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System Development and Test

No military embedded system can function until its software development and testing phases are put through rigorous test and development cycles. Military applications put extreme demands on both. This section is devoted to covering trends in operating systems, ruggedized test and security assurance. Articles here focus on EMI/RFI, shock and vibration testing and mitigation, cooling, HALT/HASS and a host of other hardware and software test-related technologies. This is an Archive section that is currently published under 'System Development'.

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Bus Analyzers

Bus and Fabric Analyzers Smooth Transition to New Interconnects

As the U.S. Military transitions itself into a Net-Centric organization, up goes the demand for faster, wider and deeper avenues for moving data. Whether it’s analog sensor processedRead More...

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Graphics Boards in Simulation

Military Simulation Rides Wave of Gaming Graphics Innovations

The link between graphics in military simulation applications and commercial/consumer gaming technologies and applications goes back many decades. The most significant breakthrough inRead More...

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Shock and Vibration for Boards and Enclosures

Reliability Issues Stir Up the ESS Waters

Environmental Stress Screening (ESS) has proven an effective tool for evaluating the ruggedness of electronics-based systems. ESS exposes products to various environmental conditionsRead More...

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Safety-Critical Systems & Software

DO-178B and the Common Criteria: Future Security Levels

Compliance with safety-critical requirements for software has become the foundation upon which compliance with security requirements is based. Development and certification of softwareRead More...

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Safety-Critical Systems & Software

Leveraging Java to Achieve Component Reusability in Safety-Critical Systems

The existing DO-178B guidelines for certification of safety-critical avionics software require that all certification evidence applies to complete systems rather than to the individualRead More...

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Annual EOL Directory

Obsolescence Management Now Includes “Getting the Lead Out”

A growing infrastructure of companies and organizations are available to help military system designers cope with component obsolescence, often referred to as DiminishingRead More...

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Annual EOL Directory

Seventh Annual Directory of End-of-Life Suppliers

Annual EOL Directory Please click below to view the directory in PDF format. Annual EOL Directory

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Rugged Displays

Loosely Coupled Scheme Eases Marriage of Graphics and Sensor Video

A blend of graphics and real-time video together are key elements of many military and C4ISR programs including naval consoles, rugged vehicles, UAV ground stations and airborneRead More...

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Rugged Displays

Rugged Displays Suit Up for Challenging Environments

Designing military computing systems for field deployment within potentially harsh environments presents a number of challenges. Among those are high and low ambient temperatures,Read More...