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July 2007

Special Feature

Rugged Disks Wrestle with Speed, Density Trade-Offs

Because flash-based solid-state disks (F-SSD) targeted for military and aerospace apps use the same fundamental flash components as the consumer realm, the price advantages can be leverRead More...

Storage for Harsh, Harsher and Harshest Mil Environments

Mass storage for military systems demands robust approaches to survive in harsh applications. Rotating media performs reliably in many applications if packaged appropriately, while flasRead More...

High-Capacity Storage Remains a Challenge in Rugged Apps

Today’s military system designers and integrators need to provide increasing amounts of rugged mass data storage for a myriad of applications. From airborne computing and surveillRead More...

Blade-Level NAS Brings Network Rugged Storage

With the introduction of new integrated 6U products, network attached storage (NAS) is gaining acceptance in the military embedded computing industry as a cost-effective and reliable shRead More...

System Development

Appetite for Real-Time Java Climbs in Defense Systems

Several important trends within the defense software industry have combined to motivate ever increasing use of Java in real-time systems. Today’s warfighters must be equipped withRead More...

Ada “Reloaded” a Winner for High-Integrity Real-Time Apps

Programming languages, like living organisms in a Darwinian jungle, need to adapt if they are to survive in a changing technological landscape that can bring challenges, surprises and oRead More...

Tech Recon

Ethernet Shines as Fabric for Sensor Nets

As a command and control technology, Ethernet has been used in military systems for many years. But as Ethernet continues to evolve to higher and higher levels of performance and capabiRead More...

Rugged MicroTCA, WiMAX Get in Tune for Military Nets

There’s no doubt that two trends rank high in today’s military concerns: to move to open standards-based embedded computing technologies, and to transition to a network-centRead More...

Technology Focus

Legacy and Future Fly Side-by-Side in VME SBCs

Now that the newer fabric-based VITA specs—VPX and VXS—are finally in a “productizing” phase of their development, the industry is starting to ponder a break witRead More...

VME SBCs Roundup

Boot-Ready VME SBC Shrinks Development Time Long gone are the days when developers had the luxury of spending time loading operating systems. Today, systems developers can no longer Read More...