial off-the-shelf products endorsed by the Office of the Secretary of Defense and Joint Staff (OSD/JS) that providRead More...

Unlock Engineering Data and Give Soldiers Embedded Training and Maintenance Skills

A complex electro-mechanical system is deployed to support soldiers in the field. The active soldiers have been trained on the new system and the support depot has ensured that itRead More...

Hardware Assets

Military DC/DC Converters Eye Distributed Power

With their inclination toward modular thinking, military system designers find it comforting to have a central power source, blocked-off and separate from other system electronicsRead More...

Spec Keeps COTS Power Supplies Up to Snuff

Before the IEEE 1515-2000 standard came on the scene, the road toward well-defined performance specs for commercial power supplies had been a long one. Commercial power supply manRead More...

On the Softer Side

Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?

Since the establishment of Coordinated Universal Time in 1972, 22 leap seconds have been added to keep atomic time in synch with the rotation of the Earth. When the Global PositioRead More...

Mitigating GPS Vulnerabilities

GPS provides free of charge precise time and position information worldwide. In a world of instant communications, much of our global telecom infrastructure relies on GPS to proviRead More...

Special Feature

Cognitive Radio Shows Great Promise

Cognitive radio seems the stuff of science fiction—a radio that will ‘know’ where ‘home’ is and manage the transceiving functions based on what the uRead More...

SCA Framework Puts a CORBA Face on FPGAs

As FPGA’s continue to gain speed and gate density, they’ve replaced the functionality in many embedded systems where once only fixed-function ASICs served such needs. Read More...

Technology Focus

Conduction-Cooled cPCI Boards Gallery

3U Board Sports 800 MHz PowerPC The challenge of high density computing is to pack the greatest functionality into the smallest standard form factor possible while retaining as much fRead More...

Avionics/Vetronics Cooling Options: A Systems View

Gone are the days when conduction-cooling and air flow-through cooling ranked as the only viable option to consider for harsh environment embedded computing systems. Today, there&Read More...

Future Bright for CompactPCI in the Military

It may be the understatement of the century to say that military systems designers tend to shun flash-in-the-pan technologies. It’s a fact and there’s good reason for Read More...