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Navy chooses embedded computing and networking from Kontron for Special Forces SIGINT

Navy chooses embedded computing and networking from Kontron for Special Forces SIGINT

CHARLESTON, S.C., 27 Jan. 2013. U.S. Navy designers needed single-board computers and embedded computing Ethernet networking cards for a signals intelligence (SIGINT) system for Special Operations Forces called the Joint Threat Warning System (JTWS). They found their solution from Kontron America Inc. in Poway, Calif.

AAI Corp. chooses power-conversion electronics from Analytic Systems for Shadow UAV

AAI Corp. chooses power-conversion electronics from Analytic Systems for Shadow UAV

DELTA, British Columbia, 24 Jan. 2013. Engineers at the AAI Corp. Unmanned Systems segment in Hunt Valley, Md., needed power electronics for the AAI Shadow tactical unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). They found their solution from Analytic Systems Ware LTD in Delta, British Columbia.

Industry to receive details of plan to demonstrate advanced cooling for embedded computing

Industry to receive details of plan to demonstrate advanced cooling for embedded computing

ARLINGTON, Va., 23 Jan. 2013. U.S. military researchers plan to brief industry on a project to demonstrate advanced electronics cooling techniques for RF monolithic microwave integrated circuit (MMIC) power amplifiers and high performance embedded computer modules that would design convective or evaporative microfluidic cooling directly into the electronic devices and packaging.

Ericsson to acquire Devoteam IT operations in France

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, 22 Jan. 2012. Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERIC), a provider of communications technology, has announced its intention to acquire Devoteam Telecom & Media operations in France.

Laser tail gunners: DARPA seeks to use laser weapons to defend aircraft from rearward attack

Laser tail gunners: DARPA seeks to use laser weapons to defend aircraft from rearward attack

ARLINGTON, Va., 22 Jan. 2013. Laser experts at Lockheed Martin Corp. will move forward with flight tests of a futuristic laser weapon system designed to protect combat aircraft against attacks from the rear under terms of $9.5 million contract modification awarded this month from the U.S. Defense Advanced Research projects Agency (DARPA) in Arlington, Va.

Interest growing in fiber and optical connectors for embedded computing and avionics designs, says Bishop & Assoc.

Demand for connectors in embedded computing forecast to grow 4.2 percent this year

LONG BEACH, Calif., 21 Jan. 2013. The connector market for embedded computing is forecast to reach $168.5 million in 2013, up 4.2 percent year over year from 2012, said Bob Hult, director of product technology at Bishop & Associates Inc., today at the VITA Embedded Tech Trends conference in Long Beach, Calif.

DARPA to brief industry on expanded program to reuse parts from orbiting dead satellites

DARPA to brief industry on expanded program to reuse parts from orbiting dead satellites

ARLINGTON, Va., 21 Jan. 2014. U.S. government researchers will brief industry 8 Feb. on enhancing future capability to reuse apertures, antennas, and other components from decommissioned satellites in high-Earth orbit and build new satellites robotically in orbit to reduce the costs of replacing failed satellites.

Raytheon to provide networked sensor and weapons processing for newest Burke-class destroyer

Raytheon to provide networked sensor processing for newest Burke-class destroyer

WASHINGTON, 18 Jan. 2013. U.S. Navy officials needed a networked sensors and weapons-management system for the future Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS Thomas Hudner (DDG-116), the first of the Flight IIA: Technology Insertion versions of the destroyer. They found their solution from the Raytheon Co. Network Centric Systems segment in St. Petersburg, Fla.

Navy chooses General Dynamics to provide flight computers for jet bomber and EW aircraft

Navy chooses General Dynamics to provide flight computers for jet bomber and EW aircraft

PATUXENT RIVER NAS, Md., 17 Jan. 2013. U.S. Navy aviation experts needed advanced flight computers for the service's F/A-18E/F Super Hornet jet fighter bomber and E/A-18G Growler electronic warfare aircraft. They found their solution from General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems in Minneapolis.

Air Force surveys industry for unmanned marine vehicles (UMVs) for Eglin test wing

EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla., 16 Jan. 2013. U.S. Air Force test experts are surveying industry for companies able to provide unmanned marine vehicles (UMVs) and sensor payloads to help monitor and recover air-delivered test weapons and provide other support to the Air Force 96th Test Wing and its ocean test range near Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.

DARPA seeks to develop non-lethal weapons and sensors that pop up from the ocean's depths

DARPA seeks to develop non-lethal weapons and sensors that pop up from the ocean's depths

ARLINGTON, Va., 15 Jan. 2013. Imagine a bunch of distracting laser strobes, electronic warfare jammers, or other kinds of non-lethal weapons that pop up seemingly up without warning from the ocean's depths in the middle of one of the world's naval battle groups.

Air Force seeks to prop-up lagging U.S. space star tracker manufacturing capability

Air Force seeks to prop-up lagging U.S. space star tracker manufacturing capability

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB, Ohio, 13 Jan. 2013. U.S. Air Force researchers are trying to prop-up lagging domestic ability to design modern spacecraft star trackers that are affordable enough for commercial space applications. Star trackers are space-qualified optical devices that help position satellites and manned spacecraft accurately in space.

Pilatus chooses 3U VPX avionics mission computer for PC-21 turboprop trainer aircraft

Pilatus chooses 3U VPX avionics mission computer for PC-21 turboprop trainer aircraft

CHARLOTTE, N.C., 11 Jan. 2013. Avionics designers at Pilatus Aircraft Ltd. in Stans, Switzerland, needed open-architecture mission computer subsystems for the avionics suite of the Pilatus PC-21 high-performance turboprop military trainer aircraft. They found their solution from Curtiss-Wright Controls Inc. in Charlotte, N.C.

IARPA seeks industry help with artificial intelligence approaches to interpreting data

IARPA seeks industry help with artificial intelligence approaches to interpreting data

WASHINGTON, 10 Jan. 2013. U.S. intelligence experts are asking industry for help in developing new artificial intelligence theories that could enable analysts to glean valuable information from probing into the way humans understand complex and abstract concepts.

Navy to approach industry for space-based CCD cameras for Earth observation satellite

Navy to approach industry for space-based CCD cameras for Earth observation satellite

STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss., 9 Jan. 2012. U.S. Navy electro-optics researchers plan to ask industry to develop charge-coupled device (CCD) cameras and simulators as part of a future Earth-observation satellite called Ionospheric Connection Explorer (ICON) that will study the variability of Earth's ionosphere, which can interfere with communications and geopositioning signals.

Air Force eyes network-centric warfare common data link (CDL) of the future

Air Force eyes network-centric warfare common data link (CDL) of the future

HANSCOM AFB, Mass., 8 Jan. 2013. U.S. Air Force communications experts are reaching out to industry for ideas on future common data link (CDL) capability to enable military intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) forces to operate on the network-centric warfare battlefield of the future.

Cobham to provide electronic warfare transmitter antennas for EA-6B and EA-18G aircraft

Cobham to provide electronic warfare transmitter antennas for EA-6B and EA-18G aircraft

LANSDALE, Pa., 7 Jan. 2013. U.S. Navy combat aviation experts needed transmitter antennas for the Navy and Marine Corps EA-6B and EA-18G electronic warfare aircraft. They found their solution from the Cobham plc Sensor and Antenna Systems segment in Lansdale, Pa.

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Ball Aerospace changes organizational structure, divides Civil and Operational Space business unit

BOULDER, Colo., 7 Jan. 2013. Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. officials have instituted an organizational structure change designed to position operating sectors for improved customer efficiency.

DARPA releases solicitation for 100G wireless airborne data communications program

DARPA releases solicitation for 100G wireless airborne data communications program

ARLINGTON, Va., 6 Jan. 2013. Wireless data communications experts at the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) are asking industry to develop a communications link able to transmit data at 100 gigabits per second within one radio frequency channel.

Aerospace chooses semiconductor laser from Avo Photonics for CubeSat small satellites

Aerospace chooses semiconductor laser from Avo Photonics for CubeSat small satellites

HORSHAM, Pa., 4 Jan. 2013. Satellite designers at the Aerospace Corp. in El Segundo, Calif., needed a semiconductor laser illumination source for use on CubeSat miniaturized spaceborne satellites. They found their solution from Avo Photonics Inc. in Horsham, Pa.

General Dynamics to strengthen engineering programs with acquisition of Applied Physical Sciences

FALLS CHURCH, Va., 3 Jan. 2012. General Dynamics (NYSE: GD) has acquired Applied Physical Sciences Corp., a provider of applied research and development services based in Groton, Conn., in a cash transaction for an undisclosed price.

Coherent boosts ultrafast lasers expertise with acquisition of Lumera Laser GmbH

Coherent boosts ultrafast lasers expertise with acquisition of Lumera Laser GmbH

SANTA CLARA, Calif., 2 Jan. 2013. Industrial and military laser specialist Coherent Inc. in Santa Clara, Calif., has acquired Lumera Laser GmbH in Kaiserslautern, Germany, which manufactures ultrafast lasers for micro-electronics, and precision materials processing.

Army eyes all-digital SATCOM terminal to augment today's analog SATCOM Earth stations

Army eyes all-digital SATCOM terminal to augment today's analog SATCOM Earth stations

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md., 31 Dec. 2012. U.S. Army researchers are making plans to develop an all-digital satellite communications (SATCOM) terminal intended eventually to replace today's analog SATCOM terminals, which convert digital data to an analog signal in the modem.

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Consolidated Precision Products acquires Turbine Technologies Group from ESCO Corp.

POMONA, Calif., 31 Dec. 2012. Consolidated Precision Products Corp. (CPP) officials in Pomona, Calif., have completed the acquisition of Turbine Technologies Group from ESCO Corp. in Portland, Ore.

Dell acquires data protection company Credant Technologies

ROUND ROCK, Texas, 29 Dec. 2012. Dell has completed the acquisition of Credant Technologies, a provider of data protection solutions to secure, manage, and control data sent from endpoints to servers, storage, and the cloud.

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