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IARPA seeks to move high-performance computing beyond CMOS and floating point

IARPA seeks to move high-performance computing beyond CMOS and floating point

WASHINGTON, 14 March 2013. Government computer scientists are asking industry for information that could lead to new levels of computational performance with dramatically lower power, space, and cooling requirements than the high-performance computing (HPC) systems of today.

Industrial and motion control technologies making fundamental shift to Ethernet, study says

Industrial and motion control technologies making fundamental shift to Ethernet, study says

LONDON, 14 March 2013. Worldwide use of Ethernet with motor drives and motion controllers will more than triple in the five years between 2011 and 2016, say market researchers at IHS Inc. in London. Ethernet accounted for 1.8 million new connected nodes in 2011.

DHS asks industry for big improvements in X-ray detection of IEDs in airport security

DHS asks industry for big improvements in X-ray detection of IEDs in airport security

WASHINGTON, 13 March 2013. Baggage screening experts at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in Washington are reaching out to industry to find revolutionary new ways of using X-ray at airport security check points to detect improvised explosive devices (IEDs) hidden in passenger luggage.

Air Force scours industry for replacement part to nuclear bomber communications system

Air Force scours industry for replacement part to nuclear bomber communications system

TINKER AIR FORCE BASE, Okla., 12 March 2013. U.S. Air Force aircraft communications experts are scouring industry to find companies able to build replacements for the obsolete CU-2421 antenna coupler for the AN/ARC-211 HF radio that Rockwell Collins in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, designed for the B-2 stealth strategic bomber aircraft.

Navy to install FACE-based avionics computer upgrade in Marine Corps AV-8B attack jet fleet

Navy to install FACE-based avionics computer upgrade in Marine Corps AV-8B attack jet fleet

PATUXENT RIVER NAS, Md., 11 March 2013. U.S. Navy officials are carrying out a plan to upgrade the mission systems computer (MSC) for the U.S. Marine Corps Boeing AV-8B Harrier II attack jet with industry-standard interfaces that meet guidelines of the Future Airborne Capability Environment (FACE).

Beechcraft to protest U.S. Air Force selection of SNC, Embraer A-29 Super Tucano

WICHITA, Kan., 9 March 2013. Beechcraft Corp. officials announced plants to protest the U.S. Air Force’s award of a roughly $427.5 million Light Air Support contract to competitor Embraer and Sierra Nevada Corp. (SNC).

DARPA releases solicitation for expanded program to reuse parts from orbiting dead satellites

DARPA releases solicitation for program to reuse parts from orbiting dead satellites

ARLINGTON, Va., 8 March, 2013. Spacecraft experts at the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) in Arlington, Va., have released a formal solicitation for the Phoenix program, which seeks to reuse satellite antennas, apertures, and other components from decommissioned satellites.

Army looks to Benchmark Electronics for special Air Warrior helicopter air crew transceivers

Army looks to Benchmark Electronics for special Air Warrior helicopter air crew transceivers

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md., 7 March 2013. U.S. Army helicopter warfare experts needed special RF transceivers for the Army's Air Warrior program to improve the effectiveness and survivability of Army helicopter crew members. They found their solution from The Benchmark Electronics Inc. Minnesota Division in Rochester, Minn.

BAE Systems to help lead extended Army research to develop battlefield micro robots

BAE Systems to help lead extended Army research to develop battlefield micro robots

MERRIMACK, N.H., 6 March 2013. Micro robot experts at the BAE Systems Electronic Systems sector in Merrimack, N.H., will help U.S. Army researchers develop bio-inspired micro-robotics technology to extend the remote sensing capability of U.S. ground forces under terms of a $43 million contract extension announced Tuesday.

DARPA TERN program seeks to operate long-endurance UAVs from fleets of small ships

DARPA TERN program seeks to operate long-endurance UAVs from fleets of small ships

ARLINGTON, Va., 5 March 2013. U.S. government researchers are trying to develop a medium-altitude long-endurance unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) for long-term maritime surveillance that can launch and recover from small ships to provide airborne intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) and strike mobile targets anywhere, around the clock.

Army looks to iRobot for lightweight throwable robots for battlefield situational awareness

Army looks to iRobot for lightweight throwable robots for battlefield situational awareness

WARREN, Mich., 4 March 2013. U.S. Army officials are ordering a five-pound throwable unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) to provide infantrymen with hasty situational awareness, persistent observation, and the ability to investigate confined spaces on the battlefield.

Sikorsky, Boeing partner to submit X2 Technology helicopter design to support U.S. Army Future Vertical Lift initiative

WASHINGTON, 2 March 2013. Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX), and Boeing (NYSE:BA) are submitting a joint proposal to build a demonstrator aircraft based on Sikorsky's X2 Technology rotorcraft design for the U.S. Army's Joint Multi-Role (JMR) Technology Demonstrator (TD) Phase 1 program.

DARPA to brief industry 18 March on program to create common RF phased array building blocks

DARPA to brief industry 18 March on program to create common RF phased array building blocks

ARLINGTON, Va., 1 March 2013. Military researchers are trying to save time and money in the development of RF phased arrays for radar, communications, and electronic warfare (EW) by creating common building blocks to help designers avoid starting from scratch every time they build a new RF array.

Embedded computing expert VersaLogic sets up new headquarters near Portland, Ore.

Embedded computing expert VersaLogic sets up new headquarters near Portland, Ore.

TUALATIN, Ore., 1 March 2013. VersaLogic Corp., which provides rugged industrial computers for embedded control and industrial control, has moved its headquarters from Eugene, Ore., to the Portland, Ore., metro area.

Army eyes mast-mounted infrared sensors able to detect and track humans and aerial drones

Army eyes mast-mounted infrared sensors able to detect and track humans and aerial drones

FORT BELVOIR, Va., 28 Feb. 2013. U.S. Army researchers are surveying industry to find companies able to build ground-based wide-area infrared search and track (IRST) sensors that can track unmanned aerial drones, as well as humans on foot, art ranges as far as several kilometers.

Air Force places urgent order for VarTech 20.1-inch displays for F-15 avionics test bench

Air Force places urgent order for VarTech 20.1-inch displays for F-15 avionics test bench

ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga., 27 Feb. 2013. U.S. Air Force officials are placing an urgent order to VarTech Systems Inc. in Baton, Rouge, La., for 27 of the company's VT201R 20.1-inch rack-mount liquid crystal display (LCD) panels for an upgrade to avionics test benches for the Boeing F-15 jet fighter aircraft.

Specification enhancements approved to speed PCI/104-Express and PCI Express/104 data rates

Specification enhancements approved to speed PCI/104-Express and PCI Express/104 data rates

NUREMBERG, Germany, 26 Feb. 2013. The PC/104 Consortium, the embedded computing organization that maintains specifications supporting the PC/104 form factor, has approved enhancements to the PCI/104-Express and PCI Express/104 specifications, with provisions for PCI Express Generation 2 and Generation 3.

A & J to provide mil-spec electronics enclosures for two Navy littoral combat ships

A & J to provide mil-spec electronics enclosures for two Navy littoral combat ships

PANAMA CITY, Fla., 26 Feb 2013. U.S. Navy shipboard electronics experts will look to A & J Manufacturing Co. in Tustin, Calif., to provide mil-spec electronic equipment enclosures and related equipment for the Multiple Vehicle Communications Systems (MVCS) on two new littoral combat ships (LCS).

Thales to operate Visionix and InterSense HMD acquisitions as Thales Visionix Inc.

Thales to operate Visionix and InterSense HMD acquisitions as Thales Visionix Inc.

ARLINGTON, Va., 25 Feb. 2013. Thales USA in Arlington, Va., has completed the acquisition of the Visionix helmet-mounted display (HMD) and InterSense motion tracking businesses formerly owned by Gentex Corp. in Zeeland, Mich., and is operating the combined acquisitions as Thales Visionix Inc.,a wholly-owned subsidiary of Thales.

Air Force asks Boeing for compact laser targeting system for forward-deployed combat controllers

ORLANDO, Fla., 22 Feb. 2013. The Boeing Co. Defense, Space & Security segment in Orlando, Fla., will provide the U.S. Air Force with a lightweight, compact laser targeting system under terms of a $3 million contract announced this week to help direct Air Force combat controllers direct combat aircraft pilots to their correct targets.

Air Force takes first step in replacing obsolete CRT displays in F-15E jet fighter-bomber

Air Force takes first step in replacing obsolete CRT displays in F-15E jet fighter-bomber

ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga., 21 Feb. 2013. U.S. Air Force avionics experts are taking the first steps in replacing obsolescent cathode ray tube (CRT) displays in the Boeing F-15E jet fighter-bomber with contemporary technology such as liquid crystal displays (LCDs) or other flat-panel technology.

DARPA moves ahead with Active Authentication (AA) to secure computers without passwords

DARPA moves ahead with Active Authentication (AA) to secure computers without passwords

ARLINGTON, Va., 20 Feb. 2013. Government researchers are looking into software approaches for securing military computer systems with advanced biometrics rather than user passwords in ways that focus on the unique aspects of the individual.

Air Force challenges industry to step up for cutting-edge research in laser medicine

Air Force challenges industry to step up for cutting-edge research in laser medicine

ARLINGTON, Va., 19 Feb. 2013. U.S. Air Force researchers are asking commercial companies and universities to join a program aimed at using lasers and other light source technology to develop applications in medicine, photobiology, surgery, and closely related materials sciences for military needs.

Boeing joins Tawazun ADASI to develop unmanned vehicles and payloads in Middle East

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates, 19 Feb. 2013. The Boeing Co. Defense, Space & Security in St. Louis and Abu Dhabi Autonomous Systems Investments Co. (ADASI) in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates are working together to address the growing Middle East market for unmanned systems, Boeing officials say.

IARPA kicks off superconducting research program for high-performance computing

IARPA kicks off superconducting research program for high-performance computing

WASHINGTON, 18 Feb. 2013. Computer scientists at the U.S. Intelligence Advanced Projects Agency (IARPA) in Washington will brief industry 12 March on an upcoming project to investigate substituting superconducting computing technology for conventional computing technologies and metal interconnects in an attempt to cut the power demands of high-performance computing.

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