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

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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Group Delay and Phase Measurement on Frequency Converters

June 6, 2014 Frequency converters e.g. in satellite transponders need to be characterized not only in terms of amplitude transmission but also in terms of phase transmission or group delay, especially with the transition to digital modulation schemes. They often do not provide access to the internal local oscillators This application note describes a method using the R&S ZVA to measure group delay of mixers and frequency converters with an embedded local oscillator very accurately. The key aspect of t...
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What's in the Box? A platform independent, flexible solution for avionics test and simulation

March 4, 2014 Open, flexible and modular system architectures for test, simulation, maintenance and other applications provide many advantages over traditional systems.  This paper presents a novel approach to solving avionics test problems by combining an avionics interface with a processor running an embedded Linux kernel.  This allows the user to write their own custom applications, use AIM's PBA.pro software an/ord write Python scripts to fully customize the function performed and commun...
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High Performance Testing & Simulation of ARINC818

July 31, 2013 The ARINC818 Specification defines a digital video link that is used for the transmission of uncompressed video data. This specification enables Avionics Display manufacturers to choose the video format that best suits their application, and defines standardized methods of transmitting and receiving that information. The first part of this paper gives a brief background on the specification, describes how an image is encoded into a video container and then decoded at the receivi...
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