White Papers

NVIDIA’s Tegra K1: A Game-Changer for Rugged Embedded Computing

August 25, 2014

Many applications that could have benefited from GPU technology were prevented from doing so by SWaP constraints. NVIDIA®’s Tegra® K1 changes that.

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Optimizing Unmanned Vehicle Thermal Performance

August 13, 2014

Unmanned vehicles need a leap in efficiency for next-generation missions. See how ADLINK uses the 4th generation Intel® Core™ processor family to boost throughput up to 4x without increasing thermal budgets.

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The Benefits of Integrated Video Management

August 7, 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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Five Budget-Busting Cost Drivers that Threaten Sensor Processing System Design

August 7, 2014

Recent advances in open architecture standards and the rise in performance and inter-connectivity found in the latest generations of rugged COTS products have made designing very high performance, scalable embedded Sensor Processing systems for defense and aerospace applications much easier, cost-effective and flexible. However, experience has revealed a number of unique hurdles, each a potential threat to reaching their program’s goals, that designers of the complex High Performance Embedded Computing (HPEC) systems used for demanding sensor processing applications, need to fully understand. We have identified the five most common “traps” that can increase design risk, drive cost overruns and delay schedules. For each of these traps we have also identified the most effective mitigating solution. Download to read the entire whitepaper.

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PMC-704 Video Capture & Input Capabilities

August 7, 2014

This paper discusses some key capabilities of Curtiss-Wright Control Defense Solution’s PMC-704 dual input/output video display controller. This rugged PMC (IEEE 1386.1) mezzanine module combines user flexibility and multi-input support. It reduces the integration time and complexity of graphics display solutions required for defense & aerospace platforms. The PMC-704 card features rich graphics and video capture and is designed for use in rugged applications including Helmet Mounted Displays (HMD), Heads Up Displays (HUD), avionics cockpit displays, command and control and digital moving maps. The PMC-704’s AMD (ATI) MOBILITY RADEON™ 9000 (M9) graphics processor unit (GPU) supports both legacy and current video interfaces, making it an ideal solution for both new designs and the retrofit of legacy ground, naval and avionics platforms. Read more by downloading the whitepaper today.

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Fabric40™: An Introduction

August 7, 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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Fabric40™ OpenVPX™ Signal Integrity: Gen3 OpenVPX Backplanes Supporting 10.3 Gbaud Signaling Systems

August 7, 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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Smart Affordable Condition Based Maintenance Tools, Technology and Services

July 21, 2014

This paper examines the maintenance challenges facing DoD, the goals of the Condition Based Maintenance plus (CBM+) initiative, and the revolutionary potential of cloud-based predictive analytics for military maintenance applications.

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Thinking Outside of the Box: Optimizing System Design With Embedded Expertise

July 8, 2014

Increasing technical requirements and tighter budgets provide challenges to integrators designing optimal system solutions for SWaP-constrained spaces. Dialoguing with highly knowledgeable COTS vendors early in the design process provides integrators with alternative systems engineering perspectives that result not only in better SWaP-optimized solutions, but reduced cost and schedule times.  As a leading COTS vendor, Curtiss-Wright is exposed to a myriad of design problems every day, and has unmatched expertise in properly addressing constraints and providing innovative approaches to any design issue. Allowing our COTS hardware experts to mitigate SWaP-constraints early on in the embedded system design process results in highly-optimized re-architected solutions, and eliminates cost, weight, and schedule penalties. Download our whitepaper today.

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

July 8, 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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Addressing Common COTS Misconceptions

July 8, 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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Durability of COTS Modules in Tactical Fighter Environments

July 8, 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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The Cure for the System Test & Qualification Headache: Pre-Qualified Systems Slash Design Risk, Lower Costs, and Speed Deployment

July 8, 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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Putting FPGAs to Work in Software Radio Systems

June 5, 2014

Recently updated and expanded, this handbook reviews the latest FPGA technology and how it can be put to use in software radio systems. FPGAs offer significant advantages for implementing software radio functions such as digital downconverters and upconverters. These advantages include design flexibility, higher precision processing, lower power, and lower cost. Pentek SDR products that utilize FPGA technology and their applications are also presented.

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Game-Changing Technologies in Electronic Warfare

June 2, 2014

In no other warfare area is a clear pre-planned product improvement technology roadmap so critical as in the relentless EW world. As more and more modern threats emerge, EW systems must adapt or become obsolete overnight. That is why any solution must be based on state-of-the-art open systems architecture building blocks that can be both rapidly modified and implemented in both scalable and modular approaches. This paper describes how two new technologies are pushing, and will continue to push, the frontiers of the possible in EW.

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A Comparison of AXISFlow and MPI Middlware

April 29, 2014

This white paper will examine the merits of both MPI (Message Passing Interface) and AXISFlow to illustrate their strengths and weaknesses in SWaP-constrained High Performance Embedded Computing (HPEC) system applications.

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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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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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Mil & Aero Magazine

September 2014
Volume 25, Issue 9
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