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November 2006

Hardware Assets

Fuel Cells Invade Next-Gen Mobile Equipment

The modern soldier relies on an increasing array of sophisticated electronic equipment. Soldiers and commanders alike have improved capability to gather intelligence, to communicate, anRead More...

Rugged System-Level Solutions Streamline Prime Supplier Costs

Cutting costs is a way of life for most military suppliers, yet that practice can hurt rather than help if it is not done correctly. An adept supplier would do well to focus on the areaRead More...

Main Feature

Power Converters Evolve to Suit the FPGA Era

Modern digital electronics present a challenge to designers of power systems for critical reliability applications in military and avionics programs. The latest high-performance FPGAs, Read More...

Component Module Approach Wins for Custom Military Power Supplies

It is not unusual for military systems designers to build their own power supplies from discrete components. Power supply design is perceived by many to be a low-tech, relatively low-coRead More...

System Development

Porting Waveforms to the JTRS HMS Domain

The 15 or so small form-factor terminals that comprise the Handheld, Manpack and Small Form Fit (HMS) portion of JTRS, contain fewer computing resources than the large and more powerfulRead More...

JTRS HMS Radio Designs Wrestle with Size, Weight and Power Challenges

The DoD’s Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS) is arguably one of the most sweeping and technically challenging programs ever conceived. Tasked with the goal of meeting diverse warfRead More...

Tech Recon

Stand-Alone Rugged Boxes: The Newest COTS Hardware

A current trend in military system design reflects both changes in what prime contractors need from their subcontractors and overall trends in electronics. The primes are giving more reRead More...

Open Architectures Enable Fully Integrated Systems

The emergence of open architectures is evident across nearly all areas of technological development today. Interoperability is critical in an age when multiple technology devices are reRead More...

Technology Focus

Turbulence May Lay Ahead for Fibre Channel Boards

In the military/aerosapce market space, Fibre Channel is employed for high-bandwidth, low-latency, uncompressed digital video transmission (ARINC 818) as well as other networking and stRead More...

Fibre Channel Boards Roundup

Dual Channel 4 Gbit/s Card Fibre Channel has speeded up—from 2 Gbits/s to 4 Gbits/s. Astek Corporation now offers their A7204-PMC-01, a dual channel 4 Gbit/s Fibre Channel HoRead More...