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Functional Safety through CompactPCI in Mass Transit Computing Systems

With the ongoing shift from analog technologies to computer-driven operations, functional safety is becoming an increasingly more important element in the design of electronic systems. Errors or failures in mass transportation can result in loss of life or cause major damage to the environment as well as to property. Each transportation industry segment, from railways and buses to ships and airplanes, has its own safety criteria, typically backed by mandated standards to ensure proper operation and passenger safety. John Reardon

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TOP-DOWN MILITARY TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT

DESIGNING AT THE SYSTEM-TO-SYSTEM LEVEL: THE INDUSTRY’S NEW CHALLENGE View PDF Here LIKE IT OR NOT THINGS ARE CHANGING IN HOW MILITARY PROGRAMS ARE SELECTED, MANAGED AND ARCHITECTED. BUDGET SHIFTS AND AN INCREASING FOCUS ON PLATFORM ELECTRONICS IN DELIVERABLE SYSTEMS DEMANDS THE USE OF THE LATEST AND MOST COST EFFECTIVE ELECTRONICS TECHNOLOGY. HAVING CRITICAL PLATFORM DEVELOPMENT TECHNOLOGY IS NOT ONLY KEY FOR PLATFORM ARCHITECTS BUT ALSO FOR SYSTEM DEVELOPERS DESIGNING SYSTEMS FOR THESE PLATFORMS. Winners in the next decade of…

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In the Defense Market, the Fight Goes on against Counterfeit ICs

The impact of counterfeit components in the military supply chain is widely known and has led to several incidents in which the safety of military personnel has been compromised, requiring significantly expensive fixes. It is clear that both the government and electronics industry have seen enough of these examples of the danger of counterfeit components to cause great concern. As a result, both have increased their efforts to combat it, with some notable successes. Counterfeiters, and those who enable the…

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VPX at Light Speed – Optical Brings 100 Gigabits to Backplane Architectures

With the emergence of backplane data communication at PCI Express (PCIe) Gen3 and 10/40 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) speeds, it’s becoming more and more likely that backplane I/O will require support at similar bandwidths. Certainly chassis-to-chassis connections will need to be accomplished at the same bandwidth, and because copper cables of useful lengths are not practical above 3 Gbit/s, applications will be turning increasingly to optical cables for high-speed external data connections. John Reardon

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Displays and Panel PCs Help Connect the Networked Military

Despite the ever tightening military budgets affecting today’s ongoing programs, the move to more advanced display technologies continues to be strong. There are two main reasons for that. On the one hand there’s a fundamental shift in technology network-centric operations. Meanwhile, there’s an acknowledgement that a reduced military will need to increase its situational awareness capabilities, and that sharing and display of information feeds into that trend. John Reardon

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VICTORY Standard Eliminates Costly Vehicle Redundancies

The Vehicle Integration for C4ISR/EW Interoperability (VICTORY) initiative has as its main goal the reduction of SWAP-C on ground vehicles. VICTORY takes aim at the current issues such as redundant functionality, networking and interoperability by defining an approach for commonality through Gigabit Ethernet networking, standard connectors and well-defined electrical interfaces. The effort, jointly undertaken by a combination of participants from government, industry and academia, was begun in May 2010 with a first goal of defining a deployable 1.0 specification the…

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How Fast Can You Design an Embedded System with SoC FPGAs?

A new generation of devices integrates a popular microprocessor architecture—most popularly an ARM core—with its own extensive dedicated peripherals set, a large FPGA fabric with dedicated SRAM blocks and math blocks, and dedicated external interfaces for high-speed serial and high-speed parallel memory controllers. John Reardon

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Simplifying Hardware/Software Co-Design on Programmable Devices

Programmable devices with embedded CPU cores provide an effective means for addressing a wide range of design challenges that are difficult or costly to solve with just hardware or software alone. These devices combine digital and analog hardware resources that can be reprogrammed to provide the exact functionality you need. John Reardon

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