Software for PCM telemetry runs on Windows NT

A new software package known as DataXpress from SBS Technologies in Carlsbad, Calif., is due to begin Beta testing next month at the GTE Government Systems Electronic Systems Division in Mountain View, Calif. GTE designers are attempting to get PCM telemetry processing from satellites off expensive mainframes and onto what Mike McDaniel, technical program manager for GTE`s program office, calls "more user friendly personal computers."

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A new software package known as DataXpress from SBS Technologies in Carlsbad, Calif., is due to begin Beta testing next month at the GTE Government Systems Electronic Systems Division in Mountain View, Calif. GTE designers are attempting to get PCM telemetry processing from satellites off expensive mainframes and onto what Mike McDaniel, technical program manager for GTE`s program office, calls "more user friendly personal computers."

GTE`s customers needed to reduce the maintenance and equipment costs for their satellite support systems, he notes, and they were faced with continually upgrading their computers to accommodate new digital modulation schemes. Windows 95 was ruled out as not being sufficiently secure, so GTE turned to DataXpress, which runs on the Windows NT operating system. Furthermore, according to McDaniel, the personal computers can be modified with new cards, such as digital signal processors.

The new software, which was announced last October but will not be officially released until June, is also being aimed at satellite monitoring and avionics testing applications that have traditionally required proprietary systems using costly high-end workstations. McDaniel says he hopes to begin installing the packages at customer sites (government and industry) by August and have as many as 10 systems in operation by the end of the year. - J.R.

For more information on DataXpress, contact Larry Heminger, manager of the Data Systems Group of SBS Technologies, by phone at 760-438-5656, by fax at 760-438-0056, by e-mail at lheminger@sd. sbse.com, or by mail at 2265 Camino Vida Roble, Carlsbad, Calif. 92008.

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DataXpress, a software package from SBS Technologies in Carlsbad, Calif., runs PCM telemetry for GTE Government Systems in Mountain View, Calif.

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