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December 2006

Main Feature

VME SBCs Climb the Compute-Density Curve

As the year of VME’s 25th anniversary comes to a close, it’s remarkable that it remains a leading embedded computing form-factor, and enjoys a huge installed base in numeroRead More...

Multicore Processors Energize the VME SBC Realm

Microprocessor performance has tracked Moore’s Law, which promised a fairly predictable doubling of processing performance every 18 months, virtually unfailingly, ever since the cRead More...

System Development

PCI Express Enables New Military Graphics Apps

It is something of a truism, although an easily overlooked one, to say that the purpose of military embedded computing is to deliver actionable information. As computing has become moreRead More...

ARINC 818 Becomes New Protocol Standard for High-Performance Video Systems

The ARINC 818 video interface and protocol standard was developed for high-bandwidth, low-latency, uncompressed digital video transmission. The standard, which is due to be released in Read More...

Tech Recon

Secure Embedded GPS Technology Takes Flight

The Global Positioning System (GPS) ranks as an extremely critical tool allowing the military to identify the location of friends and foes. It also aids military operations by providRead More...

GPS and IRIG: Critical Tools for Precision Timing

Although indispensable these days as a tool for determining location in today’s military and commercial applications, the Global Positioning System (GPS) is also vital as a sourceRead More...

For Military Precision Timing, VME and PMC Still Reign

Many military VME-based applications require synchronization or time correlation. Meanwhile, thanks to the ongoing magic of semiconductor integration, newer technology and smaller compoRead More...

Technology Focus

Flash Drives Take Over Rugged Storage

Flash solid state disks and drives are becoming the medium of choice for high-performance, reliable, rugged, secure storage in military environments. As the number of embedded computersRead More...

Solid State Drives Roundup

PMC Flash Drive Offers Secure Erase, Write Protect The more warfighters depend on mobile electronics, the more important it becomes to secure their sensitive data, as well as proteRead More...