White Papers

The Benefits of Integrated Video Management

July 28, 2015

Typical video management solutions for airborne public safety surveillance are built from a variety of products, such as switches, displays, recorders and mission computers, from different vendors. This often results in in complex integration issues, a “rats nest” of cabling and functionality compromises due to incompatible interfaces or command sets. The most effective system is one which enables crew members to have complete control of surveillance video at the touch of a button, is flexible, and easier to integrate and maintain. The Video Management System (VMS) from Curtiss-Wright has been developed from over two decades of experience delivering the most reliable, flexible and fully featured video management systems flying today, used by airborne law enforcement agencies across the UK and Europe and provides law enforcement with unmatched control and ease of use. This white paper discusses the benefits of a fully integrated VMS for public safety surveillance applications, system functionality and configurations as well as real life examples of the VMS in use.

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High Definition Video Management System for Airborne Applications

July 28, 2015

A flexible high definition video management system is vital in a number of airborne applications such as public safety, surveillance, military, and search and rescue.  Real time video management and recording significantly increases operational effectiveness and post mission analysis capabilities.  Built from over two decades of industry experience, the Curtiss-Wright High Definition (HD) Video Management System (VMS) controls, distributes, records and displays while providing crew members with complete video control at the touch of a button. This white paper discusses the components of a typical VMS and the system configuration as well as the benefits of choosing a completely integrated, pre-validated system over creating your own system with components from multiple vendors.

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Enabling Complex Applications with a Dual Node Single Board Computer

July 28, 2015

Learn about a new approach to SBC design that not only delivers a leap in processing power but also addresses SWaP constraints, software reuse and increased security concerns. This white paper begins by discussing the layout of a dual node SBC, based on a multi-core T2080 Power Architecture® processor, and then looks at its advantages.

A dual node approach delivers on SWaP optimization, because two slots can be consolidated into one. And, because the T2080 brings back the AltiVec vector processing engine, existing AltiVec-based application code is easily reused.

But perhaps the most intriguing benefits to a dual node architecture involve security.  Hardware-level independence between nodes enables a secure separation of red/black (unencrypted/encrypted) processing. With support for Curtiss-Wright Trusted COTS (TCOTS) and for Freescale’s Secure Boot architecture, and this new design becomes an outstanding platform for secure applications.

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Modern radar acquisition, scan conversion and tracking products build a powerful, flexible and cost-effective multi-function console solution

July 28, 2015

Requirements for the implementation of a multi-function console integrating radar video applications include high-resolution radar video acquisition, fast and accurate extraction of plots and tracks from the digitized radar video, and high-quality multiple-window radar scan conversion onto the operator’s console. There may be multiple consoles on larger platforms, each providing their operator with independent views of the outside world and each combining scan converted radar with target tracking synthetics, information totes and potentially live video window feeds. This white paper briefly presents some of the challenges associated with interfacing radar installations to operator consoles. Products described in this paper enable system integrators to build complex, highly functional systems from building blocks with the minimum of development effort, using the numerous benefits associated with Curtiss-Wright’s radar processing and display solutions. With full software support for current Windows and Linux operating systems together with extensive documentation, building a radar console for airborne, ground and naval platforms has never been easier.

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Understanding Intel Processor Throttling for Defense Applications

July 28, 2015

Learn the basics of Intel processor throttling and the advanced cooling techniques needed to ensure consistent performance for defense applications. This white paper starts by discussing why many processor architectures use processor throttling to slow down their clock speed and what circumstances can cause throttling to be initiated.

Then the benefits of throttling are explained, highlighting the differences between commercial and defense applications, before moving to a description of the negative consequences for defense applications. The final section of the white paper examines the unique thermal cooling techniques used by Curtiss-Wright to ensure optimal Intel processor cooling while presenting details on the thermal and throttling performance of our Intel-based SBCs.

The detailed information in this white paper provides a foundation for understanding processor throttling and fundamentals on how to design a system where the processor won’t throttle under normal operating conditions.

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2015 Aerospace and Defense Symposium DVD

July 27, 2015

The DVD contains 17 technical papers focused on electronic warfare, radar, general RF and microwave, satellite and terrestrial communications. Most paper presentations include extensive speaker notes and additional resources such as application notes, datasheets, technical overviews, demo videos and useful web links. Also included is archived symposium content from 2012. Order Now.

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Utilizing Commercial Best Practices for Success in NewSpace

July 27, 2015

Keysight Technologies is excited to support the advancement of NewSpace, that disruptive force in the space industry that is driving completely new business models and is rapidly evolving with the proliferation of small satellites, new applications, services and infrastructure. Keysight has been the leading provider of electronic test and measurement solutions to the space industry for over 75 years. We are committed to providing the critical information, products and services that ensure your technical and business success.

Please download your complimentary copy of Utilizing Commercial Best Practices for Success in NewSpace. This paper describes the challenges facing electronic design and test strategies as a result of these unique NewSpace business models and presents approaches to enable higher volume and lower cost while maintaining high quality standards. 

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2015 Back to Basics DVD - Modern Measurement Fundamentals

July 27, 2015

Your measurement challenges are increasingly complex and the technologies you work with are changing rapidly. The 2015 Back to Basics DVD includes more than 50 new application notes as well as webcasts and videos that cover a wide variety of modern measurement topics from design simulation to digital and modular instrumentation.

The list below is just a sampling of what's new and updated for 2015:

Webcasts/Videos

  • 10 Oscilloscope Innovations You Really Want
  • Fundamentals of RF Design
  • Network Analysis Fundamentals
  • Spectrum Analysis Fundamentals
  • Signal Generation Fundamentals
  • Why Calibrate? What is Calibration

Application Notes:

  • ABC's of Arbitrary Waveform Generation
  • 8 Hints for Making Better Digital Multimeter Measurements
  • Test-System Development Guide Computer I/O Considerations
  • Solutions for Measuring Permittivity and Permeability w/LCR Meters & Impedance Analyzers
  • PXI Interoperability – How to Make PXI-based Test Work for You
  • Why Complex Modulated Optical Signals?
  • 10 Practical Tips you Need to Know About Your Power Products
  • USB Coaxial Switches for RF & Microwave Test and Measurement Applications

And more!

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Crossing Enemy Lines – The Growing Demand for Submersible Technology

July 6, 2015

 In several recent procurement specifications for submersible equipment, U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) has increased the operating depth requirement from the 1 10 meter range, to 20 meters (66 feet) (1).  While no specific reasons have been stated – at least not in unclassified sources – it may be reasonably assumed that this is in response to improved technology and wider deployment of underwater intrusion detection systems by our enemies. The requirement particularly affects equipment components that are directly exposed to water; not those that are contained in watertight enclosures themselves certified for operation at 20 meters depth or greater. This paper examines USSOCOM's emerging requirements for new and updated submersible equipment, with a focus on the factors that qualify such equipment for operation in combat environments.  Specifically, it addresses the components most often considered the weakest link – namely, electrical cable connectors. Typically, significant changes in military equipment requirements such as this spawn innovation in the private sector.  So the paper concludes by reviewing the types of equipment for which the 20-meter submersible capability may soon become standard.

Whitepaper is sponsored by ODU-USA

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RR1P Rugged Removable Canister RAID Disk Array Moves 19 TB From Plane to Ground in 2 Minutes

July 6, 2015

Military Intelligence, Reconnaissance and Surveillance (ISR) applications generate a lot of non-stop and irreplaceable data from sensors, cameras and video feeds- and at high speed. Whether the data is radar, thermalimaging, video or photographs, all the data must be captured in real time without missing a beat. This demanding requirement, where the data storage unit can assure military personnel of constant high speed with virtually no variation is known today as, “Continuous Data Recording.” At mission completion, the recorded data needs to be quickly and safely moved from the vehicle to a ground station for analysis. Of course, the unit must be rugged for mobile deployments and meet stringent military standards for vibration, environmental factors plus EMI. For many applications, it must also fit into tight spaces defined by prior generations of equipment and not weigh more. That is the challenge for airborne, marine and mobile ground operations for ISR data recording in harsh environments.

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Selecting a Bus Analyzer 101

June 18, 2015

As avionics buses on military and commercial aircraft become more varied and complex, a bus analyzer has become an important tool for use during integration, validation, deployment, and maintenance of avionics systems. This new white paper is designed to help make choosing one easier.  

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Delivering Signal Integrity with High-performance FPGAs & Gen3 Bandwidths

June 2, 2015

Get an introduction to the signal integrity issues faced by new FPGA-based OpenVPX designs and learn about system level approach to meeting the challenge. This white paper begins by discussing the limitations of the OpenVPX connector as signal rates are stepped up to support Gen3 bandwidths.  Then it describes Curtiss-Wright’s Fabric40™ initiative, implemented as a series of design rules followed when a board is laid out.

The CHAMP-FX4, a high-performance multi-FPGA module, is presented as a real world example of Fabric40 design success in supporting Gen3 bandwidths without compromising signal integrity.  The white paper presents a detailed description of signal integrity testing that was performed on the CHAMP-FX4, including test results in both tabular and graphic ‘eye diagram’ formats.  The tests clearly demonstrate the high levels of signal integrity maintained by the CHAMP-FX4, signal integrity that guarantees system reliability.

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Multi-channel, Multi-board Coherency for SWaP-Constrained SIGINT and EW

June 2, 2015

Get an introduction to the relationships between direction finding, beamforming and multi-channel coherency.  This white paper begins by discussing how beamforming works and why it is critical to SIGINT and EW applications, and then looks at the need for coherency across multiple input channels to support beamforming.

An Early Warning Receiver example is used, with a sample configuration of three 3U cards, to illustrate a multi-channel coherent system.  The final section of the white paper presents two technology trends, powerful FPGAs and 3U OpenVPX, that are enabling multi-channel coherent solutions that can operate at very high frequencies even when deployed on small platforms.

 The detailed information in this white paper offers system designers an effective approach to meeting the beamforming requirements for a new generation of SIGINT and EW applications.

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Controlling the EMI Effects of Avionic Equipment in Aircraft

June 2, 2015

Not protecting avionic equipment from electromagnetic interference (EMI) can result in detrimental consequences such as degradation or even malfunctioning. EMI can affect cockpit radios and radar signals, interfering with communication between pilot and control tower. Devices that can cause interference in aircraft include laptop computers, electronic games, cell phones, and electronic toys, and all have been suspected of causing events such as autopilot disconnects, erratic flight deck indications, and airplanes turning off course. One major way to combat EMI is to provide EMI shielding of various Line Replaceable Units (LRUs). Shielding a device or system not only reduces EMI emissions, but also improves its susceptibility performance. With advances in wireless aerospace technology, shielding becomes even more important to maintain the functionality and safety of avionic equipment. Manufacturers rely on shielding suppliers such as Orbel Corporation to deliver the technical capabilities and knowledge needed to suppress EMI.

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Unmanned Robots Help Military and Civilian Task Forces to Scout the Terrain and Eliminate Hot Spots

May 21, 2015

Unleashing new possibilities in harsh environments, Kontron´s COM Express® mini module proves to have a small heart with big power for mission-critical situations. The specialists in the successful US television series "The A-Team" were the inspiration when Yosi Wolf and Elad Levy founded their company, Roboteam, in Israel in 2010. Their plan was to develop a specialized task force of unmanned robots in order to support soldiers in the field, and also to simplify the work of governments and civil defense authorities. But in this case, it´s an A-Team made of electronics and iron.  
     
 Application Story Highlights:
• Development strategies for selecting Kontron’s COM Express® technology
• Why COM Express® meets the environmental rigors required by Roboteam
• Importance of scalable and upgradable technology to match computing advancements
• Advantages of continuous control of multiple systems to run applications like 3D imaging and video communication

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Accelerate Development with Application-Specific Profiles

May 13, 2015

Accelerate Development: Flexible, Application-Specific Profiles Solve the Build vs. Buy Dilemma. Kontron’s high-performance COBALT™ family gives developers a fully tested, cost-effective design path allowing them to meet expanding system requirements while accelerating the development to deployment schedule. COBALT™ effectively solves the build vs. buy dilemma by providing a modular building block solution with the integration of established system profiles. Its upgradable processors provide a forever young solution, and COBALT’s system profile options greatly simplify the design process.
 
• Provides a proven alternative to building the system from scratch in a ready-to-use, cost effective rugged enclosure
• Flexible I/O combinations enable OEMs to quickly and economically develop application-specific customization
• For faster integration, COBALT™ configurations include known, established profiles:  removable storage, situational awareness and  switch-stacked/server
• Significantly reduce development resources using a trusted platform that leverages carrier board attributes and mezzanine options flexibility
• Offers a highly-effective starting point for sophisticated, connected embedded designs enabling a powerful competitive advantage
• Further facilitating development, COBALT™ features a configurable front panel for modular I/O profile options

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Massive SSD Storage on Intel Single Board Computers

May 4, 2015

Learn about the technology shift that is using solid state storage drives (SSD) to put ever increasing levels of data storage directly onto Single Board Computers.  This free white paper begins with a discussion of today’s defense applications, especially mission logging and moving maps, which require huge amounts of embedded high speed data storage.   It then presents a recent innovation for addressing this need, putting 10s of GB of Flash solid state memory directly onto SBCs, discussing the SWaP, performance and reliability advantages.

The final section of the white paper offers three examples of Curtiss-Wright Intel-based SBCs that offer up to 128 GB of on-board SSD storage, so applications have the data storage capacity they need without adding additional system slots.

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OpenVPX Chassis Thermal Management: Overview of Cooling Methods

May 4, 2015

Learn about the 10 most common approaches to cooling an embedded computer chassis.  This free white paper begins with a detailed set of thermal management questions to be used during the initial stages of any chassis design.  The paper then presents a list of all the cooling approaches, with approximate power dissipation values.  

After this introduction of thermal management concepts, the white paper examines each cooling approach in detail.  The pros and cons of all the approaches are discussed in detail, along with associated design parameters.  Example chassis are included, where appropriate, as well the relationship to the OpenVPX standard and other common industry standards.

The detailed information in this white paper provides a foundation for evaluating the thermal management issues and choices available to an OpenVPX system design.

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Reducing Development Cycles for 3U VPX Systems

May 4, 2015

This white paper outlines the key challenges system integrators face when building a system with 3U VPX COTS-based solutions. It also explains how the Curtiss-Wright 3U VPX embedded software test infrastructure provides a robust, integrated, and configurable test solution that shortens development cycles, increases test coverage, and verifies hardware performance under high levels of simultaneous interface utilization. The key features of this embedded software infrastructure include a system level Built-In Test (BIT) solution, a configurable stress test suite, hardware-based background BIT, and a common test set infrastructure.

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Video Management Systems Support Services

May 4, 2015

Traditionally there has been a difference between the product support models provided by mission equipment manufacturers and the requirements for aircraft fleet maintenance and equipment certification. Aircraft mission equipment life time cycles are longer than standard commercial product life times.

The integration of different products from multiple suppliers, can often lead to problems with connectivity and functional inconsistencies. This is a common problem attributed to mismatches between different suppliers’ documentation details and product functions. End user training is a common program requirement; this is expensive to provide if a training course has to be created by an installer, solely for any particular program. Some programs require complete control or visibility over the internal build configuration of all units being fitted to the aircraft.

Curtiss-Wright Video Management System (VMS) support services resolves these issues, making it easier for mission equipment installers to work with our products.

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