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October 2007

COTS View

POSIX Fuels Portability, Reusability for Defense Apps

High levels of complexity and real-time responsiveness rank high as priorities in military and avionics system designs. In the past, the solution for these demanding environments revolvRead More...

Special Feature

System Solutions Keep Military Vetronics on Track

The challenges inherent in today’s military vetronics (vehicle electronics) designs are magnitudes more complex than vetronics of a decade ago. The sophistication of onboard commuRead More...

Configurability Is Key for Custom ATR Designs

High-powered embedded computing equipment using the Air Transport Rack (ATR) form-factor is playing an ever-larger role in extreme, mission-critical applications in air, land and sea enRead More...

System Development

Mezzanine Cards Push Density and Speed Barriers

Driven by Moore’s Law, the on-going magic of semiconductor integration means that yesterday’s board and rack-level systems can now be crammed into compact mezzanine form-facRead More...

VITA 42 XMC on Path Toward ANSI Standard

Military applications have always combined the requirement for high-performance processing and I/O with aggressive size, weight and power constraints along with the need to operate in sRead More...

Tech Recon

1553 Vies with Ethernet for I/O Dominance

At over 30 years and counting, the venerable MIL-STD-1553 bus still holds its grip as the dominant, internationally accepted data bus standard for many military platforms. And for appliRead More...

TCP/IP Off-Load Boosts Gbit Ethernet Performance

Ethernet’s widespread use and longevity have resulted in an abundance of embedded hardware and network application software for military use. 10/100 Mbit/s Ethernet has been deploRead More...

Technology Focus

Fibre Channel Tightens Grip as High Bandwidth Choice

Although Fibre Channel literally took decades before it became an overnight success, the technology now boasts a solid position as a de facto standard for high-performance avionics netwRead More...

Fibre Channel Boards Roundup

PMC Card Eases Transition to 4 Gbit/s FC Many embedded Fibre Channel applications are preparing to upgrade from 2 Gbits/s to 4 Gbits/s. Serving such needs, Astek Corporation now offRead More...