New Products: August 2022 Aerospace & Defense Technology

Half Rack Server

Galleon Embedded Computing (Katy, TX) has introduced the XSR Half Rack Server. This robust system has been designed specifically for deployed C5ISR applications where high performance and extreme ruggedness are essential requirements. With its 3U half-width 19” form factor and innovative cooling architecture, the XSR Half Rack Server boasts six-core Intel Xeon E3 CPUs with up to 96 GB SDRAM supporting ECC. Its flexible I/O architecture allows for easy integration with existing infrastructure and can serve as a solution for deployed Network Attached Storage (NAS) applications.

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Portable Engine Balancing System

MTI Instruments (Albany, NY) 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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Miniature RF Filters

RLC Electronics (Mt. Kisco, NY) has introduced its “Weightless Filter” series. Founded on high-Q cavities and engineered to provide premium RF performance, these new miniaturized filters boast low insertion loss (typically 0.6dB max over operating temperature) and excellent power-handling capabilities, up to 60 Watts CW. The filter pictured measures 0.8“× 0.46“× 0.46”, utilizing GPO connectors to save space and eliminate the need for cables at the system level. This filter is used in a family of antennas that is part of a radar system.

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12-Slot, 3U Development Platform

Elma Electronic Inc. (Fremont, CA) has released a 12-slot, 3U Development Platform aligned to SOSA 1.0 and CMOSS. The new platform features high-speed RF and optical I/O connectivity on a number of key SOSA profiles and supports both IO-intensive and compute-intensive processor slots, two switch slots and one PNT slot as part of the test solution. In addition to the 12 payload slots, the new platform also provides two VITA 62 power slots. The unit is built on an Elma Type 39 84HP-wide E-Frame chassis that provides open access for testing and troubleshooting. Dual high-wattage VITA 62 3U VPX pluggable power supply modules, a network timing card with radial support for IEEE 1588 precision timing and synchronization and a 4590a 1/10/40GigE Ethernet switch with copper and fiber ports from Interface Concept round out the options available with the new development platform. Also featured are conduction-cooled slot inserts, front and rear fan trays with 12 VDC fans and AC operation using a power cord. The platform includes a front panel on/off switch, reset switch, voltage LEDs and test points for easy operation and status acknowledgements via visual confirmations.

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Industrial Embedded Computer

Cincoze (Taipei, Taiwan) recently added the high-performance DV-1000 rugged embedded computer series to its DIAMOND product line. The DV-1000 has a footprint of 224 × 162 × 64 mm, and is powered by a 9/8th Gen Intel® Core i7/i5/i3 CPU (Coffee Lake-R S series) that supports up to 128 GB of DDR4 2666 MHz memory. Storage options include 1× 2.5 SATA HDD/SSD tray, 2× mSATA slots, and 1× M.2 Key M 2280 slot for a high-speed NVMe SSD. The DV-1000 includes all the most useful I/O interfaces for industrial applications, including 2× GbE LAN, 2× COM, 3×USB 3.2, and 3× USB 2.0 for connecting to peripheral devices such as network connectivity, equipment monitoring, and barcode scanners. Digital and analog display options are provided, with a DisplayPort interface providing a powerful modern connection option and VGA providing legacy support for older displays.

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FPCIe AI Accelerator Card

Lanner Electronics (New Taipei City, Taiwan) announced its first Hailo-8AI-powered PCIe accelerator card, the Falcon H8. Lanner Electronics collaborated with leading AI (artificial intelligence) chipmaker Hailo to design the Falcon H8, enabling scalable and powerful intelligent video analytics applications for multiple industries operating at the edge. With high-density AI processors, the Falcon H8 accommodates 4, 5, or 6 Hailo-8 AI processors. Through a standard PCIe interface, the Falcon H8 AI Accelerator Card enables legacy devices such as NVRs, edge AI boxes, industrial PCs and robots to run video-intensive, mission-critical edge AI applications. The Falcon H8 delivers unprecedented inference processing of over 15,000 frames per second (FPS) for MobileNet-v2 and 8,000 FPS for ResNet-50.

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High-Power UAS Radio System

Triad RF Systems (East Brunswick, NJ) offers the THPR1039, a new, DTC-based, high-power radio system designed for use in Group 2 UAS. The THPR1039 is a 10 W (5 W per channel), L-Band, dual MIMO radio that is used for long-distance UAS video and C2 links, which achieves RF link ranges in excess of 50 km when used in both the ground and air radio segments. This unit is an expansion of Triad’s High-Power Radio System (THPR) product line. It combines a DTC Solo8 MIMO radio, high-power amplification, and custom filtering into a single, easy-to-integrate package. THPR1039’s housing is made from magnesium alloy instead of the aluminum alloys traditionally used for housing RF systems, resulting in a final weight of 32 oz (908 g).

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Programmable Electric Linear Actuator

Electromate (Greenville, DE) now offers the new LDL Programmable Electric Linear Actuator from SMAC. The LDL series actuator features several innovative cost reduction elements including: stroke of 10 – 100 mm; Peak Force [N] : 90 (48 VDC); encoder resolution [μm] : 5 standard, 1 optional; fully programmable in force, position and velocity; and SMAC’s patented ‘Soft-Land’ technology. SMAC moving coil actuators are unique in that force, position, and speed are totally programmable. SMAC electric actuators are designed to perform at exceptionally high speeds or very low speeds and with sub-micron accuracy and repeatability.

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40 GHz Bandwidth Socket

Ironwood Electronics (Eagan, MN) introduced a new high-performance elastomer socket for 0.5 mm pitch BGA package. The CG25-BGA-2002 socket is designed for a 6 mm × 6 mm package size and operates at bandwidths up to 40 GHz with less than 1dB of insertion loss (GSSG configuration). The contact resistance is typically 20 milliohms per pin. Network analyzer reflection measurements for the G-S-S-G case were taken with all except the pins under consideration terminated into 50 Ohms. The socket is mounted using supplied hardware on the target PCB with no soldering. The CG25-BGA-2002 sockets are constructed with high performance and low inductance elastomer contactor. The temperature range is -35° C to +125° C. The pin self-inductance is 0.06 nH and mutual inductance of 0.019 nH. Capacitance to ground is 0.129 pF and mutual capacitance is 0.017 pF. Current capacity is 2 amps per pin.

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DIY Cold Plates

Advanced Thermal Solutions, Inc. (ATS) (Norwood, MA) is now providing DIY (do it yourself) cold plates for engineers to custom fit onto devices whose electronics need to be thermally managed for proper performance. Manufactured in the USA, ATS cold plates provide localized cooling by transferring heat from a hot device to a liquid that flows to a remote heat exchanger and dissipates into either the ambient or to another liquid in a secondary cooling system. Each cold plate’s internal, mini-channel fin structure enhances the surface area to maximize heat transfer with low pressure drop characteristics and provides uniform cold plate surface temperature. Engineers can safely drill holes in a mounting pattern that matches the specific connection points of hot devices that need cooling, such as IGBTs, MOSFETs, or other power electronics. Each cold plate includes an etched, no-drill zone to provide a visual exclusion guide.

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Lightweight Head-Up Display

BAE Systems (Rochester, UK) has unveiled a new lightweight, compact Head-Up Display (HUD) for use in commercial and military aircraft. LiteWave is a laptop sized HUD mounted above the pilot’s head which presents critical information, such as direction, altitude and speed, directly in their line of sight. Being 70% smaller and lighter than a traditional HUD, LiteWave can be fitted in aircraft with even the most limited cockpit space. It’s also up to 80% faster to install and its simple design makes maintenance quicker and cheaper. Powered by BAE Systems’ patented waveguide technology, LiteWave can be easily adjusted to suit any individual flying position and allows the pilot to maintain situational awareness, even during poor weather or at night.

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SOSA Aligned Mission Computer

Mercury Systems, Inc. (Andover, MA) announced a new Avionics Modular Mission Platform (AMMP), the industry’s first and only SOSA aligned, DAL-certifiable, 3U OpenVPX mission computer. Featuring the latest Intel® Core i7 safety-certifiable processors, AMMP delivers up to 40x more performance than current-generation avionics computers while drawing 50% less power. Fully configurable, independent 3U boards can run multiple, mixed safety workloads, while a range of avionics I/O including ARINC-429 can capture and distribute HD video. Green Hills, Lynx, and Linux board support packages achieve FAA CAST-32A objectives, and Mercury can also integrate a display, mapping system, cockpit management system and sensors with AMMP to maximize interoperability, optimize display performance and save customer integration time.

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Boxed IP65 Solution

SECO (Arezzo, Italy) has enhanced its family of fanless embedded computers with CHAMALEON, a boxed IP65 solution providing a balance between computing and graphics performance, together with low power consumption. This new product, which features an Intel® Atom® x5-E3930 Dual Core processor @1.3 GHz (Burst 1.8 GHz, 2MB L2 Cache, 6.5W TDP), comes with both commercial temperature (0° C to 60° C) and industrial temperature range from -40° C to +60° C. Several connectivity options are available through two Gigabit Ethernet ports and a microSIM slot soldered on-board for the Modem. Able to provide high-quality video resolution up to 4096 × 2160, this boxed solution mounts an integrated Intel® HD Graphics 500 series controller and can decode and encode 4K HW of several video compression standards.

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32-bit Arm Cortex-M Microcontrollers

Renesas Electronics Corporation (Tokyo, Japan) announced that the security engine of its RA Family of 32-bit Arm® Cortex®-M microcontrollers (MCUs) has been certified by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Cryptographic Algorithm Verification Program (CAVP). The drivers to utilize the certified SCE9 Protected Mode are included in the RA Family Flexible Software Package (FSP) v3.6.0 and later. The Renesas RA6M4, RA6M5, RA4M2, and RA4M3 MCU Groups all received NIST CAVP certification of a comprehensive suite of cryptographic algorithms, including multiple modes of Advanced Encryption Standard (AES), hashing, Rivest Shamir Adleman (RSA) and Elliptic Curve Cryptography (ECC) key generation and authentication, Key Agreement Schemes, and Deterministic Random Bit Generator (DRBG).

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Universal Debug Engine

With its Universal Debug Engine version UDE 2022, PLS (Programmierbare Logik & Systeme) (Lauta, Germany) now also supports the latest automotive MCUs from STMicroelectronics’ Stellar E family. Optimized for software-defined electric vehicles and with its functions for fast execution of control loops, the Stellar E family is primarily intended for use in power electronics applications such as onboard chargers or DC/DC converters. It is based on two Arm® Cortex®-M7 cores, each clocked at 300 MHz, which can be operated either in a dual-core configuration or, for the highest demands on functional security, as a single core with lockstep. For applications with increased security requirements, the integrated Hardware Security Module (HSM) offers, among other things, functions for accelerating cryptographic tasks. The MCUs are equipped with up to 2 MB on-chip flash. Split into two banks the code flash allows software updates Over-The-Air (OTA).

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Spectrum Analyzer Software

Signatec (Lockport, IL) recently announced five significant feature additions to its SpectraScopeRT Windows-based spectrum analyzer application software. Multiple RF systems, with multiple receivers and digitizers, can now be defined and added for operations within a single running instance of SpectraScopeRT. SpectraScopeRT supports a physically receiverless system with the use of a virtual receiver setup panel. Multiple systems running the new SpectraScopeRT Server Edition can be accessed and operated as remote nodes with a single user interface over an Ethernet network. Save/Restore Display Plot Configurations enable saving targeted display plots, including customized defined color schemes and layouts, along with configuration files. And digitizers that are part of the RF system can now be clocked from an external frequency source.

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External Magnetometer

uAvionix (Big fork, MT) today announced AV-Mag, the high-precision 3-axis external magnetometer for AV-30 panel displays. AV-Mag, when paired with an AV-30, will provide consistent and accurate magnetic heading information. With its ability to precisely measure the Earth’s magnetic field and aid the AV-30 directional heading measurement, AV-Mag offers a long-term, high-accuracy Directional Gyro (DG) solution. Optimal performance of AV-Mag is achieved by innovative calibration and measurement techniques, including precise integration of attitude and magnetic field data in all orientations, and the use of the World Magnetic Model (WMM) to aid in calibration. Added features like Wind Direction and Speed are planned for an upcoming release.

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Universal Development Board

MikroElektronika (MIKROE) (Belgrade, Serbia) has released UNI-DS v8, a universal development board suitable for rapid prototyping. The UNI-DS v8 development board includes a SiBRAIN socket that enables designers to try out different MCUs in a prototype system without having to invest in other expensive hardware or learn new tools. SiBRAIN is the open standard for sockets and add-on boards and currently supports 3300+ different microcontrollers from different families including STM32, Kinetis, TIVA, CEC, MSP, PIC, dsPIC, PIC32, and AVR. 100+ SiBRAIN add-on boards are currently available. UNI-DS v8 has five mikroBUS sockets, where you can place any of the 1200+ different Click boards.

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Handheld 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 12 Mpts 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

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

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

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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