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Why electronics size, weight, and power really matter

Mon, 12 Sep 2011|


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Okay. This is the military and aerospace electronics report. And John Keller. Wish I had a nickel for every time I've heard -- when the power. In describing the needs of electronics design for aerospace and defense He uses. Yang -- swap please. I've heard before. I know electronic components are getting smaller. It's the technological story of the past thirty years or so and sometimes. I just get tired -- -- it. That is until -- see -- story is compelling as I did today. The drives home why some of the most important reasons why shrinking size weight and power so important. Our friends -- general dynamics C four systems in Scottsdale Arizona are about to take on the challenge that well. I think it's pretty -- using. They're about to tackle project. To design and install it chipped in soldiers -- Kentucky. That detects chemical. Biological. And radioactive threats and then. Sends out a warning in real time. Anyone on that tactical network. Imagine that. -- -- That fits in -- -- radio. And the handles. Chemical biological. Radiation detection as well as the wireless networking capability. Necessary to characterize the threat. And broadcast -- All that in just one -- which most likely will be field programmable -- -- war PGA. The army research development and engineering centers -- branch at Aberdeen proving ground in Maryland. Is negotiating a contract with general dynamics to create software for the joint warning and reporting networks. Component interface device on a chip. Then bill install that chip and that AM PRC 154. Rifleman radio which general dynamics builds as part of the army's joint tactical radio system. Think -- -- -- this. Many soldiers on the battlefield if not every soldier. We'll have a radio with the chemical biological. Radiation detector built -- Now imagine a cloud of poisoned gas biological. Agents or radiation. That washed down over some of those soldiers. These specially equipped radios will detect a threat. And relay its type in concentration. Over the radios tactical communications network. Some processor located some more on that network will analyze all the threat data. And create a picture overlay on a map of just where the threat exists and where it's most dangerous. Then. Over those same soldier -- Soldiers on the scene can receive those -- maps which they can view over a variety of wearable -- -- meant to displace. All this information. Available in seconds. Made possible by just a chip mounted unobtrusive -- and the soldiers hand held radio. Next time I get sick of hearing about swap. I'll think about this project. And about what swap truly represents. For the military and aerospace electronics report. I'm John. Okay. And.