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February 2009

Special Feature

FPGA Boards and Systems Boost UAV Payload Compute Density

Large UAV platforms–like Global Hawk, Predator, Fire Scout, Taranis and others–have a seemingly endless appetite for greater onboard compute density. The payloads aboard thoRead More...

Large UAVs Ramp Up Sensor Processing Capabilities

The military’s rapid move toward IP-based, network-centric architectures is driving a number of design considerations for current and next-generation embedded COTS subsystems deplRead More...

UAVs Embrace the Benefits of Direct Spray Cooling

It goes without saying that Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) are playing an ever expanding role in today’s military operations. Not only are the numbers of UAVs exploding, but the Read More...

System Development

Case Study: Box-Level System Undergoes MIL-STD-901D Shipboard Test

Over the last few decades, embedded computers based on desktop PC electronics have penetrated the defense market. Interest is now building for shipboard PCs that can withstand saltwaterRead More...

Solid-State Storage Faces Signal Integrity Challenges in Military Apps

Parallel ATA (PATA) standards have been the dominant storage interface in military embedded systems for some time. The use of solid-state storage is a common solution for embedded systeRead More...

Tech Recon

Brick Power Solutions: Still the Best Choice for Military Apps

The first generation of compact, high-power-density DC/DC converters using new technology and innovative packaging was introduced in 1984. This technology redefined converter standards Read More...

Technology Focus

Conduction-Cooled CompactPCI Steers a Steady Course

The acceptance of CompactPCI–particularly in its 3U size–is no longer in question for any military application where the mix of size constraints and demand for sturdy slot-cRead More...

Technology Focus: Conduction-Cooled cPCI Boards

Rad-Tolerant SBC Boasts Low Operating Power Space-based applications require a level beyond the typical definition of ruggedness. Aitech Defense Systems offers a high-performanceRead More...