White Papers

Open Systems Common HBCT Electronics VICTORY Architecture Approach

January 31, 2013

The paper will present an open standards based intra-vehicle network design approach applicable to multiple HBCT platforms using a common set of vehicle agnostic components, leveraging OpenVPX slot profiles and VICTORY Standards. Furthermore, this approach will clearly define and segment vehicle specific interfaces from the common architecture.

We will demonstrate how the approach uses line replaceable modules to support the US Army’s 2-level maintenance concept, is highly scalable, modular, and provides an affordable path to rapid technology refresh. This is accomplished using standard components (computers, network switch, and data storage modules) which can be procured from multiple vendors.

This White Paper brought to you by Curtis-Wright Control Defense Soutions.

Open Standard Gigabit Ethernet Low Latency Video Distribution Architecture

January 31, 2013

Digital Video Distribution is widely adopted in the telecommunications and broadcast industries. The technologies and methods for capturing, distributing, securing, recording, and displaying digital media have seen significant industry wide investment and advancement over the last two decades. Application of these technologies to the military ground market, specifically for situational awareness and low-latency applications (e.g. driving) have become realizable, and are well supported by the adoption of the VICTORY Architecture and Specifications.

This White Paper brought to you by Curtis-Wright Control Defense Solutions.

High-performance Element Processing Architecture for Open Standards Radar Systems

January 31, 2013

One of the largest hurdles to the adoption of DARs faced by today’s military systems integrators is the significant challenge of scaling their programs from traditional systolic DBF designs to fully parallel DBFs. New open standard commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) OpenVPX™-based systems, with their novel approach to backplane interconnection, can provide system designers with the significant architecture flexibility they require to quickly and easily migrate current ESA radar to DAR.

This White Paper brought to you by Curtis Wright Control Defense Solutions.

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High Performance, Rugged GP-GPUs Enable UAVs to Fly Faster/Higher While Mapping Terrain with Synthetic Aperture RADAR (SAR)

January 31, 2013

Small light-weight UAVs SAR have always been a compromise between size, weight, and power, with capability and real-time actionable intelligence. Traditional digital signal processing technologies processing capability struggles to meet small light weight UAV SAR mission requirements in a timely fashion. Rugged COTS GPGPU boards with their impressive processing capability will disrupt the traditional methods of creating and designing SARs for light-weight UAVs.

This White Paper brought to you by Curtis-Wright Defense Control Solutions.

Incorporating FPGA Processing Directly into Ethernet Networks

January 31, 2013

Gigabit Ethernet and other faster Ethernet physical layer interfaces have rapidly become the backbone of many intra-networks in subsystems and entire platforms across the military/aerospace industry. Up to this point CPU modules have been the primary directly connected hosts on most military/aerospace Ethernet networks, regardless of the type of data being transmitted. By directly connecting non-CPU elements like FPGAs to the network, CPU modules can be relieved of data flow responsibilities and freed to perform other work, while data is funneled directly to the required destination.

This White Paper brought to you by Curtis Wright.

Hybrid Capacitors with High Specific Power

January 14, 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 was brought to you by Evans Capacitor Company.

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Benefits and Implementation of Network Multicastin Embedded Computing Architectures

December 28, 2012

With Ethernet and the TCP/IP networking protocols common in the commercial industries becoming so integrated in COTS military and aerospace architectures, it is natural that more advanced networking capabilities from the commercial world will also become available to this industry. Network multicast is one of these networking capabilities that have been proven extremely useful in these new network-centric embedded military designs.

This White Paper brought to you by Curtis Wright.

PCI Express® Carriers and OpenVPX™

December 28, 2012

Mezzanine carrier cards have been used in system designs for many years, and will continue to play an integral part, especially as the performance of processor cards continue to increase in the future. This white paper will discuss the many uses of carrier cards designed specifically for VPX and OpenVPX systems.

This White Paper brought to you by Curtis Wright.

Effective Video Handling on Unmanned Vehicles

December 28, 2012

This paper describes and illustrates some of the many applications for which the GE Intelligent Platforms ICS-8580 rugged video processor is an ideal solution. It has the flexibility and features to greatly ease the system integration burden by providing one platform that can be used in many different ways. The ICS-8580 and the standalone daq8580 are truly unique products in the rugged COTS market. The ICS-8580 and daq8580 are interchangeable for any of the applications cited in this document. Choosing which product should be used is simply a question of optimal system architecture when other processing needs are factored in.

This White Paper was brought to you by GE Intelligent Platforms.

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Embedded Ethernet: Physical Layer Standards

December 28, 2012

This paper introduces the reader to many of the different formats of Ethernet currently used in the embedded market, with specific focus on wired Ethernet for the embedded defense industry. It outlines the various copper and optical interface standards, ranging from the simple 10Mbps “Base-T” interface which ushered in the use of low-cost RJ45 connectors in the commercial world, through to today’s high-speed 40Gbps and 100Gbps datacenter standards which will soon be migrating into the defense sector. Specific focus is placed on Ethernet standards used in common embedded systems designs using standard platforms such as VME and OpenVPX™.

This White Paper brought to you by Curtis Wright.

Assessing the Right Fit for Low Volume, Complex Military/Aerospace Projects

December 28, 2012

While outsourcing is never an easy process, there is often a fairly broad range of solutions within the electronics manufacturing services (EMS) industry for projects with medium-to-high production volumes. Similarly, job shops offer solutions for many low volume, low complexity projects. However, low volume, complex mission critical projects can be far more difficult to source. Lower volumes can drive sourcing challenges and inefficient line utilization in contractors whose business models are primarily focused on medium-to-high volume production. Job shops often lack the processes, infrastructure and breadth of supply chain needed to support complex military/aerospace projects. This paper reviews the attributes needed to support low volume, complex mission critical projects.

This White Paper brought to you by Federal Electronics.

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Latest Radiation Hardened Power Management Products Solve New Design Challenges

November 26, 2012

Advancements in mission critical devices, such as FPGAs and microprocessors, are driving a need for next generation power management solutions.  Increasing power levels, decreasing voltages, and subsequent tighter voltage tolerances are driving radiation hardened suppliers to rethink and introduce new power management devices to meet these increasing demands.  This paper will discuss these challenges in more detail and ways new power management devices are meeting or exceeding these challenges.

White Paper brought to you by Intersil

9 Reasons the RR2P Pluggable Canister RAID is Right for Military Surveillance

November 9, 2012

Swap 20 TB from plane to ground station in 2 minutes.

Challenge:  How to record high resolution, high volume data in a centralized storage unit for multiple surveillance and reconnaissance activities reliably and at high speed; how to store it; and how to rapidly remove it from the plane, ship or vehicle and transfer it to a ground station for analysis.

Solution:  The RR2P “Purpose-Built” Rugged RAID Disk Array with two Pluggable Canisters with total on-line capacity to 20 TB for military data recorders used in mobile surveillance.

Rugged, lightweight and compact, the RR2P delivers the high capacity, high speed and high reliability that make it ideal for new surveillance applications as well as the perfect replacement for earlier generations of equipment that are no longer available.


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Switched Fabrics Support High-Performance Embedded Computing for Military and Aerospace Platforms

October 26, 2012

Recent initiatives to increase the performance and flexibility of modular platforms aimed at high-performance embedded computing (HPEC) are bearing fruit by enabling board and system designers to use high-speed switched fabrics from mainstream high-performance computing (HPC) markets to maximize performance, reduce technical risk and shorten time to solution for advanced military and aerospace applications.

This White Paper brought to you by GE Intelligent Platforms.

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New Technology Enables a Chip Scale Atomic Clock

September 28, 2012

This paper examines the technology, product features, performance specifications and several example applications of the Symmetricom CSAC SA.45s — the world’s first Chip Scale Atomic Clock.

This White Paper is brought to you by Symmetricom.

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MIL-STD-1553 Tutorial

September 7, 2012

This guide provides an introduction to the MIL-STD-1553 data bus, its history, applications, and use. It describes:

-The physical elements that make up the bus.
-The protocol, including the message formats, word types, and command and status words.
-Status word bits and mode commands and their definitions and use, both from the remote terminal and bus controller perspective.
-Issues such as bus loading, major and minor frame timing,

Additionally, this guide introduces the various test plans anddiscusses how the GE Intelligent Platforms MIL-STD-1553 product line can solve some of your testing and application needs. 

This White Paper was sponsored by GE Intelligent Platforms.

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New! Putting FPGAs to Work in Software Radio Systems

September 2, 2012

Now in its 6th edition and recently updated, this handbook reviews the application and advantages of FPGAs for implementing software radio functions such as DDCs (Digital Downconverters). Some of the advantages include design flexibility, higher precision processing, higher channel density, lower power and cost per channel. Pentek SDR products that utilize FPGA technology and their applications are also presented. This White Paper was sponsored by Pentek.

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New! Critical Techniques for High-Speed A/D Converters in Real-Time Systems

September 2, 2012

Now in its 7th Edition and recently updated, this handbook focuses primarily on A/D converters with sampling rates higher than 100 MHz. Sampling and filtering techniques are reviewed, as well as FPGA technology. The latest Pentek high-speed A/D products and applications based on such products are also presented. This White Paper was sponsored by Pentek.

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6 Key Factors in Selecting a Pan/Tilt System

September 1, 2012

The use of pan/tilt devices in camera systems, antennas, and other remote sensing applications has increased substantially over the past several years. And so have the types and vendors of pan/tilts. But not all pan/tilts are created equal.

As a system integrator or camera system manufacturer, your pan/tilt choice can have a big impact on your system cost, reliability and performance. It is an important part of what your customers see and experience, and influences their opinion of your company. The right pan/tilt and the right pan/tilt vendor can ultimately determine the success or failure of your application.

This guide is designed to inform you about pan/tilt systems and key things to consider in making your purchase. 

This White Paper was sponsored by Flir.

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Success Stories: Motion Control Solutions for UAVs and Battlefield Operations

September 1, 2012

High-performance motion control systems are the workhorses that enable payloads to dependably execute their missions with pinpoint accuracy. Usually, a system designer comes up with the idea for the application first—UAV, security sensor, communications system, thermal surveillance, etc.—then almost always bumps into this question: “How do I move this thing so it can do its job in the field?”

Download this brief to see how four innovative companies addressed this challenge. This short compilation of success stories focuses on a small subset of applications, but it illustrates the breadth of possibilities available to control mission-critical payloads. 

This White Paper was sponsored by Flir.

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