In Brief

March 1, 2003
Systems designers at the BAE Systems Reconnaissance and Surveillance Systems division in Greenlawn, N.Y., are upgrading the Theater Airborne Reconnaissance System — better known as TARS — on U.S. Air National Guard F-16C jet fighters under terms of a $3.8 million contract.

BAE Systems set to upgrade Air National Guard F-16 reconnaissance pods

Systems designers at the BAE Systems Reconnaissance and Surveillance Systems division in Greenlawn, N.Y., are upgrading the Theater Airborne Reconnaissance System — better known as TARS — on U.S. Air National Guard F-16C jet fighters under terms of a $3.8 million contract. TARS provides under-the-weather, daylight tactical reconnaissance to theater commanders. Upgrades will include new wideband airborne information transmission data link and solid-state recorder. TARS is in use with the 192nd Fighter Wing in Richmond, Va., and with the 127th Fighter Wing at Selfridge Air National Guard Base, Mich. For more information contact the BAE Reconnaissance and Surveillance Systems group by phone at 631-261-7000, by post at One Hazeltine Way, Greenlawn, N.Y. 11740, or on the World Wide Web at http://

Kaiser Electronics delivers helmet-mounted display for Comanche helicopter

Integrators at Kaiser Electronics, a Rockwell Collins business in San Jose, Calif., delivered their first helmet-mounted display for the U.S. Army's future RAH-66 Comanche scout-attack helicopter. The display, an engineering and manufacturing development model, provides the pilot with weapon and flight symbology to enable head-up, eyes-out operation in all weather conditions. The so-called aircraft retained unit helmet integrated display sighting system — otherwise known as HIDSS — uses a solid-state active-matrix liquid crystal display. A team led by the Boeing Co. and Sikorsky Aircraft designs the Comanche, an armed reconnaissance helicopter. For more information contact Kaiser Electronics by phone at 408-532-4000, by fax at 408-433-0553, by e-mail at [email protected], by post at 2701 Orchard Parkway - MS-91, San Jose, Calif. 95134-2083, or on the World Wide Web at

Indigo Systems introduces long-range IR surveillance camera

Leaders of Indigo Systems Corp. in Goleta, Calif., are offering their TH-10 long-range infrared surveillance camera system applications where continuous infrared imaging is necessary. The ruggedized camera, designed to make the most of detection and recognition ranges, has mechanical, electrical, and software interfaces to blend the camera with established tracking and surveillance systems, company officials say. The unit has O-ring seals, is a dry nitrogen-purged environment, and is available with a 320-by-256-pixel Indigo Merlin mid-format camera, or the company's 640-by-512-pixel Phoenix large-format camera. For more information contact Indigo Systems by phone at 805-964-9797, by fax at 805-685-2711, by post at 50 Castillian Drive, Goleta, Calif. 93117, or on the World Wide Web at

Dupont Displays and Universal Display Corp. form alliance to develop OLED displays

Officials at Dupont Displays in Wilmington, Del., and Universal Display Corp. (UDC) in Ewing, N.J., have joined hands to create a new generation of soluble polymer organic light emitting diode (OLED) materials and technology. UDC and Dupont have also executed a cross-license agreement, under which Dupont will make an initial payment to UDC and pay UDC a running royalty for products sold that utilize UDC's background phosphorescent emitter, transparent cathode, and ink jet printing technologies. The collaborators expect to use a third party subcontractor to manufacture materials resulting from this agreement. The agreement establishes aims at combining the best elements of small molecule OLED and solution processible OLED research. This technical approach builds on the performance advantages of phosphorescent small molecule materials and marries it to solution-based application methods, such as ink jet printing, to produce a phosphorescent, printable OLED. Dupont intends to use the results of this strategic alliance to expand its OLED manufacturing capability. UDC, in turn, will have the exclusive right to license the results of the collaboration to third parties. For more information on the agreement contact Dupont and UDC on the World Wide Web at and UDC at

TDK offers system on a chip for smart card terminals

Officials of TDK Semiconductor Corp. of Tustin, Calif., are offering a smart card terminal controller called the 73S1121F that integrates the functionality for implementing a range of smart card terminals for network access security, e-purse terminals, payphones, vending machines, and inexpensive POS terminal applications. The 73S1121F includes an 8052 processor, USB interface, two built-in smart card interfaces with dedicated hardware ISO7816 UART, several development software layers, extensive I/O, 64 kilobytes of flash memory, 4 kilobytes of user RAM, and a PIN pad interface, all on one chip. For more information contact TDK Semiconductor by phone at 714-508-8800, by fax at 714-508-8877, by post at 2642 Michelle Drive, Tustin, Calif. 92780-7018, or on the World Wide Web at D

Sarnoff offers video-processing system on a chip

Engineers at Sarnoff Corp. in Princeton, N.J., are offering their company's vision-based video processing technology to system-on-chip designers and manufacturers as intellectual property cores. These cores could add real-time video manipulation capabilities to integrated circuits to digital video systems. New capabilities could include video stabilization to sub-pixel precision, as much as 4X digital zoom, motion detection and tracking, image sharpening and multi-frame noise reduction, mosaicing to build panoramic images from successive frames, and depth estimation. These cores have low gate counts and draw low power, Sarnoff officials say. For more information contact Sarnoff by phone at 609-734-2000, by fax at 609-734-2221, by post at 201 Washington Road, CN5300, Princeton, N.J. 08543-5300, or on the World Wide Web at

CMC to provide electronic control circuitry for Atlas V rocket

Designers at CMC Electronics Cincinnati in Mason, Ohio, are building the upper-stage remote control flight unit assemblies for the Lockheed Martin Atlas V rocket. The unit from CMC will control all flight-critical subsystems aboard the Atlas V second-stage avionics system, as well as distribute power for the vehicle avionics, which control the deployment of satellites and other payloads. The Atlas V rocket is primarily for launching satellites into orbit. Other hardware from CMC Electronics Cincinnati aboard the Atlas V includes the TDRSS-compatible S-band transmitters, digital telepack, auto-destruct units, and range safety receivers. For more information contact CMC Electronics Cincinnati by phone at 513-573-6744, by fax at 513-573-6290, by e-mail at [email protected], by post at 7500 Innovation Way, Mason, Ohio 45-40-9699, or on the World Wide Web at

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