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Physical Sciences

Multifunctional Vehicle Structural Health Monitoring with Piezoelectric Wafer Active Sensors

A novel structural health monitoring (SHM) concept of embedded nondestructive evaluation with piezoelectric wafer active sensors (PWAS) has been...

Briefs
Physical Sciences

Acoustic Detection Using Reverberation

Acoustic detection of undersea objects is difficult due to the uncertain environment and even more difficult when the objects are buried in the seabed. First, sediments generate high backscattering noise due to heterogeneous scatters within the sediments, clouding the object.

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Information Technology

Evolutionary Data Mining Approach to Creating Digital Logic

When required to reverse-engineer a product, engineers often do not have design specifications for the system, and the machine may not be disassembled or invasively examined. The...

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Medical

Precision Targeting with a Tracking Adaptive Optics Scanning Laser Ophthalmoscope

Adaptive optics (AO) has become increasingly utilized in research ophthalmic diagnostic instruments since their first use nearly ten years ago. Integration of...

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Electronics & Computers

Trustworthy Hardware for 3D Circuit-Level Integration

Three-dimensional (3D) integration is a promising technology for designing high-performance, low-power systems by stacking multiple integrated circuit dies and connecting them at the circuit level with conductive posts. Most current efforts are at the electromechanical level of getting 3D to...

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Electronics & Computers

Open Network Architecture for Army Vehicle Electronics

Army vehicle electronics networking is complex and challenging due to vendor-specific devices and interfaces. Military vehicles require 100% network uptime and security. The network must reduce vehicle clutter, focus on saving soldiers’ lives, and provide minimum latency. Battle...

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Aerospace

Surviving The Embedded Design Thermo-Mechanical Envelope

The Embedded usage model is characterized as one that is operated at the extremes of available performance. Knowing that the targets of the thermal design power usage mode are only...

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Aerospace

Using Fiber Metal Abradable Seals in Aerospace Turbine Applications

Limiting leakage in aerospace turbo-machinery has been a focus of engineers ever since the advent of the turbine. An increasing number of companies are finding that fiber...

Articles
Aerospace

Five Approaches to Cooling Military Electronics

Seventy-one degrees C is the temperature of a steak done medium-well. It is also the temperature of an oven used to test thermal characteristics of military electronics. Electronic components...

Application Briefs
Defense

Gas Turbine Exhaust Recovery Design Improves Propulsion Efficiency

In January, Concepts NREC (CN) was awarded a Phase I Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) grant from the Navy to improve the power efficiency of its gas turbine prime...

Application Briefs
Defense

Realistic Simulation Makes Army Helmets Safer

As materials, ergonomic design, and ballistics protection have evolved, the U.S. Army helmet has improved in form and function, from the M1 of WWII, to the 29-layer Kevlar PASGT (Personnel Armor...

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Electronics & Computers

Graphics Performance vs. Power Consumption in Embedded Systems Design

The rapid evolution of technology has given embedded developers more options than ever before in designing embedded graphics systems. The consumer electronics market, most...

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Electronics & Computers

From Reference Board to Rugged Military SBC

Intel processor reference designs are developed by Intel to assist engineers in the design of Intel processor-based products. The less a design deviates from the reference design, the easier the...

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Aerospace

Prototyping with Multi-Layer Boards

As electronic components continue to move increasingly into surface- mount packages exclusively, prototype manufacturing firms are seeing a shift in the fabrication and assembly work needed to implement...

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Electronics & Computers

Encryption Processor

Enova Technology Corp. (San Jose, CA) has announced its ninth-generation X-Wall DX processor, a real-time hardware encryption device. The processor encrypts all USB mass storage class (MSC) devices at USB 2.0 wire speed...

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Electronics & Computers

Sensor Signal Conditioner

The ZSSC3008 signal conditioner integrated circuit (IC) from ZMD AG (Dresden, Germany) features enhanced onboard diagnostics and second-order linearity correction. The calibrated ZSSC3008 and a specific sensor are...

Products
Electronics & Computers

Timing Design & Verification Tool Suite

Symtavision (Braunschweig, Germany) has launched SymTA/S 2.4, a major new version of its tools suite for system-level timing design and timing verification. SymTA/S2.4 incorporates a wealth of new and...

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Electronics & Computers

Power Supplies

XP Power (Sunnyvale, CA) has announced two additions to its AC-DC power supplies: an encapsulated singleoutput ECE series, and multiple output models of the existing ECL product line.

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RF & Microwave Electronics

Using Modeling and Simulation to Assess Antenna Performance During Vehicle Platform Integration

Successful integration of an antenna onto a vehicle platform poses many challenges. Vehicle features impact antenna performance by blocking,...

Application Briefs
RF & Microwave Electronics

Impact of Materials on Microwave Cable Performance

The environments in which microwave cable assemblies are being used today are becoming more challenging with exposure to such conditions as extreme temperatures, chemicals, abrasion, and...

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RF & Microwave Electronics

Variable Gain Amplifiers

National Semiconductor Corp. (Santa Clara, CA) has introduced the LMH6522 quad-channel and LMH6521 dual-channel digital variable gain amplifiers for multi-channel wideband wireless radio systems. Applications include...

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RF & Microwave Electronics

RF Power Generator

MKS Instruments (Andover, MA) offers the elite™ 13.56 MHz, single- phase RF power generator for amorphous Si PV, LED, and MEMS applications. The single PCBA design is air-cooled, lightweight, and easy to install for...

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RF & Microwave Electronics

Signal Generator

Vaunix Technology Corp. (Haverhill, MA) offers the Lab Brick® LMS-203 and LMS-163 mini signal generators that cover frequency ranges from 8 to 20 GHz. The LMS-203 operates from 10 to 20 GHz, and the LMS-163 operates from 8...

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RF & Microwave Electronics

Dual-Band Amplifiers

AR RF/Microwave Instrument ation (Souderton, PA) has released dual-band amplifiers that can be used for multiple applications. They are linear, load-tolerant, and offer power from 5 to 80W. They feature bandwidth...

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RF & Microwave Electronics

RF Capacitors

AVX Corp. (Greenville, SC) has released the MLOC Series of 0603 case size surface-mount capacitors capable of supporting frequencies form 700 MHz to 5 GHz. The RF capacitors feature high Q and high self-resonance with low...

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Hyperspectral Imaging System

The Acousto-Optic Tunable Filter Near Infrared (AOTF-NIR) Hyperspectral Camera Video Adapters VA210 series from Brimrose (Sparks, MD) provides remote sensing, on-line process monitoring, and waste material...

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Preformed Gaskets

PA) has expanded its family of GORE® SKYFLEX® Aerospace Materials to include preformed gaskets for multi-face aircraft applications such as hole liners, flange joints, fastener seals, and galley or restroom hard-mounts....

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COTS Transceiver Board

Annapolis Micro Systems (Annapolis, MD) has announced a COTS board capable of capturing and processing multiple 100 Gbit signals in real-time. Made possible by the 11.3 Gbps High-Speed Transceivers in the Stratix IV...

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VPX FPGA Boards

Acromag’s (Wixom, MI) new VPX-VLX series of 3U VPX FPGA boards feature a configurable Xilinx® Virtex®-5 FPGA enhanced with multiple high-speed memory buffers and a high-throughput PCIe interface. Field I/O interfaces to...

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Voltage Controlled SAW Oscillator

The VS-401 voltage controlled SAW Oscillator from Vectron International (Baltimore, MD) offers 12 fsec of rms jitter over an integrated bandwidth. The 13 × 20 mm SMD package provides a high frequency, low...

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SATA SSD

The rugged S7 Series 2.5" SATA SSD from Emphase (South Burlington, VT) provides high-speed data transfer with TRIM performance support. The SSD has 8 channels and a SATA (3 Gb/sec.) bus interface. The industrial and military-grade flash storage tool processes at 250 MB/sec. read and 200 MB/sec. write rates.

Tech Transfer Reports

Static Analysis: From MDA Computers to FDA Medical Devices

Software-assurance techniques once developed for Missile Defense Agency (MDA) computer systems are now helping the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) find glitches in medical device...

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Defense

Pentagon Explores Use of Small, Throwable Robots

The Army, Marine Corps and the Pentagon's Joint IED Defeat Organization (JIEDDO) are working to procure and deliver thousands of small, easily transportable "throwable" robots equipped with surveillance cameras designed to beam back video from confined spaces, buildings, tunnels and other...

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Defense

Army Tests High-Tech Helicopter Simulator

The Army is using a new helicopter simulator, called the Non-rated Crew Member Manned Module (NCM3), to train helicopter crews on the rear of both the CH-47 Chinook and UH-60 Black Hawk. Through specially created virtual reality glasses, which fit the same as night vision goggles, soldiers can practice...

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Defense

Plasma Research Could Improve Radar, Satellite Systems

Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology and the University of Alabama have received a $2.5 million grant from the U.S. Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) to conduct fundamental research into the ways in which plasmas interact with the walls of the structures...