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September 2005

Hardware Assets

FPGAs Partner with DSPs to Fuel Signal Processing Apps

The system requirements of radar, sonar and software defined radio signal processing applications are far more demanding than the needs of many other high-performance systems. Board-levRead More...

FPGAs Bring DSP Muscle, Fast Interfaces to Radar Realm

The most recent generation of FPGAs has powerful new features that make them attractive solutions for both surface and airborne radar applications. These FPGAs are increasing radar systRead More...

SDR and JTRS Ride the DSP/FPGA Wave

When the DoD invested in its initiative for a Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS), this ushered in the era of software defined radio (SDR). The DoD’s vision was to develop a new anRead More...

Sonar Processing Design Leverages FPGAs and 3U cPCI

At a first general glance, the basic processing functions used in sonar systems are similar to those employed in radar or telecommunications. Some of the algorithms routinely implementeRead More...

On the Softer Side

Net-Centric Trend Drives Need for Advanced Graphics Interfaces

The U.S. Military's efforts toward Network-centric Operations will drive more than just demand for the electronic systems that provide data communications. All the many end-nodes of a nRead More...

Rugged GUI Design Faces Challenges

In military applications, graphic displays significantly enhance an application's ability to provide information. At the same time, Graphic User Interface (GUI) design creates additionaRead More...

Standards, Tools Drive Next-Gen Military User Interface HMI Apps

Crafted from a foundation of high-performance graphics subsystems, tomorrow's Human-Machine Interface (HMI) displays will require a level of sophistication and capability quite unlike tRead More...

Technology Focus

Conduction-Cooled PMCs Grow More Complex, More Versatile

The popularity of conduction-cooled PMC boards continues to grow. Designed to off-load SBCs and augment them with a variety of functions under critical conditions or in harsh environmenRead More...

Conduction-Cooled PMC Boards Roundup

Real-Time MPEG Video/Audio Encoder on a PMC Board Real-time video/audio capture, compression and transmission are required for many military and other rugged applications. Examples inRead More...

Test and Screening

Model-Based Approach Smooths Vibration Control System Development

To maintain safety in hostile environments, military jet aircraft today must fly at higher altitudes and at longer ranges than in the past decades, creating vibration and stresses that Read More...

HALT and HASS Testing: Learning to Handle the Big Guns

Since they were first introduced in the early 1980s, Highly Accelerated Life Testing (HALT) and Highly Accelerated Stress Screening (HASS) have been successfully adopted for a host of hRead More...