New Products: Part 1

WEARABLE COMPUTERS: Rugged handheld computer for front-line infantry warfighters introduced by DRS Tactical

DRS Tactical Systems Inc. in Melbourne, Fla., is introducing its Scorpion family of rugged handheld computers to improve command and control and situational awareness for front-line U.S. Army and Marine Corps warfighters who are operating on foot. DRS introduced the Scorpion rugged handheld computer at the Association of the U.S. Army (AUSA) ILW Winter Symposium and Exposition in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. DRS developed the Scorpion family by winning a contract for the Joint Battle Command-Platform Handheld System-a commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) handheld computer that runs the Android operating system and interfaces with tactical radios for battlefield information exchange.

The Scorpion features a Qualcomm Snapdragon S3 1.5-GHz, dual-core processor; high-resolution, 4-inch multi-touch display; an 8-megapixel camera that takes still images or HD 1080p video; 1 gigabyte of RAM; 16 gigabytes of onboard data storage, expandable to 32 gigabytes; minimum battery life of eight hours; and FlexCharge that charges the computer's battery while the device works together with tactical radios. The handheld is 3G/4G-capable with embedded Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n and Bluetooth 3.0; interfaces with radios and cell phones via USB, Ethernet, and RS232 interfaces; comes with the Android 2.3.5 (Gingerbread) operating system preinstalled, and ready for Android 4.0; blackout buttons; and standard Android soft key buttons.

FOR MORE INFORMATION visit DRS Tactical Systems online at

EMBEDDED COMPUTING: Rugged video-compression XMC introduced by GE for military and avionics applications

GE Intelligent Platforms in Charlottesville, Va., is introducing an enhanced version of the ICS-8580 rugged, high-definition video compression Express Mezzanine Card (XMC) module for video applications in aerospace and defense systems. The XMC helps users capture, transmit, and store high-quality moving images at high speed with low latency and with minimal consumption of bandwidth or disk space. The ICS-8580 video-compression XMC can capture, archive, or stream video inputs over Ethernet, manage several video streams, as well as perform capture, manipulation, conversion, compression, storage, decompression, and video display.

The embedded computing card for military embedded systems also can be deployed in harsh environments that are constrained by size, weight, and power (SWaP). The board has two digital signal processors (DSPs) configurable as an encoder or decoder; support for PCI Express; a software development kit (SDK); six inputs and four outputs for use with front-end connectors; the ability to connect to a network-attached storage (NAS); and support for synchronizing stereo or mono sound.

FOR MORE INFORMATION visit GE Intelligent Platforms online at

POWER ELECTRONICS: Rugged power supply for use in harsh environments introduced by Behlman

Behlman Electronics Inc. in Hauppauge, N.Y., is introducing the model BL1500 rugged power supply for extremely hostile operating environments. Behlman's BL1500 unit is powered from 115-volt AC, at 47-63 Hz and provides two ranges of high-voltage AC at 60 Hz.

Units can be stacked for increased power. Protective circuits include input, short circuit, constant current, and thermal protection. BL1500 power supplies have an RS 485 interface so that users can control and monitor the unit remotely from a central station. The rugged power supply operates in temperatures from 0 to 55 degrees Celsius, and has a strong, 19-inch, rack-mount chassis 3.5 inches high by 21.5 inches deep. Behlman designs and manufactures power products for military, industrial, and commercial applications.

FOR MORE INFORMATION visit Behlman Electronics online at

DESIGN AND DEVELOPMENT TOOLS: RF and microwave board-design software design tool enhancements introduced by Agilent

Agilent Technologies Inc. in Santa Clara, Calif., is introducing Genesys 2012 software, the latest release of the company's RF and microwave board-design application. The updated board-design software provides enhancements in RF system simulation-including electromagnetic, circuit, and statistical simulation-and features to help designers improve the reliability of their systems. Genesys 2012 is designed to simplify analysis of RF systems with multistage conversions that enable system architects to visualize spurious signals across a broad frequency sweep. The 2012 release of the Genesys software tool delivers improvements to the planar EM simulator Momentum GXF, including a quadrangle mesher to mesh a planar layout with the fewest number of unknowns. Genesys 2012 also provides a one-click link to Agilent's EMPro software for three-dimensional (3D) EM simulation without redrawing the structure.

FOR MORE INFORMATION visit Agilent Technologies online at

RUGGED COMPUTERS: Rugged computer eighing 3.8 pounds introduced by Crystal Group for avionics and vetronics

Crystal Group Inc. in Hiawatha, Iowa, is introducing the RE0412 rugged computer for embedded computing in airborne and ground-mobile applications where performance, ruggedness, and reliability are imperative. The RE0412 features an Intel mini-ITX board, i3 (desktop) CPU, DC power inputs from 18 to 36 volts DC, one fan for air-over-components cooling with 8000-hour mean time between failures, and conformal coating options for humidity protection.

This rugged, embedded, carbon-fiber chassis computer for avionics and vetronics applications measures 3.13 by 10.76 by 8.13 inches and weighs 3.8 pounds. The rugged computer has as many as two 2.5-inch, solid-state drives, a PCI Express x16 expansion slot, and as much as 16 gigabytes of DDR3 RAM. The rugged computer operates in temperatures from -40 to 55 degrees Celsius with full CPU load without throttling. MIL-STD-810 vibration and shock performance testing is in progress, followed by MIL-STD-461 CE102 and RE102 testing.

FOR MORE INFORMATION visit Crystal Group online at

SOFTWARE: Software-engineering tools to connect real-time and enterprise systems introduced by RTI

Real-Time Innovations (RTI) in Sunnyvale, Calif., is introducing the RTI Connext family of software-engineering tools to connect real-time software applications across an enterprise. RTI Connext is a service-oriented architecture (SOA) tool designed to help provide enterprise-wide integration to improve efficiency, responsiveness, and real-time business intelligence. SOA refers to principles and methodologies for building software as interoperable services designed as software components that can be reused for different purposes. RTI Connext includes RTI Connext Integrator for rapid integration of operational systems with enterprise-wide IT without requiring modification to those systems; RTI Connext Messaging that provides a universal messaging infrastructure for enhancing performance in real-time systems; RTI Connext Micro small-footprint messaging for resource-constrained devices and high-assurance applications; and the RTI Connext DDS implementation of the Object Management Group (OMG) Data Distribution Service (DDS).


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