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September 2008

Hardware Assets

Video Distribution: The Big Picture

Today, video distribution in aerospace and defense applications–such as on ship–involves physically connected or wireless analog video signals. This is less than ideal becauRead More...

Special Feature

Data Recording Systems Revamp to Suit New Signal Processing Demands

Choosing a data recording solution for an advanced signal processing military system might seem a straightforward task. But in reality it ranks among the more critical and challenging dRead More...

DSP Propels Military Digital Data Recording into High Gear

Data recording used to be a fairly straightforward process–digitize the data and stream it to a storage subsystem fast enough to keep up in real time. Data analysis was done mostlRead More...

FPGAs Push Integrated Data Recorder Systems Beyond Number Crunching

The use of Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs) for advanced military signal processing has become an obvious choice to achieve maximum performance within the limited size, weight andRead More...

System Development

Cooling Strategies Shift toward System-Level Approaches

There’s just no avoiding the trend toward processors and other key components ramping up in wattage. That ever increasing power means more challenges dissipating heat. Exotic techRead More...

Direct Spray Cooling Widens Choices in Harsh Airborne Environments

There’s no doubt that demand is on the rise for ever more computing density. Military platforms such as radar and image processing, electronic warfare, signal processing, command Read More...

Thermal Challenges Throw Curves onto the Path of Faster

Modern military applications continue to push the performance envelope while still demanding the lowest possible power dissipation. At the same time, the embedded computers in those sysRead More...

Tech Recon

MicroTCA and AMC Team for Military Duties

For the first time since the introduction of VME 25 years ago, an embedded computing architecture is emerging that is capable of serving a broad cross section of market segments: commerRead More...

Technology Focus

PXI, VXI and LXI Boards Quench Military Instrumentation Needs

Long gone are the days when it made sense to develop military and aerospace test systems from scratch. Today, such gear can be pieced together using standards-based instrumentation and Read More...

PXI, VXI and LXI Boards Roundup

3U PXI Controllers Serve as Hybrid Testing System The era of multifunction boards is upon us, and it’s moved into the military test realm too. PXI, LXI, GPIB, USB and SeriaRead More...