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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.

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.

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.

VadaTech debuts A/D and D/A converter FPGA mezzanine card

VadaTech debuts A/D and D/A converter FPGA mezzanine card

HENDERSON, Nev., 14 Jan. 2015. VadaTech, a manufacturer of embedded boards and application-ready platforms, has unveiled its new FPGA Mezzanine Card (FMC) designed to serve as both an A/D converter and D/A converter. The module, which is compliant with the VITA 57 specification, is targeted at radar, communications, automated test equipment (ATE), physics, and video/broadcast applications.

Intertek gains accreditation for Colombian jet fuel laboratory

Intertek gains accreditation for Colombian jet fuel laboratory

BOGOTÁ, Colombia, 13 Jan. 2015. National Accreditation Organization of Colombia (ONAC, Organismo Nacional de Acreditación de Colombia) officials awarded Intertek ISO/IEC 17025:2005 accreditation for a state-of-the-art jet fuel laboratory in Bogotá.

Concurrent ships rugged, conduction-cooled VPX boards based on Intel E3800 Atom processor

Concurrent ships rugged, conduction-cooled VPX boards based on Intel E3800 Atom processor

WOBURN, Mass., 7 Jan. 2015. Concurrent Technologies is now shipping deployment quantities of its TR D2x/msd board in rugged, conduction-cooled variants.

Satcom Direct’s TerraCom Direct data center solutions provider to provide airborne and terrestrial data security

Satcom Direct’s TerraCom Direct data center solutions provider to provide airborne and terrestrial data security

VIERA, Fla., 24 Dec. 2014. Satcom Direct, a provider of satellite communications products, training, and support services, has expanded its capabilities by launching a new data center solutions provider, TerraCom Direct.

Boeing, South African Airways use energy-rich tobacco to make sustainable aviation biofuel

Boeing, South African Airways use energy-rich tobacco to make sustainable aviation biofuel

MARBLE HALL, South Africa, 17 Dec. 2014. Boeing [NYSE:BA] and South African Airways (SAA) are using energy-rich tobacco plants from South African farmers to aid in the production of sustainable aviation biofuel.

Rockwell Collins Venue, Airshow cabin systems selected for wide-body VIP business jet

Rockwell Collins Venue, Airshow cabin systems selected for wide-body VIP business jet

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, 17 Dec. 2014. Rockwell Collins officials have revealed that an undisclosed customer has selected the company’s Venue high-definition (HD) cabin management and entertainment system, Airshow Moving Map, and audio/video on-demand (AVOD) streaming solution for a wide-body Airbus A340 business jet. The cabin package will be installed in mid-2015.

ARINC 429 and ARINC 717 Mini PCI Express board for avionics applications introduced by DDC

BOHEMIA, N.Y., 15 Dec. 2014. Data Device Corp. in Bohemia, N.Y., is introducing the DD-40001H060 ARINC 429 and ARINC 717 Mini PCI Express avionics databus board for a variety of commercial aviation and business aviation avionics applications.

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