White Papers

Rugged Technologies for Deployed Applications

September 11, 2013

Whether you are starting a new design or looking to upgrade an existing subsystem, consideration for the interconnects is critical. OpenVPX has become the architecture of choice for many embedded systems. It provides many benefits including an open architecture. But it has had short-comings in the area of truly rugged connectors. Until now.
 
Mercury Systems and TE Connectivity have developed a new generation of highly ruggedized connectors that provide a rugged, reliable and cost-effective deployable solution. These innovative connectors meet VITA 46 and VITA 48 standards and feature:
 
• significantly reduced fretting for greater reliability even in rugged vibration environments
• significantly higher MTBF for longer life
• support for increased signal speeds eliminating a bottleneck that is throttling back performance
• a design that reduces instances of pin bending
 
Download the technical brief to learn more.

This White Paper brought to you by Mercury Systems.

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Situational Awareness

September 6, 2013

This white paper examines the utilization of image processing, high performance computing and networking to create systems that enhance situational awareness while reducing SWaP (size, weight and power) to increase the availability of the SA data for timely consumption and dissemination.

This White Paper brought to you by GE Intelligent Platforms.

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Outsourced Configuration Management: Does Your Contractor Have Adequate Controls in Place?

August 30, 2013

One of the most commonly cited reasons for not outsourcing is concern about loss of control. A good contractor is an extension of your manufacturing operation and must be able to not only build quality products, but also have the right controls in place to ensure that the product being built conforms with the correct revision of the documentation. This paper looks at three key areas of control focus.
• Project transfer
• First article acceptance
• Engineering change orders.

This White Paper brought to you by Federal  Electronics.

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Hybrid Capacitors with High Specific Power

August 30, 2013

Tantalum hybrid capacitors are designed for demanding applications requiring long life, wide temperature range, reliability, high specific energy and power. The hermetic design fits the expectations of customers involved with military or aerospace applications. The design has continued to evolve over the past 10 – 15 years and the latest version has considerably increased specific power. The capacitors have high specific energy compared to electrolytic capacitors and higher specific power.

This White Paper brought to you by Evans Capacitor Company.

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Agilent Radar Measurements

August 30, 2013

Starts with a brief review of radar basics then focuses on the fundamentals of measuring basic pulsed radars. It takes a look at adaptations of certain measurements for more complex or modulated pulsed-radar systems and emphasizes the measurement of radar signals for transmitter testing.

This White Paper brought to you by Agilent Technologies Inc.

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Single/Multi-Channel and Extended Distance Power Measurement with USB Power Sensors

August 30, 2013

Many of today’s power measurement applications require multiple power measurements to be made simultaneously. This is further complicated in remote applications such as base station testing, where measurements need to be obtained from places where access is inconvenient. This application note details the advantages of using a USB power sensor solution, and also covers the setup for multi-channel power measurement and methodology for lengthening the USB power sensor connection for single-channel power measurement. 


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New! High-Speed Switched Serial Fabrics Improve System Design

August 30, 2013

Recently updated to its 6th edition, this handbook reviews the development of gigabit switched serial fabrics to enhance the VMEbus and PMC mezzanines; the role of FPGAs to implement this technology; and finally, how some of the latest VXS, XMC and VPX products can be used in high-speed data acquisition, recording and software radio systems.

This White Paper brought to you by Pentek.

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COTS Enabled Rapid Development to Deployment

August 29, 2013


In military, aerospace and first responder applications, System Integrators targeting highly rugged applications often utilize conduction cooled modules because of their superior performance in harsh environments. Historically, these have often been proprietary custom designs, but with tighter budgets System Integrators are increasingly turning to COTS suppliers in order to minimize non-recurring costs and shorten time to market.

Whitepaper brought to you by Curtis-Wright

Special Report: Avoid 4 Common Pitfalls of Designing an OpenVPX™ System

August 29, 2013

At Curtiss-Wright, thanks to our diverse product line and customer base, we have encountered a number of common pitfalls that, unless avoided, can wreak havoc on OpenVPX designs. Of these obstacles, we have identified the four most common. And to guide you, we’ve put together some simple, straightforward guidance to help ensure the success of your new OpenVPX system design.

This White Paper brought to you by Curtiss-Wright.

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The Importance of Signal Integrity: Achieving Robust Gen3 >10 Gbaud Signaling in OpenVPX™ Systems

August 29, 2013

The VPX Problem for Chassis & Backplanes
The OpenVPX™ (VITA 65) ecosystem is on the cusp of transitioning from Gen2 to Gen3 signaling, which will bring with it an increase in signaling rates from 6.25 Gbaud to >10 Gbaud. The near doubling of bandwidth resulting from this change brings with it significant design challenges as the MultiGig connector used with OpenVPX approaches its performance limits. Curtiss-Wright has done extensive research to develop best practices for attaining reliable and robust signal integrity performance with Gen3 OpenVPX systems.

OpenVPX and Signal Integrity
While Signal Integrity has been an important consideration for OpenVPX systems designers from its very inception, the critical challenges that Signal Integrity posed for obtaining optimal performance first became widely understood over the last few years as the industry transitioned from Gen1 to Gen2 signaling. While making this transition, many suppliers encountered Signal Integrity issues at Gen2 signaling rates that required greater levels of engineering expertise than had been required with Gen1.

This White Paper brought to you by Curtiss-Wright.

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5 Traps to Avoid When Designing COTS HPEC Sensor Processing Systems

August 29, 2013

Designing very high performance, scalable embedded Sensor Processing systems for defense and aerospace applications has become much easier, cost-effective and flexible in recently years thanks to advances in open architecture standards and the rise in performance and inter-connectivity found in the latest generations of rugged COTS products. Unfortunately, these complex system designs are not without their own unique hurdles. Designers of High Performance Embedded Computing (HPEC) systems, generally used to meet the most demanding sensor processing applications, need to be aware of the most common “traps” to avoid to help minimize extra costs, delayed schedules, and other undesired obstacles to successful deployment of their intended design.

This White Paper brought to you by Curtiss-Wright.

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Strategies to Identify and Protect Sensitive Data

August 23, 2013

Strategies to Identify and Protect Sensitive Data

Protection of technical data is one of the greatest challenges for organizations that must comply with export regulations like ITAR and EAR. Technical data can include design documents, manuals, instructions, photographs and any other information that falls under ITAR or EAR jurisdiction. Often this information is in the form of unstructured data, such as email or documents stored on local desktops, file shares, or collaboration sites like SharePoint, where the data is particularly vulnerable to compliance violations.
Read "ITAR Compliance: Strategies to Identify and Protect Data" whitepaper to learn strategies and tools that can help you:


    • Identify export-controlled technical data and IP
    • Ensure intellectual property and trade secrets remain internal
    • Promote a culture of awareness and accountability
    • Prevent data loss
    • Comply with export control regulations such as ITAR and EAR

Whitepaper by TITUS

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IMS 2013 MicroApps DVD

August 1, 2013

The IEEE MTT-S International Microwave Symposium 2013, the largest gathering of RF/uW professionals in the world, is now behind us. As the sponsor of the MicroApps Pavillion, Agilent Technologies is pleased to offer you a complimentary copy of the official CD containing 50+ papers from the Microwave Application sessions. These 20-minute presentations cover the hottest topics of interest relevant to the RF/uW community.

This White Paper brought to you by Agilent Technologies Inc.

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Cost Savings in Creating Realistic Multi-Emitter Signal Scenarios

August 1, 2013

Describes a commercial, off-the-shelf (COTS) solution for signal generation and analysis, and presents two examples scenarios.

This White Paper brought to you by Agilent Technologies Inc.

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Techniques for Precise Measurements in the Field -CAT and VNA Calibration Techniques

August 1, 2013

Discusses recent advances in VNA calibration and compares measurements using different calibration types for a variety of RF and microwave devices including cables, filters and amplifiers. It discusses QuickCal, full 2-port unknown thru, and enhanced response calibrations. 


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Will Migrating Your Project to Mexico Save You Money?

July 12, 2013

Defense and aerospace contractors are under constant pressure to find ways to reduce cost while complying with U.S. government regulations and meeting challenging delivery schedules. Outsourcing higher labor content products to Mexico can reduce costs as much as 30-40 percent. However, achieving that savings assumes that a Mexican manufacturing partner capable of addressing the challenges inherent in these types of projects is selected. This paper looks at the typical project challenges that should be addressed as part of the transfer of the work and the infrastructure that should be present in a successful cross-border contract manufacturing relationship.

This White Paper brought to you by Federal Electronics Inc.

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How to Measure 5 ns Rise/Fall Time on an RF Pulsed Power Amplifier Using the 8990B Peak Power Analyzer

July 2, 2013

Rise/fall time is one of the key measurement parameters when designing, manufacturing or maintaining pulsed radar power amplifier systems, especially for wideband pulse power amplifiers. Learn how to achieve 5 nanosecond rise/fall time RF pulse measurement with the 8990B peak power analyzer by reading this application note. This article also includes tips on how to consistently obtain accurate rise/fall time measurement results.

This White Paper brought to you by Agilent Technologies Inc. 


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Thermal Modeling and Analysis of an Aircraft Electronics Navigation Unit Under High-Altitude Conditions

June 28, 2013

This paper describes the thermal modeling and analysis of a Transformer/ Rectifier Unit (TRU) attached to civil aircraft for high altitude navigation. A numerical study was conducted to determine and validate the thermal performance of an electronics navigation unit operating at high altitude. An initial design concept was investigated. An approach of the proper estimating of an external heat transfer coefficient on the unit was discussed and implemented. Numerical modeling of heat exchangers was also discussed. The objectives of the modeling project were to verify the viability of a conceptual design and to construct a validated numerical model to be used later for future analyses.

This White Paper brought to you by Mentor Graphics.

Case Study: The Use of Virtualization in Embedded Systems

May 31, 2013

Virtual machine (VM) technology enables multiple disparate operating systems and associated applications to run on a single hardware platform. The use of virtualization is widely established in the server and desktop environment. However, the benefits of VMs are applicable to the military domain where powerful embedded computing technology can fully support virtualization. This paper describes how virtual machines can provide needed flexibility to run multiple diverse existing applications within the small physical footprint and power envelope required by many military platforms.

This White Paper brought to you by Curtis-Wright Controls.

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Eliminating Design Risk from the System Integration Equation

May 31, 2013

Given the realities of time-to-market pressures, reduced budgets and increased competition, there can be little argument that integrators of military systems get a far bigger return of investment from the time and resources that they commit to their system’s software, as opposed to time spent configuring the underlying COTS components that comprise the application platform upon which their “secret sauce” will run.

This White Paper brought to you by Curtis-Wright Controls Ashburn.

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