White Papers

White papers are downloadable (PDF) high-level summaries of key avionics, aircraft & aviation industry topics. All our white papers are crafted by companies who are leading innovators in the industry.

Our white papers give readers insight into an ongoing industry topic. The downloadable format makes them perfect not only for desktop reading and printing, but also for taking on the go – ground or air – on a laptop, iPad or tablet, or a Kindle or other eBook devices.

Intelligent Aerospace White Papers

Improving Throughput with your Power Supply: Application Hints 1 through 10

April 29, 2015 Manufacturers continue to be asked to do more with less. Increasing throughput can reduce the amount of equipment used in test and the physical constraints of a manufacturing site.  An improved work flow will also reduce inventory costs.  Improving throughput starts with using faster power supplies, and is further enabled by a comprehensive set of integrated power supply capabilities specifically targeted to maximize test throughput.  There are ten ways today’s sophisticated po...

A Superior Solution for Press-Fit Pin and Receptacle Applications

April 17, 2015 The press-fit pins and receptacles that we apply to interconnect electronic modules are examples of products whose quality can be critical to the success or failure of a specific application. Electronic circuitry interconnected by press-fit pins and receptacles is so broad in application that their critical role in system performance cannot be given short shrift. Recognizing this, Mill-Max Mfg. has approached the design and manufacture of press-fit pins and receptacles with an uncompromising ...
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The Fast Guide to Protecting COTS Electronics with Conformal Coatings

April 1, 2015 This whitepaper provides a comprehensive overview of  conformal coating, advantages of conformal coating, and applications for conformal coating to enable COTS technology.   As technology continues to advance, COTS are becoming increasingly popular areas of development.  When dealing with devices that encounter rugged environments, it is vital that they are properly protected.  Conformal coating is one way that manufacturers are giving their devices a higher level of prot...

RR1P Rugged Pluggable Canister RAID Delivers Continuous Data Recording

March 27, 2015

RR1P removable canister RAID data storage system enables military ISR data to be removed from a plane, ship or ground vehicle in under two minutes.  The canister connects to the ¾ ATR chassis with a military grade connector designed for 10,000 insertion cycles. It weighs only 25 pounds including a five pound removable canister with up to 19.2 TB of compact, rugged, high performance mobile RAID data storage.

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Multi-Cavity Board Level Shielding: When Maximizing PCB Real Estate and Reducing Weight is Critical

March 27, 2015 As electronic devices continue to get smaller and printed circuit board complexity increases due to higher operating frequencies, the requirements for board level shielding solutions become more acute. As well, with the rise in wireless products, the need for circuit board isolation has grown significantly due to the challenging operation of wireless protocols like Bluetooth, LTE, CDMA, GPS, Zigbee, WiFi, and many others. Rather than having multiple shields on a PCB, which require their own s...
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Connect The Data: Benefits of Networked Training and Simulation

March 23, 2015 Transformation is underway in the way we live and work, driven by the ability to connect devices for improved communication and interoperability—with little or no human intervention. It’s a concept known as the Internet of Things (IoT). In the training and simulation industry, however, most simulators still operate in a standalone mode. There are concerns about security and compliance with Information Assurance (IA) standards. Best practices now exist that address these concerns, and once tra...
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High-Reliability Position Control for Rugged Applications

March 23, 2015 Selecting the appropriate high-reliability position control for your rugged application does not have to be an impossible challenge, and this paper will help you focus in on the position control solution best suited to meet your needs.  Factors to consider vary by application across a range of industries, including: military, space, commercial avionics, and industrial. Position control applications can have varying functional and performance requirements, such as:  environment, temp...

Product Reliability Builds on Robust Interconnect Solutions

March 23, 2015 Connectors play a critical role in electrical systems of just about any product we can imagine.  For designers, advances in connector design, materials, and manufacturing ensure availability of an interconnect solution well matched to each individual application.   One of the main components of connectors and discrete interconnect systems is the pin receptacle. This article discusses the various ways that the pin receptacle can be used for myriad applications, including those in mil...
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Avoiding Redesign: The Importance of Upfront Planning

February 5, 2015 When starting a new project, the people responsible for delivering that new product into the boardroom are under pressure. There are delivery dates, quality expectations, and the need to bring it in within budget. Because of these outside stresses, a metal component being developed to prove a concept is often not ready for a high-speed stamping press. If the end goal is not addressed early, a redesign is looming in the future. What constitutes the development of a precision metal part? What s...
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How to select the best motor controller for your demanding application

January 27, 2015 Selecting the appropriate motor controller for your application does not have to be an impossible challenge, and this paper will help you focus in on the motor controller and drive solution best suited to meet your needs.  Factors to consider vary by application across a variety of industries, including: military, space, commercial avionics, and industrial. Motor controller and drive applications can have varying functional and performance requirements, such as:  environment, temper...

New! High-Speed Switched Serial Fabrics Improve System Design

December 23, 2014

Recently updated, this handbook reviews the development of gigabit switched serial fabrics to enhance the VMEbus and PMC mezzanines; the role of FPGAs to implement this technology; and finally, how some of the latest VXS, XMC and VPX products can be used in high-speed data acquisition, recording and software radio systems.

This White Paper brought to you by Pentek.

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Using an Application Programming Interface (API) to Simplify MIL-STD-1553 Designs

August 11, 2014 This paper demonstrates how an Application Programming Interface (API) may be used to control a complex system such as a MIL-STD-1553 data bus. The lowest level of control typically occurs at the protocol IC register level, which requires an in depth knowledge of vender-specific hardware. An API provides a level of abstraction through a series of high-level function calls, communicating with the protocol IC at the register level via vender-supplied low-level drivers. This enables the software...
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