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January 2005

Hardware Assets

Mezzanine Cards Pile on More Speed and Substance

Driven by the on-going trend toward semiconductor integration, board designers continue to cram more sophisticated subsystems into small form-factors. Mezzanine boards rank among Read More...

COM Form-Factors Offer New Mezzanine Options

Not too long ago, an extremely unique application more often than not called for a full custom solution. Times have changed and the world of embedded computing technology has beenRead More...

XMC Modules Make Their Debut

The high performance embedded computing market is moving toward switched fabric-enabled architectures. Emerging standards such as VITA 41 (VXS) and VITA 46 are adding switched fabric Read More...

On the Softer Side

Software Defined Radio Isn’t Just About Software

Interest in software defined radio continues unabated. The multiple programs of the U.S. Military’s Joint Tactical Radio System for software radio are progressing through thRead More...

The Rising Importance of FPGA Technology in Software Defined Radio

Software defined radio has become immensely popular among engineers tackling a wide variety of applications. The U.S. military’s Joint Tactical Radio System provided the neeRead More...

Using Hardware Acceleration Units in Software Defined Radio Modem Functions

Field programmable gate arrays are no longer merely convenient interconnect layers between chips in a system. In software defined radios, FPGAs are being used increasingly as a geRead More...

A Systolic Array Implementation Using FPGAs

Developments in microelectronics have revolutionized computer design: integrated circuit technology has increased the number and complexity of components that can fit on a chip. CRead More...

Using High-Level Galois Arithmetic to Design FEC Blocks for SDR Applications

System designers will often design custom Forward Error Correcting blocks at a high level using Galois arithmetic because the algorithmic code is compact and it can produce efficiRead More...

Technology Focus

Future of Embedded Computers in Military Remains Bright

The market for embedded computers, boards and subsystems once again failed to deliver on the promised growth rate of 15% to 18% that was predicted for the year. However, accordingRead More...

Test and Screening

Addressing Modern Mil-Aero RF Test Challenges with Modular Software Defined Test Systems

The scope of test challenges that are encountered in the military and aerospace realms today is staggering. Not so many years ago, testing for Mil-Aero products was mostly accomplisheRead More...