White Papers

The Benefits of Integrated Video Management

April 3, 2014

The most effective video management systems (VMS) for airborne law enforcement surveillance enable a platform’s crew members to control their video options – such as sensor inputs, screen configuration, underlay maps and video recording –directly from their touchscreen display. When a crew member’s display also serves as the VMS control center, complete control of surveillance video comes at the touch of a button. Read more by downloading our whitepaper today.

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Addressing Common COTS Misconceptions

April 3, 2014

While the COTS approach to rugged deployed system design for defense and aerospace applications is generally well understood and widely embraced, there remain some areas in which customers may harbor misconceptions about the ability of COTS products and vendors to satisfy certain technical or program management requirements. Some of these lingering misconceptions relate to Reliability & Environmental and Performance & Functionality aspects of COTS technology, as well as the ability of COTS vendors to provide the Program Management required to support the Statement of Work (SOW), and to address the challenge of Lead-Free Risk Reduction. For each of these misconceptions there are strong refutations, based on research, experience, and qualification that directly address and assuage the concerns of customers. Explore these common misconceptions and how they can be addressed by downloading the white paper.

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The Cure for the System Test & Qualification Headache: Pre-Qualified Systems Slash Design Risk, Lower Costs, and Speed Deployment

April 3, 2014

This white paper illustrates how previously qualified systems are ideal for use as the cornerstone of future development. With their inherently lower risk and cost-effectiveness, pre-qualified integrated systems enable system designers to deploy faster, with greatly reduced schedule risk. Typically, when a subsystem is designed from the ground up, the system integrator must submit the new subsystem to a rigorous regimen of testing, both environmental and architectural, to ensure the new design can perform optimally in the harsh defense and aerospace environments in which it’s intended to be deployed. Download white paper to read more.

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Fabric40™ OpenVPX™ Signal Integrity: Gen3 OpenVPX Backplanes Supporting 10.3 Gbaud Signaling Systems

April 3, 2014

Now that the industry is moving to Gen3 signaling, it is important to understand that this transition requires a significant increase in the level of SI tools, capability, expertise, and know-how to ensure successful design and implementation of your OpenVPX system. Driving this complexity is the fact that the MultiGig connector used in VPX systems was originally designed for 6.25 Gbaud signaling rates.

Signal Integrity performance is a cumulative performance issue. With the new >10 Gbaud Gen3 OpenVPX signaling rates, other parts of the signal path must be over-optimized to compensate for the VPX connectors that are in the signal path. Curtiss-Wright has done extensive research to develop highly optimized 10G compliant design techniques for attaining reliable and robust signal integrity performance with Gen3 OpenVPX systems. Our new Fabric40 family of products is designed to address these design challenges. Download the white paper to learn more.

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Fabric40™: An Introduction

April 3, 2014

This white paper is the first in a series about the benefits of using the latest 40 Gbps interconnects for use in Defense and Aerospace rugged deployed COTS systems. This series of white papers will describe aspects of designing with 40 Gbps interconnects, such as 40 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) and QDR InfiniBand®. This series will also discuss Curtiss-Wright’s end-to-end family of 40 Gbps fabric-enabled products, organized under the Fabric40™ family, the latest addition to our FabricX™ Initiative , designed for use in ISR applications. Learn more by downloading the white paper.

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Techniques for Precision Validation of Radar System Performance in the Field

March 28, 2014

This application note provides an overview of field testing radar systems and Line Replaceable Units (LRU) using high-performance FieldFox combination analyzers having multiple measurement modes including a peak power analyzer, vector network analyzer, spectrum analyzer and vector voltmeter. This application note will show several measurement examples of pulsed and secondary radar signals and also reviews the basics of monopulse radar.

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New! Software Defined Radio Handbook

March 20, 2014

The folks at Pentek, who wrote the book on software radio, are pleased to announce their recently released and expanded Software Defined Radio Handbook. Recently updated to its 10th edition, the handbook covers the principles of sampling, the inner workings of the SDR, actual board- and system-level implementations, and available COTS products. Downloaded thousands of times, this handbook has proved to be an invaluable technical reference for engineers.

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RF/Microwave Technologies - A Better Alternative In Defense Electronics

March 11, 2014

The Defense Industry is facing many challenges. From shrinking budgets to Better Buying Power 2.0 to increased competition for program wins. And, for applications that rely on RF and microwave technologies, the supply base is highly fragmented resulting in increased costs and risks for prime contractors. Mercury is pioneering open architectures for RF/Microwave solutions and has implemented a concept around Advanced Microelectronics Centers (AMC) to provide the design, manufacturing and testing capabilities needed to deliver on key program needs. This whitepaper discusses why open architectures will be a game changer in RF/Microwave and what makes the AMCs unique and relevant.

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COTS Recorder with 2TB Removable FIPS 140-2 Validated Storage

March 4, 2014

This whitepaper covers how Curtiss-Wright data recorders are used to capture critical data in deployed Defense & Aerospace applications. The recorded data, is extremely valuable, its value directly related to the cost of individual missions for that type of aircraft or vehicle and the length of flight or mission time. In addition to being valuable, the data is often sensitive and must be protected from unauthorized access both during and after the mission. Types of data recorders include Mission Recorders that are built into aircraft or mobile vehicles and Instrumentation Recorders that are used to capture data on test vehicles or subsystems. Once a mission is completed, this valuable and sensitive recorded data must be transported from the platform via removable, rugged storage units. Download this whitepaper to read more about Curtiss-Wright's COTS Recorder with 2TB Removable FIPS 140-2 Validated Storage.

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Durability of COTS Modules in Tactical Fighter Environments

March 4, 2014

The ability of COTS electronic modules to meet the environmental requirements of tactical fighter jets has long been questioned, with one of the primary concerns being vibration survivability. As a result, much of the electronics has been packaged using custom or pseudo-custom form factors. With the move to more open systems architectures, there is an opportunity to re-evaluate COTS modules to see how rugged they can be. Most suppliers of rugged COTS modules offer several grades of ruggedness for their products, from lab-grade air-cooled versions to base rugged conduction-cooled versions to highly rugged modules with enhancements to meet extended durability requirements. Examples of these enhancements include connector changes for high vibration and BGA underfill materials for thermal cycling. Modules built to the new VPX standards (VITA 46, VITA 48 and VITA 65) offer several advantages for open systems architectures in tactical fighter jet environments. Download the white paper to learn more.

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Beyond DVE: Options for Improving Situational Awareness

February 21, 2014

There are technologies available today that vastly improve the current DVE (driver vision enhancement) systems most commonly deployed and this paper explores options for closing the gap between natural vision and indirect vision in all conditions, allowing deployed forces to see, understand, and react to their surroundings in safety even when visual integrity is compromised.

 

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New Video Management Systems

February 4, 2014

Today’s video management systems (VMSs) require flexible components that allow end users to capture and analyze the most reliable mission data possible in a compact, customizable package. To meet that challenge, Curtiss-Wright has engineered several video management building blocks (displays, recorders, and video distribution units) that can be combined and configured to meet different mission requirements. This paper explores some current and proposed implementations of video management systems to demonstrate the advantages they offer—including easier integration and maintenance, reduced cost, higher reliability, and flexibility and scalability for platform upgrades--in real-world applications. If you’re ready to explore your options or see what others are doing, download the White Paper today.

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Application Note: Next Generation Graphics Display Modules Help Drive Embedded Training

February 4, 2014

Today, the U.S. Army increasingly desires the ability to integrate embedded training capabilities directly into deployed platforms to allow crew members to run training scenarios in-vehicle in their downtime. This approach enables vehicle crews to benefit from training in the actual platform while eliminating the significant costs, logistics and risks of deploying large dedicated mobile training units. As embedded training systems become more sophisticated, higher-end COTS equipment is enabling designers to implement complicated training scenarios. One example is Curtiss-Wright’s new VPX3-716 which delivers all the performance and features needed to achieve the U.S. Army’s preferred approach of integrating training capabilities directly into a ground vehicle’s existing mission processing subsystems. This low-power, compact 3U board with its unmatched I/O provides a SWaP-optimized solution for quickly integrating no-compromise graphics processing into an available system slot or via a compact, lightweight dedicated embedded training LRU. Learn more by downloading the white paper.

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Anti-Tamper Technology: Safeguarding Today’s COTS Platforms

January 22, 2014

Secure embedded computer and communications systems are critical for mission success in today’s environment of escalating cyber threats. Data integrity must be protected as it is processed, stored, and transmitted. The strategic risk management of these systems is known as Information Assurance (IA), which entails a combination of physical, technical, and administrative controls. At the core of an assured system is an authentic, trusted foundation based on Anti-Tamper (AT) safeguards using layered security features at the hardware, firmware, and software level. GE Intelligent Platforms is responding to the need for assured systems by incorporating product features that enable anti-tamper safeguards. This paper focuses on the use of COTS anti-tamper frameworks to support secure platforms and provide information assurance.

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New! High-Speed, Real-Time Recording Systems

December 31, 2013

Updated to its 2nd Edition, this handbook reviews some of the techniques and features that are widely desired in a high-speed, real-time recording system. These include, among others, the use of a non-proprietary file system, such as NTFS, the use of a client-server architecture, and the presence of an API for integrating the recorder into a larger system. Pentek Talon Recorders are also reviewed and links are provided for full specifications of these products.

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Potting Compounds Offer Superior Protection for Electronic Circuits

December 31, 2013

Potting and encapsulation compounds are designed to completely enclose a component, module or PCB. This effectively shields the unit from its surroundings while providing structural support and imparting the highest protection from external conditions. There are a variety of potting formulations on the market today that suit the needs of diverse applications.

However, a balance must be developed when deciding on the best material. Factors such as handling and processing, open time, viscosity and cure schedules must be considered when determining which formulation to go with. Learn more about the performance properties of epoxies, silicones, UV curables, and B-staged epoxies, plus the packaging options available, to see which is best for the manufacturing and assembly of your electronic device.

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OpenVPX™ Interoperability and Rugged Signal Processing

December 30, 2013

Open-standards based COTS systems for signal processing applications are among some of the most demanding in terms of backplane complexity, heterogeneous module usage, and thermal management. Part of the challenge confronting designers of rugged signal processing systems is the need for modules and backplanes that can support multiple fabric planes. When it first emerged, the VPX™ system and board architecture immediately provided a superior form factor for signal processing than was available with VME. VPX’s significantly greater bandwidth, support for distributed architectures and vastly improved ruggedization made it an ideal choice for modern compute-intensive signal processing applications.

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High-performance Converters and VPX: Bridging the RF-to-Digital Divide

December 30, 2013

While defense systems are far from the first to realize the benefits of digital technology, they nevertheless obtain extraordinary benefits from it. However, one of greatest challenges remains the transformation of analog signals captured over the air into digital data streams--without using large amounts of intervening RF and microwave hardware. Thanks to advances in analog-to-digital and digital-to-analog converters, FPGAs, and digital signal processing, this last bastion of analog technology is finally succumbing to the siren song of “digitization.”

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COTS Continuum for Defense Systems

December 30, 2013

Today’s Defense & Aerospace deployed system development is driven by the DoD’s Defense Acquisition Management System. This formal approach calls out three major decision authority review stages. At the first review stage, Milestone A, the decision is made whether or not to advance the program from the Material Solution Analysis phase to the Technology Development phase. At Milestone B the decision whether to progress from Technology Development to Engineering and Manufacturing Development occurs. And at Milestone C the decision to proceed from Engineering and Manufacturing Development to Production and Deployment takes place. For the PM, each of these phases presents potential risks to the successful conclusion of their system development program in areas such as cost management, scheduling and technology choices. Counterfeit protection is another example of an emerging risk which PMs must have a strategy to combat. Learn more by downloading the COTS Continuum White Paper.

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