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COM Express: The Architecture to Support the Future of Robotics & Unmanned Systems

COM Express is a family of modular, small-form-factor computer-on-module (COM) specifications. The COM Express specification is one of many developed by PCI Industrial Computer Manufacturers Group (PICMG), whose goal is to translate desktop PCI standards to industrial applications.

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RF & Microwave Electronics

New Products

See the new products, including Mercury Systems' Direct RF system-on-module, TT Electronics' LRMAH2512 surface-mount technology shunt resistors, General Micro Systems' 1U and 2U “Shorty 4” servers, Sigma-Netics' thin-walled metal tubes, and much more.

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Robotics, Automation & Control

Grip Tab Active Controllers

Advanced Technology International has issued a $2.67 million contract to AeroVironment for the production of its Tomahawk Grip Tab Active (Grip TA) controllers, that will be managed by the U.S. Marine Corps Warfighting Lab (MCWL).

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Aerospace

MQ-25 Vehicle Management Computer Upgrade

The MQ-25 is the Navy’s carrier-based unmanned aircraft that is tasked with performing aerial refueling missions that were previously managed by F/A-18 aircraft. The next generation vehicle management computer controls all flight surfaces and performs overall vehicle management duties for the MQ-25.

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Electronics & Computers

One Person Can Supervise a Swarm of 100 Unmanned Autonomous Vehicles

Research involving Oregon State University has shown that a “swarm” of more than 100 autonomous ground and aerial robots can be supervised by one person without subjecting the individual to an undue workload.

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Electronics & Computers

Sensor Fusion Expanding in Step with Advancing Vehicle Sophistication

When drivers of passenger vehicles change lanes, brake at stop lights, or accelerate on the highway, they’re probably not thinking about sensors. Sensors monitor,...

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RF & Microwave Electronics

Revolutionizing Electronic Warfare: Unleashing the Power of High-Performance Software-Defined Radios

In the ever-evolving landscape of electronic warfare (EW), the imperative for technological prowess has never been more pronounced. At the vanguard of this evolution stands a technological marvel — high-performance software defined radios (SDRs).

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Electronics & Computers

Deterministic and Modular Architecture for Embedded Vehicle Systems

The next generation of Army ground vehicle systems aim to provide the warfighter with advanced capabilities while ensuring cyber resiliency. One key technology, Ethernet, has enabled the modernization of military ground vehicles by providing a broad range of beneficial features. Read on to learn more.

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Design

Design Approaches for Established and Emerging RF Receiver Architectures

Traditionally, heterodyne architectures have been the preferred choice for radio frequency (RF) and millimeter-wave (mmWave) receiver architectures, excelling in noise performance, dynamic range, frequency coverage, selectivity, and reduction of EMI. However, recent advancements in high sample rate analog to digital converters (ADCs) and embedded signal processing have prompted a reassessment of both architectures.

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Information Technology

Rydberg Technologies Shows Potential of Long-Range RF with Quantum Sensor at NetModX23

Rydberg Technologies demonstrated the use of an atomic receiver for long-range RF applications during the NetModX23 event. Shortly after the completion of the NetModX event, Aerospace & Defense Technology caught up with Rydberg CEO David Anderson to discuss the demonstration of their atomic receiver prototype and the future potential of quantum sensing in real-world military RF applications.

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Aerospace

New Products

See the new products, including SWIR Vision Systems' short-wavelength infrared imaging technology, Fischer Connectors' expanded set of cable assemblies for the KEYSTONE tactical hub, Interface Concept's 3U VPX Single Board Computer, Microchip's updated software design tools, and more.

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Robotics, Automation & Control

Certified Machine Learning-Based Avionics

Over the past few decades, aircraft automation has progressively increased. Advances in digital computing during the 1980s eliminated the need for onboard flight engineers. Avionics systems, exemplified by FADEC for engine control and Fly-By-Wire, handle lower-level functions, reducing human error.

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Test & Measurement

New Method to Measure Wind Speed Could Unlock Drones’ Potential

Dr. Marc Compere, associate professor of Mechanical Engineering at Embry-Riddle’s Daytona Beach Campus, recently described a new approach to measuring wind effects.

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Electronics & Computers

Report on Human Factors Issues Likely to Affect Air-Launched Effects

Air-Launched Effects (ALEs) are a concept for operating small, inexpensive, attritable, and highly autonomous unmanned aerial systems that can be tube launched from aircraft.

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RF & Microwave Electronics

Advanced Satellite Communications Research

New algorithm strategies and diverse communication techniques are constantly emerging in the telecommunications realm that consumers, commercial, government, and military demand in order to push the boundaries of data throughput to receive information as quickly as possible.

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Electronics & Computers

New Qubit Circuit Enables Quantum Operations With Higher Accuracy

They utilize a relatively new type of superconducting qubit, known as fluxonium, which can have a lifespan that is much longer than more commonly used superconducting qubits.

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Electronics & Computers

A Perspective on GVSC Crewstation Development and Addressing Future Ground Combat Vehicle Needs

The U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command (DEVCOM) Ground Vehicle Systems Center (GVSC) has been developing next generation crew stations over the last several decades. In this research, the problem space that impacts design development and decisions is discussed.

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Information Technology

New Report Finds Need for Defense Laboratories to Improve Quantum Workforce Planning

Quantum technologies build on quantum physics to process and communicate information in ways that existing technologies can't. Nations leading quantum...

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Manufacturing & Prototyping

Zonal Electrical Architectures Cut Vehicle Wiring-System Cost, Complexity

Ultimately, zonal architectures require a fundamentally reorganized software structure that allows the OEM to independently, quickly, easily, and modularly adapt the control of the entire vehicle while minimizing the complexity in the wiring harness and the number of control devices.

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Electronics & Computers

New Products

See the new products, including the SST ESF3 third-generation embedded SuperFlash technology NVM solution in the GF 28SLPe foundry process; General Micro Systems' new rugged display using open-standard Thunderbolt™ 4 technology; Rohde & Schwarz' RF test and measurement solutions; and more.

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RF & Microwave Electronics

‘Zonal’ for the Win

Multiple trends are driving the evolution of electric vehicles (EVs), hybrid-electric vehicles (HEVs) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs). Urbanization and sustainability pressures have spurred...

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RF & Microwave Electronics

Benefits and Challenges of Direct-RF Sampling for Avionic Platforms

Recent advances in the operation of advanced CMOS processes for extremely high-speed and high dynamic range analog-to-digital (ADC) and digital-to-analog (DAC) data converters has led to their use in directly sampling microwave and even millimeter wave signals.

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Electronics & Computers

New Products

See the new products, including WAGO’s Compact Controller 100, RLC Electronics' gold plated OFHC copper bandpass filters, WINSYSTEMS' COMeT6-1100 COM Express® Type 6 Compact CPU module, and more.

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Electronics & Computers

An Introduction to Quantum Computing

Quantum computers, like all computers, utilize gates. While a classical computer utilizes NAND gates, built from transistors, quantum computer gates are realized from the electrical pulses with specific frequencies and lengths.

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Information Technology

New Products

See the new products, including the NDT 1000 inspection system, a PU-5200 certifiable display computer, RJ45 connectors, servers, and more.

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Electronics & Computers

Optoelectronic Analog Signal Transmission Takes Center Stage Amidst Aerospace and Defense Innovation

RFoF has emerged as a game-changing technology for A&D communication. Its ability to extend communication ranges, immunity to electromagnetic interference, enhanced security, low latency and high bandwidth make it indispensable for modern A&D operations.

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RF & Microwave Electronics

How Laser Communications Innovation is Finally Coming of Age and Driving Innovation in Defense

Though laser technology has advantages over radio, and those advantages are growing as innovation accelerates, what is essential to realize is that they need not be in competition.

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Communications

How Thunderbolt 4 Helps Bring Fault-Tolerant, Distributed Systems to Market

Thunderbolt 4 is more than USB operating at 40 gigabits per second (Gbps). While USB 3.2 Gen 2 is 10 Gbps and USB4 is 20 Gbps, Thunderbolt 4 also provides DisplayPort alt mode, PCI Express 3.0, networking up to 10 Gbps, and Power Delivery up to 100 watts.

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Unmanned Systems

Advances in Military Avionics Technologies Create New Challenges for RF Test and Measurement

One of the common features of modern military avionics systems is the adoption of high-frequency and millimeter-wave (mmWave) communications to achieve higher data rates and enhanced resistance to interference.

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