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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.

Kannad Aviation to provide emergency locator transmitter distress beacon shipset for Embraer E2 jets

Kannad Aviation to provide emergency locator transmitter distress beacon shipset for Embraer E2 jets

SOPHIA-ANTIPOLIS, France, 22 Jan. 2015. Embraer officials have selected McMurdo Group, maker of end-to-end search and rescue (SAR) and maritime domain awareness (MDA) solutions, to provide complete Emergency Locator Transmitter (ELT) shipsets for its second-generation E-Jet aircraft, the E-Jets E2.

AirAsia flight climbed too fast, Airbus jet stalled before fatal crash

AirAsia flight climbed too fast, Airbus jet stalled before fatal crash

JAKARTA, Indonesia, 21 Jan. 2015. AirAsia Flight 8501 (QZ8501) ascended at a speed of 6,000 feet (1,828 meters) per minute before crashing into the ocean and killing all 162 people on board, Indonesian Transport Minister Ignasius Jonan reveals.

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.

Secure, trusted computing requirements rise as aerospace vendors go global

Secure, trusted computing requirements rise as aerospace vendors go global

PHOENIX, 20 Jan. 2015. Aerospace and defense departments and prime contractors are looking to sell more globally; yet, risks are inherent in doing so. “As more and more platforms and systems are deployed, risk is there that assets will fall into at the hands of adversarial nations or people,” explains Steve Edwards, technical fellow and product marketing manager at Curtiss-Wright Defense Solutions in Ashburn, Va.

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.

Global governments, militaries investigate LTE communications via aerostats, unmanned aircraft swarms

Global governments, militaries investigate LTE communications via aerostats, unmanned aircraft swarms

PHOENIX, 19 Jan. 2015. Radar and communications, specifically Long Term Evolution (LTE), applications are growing, explains John Long, vice president integrated systems at LCR Embedded Systems Inc., a provider of chassis, backplanes, and integrated systems in Norristown, Pa.

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.

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.

Boeing selects GE Aviation power electronics for 777X commercial aircraft

Boeing selects GE Aviation power electronics for 777X commercial aircraft

CINCINNATI, 16 Jan. 2015. Officials at The Boeing Company have selected GE Aviation to provide the Electrical Load Management System (ELMS), Backup Generator, and Backup Converter for the Boeing 777X aircraft.

Garmin ships G3X Touch displays, connectivity equipment

Garmin ships G3X Touch displays, connectivity equipment

OLATHE, Kan., 15 Jan. 2015. Garmin is shipping its G3X Touch 7-inch flight displays and Flight Stream 110/210 wireless gateways.

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