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October 2005

Hardware Assets

Supercomputing Wings Course Toward FPGAs and Fabrics

As the average embedded and desktop computers have grown more powerful, the importance of supercomputing has narrowed to niche status among commercial and scientific users. But for ultrRead More...

Reconfigurable Processing Design Suits UAV Radar Apps

Keeping size, weight and power down to a minimum has always ranked high for radar electronic subsystems designed for military aircraft. Now, with today’s emphasis on man-portable Read More...

FPGA Supercomputing Gets Practical for Defense Apps

A wide range of military applications are demanding large-scale increases in computing performance. FPGAs have demonstrated the ability to deliver at least a one order of magnitude perfRead More...

On the Softer Side

Keeping Precision Time When GPS Signals Stop

The U.S. military requires accurate timekeeping to navigate, communicate and distribute information. All branches of the service operate systems that rely on precise timekeeping to suppRead More...

Technology Focus

CompactPCI Passes Muster in Military Programs

In just the last year or two, the military has begun embracing CompactPCI, especially the smaller 3U form-factor, even more than before. Several programs are driving this shift, includiRead More...

Conduction-Cooled cPCI Boards Roundup

PICMG 2.16 Switch Aims at Military Networks Some of the most sweeping changes going on in today’s military involve the move to network-centric warfare. Fortunately, there&rsqRead More...

Test and Screening

Multi-CPU System-on-Chip Advances Solve Obsolescence Woes

Through its exploitation of COTS technology, the DoD has achieved tremendous increase in price performance, reduced development costs and has benefited greatly from broad availability aRead More...

Emerging Tiled Processor Trend Rivals SMP Approaches

There’s a time of transition afoot in the microprocessor world: the road maps of the leading processors show that all roads lead to architectures sporting multiple CPU cores on thRead More...

Cell Technology Enables New Defense Applications

It’s rare for technology targeted so specifically for consumer demands to find itself serving the needs of military applications. But the Cell Broadband Engine (BE) processor archRead More...