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May 2005

COTS View

Reuse of Common SBCs Lets Users Adapt to Ruggedization Needs

Embedded boards designed for the commercial market typically fall short of rugged Mil application requirements in at least one of the five typical areas of consideration: shock and vibrRead More...

Hardware Assets

PC/104 and EPIC Expand Their Sphere of Influence

To date, tens of thousands of PC/104 and PC/104-Plus boards have been installed in military systems. PC/104 enjoys a key niche in embedded applications—such as aboard aircraft andRead More...

Ruggedizing PC/104: A Look under the Hood

PC/104 modules are known for their inherent rugged qualities, which make them especially suited for applications in harsh environments. But not all PC/104 modules are designed to offer Read More...

On the Softer Side

Linux Breaks Down Barriers to Acceptance

Now that many within the defense community have warmed to the idea of using Linux, it’s important for them to understand the tradeoffs between the open source OS and traditional RRead More...

Openness of Linux Attracts Military Following

For more than a decade now, the military has recognized the many benefits of moving away from “stovepipe” single proprietary solutions to more open commercial-off-the-shelf Read More...

Hard Real-Time with Linux Poses a Challenge

For many applications, hard real-time capabilities are non-negotiable requirements. Fitting that category are sub-segments of military applications ranging from simulations to motRead More...

Special Feature

Opportunities for Configurable Processing Continue to Expand

The concept of configurable processing has been popular for at least the last five or six years. During that period of time, how to implement configurable processing has been a constantRead More...

Reconfigurable Computing Goes Mobile

It has taken time for high-powered FPGAs to become accepted as end-product solutions and not placeholders or prototypes for hard-wired chips. FPGAs have long since reached gate densitieRead More...

A Reconfigurable Architecture for Real-Time Rotation and Scale Invariant Template Matching Algorithms on Streaming Images

Symmetric Phase Only Matched Filter is a well-known and reliable method for the detection of a known object in an image. The object is represented by a template image, which is matched Read More...

Technology Focus

Conduction-Cooled Graphics Boards Meet Mobile Needs

High-resolution computer graphics have become exceedingly mobile. Today they can be found in jet fighters and helicopters, in tanks, armored personnel carriers and mobile command statioRead More...

Conduction-Cooled Graphics Boards Roundup

Multi-Standard Graphics/Video PMC Delivers High-Performance Graphics in Harsh Environments Defense and aerospace applications often require versatile graphics and video processing Read More...

Test and Screening

COTS Journal Interviews Chris Marzilli, Senior V.P. and Deputy G.M. General Dynamics C4 Systems

COTS Journal: General Dynamics C4 Systems seems very open-minded about mixing off-the-shelf commercial technology with very leading-edge military products. You do an interesting mix of Read More...