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August 2005

Hardware Assets

Ethernet Strengthens Its Embedded Arsenal

It’s no surprise that the military’s affection toward Ethernet continues to climb. Ethernet offers just the kind of longevity and ubiquity that the military loves. It has beRead More...

Sidebar: Where iSCSI Fits in

As a blend of Ethernet (or TCP/IP) and SCSI, the iSCSI protocol is a marriage made in heaven. For its part, TCP/IP has devoured and dominated switching, routing and telephony, and with Read More...

Building Blocks Ready for Gbit Ethernet Military Networks

With a mature feature set, lower cost-per-port and “good enough” performance, both 1 and 10 Gbit Ethernet are scaling up to become strong contenders for architecting currentRead More...

On the Softer Side

Model-Driven Development for Component-Based Application Portability

Portability and reusability have been two main goals of software engineering since the 1960s. The idea of building software systems by reusing existing pieces of software code that are Read More...

Reusing Safety-Critical Software Components

Safety-critical software continues to make its way into military embedded application environments beyond avionics flight systems, such as weapons systems and communications equipment. Read More...

How to Achieve Application Software Portability

Software applications used in military embedded computing may need to be ported between several different types of platforms. These may include various SBCs, different CPUs and differenRead More...

Technology Focus

Non-Standard Boards Dress for Diverse Duties

The proliferation of non-standard form-factor boards shows no signs of waning. In fact it’s picking up steam, as board vendors continue to roll out products and product lines of nRead More...

Non-Standard Form-Factor Boards

Embedded PC Packs ATX Features into Smaller Footprint An important tactic among non-standard form-factor developers is to take one or more broadly accepted standard form-factors and Read More...

Choices Abound in the Non-Standard Board Realm

Just as the saying goes “there is a tool for every job,” the same applies for military embedded computing applications. While there’s no shortage of standard products Read More...

Test and Screening

Rad-Hard Chips Fly High

The Bush Administration’s mandate for a return to space exploration is producing a new demand for high-performance, space-ready electronics. NASA’s space programs aimeRead More...

The Effects of a Radiation Environment on Power Devices

Selecting power semiconductor devices for use in systems that will be exposed to ionizing radiation, such as those used in military and space applications, is a difficult task because oRead More...

Space Satellite Designs Need Flexible, Rad-Hard ICs

Systems that are exposed to the harsh environments in space must be able to withstand those extreme conditions and operate correctly without any loss of functionality. Even small shiftsRead More...