New Products: June 2022 Aerospace & Defense Technology

Modeling and Simulation Software

COMSOL Multiphysics ® software version 6.0

COMSOL (Burlington, MA) announced a major update to the COMSOL Multiphysics ® software version 6.0. The update builds out the Model Manager server with a web interface — an asset management system — to make it easier for COMSOL® users and nonusers alike to manage models, simulation apps, and supplementary and auxiliary files. The Model Manager has now been complemented by the Model Manager server’s asset management system, which is accessible through a web interface. In the asset management system, an asset can be considered as a container for links to your model versions, attached supplementary and auxiliary files, as well as various custom metadata fields. With the asset management system, you can itemize assets through model and app files, adding abstracts, setting permissions, and even include thumbnail images of the model at hand.

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Portable Engine Balancing System

PBS eXpress

MTI Instruments (Albany, NY), a U.S.-based manufacturer of advanced test and measurement equipment, has introduced the PBS eXpress aircraft engine vibration analysis and balancing system. The PBS eXpress is designed to optimize small-frame turbofan and turboprop engines, commonly utilized in regional jet, business jet and general aviation. The PBS eXpress runs advanced algorithms to record vibration and speed and generate a one-shot balancing solution. The portable system features intuitive setup and operation as well as powerful visualization tools like vibration surveys, exportable data, and PDF reporting. Supported propulsion systems include the most popular small-frame engines and APUs from major OEMs such as Honeywell, Rolls-Royce, PWC and Williams.

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Serial 64-Mbit Flash Memory

SST26LF064RT memory device

Microchip Technology, Inc. (Chandler, AZ) announced it has extended its family of COTS-based, RT SuperFlash options with the release of its SST26LF064RT memory device. The announcement brings the Microchip memory technology’s 50 kilorad (krad) Total Ionizing Dose (TID) tolerance to a 64-Mbit serial quad I/O NOR flash memory device for use in harsh aerospace and defense system environments. Microchip SuperFlash NOR flash memory products use a proprietary split-gate cell architecture to improve performance, data retention and reliability as compared to conventional stacked gate flash. They eliminate the complexity of power management switching to achieve their industry high TID even while the flash is still biased and operating in systems such as satellite onboard computers and different types of controllers for motors, sensors, solar panels and power distribution.

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Shallow Rack Power Conditioner

“Constant Current Overload Protection” output model

SynQor, Inc. (Boxborough, MA) has announced a new “Constant Current Overload Protection” output model for the DC output Shallow Rack Military Field-Grade Power Conditioner. The feature allows the output to be directly connected to the terminals of a lead-acid battery used with a 28V vehicle power system as defined by MIL-STD-1275D. The output voltage is user selectable between 22 and 33 VDC to match the nominal voltage of the vehicle’s lead-acid battery. The unit automatically detects if the vehicle lead-acid battery has been deep-discharged and will enter a Constant Current Constant Voltage (CCCV) charge sequence. The current limit is fixed at 47A, making it capable of charging high amphour batteries typically used in military vehicles.

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Rugged Routers

NetSys family of rugged, secure networking systems

Elma Electronic Inc. (Fremont, CA) has added three new models to its NetSys family of rugged, secure networking systems. Utilizing an onboard encryption module that offloads packet encryption and decryption from the routing engine, the routers provide increased data handling performance. The basis of all three small form factor (SFF) models is Cisco’s ESR-6300 that delivers IP-based data, voice and video to mobile users with fast and secure network performance. Enterprise-grade Cisco IOS XE routing and switching security features help ensure highly secure voice, video, and data communication. New models include the NetSys-5310 router with an ARM QuadCore A72 CPU; NetSys-5311 router that adds POE & POE+ support and up to 60 GB flash storage with expansion capability; and NetSys-5312 router that also adds two 10 Gigabit Ethernet ports and either 7 or 23 Gigabit Ethernet ports via an ESS-3300 switch.

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Optical Windows for Military Sensing Applications

Large-area windows of optical quality for military sensing applications

Optical Surfaces Ltd (Surrey, UK) supplies large-area windows of optical quality for military sensing applications. Typically, large diameter optical windows for defence applications are used to provide environmental protection for sensitive internal sensing systems. To transmit light with minimal disruption, these large diameter optical windows must exhibit low surface roughness, minimal transmitted wavefront errors, and high transmission at the desired operational wavelength range. Optical Surfaces Ltd. can routinely produce large diameter optical windows from materials including fused silica, BK-7 and germanium to produce defense-grade windows up to 600 mm in diameter with typical wavefront error of up to lambda/20 p-v, surface roughness of less than 10 Å rms and surface finish of 40/20 to 10/5 scratch / dig.

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Radiation-Tolerant Power Supplies

RH5210 radiation-tolerant power module

Mercury Systems, Inc. (Andover, MA) announced the new RH5210 radiation-tolerant power module, the first in a series of ultra-compact radiation-hardened multi-output power supplies designed for commercial and space applications. Developed to support the Xilinx XQRKU060 FPGA, the RH5210 provides a drop-in SWaP-optimized power solution for many radiation-sensitive applications and platforms such as satellite and launch vehicles, remote-controlled robotic devices, mission-critical computing systems, and any electronic system with the potential for radiation exposure. Mercury’s off-the-shelf power supply enables advanced edge-processing applications, accelerating the ability to bring AI processing directly to orbit in support of earth imaging, sensor fusion, and hypersonic missile threat mitigation.

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12-Port Rugged XMC ACAP Card

V1163

The V1163 from New Wave DV (Eden Prairie, MN) is a powerful heterogeneous computing XMC with high bandwidth IO featuring the Xilinx® Versal™ Adaptive Compute Acceleration Platform (ACAP) and rugged optical and electrical IO. The V1163 provides options for Versal Prime or Versal AI Core part selection. In a single mezzanine card, the V1163 provides 100G optical interfaces, FPGA fabric, ARM processor cores, and optional AI engines. The V1163 is designed for applications requiring any combination of the following: high speed optical/electrical interfaces, FPGA processing resources, ARM processing cores, and AI engines. Use cases include sensor interface design, digital signal processing, video processing, application co-processing, and multi-level secure networking. The V1163 provides electrical and optical IO options supporting 10/25/40/50/100Gbs Ethernet.

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Structural Analysis and Design Software

HyperX®

Collier Aerospace Corp. (Newport News, VA) has introduced its new HyperX® design and analysis software for composite and metallic structures used in aircraft, space and automotive vehicles. The new software offers a host of enhancements, including streamlined workflows, an improved graphics engine, enhanced computer-aided design (CAD) integration, a redesigned relational database that can hold terabytes of data, and a highly intuitive interface. The HyperX software provides stress and failure analysis, sizing, reporting, and analysis traceability and visibility. The advanced HyperX software has been built around composites. Using the application, customers that are considering thermosets, thermoplastics, resin infusion, out-of-autoclave, tape or fabric can see in seconds how different materials will affect a given design.

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Battery Management Systems

Modular system concept for testing battery management systems

dSPACE (Wixom, MI) is launching a modular system concept for testing battery management systems. The new solution will let users test modern battery systems with overall voltages of up to 1,500V. Its core component is a high-precision cell voltage emulation board that ensures cell voltage generation with high precision, down to 300 μV. The new, powerful BMS solution integrates seamlessly into the tried-and-tested SCALEXIO technology and can be configured to meet the requirements of each individual customer. When combined with the simulation software ASM Electric Components, which provides a comprehensive library of battery models, it can be used immediately. Its field of application ranges from the development and validation of battery systems for electromobility to energy storage systems for modern power grids.

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Spacecraft Docking System

Hard Capture System (HCS) for the IBDM (International Berthing and Docking Mechanism)

The SENER Group (Warsaw, Poland) has developed the Hard Capture System (HCS) for the IBDM (International Berthing and Docking Mechanism), which is a docking mechanism that allows both large and small spacecraft to berth and dock. The purpose of the HCS is to provide a rigid connection between structures in order to create a sealed passage between two spacecraft. In addition, it can serve as a service connection as well as a standard and emergency way to separate spacecraft. In practice, this system will guarantee the safety of astronauts passing between spacecraft or the safe transportation of supplies and materials, for example from the spacecraft to the station. The IBDM mechanism was designed in compliance with the International Docking System Standard (IDSS) and is compatible with the docking adapter installed on the American part of the International Space Station.

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3U VPX GPU and FPGA-Based Board

IC-GRA-VPX3a 3U VPX FPGA-based board and AMD-Radeon E9171-based graphics processor module

Interface Concept (Quimper, France) has announced the new IC-GRA-VPX3a 3U VPX FPGA-based board and AMD-Radeon E9171-based graphics processor module. The IC-GRA-VPX3a graphics card features an AMD embedded Radeon E9171 Graphics Processor Unit (GPU) coupled to a programmable Xilinx UltraScale™ FPGA. This combination allows the IC- GRA-VPX3a to offer multiple solutions in terms of video (ARINC818, STANAG 3350, 3G-SDI) capture and conversion configurations. The AMD E9171 provides optimum performance-per-watt balance for embedded systems with strict thermal constraints, enabling passive cooling for many designs. In addition, its “Polaris” architecture brings a range of improvements in the 14nm technology microchip compared to previous GPU generations, with 1.2 TFLOPS computing capabilities, 4 GB video memory, and up to 5 video outputs.

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Sixteenth-Brick DC-DC Converter

PKU3913D

Flex Power Modules (San Jose, CA) has added to its PKU-D series of low-profile sixteenth-brick DC-DC converters with the PKU3913D, a 100W rated part with an extended input range down to 30V and regulated output of 12V/8.3A. The intended application is for nominal inputs of 48V or 54V with possible long cable lengths and consequent voltage drops. In this case, the low input drop-out voltage of the part is an advantage to guarantee extended operation, and the input range is also compatible with PoE standard IEEE 802.3af (37-57 VDC). The PKU3913D is designed for high efficiency at lower input voltages, peaking at over 95%. The parts feature pre-bias, monotonic start-up capability, remote on/off and an MTBF of 13.88 M hours at 40°C ambient. Products are certified to IEC/EN/UL 62368-1 for 2250 VDC input to output isolation.

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DAQ System

Easy-to-use interface for physical test and measurement applications

PVI Systems’ (Niantic, CT) Chameleon DAQ System provides power and flexibility with an easy-to-use interface for physical test and measurement applications such as static, fatigue, and dynamic testing, design validation, and system health monitoring. Scalable to 1000+ channels, Chameleon utilizes NI’s cDAQ, PXI and FieldDAQ™ hardware and supports mixed sensor configurations including voltage, strain, load, pressure, accelerometers, microphones, LVDTs, current, and thermocouples. Features include multiple-chassis time synchronization, measurement recipe management, and long-term continuous data recording into multiple files with no loss of data. Chameleon supports single or multiple node configurations using MXI, USB, or Ethernet with cross-chassis time synchronization. Data export for posttest analysis includes CSV, DIAdem, TDMS, MathWorks MATLAB® software, and tab delineated text.

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Military Radar

A422 Deployable Radar System

Blighter Surveillance Systems (Cambridge, UK) has announced the launch of the A422 Deployable Radar System. The A422 is a ground-based, medium-range air security military radar capable of detecting and reporting airborne as well as ground and coastline targets at up to 20 km, with clutter suppression for near horizon, urban and shoreline operation. The A422 offers moving target detection and machine learning (ML) classification to aid long range vision for 180°, ideally suited to the detection of low-slow-small (LSS) targets. The system includes a remotely deployed ruggedized laptop with an easy-to-use interface that clearly displays targets and permits the user to chart geographic alert zones for the purpose of unattended monitoring of targets.

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Aluminum Electrolytic Capacitors

Signature series of 380LX and 381LX aluminum electrolytic capacitors

Cornell Dubilier Electronics, Inc. (CDE) (Liberty, SC) announced that it has expanded its signature series of 380LX and 381LX aluminum electrolytic capacitors to include voltages up to 600 VDC. The 380LX and 381LX snap-in series offer a published load life of 3,000 hrs. when tested at rated voltage and ripple current at rated temperature. The 380LX series is designed for 85 °C operation, while the 381LX series meets the same load life at 105 °C. Newly added capacitance values in the range of 150 μF to 330 μF are offered at 550 and 600 VDC in the 380 LX series and 140 μF to 340 μF at 500, 550, and 600 VDC in the 381LX series. These new ratings are offered with enhanced ripple current capability, up to 3.7A at full-rated conditions.

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RF Signal Generator

DSG3000B Series RF Signal Generator

RIGOL Technologies (Beaverton, OR) has introduced the DSG3000B Series RF Signal Generator, available in 6.5 and 13.6 GHz models with optional built-in IQ baseband generator and OXO timebase with standard AM/FM/ØM analog modulation up to 3.6 GHz, and I/Q modulation and I/Q baseband output up to 6.5 GHz. RIGOL’s new DSG3000B RF Signal Generator delivers high signal purity with phase noise measuring <-116dBc/Hz@20kHz (typical) and a wide output amplitude range of -130dBm to +25dBm with an amplitude accuracy of <0.5dB (typical). These generators feature a standard 1 ppm internal clock and an optional 5 ppb high stability clock, and optional pulse modulation and pulse train generator. DSG3000B series has a wearfree electronic attenuator design with USB/LAN/GPIB interfaces standard.

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Rad-Hard Gallium Nitride (GaN) Power Device

EPC7014UB

EPC Space (Haverhill, MA) introduced the EPC7014UB, a 60V radiation-hardened gallium nitride transistor that outperforms RH silicon-based power devices. The EPC7014UB, is a 60V, 580 m , 4 APulsed, rad-hard eGaN FET in an industry standard UB package. The EPC7014UB has a total dose rating greater than 1 Mrad and SEE immunity for LET of 85 MeV/(mg/cm2). Applications for these products include power supplies for satellites and space mission equipment, light detection and ranging (LiDAR) for robotics and autonomous navigation and rendezvous docking, motor drives for robotics, instrumentation and reaction wheels, and ion thrusters for satellite orientation and positioning, as well as interplanetary propulsion of low-mass robotic vehicles. Additionally, the EPC7014UB can be used as a gate driver interface between CMOS or TTL control circuits and power devices in a radiation hardened environment.

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Industrial Heater

CAST-X High Temperature Heater line

Cast Aluminum Solutions (CAS) (Batavia, IL) announced the launch of its new CAST-X High Temperature Heater line, featuring operating temps to 1110 °F (600 °C). Available in two primary sizes, CAST-X High Temp heaters are an easily integrated “inline heater” with industry-standard flow-tube sizes, and compatibility with most worldwide voltages. CAST-X HT 500 has power to 1500 Watts, and a 1/4-inch fluid/gas flow-tube. Available with a certified Explosion Proof Terminal Enclosure (for hazardous locations) or with No Terminal Enclosure (for inert applications), these units have a very small footprint. CAST-X HT 2000 accommodates higher-flow applications, with power to 6 kW and a 1/2-inch flow-tube; it’s available with either an Explosion-Proof or Water-Resistant terminal enclosure.

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Multi-Link, Mobility Ka-band Terminal

GM2000 series

Isotropic Systems (Reading, UK) recently unveiled the GM2000 series; a new military specification, multi-link, mobility Ka-band ground satellite terminal complete with fully integrated power and a wide array of modem options for communications-on-the-move (COTM) applications designed for NATO defense. The new terminal range provides total path resiliency and mission assurance and meets the DoD JADC2 requirements and the CS25 and CS27 requirements for the US Army. The new GM2000 range is a single, solid-state, fully integrated terminal designed to operate concurrent, multiple, full performance links across all orbits providing flexible transport layer diversity and redundancy. The series operates in the full Ka-band commercial and military frequencies with a wide range of software defined link and bandwidth configurations options.

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PEEK Filament for 3D Applications

New 3D printable filament based on PEEK (polyether ether ketone)

Evonik Industries AG (Essen, Germany) has developed a new 3D printable filament based on PEEK (polyether ether ketone). The high-temperature and chemical-resistant ready-to-use material is suitable for the additive manufacturing of demanding industrial plastic parts. The high-performance polymer can be processed in common extrusion-based 3D printing technologies such as fused filament fabrication (FFF) or fused deposition modeling (FDM). Evonik is launching the new filament under the brand name INFINAM ® PEEK 9359 F. The natural-colored PEEK filament, which has a diameter of 1.75 mm, is wound on 500g spools suitable for direct use in standard FFF/FDM 3D printers for PEEK materials. Compared to stainless steel, 3D parts made of INFINAM® PEEK 9359 F are approximately 80 percent lighter and 30 percent tougher with excellent fatigue resistance.

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Development Chassis for 6U OpenVPX Boards

3-slot 6U OpenVPX development backplane and chassis platform

Pixus Technologies (Waterloo, Ontario) has announced a new 3-slot 6U OpenVPX development backplane and chassis platform. The open frame development chassis features the 6U Open-VPX power and ground only backplane with 1 VPX slot and dual VITA 67.3c slots with cutouts in the P3 and P6 sections of the board. The versatile design allows both VITA 65 and VITA 67 boards to be plugged into the same backplane. The development backplane can also be combined with a 2nd unit for more slots or other standard VITA 65 or SOSA profiles. The open frame chassis features card guide options for air-cooled or conduction-cooled modules, or a mix of the two. The Pixus chassis platform also offers modular power supplies, an optional fan speed control dial, and a convenient carry handle.

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PCIe Protocol Analyzer

Kodiak PCIe x16 Gen5 Analysis System

SerialTek (Longmont, CO) has introduced an advancement in the PCIe® test and analysis market with the release of the Kodiak PCIe x16 Gen5 Analysis System, as well as the industry’s first calibration-free PCIe x16 add-in-card (AIC) interposer and a new web-based BusXpert™ user interface to manage and analyze traces more efficiently than ever. The analyzer supports up to 144 GB trace captures and can save trace files directly to the analyzer’s internal storage (up to 4 TB), attached storage (USB3.2 or PCIe OCuLink), or can be downloaded via two 10GE (SFP+) ports or 1GE (RJ-45) network connections. SI-Fi interposer probes expand coverage to enable testing in critical areas, including link training (LTSSM), Power Management, Hot Plug, Reset, and other situations where the physical lane characteristics may change.

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Instrumentation Radar

BlueMax G7

STAR Dynamics Corporation (Hilliard, OH) announced its latest generation instrumentation radar, the BlueMax G7, a powerful, ultra-wideband (UWB), radar cross-section (RCS) measurement and UWB imaging system designed to provide superior precision RCS metrology for indoor and outdoor test facilities. The BlueMax G7 offers faster data collection speeds with higher pulse repetition frequencies and multiple frequency bands activated simultaneously. Additionally, this latest generation UWB instrumentation radar offers features such as simultaneous dual polarization transmit and receive, providing full scattering matrix target measurements on a single collection snapshot (i.e., coherent processing interval). Other features include higher radar sensitivity, lower noise floors, much wider instantaneous dynamic range, advanced built-in test and dynamic graphical user interface.

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Handheld Oscilloscopes

Siglent SHS-X Handheld Two-channel Digital Oscilloscopes

Saelig Company, Inc. (Fairport, NY) has introduced the Siglent SHS-X Handheld Two-channel Digital Oscilloscopes, which are available in 100 MHz and 200 MHz analog bandwidths and isolated or non-isolated versions, with 1GSa/s sample rate and 12Mpts memory depth. The SHS800X versions have two non-isolated scope channels and one isolated multimeter channel, while the SHS1000X models feature full isolation: between the two oscilloscope channels, the multimeter channel, the power adapter, and the USB host/device port. The maximum analog voltage input for the isolated SHS1000X channels is CATIII 600 Vrms, CATII 1000 Vrms. For all SHS-X models the maximum input for the multimeter channel is CATIII 600 Vrms, CATII 1000 Vrms. The new -X series adds increased memory depth, a faster waveform capture rate of 100,000 wfm/s, timebase down to 1ns/div, enhanced triggering choices (Edge, Slope, Pulse Width, Window, Runt, Interval, Dropout, Pattern, Video), serial trigger decoding (I2C, SPI, UART, CAN, LIN), improved FFT precision, and waveform recording of up to 50 MB internal or 2 GB external.

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Coaxial Video Cable

Coaxial cables line for defense land system applications

W. L. Gore & Associates (Gore) (Newark, DE) announced the expansion of its coaxial cables line for defense land system applications. The new product is smaller and lighter than previous offerings, yet capable of transmitting ultra-high-definition (UHD) 4K video with excellent shielding from radio frequency interference. The cable meets a variety of internationally recognized civil and military specifications, including the latest Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) 12G-SDI standard. Published in March 2015, 12G-SDI defines a 12 gigabit per second transmission of uncompressed, latency-free UHD 4K video at 60 frames per second on a single wire. Operating temperatures range from -55 to 200 degrees Celsius. Designed for use with remote-controlled turret cameras, local situation awareness, and other video-generating sensor systems, GORE Coaxial Cables are engineered with a specialized fluoropolymer insulation. This provides superior resistance to weather, abrasion and other hazards associated with extreme weather, rough usage and confined routing space.

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FPGA Development Module

XEM8310-AU25P development module

Opal Kelly (Portland, OR) announced the XEM8310-AU25P development module for the Xilinx Artix® UltraScale+™ FPGA. The module features Opal Kelly’s FrontPanel® SDK for programming high-performance, software-connected FPGA applications. The XEM8310-AU25P features the Xilinx Artix UltraScale+ XCAU25P-2FFVB676E FPGA and USB 3.0 Type C SuperSpeed interface. The module also includes 12 high- speed gigabit transceiver lanes via Artix UltraScale+ transceivers. Artix UltraScale+ GTY transceivers support serial standards such as 10 GbE, JESD-204B, DisplayPort, PCI Express, SATA, HD-SDI, XAUI, and Aurora up to 16.375 Gbps. The XEM8310 includes the FPGA, USB Type C SuperSpeed connector, 2 GiB DDR4 memory, 32-MiB serial flash, two low-jitter fixed-frequency clock oscillators, and is self-powered by a single DC supply (+7.5 to +15 VDC). The new module is delivered in a compact 100 mm × 70 mm (3.94" × 2.76") form factor with three Samtec mezzanine connectors to mate with a customer’s logic board.

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Rugged Small Form Factor Computer

Parvus DuraCOR AGX-Xavier rugged modular mission supercomputer

Curtiss-Wright’s Defense Solutions division (Ashburn, VA) announced that its Parvus DuraCOR AGX-Xavier rugged modular mission supercomputer will now integrate the newly introduced NVIDIA® Jetson AGX Xavier™ Industrial System on Module (SoM). Use of the new industrial GPU-accelerated module will enable extended temperature operation, enhanced security, long lifecycle support, and up to 30 TOPS (INT8) of performance for artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), and deep learning (DL) applications. The high FLOPS-per-watt DuraCOR AGX-Xavier combines the powerful Xavier SoC that contains an NVIDIA Volta GPU (with 512 NVIDIA CUDA® cores and 64 Tensor cores), and an 8-core Arm CPU with the benefits of modular open system approach (MOSA) scalability via add-on I/O cards and storage. Fully complemented to adapt to a wide range of C5ISR sensors, the DuraCOR AGX-Xavier delivers high-speed network connectivity with 1G BaseT plus 10G optical interfaces.

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