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February 2005

Hardware Assets

Distributed Trend Hits All Aspects of Power Conversion

No longer a foreign concept to the military realm, distributed power architectures are now the topology of choice for most any modern embedded system. Distributed power schemes Read More...

Power Scheme Suits Navy Shipboard Requirements

For naval shipboard power systems, designers rely on MIL-STD-1399 and MIL-STD-461 for harmonic distortion and EMI requirements respectively. When selecting a power supply for siRead More...

Forward Converter Topology Design Yields Efficiency

Sometimes crafting an efficient power conversion technology is a mixture of art and science. In an effort to strike performance “gold”, engineers at Cherokee evaluated vRead More...

On the Softer Side

RTOSes and Java Flex Their Safety-Critical Muscles

Embedded software vendors’ emphasis on safety-critical capabilities has progressed far beyond a niche movement. Such capabilities emerged a couple of years ago as a few scRead More...

In Pursuit of Safety-Critical Java

Compared with other high-level programming languages like C and C++, Java offers productivity benefits from two- to ten-fold greater than those earlier languages. By carefully applyRead More...

Automated Approach Wins for Software Security Reviews

Software applications are the source of the most damaging security vulnerabilities, as they are the gateway to accessing or manipulating sensitive data that is the primary targeRead More...

Special Feature

Power Conversion Directory

Welcome to COTS Journal’s special Power Conversion Products Directory. Power conversion devices serve as the unsung heroes of any electronics-based military subsystem. WithoutRead More...

Technology Focus

Standards Continue to Cull Favor in the Military

The U.S. military has a long tradition of adopting and using standards and standards-based parts in everything from mechanical components right on up to the newest and most sophRead More...

Progress Report – VITA 46 and VITA 48

VITA 46 The VITA 46 module format being developed by the VME International Trade Association (VITA) Standards Organization (VSO) is meant to enable the widespread use of high-speeRead More...

The Embedded Platform for Industrial Computing (EPIC): A New Standard for COTS Applications

Most often the easiest and quickest way to build a system for demanding applications is to start by using a single board computer. While there are many technical and business faRead More...

Defining a Standard for Embedded RISC Systems

Many embedded computer users have known and taken advantage of the benefits of RISC (reduced instruction set computers) versus x86 CISC (complex instruction set computer) procesRead More...

Test and Screening

Despite Questions of Validity, HALT and HASS Remain Prevalent

HALT and HASS are many things—but it seems no two companies define these terms the same way, apply the tests or results similarly, or even agree on their real merits. In fRead More...