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Main Feature

Each month COTS Journal features a story, interview, product or technology in its Main Feature. These features are the focal point for their edition of the magazine. This is an Archive section.

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VME SBCs

VME SBCs Climb the Compute-Density Curve

As the year of VME’s 25th anniversary comes to a close, it’s remarkable that it remains a leading embedded computing form-factor, and enjoys a huge installed base in numerous militaryRead More...

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VME SBCs

Multicore Processors Energize the VME SBC Realm

Microprocessor performance has tracked Moore’s Law, which promised a fairly predictable doubling of processing performance every 18 months, virtually unfailingly, ever since theRead More...

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Power Conversion

Power Converters Evolve to Suit the FPGA Era

Modern digital electronics present a challenge to designers of power systems for critical reliability applications in military and avionics programs. The latest high-performance FPGAs,Read More...

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Power Conversion

Component Module Approach Wins for Custom Military Power Supplies

It is not unusual for military systems designers to build their own power supplies from discrete components. Power supply design is perceived by many to be a low-tech, relativelyRead More...

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FPGAs for Software Radio

FPGA Tech Advances Propel Software Radio Forward

For a variety of military applications, FPGAs have become a core enabling technology—as critical as processors, memory and I/O interface silicon. But no segment is perhaps so dependentRead More...

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FPGAs for Software Radio

FPGAs Muster Up Solutions for Software Radio

Software defined radio technology has been widely adopted for new military and aerospace platforms, government signal intelligence and homeland security systems, and now moreRead More...

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FPGAs for Software Radio

FPGAs Cater to a Diverse Set of Military Needs

Military applications where programmable logic is key span a diverse range, including handheld radios, heads-up displays, battlefield sensors, unmanned air and ground systems,Read More...

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FPGAs for Software Radio

DSP Pipeline Scheme Enhances FPGA System Performance

Many defense and aerospace applications require advanced imaging, multi-sensor processing, sensor fusion and software defined communications platforms. Ideally, this functionality mustRead More...

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Data Recorders

Data Recorders Get Faster, More Reliable

The more intelligence that can be acquired to help warfighters, the better they can do their jobs. In today’s military, the data recorders used in military data acquisitionRead More...

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Data Recorders

New Standards, Technology Eliminate Signal Processing Bottlenecks

The most difficult problem for designers of high-performance, real-time digital signal processing systems for military applications is simply moving data within the system because ofRead More...

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Data Recorders

FPGAs Enable Real-Time Data Recording for Sensor Processing Applications

The ability to record and play back large volumes of sampled digital data, at real-time data rates, is a key capability for many military sensor processing applications. DeployedRead More...

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Data Recorders

Solid State Flash Drives Help Ruggedize Data Recorders

The storage of mission-critical data has posed a dilemma for instrumentation recorder providers and users. Using ruggedized storage devices is extremely costly, yet affordableRead More...

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Ethernet in the Battlespace - Part II

High-Performance Ethernet Fabrics for Military Systems

It has for many years been a goal of system designers to use a single networking technology to fulfill all of the interface needs of high-performance military systems. The diverseRead More...

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Ethernet in the Battlespace - Part II

Cost, Complexity Drive Ethernet Switching Layer Debate

Near-term advances in Ethernet switching technology will enable Ethernet to grab an ever-larger share of defense system data traffic. Rugged 3U and 6U Layer 3 Ethernet switches capableRead More...

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Ethernet in the Battlespace

Adapting Ethernet for the Battlespace

The growing interest in Ethernet for military applications has been driven by this networking technology’s commercial success. Such ubiquity has resulted in readily available COTSRead More...

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Ethernet in the Battlespace

Defense Platforms Get Ready for IPv4/v6

Networks based on the Internet Protocol (IP) are already commonplace in both commercial and military enterprises where they help to enable seamless interoperability and communicationRead More...

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Military Batteries

New Technologies Vie to Close the Battery Power Gap

As the amount of electronic gear carried by modern Warfighters continues to grow, escalating power and energy requirements can cause real challenges in the operation of these devicesRead More...

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Military Batteries

High-Power Lithium Technology Proves Ripe for Mil Apps

The U.S. DoD recently identified the need for a reliable high-power battery for single-use military applications as a “critical problem” demanding significant attention. Demand forRead More...

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Military Batteries

Extreme Temps Pose Battery Pack Design Challenges

With the modernization of military armament, soldiers are becoming reliant on mobile power sources. Modern soldiers carry wireless electronic systems to improve situational awarenessRead More...

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Tailoring Processors for Military Applications

Processors Combine Forces for Military Systems

When it comes to the processors used in high-demand, complex compute-intensive military systems, the big news these days is the rise of FPGAs and the new generation of multicoreRead More...

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Tailoring Processors for Military Applications

Commercial Processors in Military Applications

The expanding array of processor types available today has significantly complicated the selection process for military imaging and signal processing applications. The variousRead More...

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