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On your marks: UCLASS competion set to begin

Navy gets wheels in motion to start official competition to build carrier-based combat UAV

PATUXENT RIVER NAS Md., 15 April 2014. Four U.S. designers of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are set to square-off in a do-or-die competition to build the first deployable carrier-based combat UAV. U.S. Navy officials have signaled the imminent release of a soliciation to design the Unmanned Carrier Launched Airborne Surveillance and Strike (UCLASS) aircraft.

BAE Systems wins $6.7 million Navy IFF contract

Navy orders shipboard IFF interrogators from BAE Systems in $6.7 million contract

PATUXENT RIVER NAS, Md., 15 April 2014. U.S. Navy aviation experts needed identification-friend-or-foe (IFF) interrogators for surface ships and land installations to help identify friendly and potentially hostile aircraft. They found their solution from the BAE Systems Electronic Systems segment in Greenlawn, N.Y.

High-speed data converter XMC FPGA module for software-defined radio introduced by Pentek

High-speed data converter XMC FPGA module for software-defined radio introduced by Pentek

UPPER SADDLE RIVER, N.J., 15 April 2014. Pentek Inc. in Upper Saddle River, N.J., is introducing the Onyx model 71741 high-speed data converter Express Mezzanine Card (XMC) FPGA module for software-defined radio applications that require extremely wideband signals.

Ability to verify multicore systems to safety-critical standards offered by LDRA

Ability to verify multicore systems to safety-critical standards offered by LDRA

ATLANTA, 14 April 2014. LDRA Technology Inc. in Atlanta is introducing the ability in the company's software engineering tools to provide verification of multicore systems to safety-critical standards.

SEAKR to build space lasercom digital processor

NASA awards $6.5 million contract to SEAKR to build space digital processor for lasercom

GREENBELT, Md., 13 April 2014. Laser communications (lasercom) experts at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., needed a space-qualified digital processor to support an optical communications relay between Earth and geosynchronous orbit over an extended period. They found their solution from SEAKR Engineering Inc. in Centennial, Colo.

TriQuint RFMD

Executive provides insight into TriQuint-RFMD merger into $2 billion RF company

EXECUTIVE Q&A: TriQuint and RFMD have merged to form a new company (name to be announced) with combined revenue of more than $2 billion, serving the defense/aerospace, network infrastructure, and mobile device communities. A senior manager talks specifically about infrastructure and defense.

NETWORKING: Rugged COM Express Ethernet switch introduced by Diamond

Diamond Systems Corp. in Mountain View, Calif., is introducing the Epsilon-12G2 rugged managed Layer 2+ Ethernet switch COM Express module for rugged military, on-vehicle, and industrial applications.

R-COTS Ethernet switches picked for rocket launch

Rocket designers choose R-COTS Ethernet switches from Curtiss-Wright for Atlas and Delta launch

SALT LAKE CITY, 11 April 2014. Rocket scientists at the United Launch Alliance (ULA) in Centennial, Colo., needed rugged Ethernet switches for the Atlas V and Delta IV launch vehicles. They found their solution from the Curtiss-Wright Corp. Defense Solutions division in Ashburn, Va.

More-than-Moore: the new era of microelectronics development for military applications

With the stakes for achieving superior systems integration continuing to rise, even as military budgets shrink, change is in the air for how military and aerospace companies will meet the need for ever-improving electronics.

Elbit tapped for night-vision data converters

Elbit to provide data conversion processors for Army helicopter night-vision equipment

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md., 11 April 2014. U.S. Army aviation experts needed special processors to convert electronic signals from helicopter sensors to trend information for display on night-vision equipment. They found their solution from Elbit Systems of America LLC in Fort Worth, Texas.

High-speed controller and storage module for defense and industrial uses introduced by Elma

High-speed controller and storage module for defense and industrial uses introduced by Elma

FREMONT, Calif., 11 April 2014. Elma Electronic Inc. in Fremont, Calif., is introducing model 5335/6 high-speed controller and storage embedded computing module for defense and industrial applications ranging from ground, ship- and airborne systems to signals intelligence, engine and automation control, and mission critical information systems.

Powering and cooling embedded electronics

Engineers tap the power of commercial processors while combating power and thermal challenges with modern electronics.

Air Force eyes electronic upgrades to AWACS

Air Force considers major electronic upgrades to AWACS aircraft computers and sensors

HANSCOM AIR FORCE BASE, Mass., 10 April 2014. U.S. Air Force surveillance experts are surveying industry for enabling technologies that would improve the airborne moving target indication (AMTI) capabilities of the E-3 Airborne Warning & Control Systems (AWACS) aircraft.

40 Gigabit Ethernet switch-fabric module for embedded sensor processing offered by Mercury

40 Gigabit Ethernet switch-fabric module for embedded sensor processing offered by Mercury

CHELMSFORD, Mass., 10 April 2014. Mercury Systems Inc. in Chelmsford, Mass., is introducing the Ensemble SFM6104 embedded computing switch-fabric module for complex sensor processing. The module comes with InfiniBand and 40 Gigabit Ethernet capability.

IN BRIEF: TriQuint joins with RFMD to create $2 billion RF and microwave company

TriQuint Semiconductor Inc. and RF Micro Devices Inc. will merge into a $2 billion RF and microwave company, with aerospace and defense playing a major part.

Connector designers innovate to solve SWaP issues

Cutting-edge U.S. military technology relies on innovations in commercial industry. We know this because the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) budget earmarked for military research and development is on a long downward slide.

R-COTS OpenVPX air-flow-through chassis for SIGINT and radar uses offered by Curtiss-Wright

R-COTS OpenVPX air-flow-through chassis for SIGINT and radar uses offered by Curtiss-Wright

ASHBURN, Va., 8 April 2014. The Curtiss-Wright Corp. Defense Solutions division in Ashburn, Va., is introducing the Hybricon AFT16 rugged commercial off-the-shelf (R-COTS) OpenVPX air-flow-through embedded computing chassis for dense, high-performance systems such as SIGINT, ELINT, COMINT, and radar processing.

Rugged, rad-hard 10-bit A/D converter introduced by DATEL for aerospace and defense uses

Rugged, rad-hard 10-bit A/D converter introduced by DATEL for aerospace and defense uses

MANSFIELD, Mass., 7 April 2014. The DATEL Business Unit of Murata Power Solutions in Mansfield, Mass., is introducing the ADS-1011 series analog-to-digital (A/D) converters in hermetically sealed ceramic packages for aerospace and defense applications.

Freescale QorIQ T2080 and T1042-based embedded computing modules introduced by X-ES

Freescale QorIQ T2080 and T1042-based embedded computing modules introduced by X-ES

MIDDLETON, Wis., 6 April 2014. Extreme Engineering Solutions Inc. (X-ES) in Middleton, Wis., is introducing two Freescale QorIQ T2080 and T1042-based embedded computing modules for demanding applications with stringent size, weight, and power (SWaP) limitations.

Reinventing the military RF phased array antenna

DARPA hires seven companies, spends more than $100 million, to reinvent the RF phased array antenna

ARLINGTON, Va., 4 April 2014. U.S. military researchers plan to spend more than $100 million, involve at least seven defense companies, and award at least nine separate contracts in a landmark project to speed development of electronic RF phased array antennas for communications, signals intelligence (SIGINT), radar, and electronic warfare (EW).

Navy asks for five long-range Fire Scout UAVs

Navy asks Northrop Grumman to build five long-range Fire Scout UAVs in $43.8 million contract

PATUXENT RIVER NAS, Md., 3 April 2014. Unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) designers at Northrop Grumman Corp. will build five long-range unmanned helicopters for operation from destroyers and other surface warships under terms of a $43.8 million U.S. Navy contract announced late Wednesday.

Progeny to upgrade Navy ASW planning systems

Progeny Systems to enhance and upgrade Navy anti-submarine warfare (ASW) planning system

WASHINGTON, 2 April 2014. Systems integrators at Progeny Systems Corp. in Manassas, Va., will continue upgrading and enhancing a U.S. Navy decision-support system designed to help Navy commanders plan attacks on enemy submarines.

Navy looks to NAI for synchro-to-digital cards

Navy asks North Atlantic to supply synchro-to-digital cards for shipboard interrogator system

PATUXENT RIVER NAS, Md., 2 April 2014. U.S. Navy shipboard electronics experts needed spare VME synchro-to-digital converter (SDC) circuit card assemblies (CCA) for the AN/UPX-29(V) Interrogator System Mode 5 shipboard identification-friend-or-foe (IFF) system. They found their solution from North Atlantic Industries (NAI) in Bohemia, N.Y.

Hypertemporal imaging: the next Big Challenge for high-performance embedded computing

THE MIL & AERO BLOG, 1 April 2014. It might be a fun exercise to sit with the leading practitioners of high-performance embedded computing (HPEC) to trade opinions about what are the toughest, gnarliest, most knee-buckling HPEC challenges in the foreseeable future.

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April 2014
Volume 25, Issue 4
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