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December 2008

Special Feature

New Practices Revamp Thermal and Airflow Analysis

Knowing how electronic components and enclosures respond to severe fluctuations in temperature and airflow is essential knowledge–knowledge that is critical before the system is aRead More...

Thermal Modeling: A Must at the Design Phase

Military and aerospace systems must frequently operate in crowded, hot environments exposed to great thermal extremes. The dissipation of power as heat from the system’s electroniRead More...

System Development

Small Form Factors Mean Big Design Choices

Military applications represent some of the most challenging and broad-ranging design demands today. New technologies can be difficult to adopt and develop quickly, and as a result miliRead More...

Tech Recon

VME Tech Refresh Programs Abound

Often filling the role as the “cash cow” of the military embedded computer business, slot-card technology upgrade programs are continuing to do brisk business. That ability Read More...

Tech Refresh Programs Weigh VME Compatibility Trade-Offs

VME has enjoyed more than a quarter of a century of success for a number of reasons. As an open architecture, it has created an ecosystem that delivers enormous flexibility to customersRead More...

Technology Focus

Solid-State Disk Drives Overshadow HDDs for Mil Apps

An uninformed decision about SSD selection could result in catastrophic system failures. That’s clearly intolerable in life-or-death military systems. Early SSDs were designed forRead More...

SSD Products Climb Aboard New Form Factors

Free from the woes of moving parts, flash-based solid-state disks (F-SSDs) are able to operate under the harshest conditions, unlike magnetic hard disk drives. And because F-SSDs targetRead More...