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August 2008

COTS View

Many Factors Drive Uninterruptible Power Supply Choice

The process of finding, selecting and qualifying commercial off-the-shelf Uninterruptible Power Supplies (UPSs) for military applications can be an exercise in frustration. ManufacturerRead More...

Special Feature

Military I/O Solutions Blend Functions and Fabrics

While the basic challenges of military I/O haven’t changed—it’s still all about linking the analog world of sensors, actuators, motors and so on, with the digitRead More...

Power Transistor Advances Enhance Military Radar Designs

Military avionics and radar design has seen profound changes over the past few decades. New multimode systems now allow radar to simultaneously track air and sea targets while continuouRead More...

System Development

USB and the PC Usurp Military Test Platforms

Advances in serial fabric interconnects and embedded computing technologies have had a profound effect on the test and instrumentation market. Not too long ago complex military embeddedRead More...

The Case for Mixed-Language Programming

The DoD lifted its mandate for Ada in 1997. Since then, C and C++ have been the languages of choice for most new defense projects. Still, new Ada designs continue on. Meanwhile, a growiRead More...

Tech Recon

Multiprocessor-Specific Tools Enable Efficient Real-Time Development

Today there are numerous software development tool choices for aerospace and defense system programmers developing embedded real-time applications on single processor systems. But once Read More...

From Defense Mission to Development Workflow: Making the Link

In May of 2003 the Department of Defense outlined its vision of a net-centric environment and the data goals for achieving that vision as “… the realization of a networked eRead More...

Team Effort Is Central Focus in DO-254 Compliance

For most defense engineers, the first time they hear about the DO-254 Design Assurance Standard is in a request from their customer beginning with the words “Thou shall comply witRead More...

Technology Focus

Processor Mezzanine Boards Ascend to New Levels of Performance

Because microprocessors and memory—which comprise the computing core of embedded systems—evolve at a much quicker pace than other electronics, the idea of separatiRead More...

Processor Mezzanines Roundup

PMC Modules Interface I/O to Virtex-5 FPGAs Performance in mission-critical applications is never purely a measure of computing power. Unless data can be brought off and onto theRead More...