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Navy seeks to improve F/A-18E/F military jet's ability to search without radar

PATUXENT RIVER NAS, Md., 26 Jan. 2015. Electro-optics engineers at the Boeing Co. are equipping additional U.S. Navy carrier-based jet fighters with passive search gear to detect and track enemy aircraft without the use of radar.

Lockheed Martin to build electro-optical infrared sensors for Marine attack helicopters

CRANE, Ind., 26 Jan. 2015. Electro optics experts at Lockheed Martin Corp. are building 14 multi-sensor electro-optical/infrared (EO/IR) fire-control systems for U.S. Marine Corps AH-1Z Cobra attack helicopters.

In-line DC pass surge protectors for avionics and aerospace introduced by Times Microwave

WALLINGFORD, Conn., 26 Jan. 2015. Times Microwave systems in Wallingford, Conn., is introducing the LP-18-240 and LP-18-195 in-line broadband DC pass surge protector series for aerospace and defense applications.

Aerospace and defense engineers stress need for open standards, modular hardware and software

Aerospace and defense engineers stress need for open standards, modular hardware and software

PHOENIX, 20 Jan. 2015. “Modular hardware and software subsystems enable timely integration of emerging capabilities while minimizing platform integration issues,” says Benjamin Peddicord, chief, Intel Techology and Architecture Branch, U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center (CERDEC), headquartered at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., with activities at Fort Belvoir, Va., and Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J.

Aerospace engineers need to look at liquid cooling, Curtiss-Wright technical fellow advises

Aerospace engineers need to look at liquid cooling, Curtiss-Wright technical fellow advises

PHOENIX, 20 Jan. 2015. High-density, high-performance processors can create thermal management challenges. Extended temperature operating environments and long life exacerbate system design issues. VITA is helping to solve a lot of these problems, admits Ivan Straznicky, technical fellow, Curtiss-Wright Defense Solutions in Ottawa, Canada.

Interconnect speeds essential in embedded mission computer designs, says Creative Electronic Systems

Interconnect speeds essential in embedded mission computer designs, says Creative Electronic Systems

PHOENIX, 20 Jan. 2015. Interconnect speed is an important element in modern system designs, enabling “a fast network data pipe and getting faster,” according to a representative of Creative Electronic Systems (CES) in Switzerland. “PCI Express (PCIe) connections provide low latency, no overhead, and atomic operation,” he adds.

Curtiss-Wright: Taming tin whiskers will take an industry-wide approach

Curtiss-Wright: Taming tin whiskers will take an industry-wide approach

PHOENIX, 20 Jan. 2015. Aerospace and defense systems integrators and primes are increasing efforts for growth through international sales, including foreign military sales (FMS), says Ivan Straznicky, technical fellow, Curtiss-Wright Defense Solutions in Ottawa, Canada.

Aerospace engineers opt for optical technologies

PHOENIX, 19 Jan. 2015. Aerospace and defense applications are increasingly going to optical implementations. “It’s a mature technology that has been used on a lot of programs,” explains Rodger Hosking, vice president and cofounder of Pentek in Upper Saddle River, N.J.

Industry seeks new, rugged interfaces as electronics in aircraft grows exponentially

Industry seeks new, rugged interfaces as electronics in aircraft grows exponentially

PHOENIX, 19 Jan. 2015. Legacy architecture is at its limit for aviation systems, says Michael Plannerer, head of development at MEN Mikro Elektronik GmbH in Numberg, Germany. The amount of electronic equipment in aircraft continues to increase, as does the need for new interfaces and rugged computer boards and systems for harsh, mobile, and mission-critical environments, he says.

Creative Electronic Systems and industry deliver VPX in a small form factor

Creative Electronic Systems and industry deliver VPX in a small form factor

PHOENIX, 19 Jan. 2015. VNX, the new VITA 74 standard, is essentially VPX in a smaller form factor, explains Bill Ripley, who oversees business development, product management, and engineering at Creative Electronic Systems (CES) in Switzerland.

VME and VPX adopted widely for defense, yet to break into civil aerospace

VME and VPX adopted widely for defense, yet to break into civil aerospace

PHOENIX, 19 Jan. 2015. The largest market for VME and VPX components continues to be defense, explains Toby Colquhoun, senior analyst with IHS Electronics & Media, during a discussion of the world electronics market at VITA’s Embedded Tech Trends in Phoenix. Whereas the largest sector for VME and VPX components adoption is defense, the growing civil aerospace market sector has yet to embrace the technologies.

PHOENIX, 19 Jan. 2015. VITA Executive Director Jerry Gipper opened the annual Embedded Tech Trends (ETT) conference in Phoenix today with an overview of global electronics developments. Among them are: ubiquitious computing and the proliferation of digital devices, inexpensive digital storage, connectivity, and the “sensor-ization of technology,” or the trend of “putting sensors on everything.” At the same time, “drones are kind of a big deal,” Gipper said, quoting USA Today’s coverage of Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2015 in Las Vegas. Gipper and his cohorts recall having seen hundreds of drones, also known as unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) at CES.

Embedded Tech Trends 2015 opens, concentrates on electronics innovation

PHOENIX, 19 Jan. 2015. VITA Executive Director Jerry Gipper opened the annual Embedded Tech Trends (ETT) conference in Phoenix today with an overview of global electronics developments. Among them are: ubiquitious computing and the proliferation of digital devices, inexpensive digital storage, connectivity, and the “sensor-ization of technology,” or the trend of “putting sensors on everything.”

Never has the value of human intelligence on the flight deck been more important

HOWARD'S TOWER BLOG 19 Jan. 2015. Modern avionics represents truly amazing technology. Sensors are growing in sophistication, digital satellite communications is helping guide aircraft to their destinations more efficiently than ever before, and small powerful computers are blending sensor inputs to produce on-board real-time situational awareness.

Power amplifier for avionics communications and EW applications introduced by NuWaves

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio, 19 Jan. 2015. NuWaves Engineering in Middletown, Ohio, is introducing the NuPower 13G05A small, lightweight and high-efficiency power amplifier for a wide variety of air- or ground-based tactical, test, or training platforms.

Primoceler and ON Semiconductor to deliver CMOS sensor solutions to European Space Agency

Primoceler and ON Semiconductor to deliver CMOS sensor solutions to European Space Agency

TAMPERE, Finland, 16 Jan. 2015. Primoceler in Tampere, Finland, won a new contract with the European Space Agency (ESA), with headquarters in Paris, to design and manufacture complete complementary metal oxide silicon (CMOS) sensor packages for orbital missions. Working with Primoceler on this contract is ON Semiconductor in Phoenix.

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