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March 2009

Hardware Assets

FPGA Boards Revamp the Radar and SIGINT Landscapes

Waveform-intensive applications like sonar, radar and SIGINT seem to have an endless appetite for signal processing power. Faster DSPs coupled with a broader range of IP cores and develRead More...

System Development

EOL and DMSMS Issues Keep DoD and Specialist Firms Busy

The defense industry’s struggle with obsolescence–referred to in official circles as Diminishing Manufacturing Sources and Material Shortages (DMSMS)–continues to chalRead More...

Tech Recon

Bandwidth and Legacy Needs Drive VPX/VXS/VME Choice

Just past its 25-year mark, VME has been the embedded computing mainstay for military and aerospace applications. And while its capabilities are still solid as a rock, new computing reqRead More...

VPX Trade-Offs: Getting to Common Backplanes

The first wave of “beachhead” innovators and early adopter customers for VPX (VITA 46) boards and subsystems quickly established the preeminence of the architecture. They weRead More...

VPX and VXS Strike a Balance of Choices for Designers

Developers of high-performance embedded computing systems for defense must satisfy both tactical and technical requirements of the programs they serve. Since the life cycle of most defeRead More...

Ethernet Gains Momentum as Fabric for VME, VXS and VPX Systems

Ethernet is everywhere. That’s no surprise. In many ways, it’s as close to perfect as a technology can be in terms of its scalability, its flexibility, its simplicity and itRead More...

VPX and VXS Raise Unique Design and Testing Challenges

VPX is getting much of the attention these days in Mil/Aero applications, and for good reason. Acceptance of the architecture continues to grow thanks to its sharp increase in potentialRead More...

Technology Focus

Switched Ethernet Broadens its Reach in Land, Sea and Air

Once relegated only to command and control systems in the military, Ethernet is now gaining traction in numerous other military applications. As a result, Ethernet switch boards are emeRead More...

Rugged Ethernet Switch Boards Roundup

Dual-Channel 10GbE XMC Ready for Rough Duties The military has become sold on the idea of using Ethernet not only as a network technology but also as a fabric interconnect. The VRead More...