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October 2021, Volume 23 – Number 10 •

The Journal of Military Electronics & Computing


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The Journal of Military Electronics & Computing COTS (kots), n. 1. Commercial off-the-shelf. Terminology popularized in 1994 within U.S. DoD by SECDEF Wm. Perry’s “Perry Memo” that changed military industry purchasing and design guidelines, making Mil-Specs acceptable only by waiver. COTS is generally defined for technology, goods and services as: a) using commercial business practices and specifications, b) not developed under government funding, c) offered for sale to the general market, d) still must meet the program ORD. 2. Commercial business practices include the accepted practice of customer-paid minor modification to standard COTS products to meet the customer’s unique requirements.


—Ant. When applied to the procurement of electronics for he U.S. Military, COTS is a procurement philosophy and does not imply commercial, office environment or any other durability grade. E.g., rad-hard components designed and offered for sale to the general market are COTS if they were developed by the company and not under government funding.


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Publisher’s Note AUKUS and its impact


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and its impact

The trilateral security pact between Australia, the UK, and the United States was announced on September 21st and poses more questions than it answers for US technology companies. The initial turbulence it caused has rippled around the world from Paris to Beijing. The discussion regarding how the sharing of technology and nuclear-powered submarines will change and possibly start an arms race involving the major world powers is interesting but doesn’t address how the estimated $800 billion deal will impact the many of you who would like to play a part.

To understand the direction, you must understand the global impact first. Australia and New Zealand have always been averse to nuclear weapons of any type. And although the Australians have had a policy of “not ask, don’t tell” regarding American warships visiting their ports with nuclear weapons, New Zealand is not so willing to turn a blind eye. This is presumably why they were not consulted or involved in the pact. Another player on the board is India. India has approached the US over the years for us to share our advanced weapons systems with them, with a polite decline from this and

Figure 1: Boeing rolled out the first Airpower Teaming System unmanned aircraft for the Royal Australian Air Force on May 5, 2020. (Boeing) 6

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Figure 2: The fast attack submarine USS Key West moors at Naval Base Guam, Dec. 20, 2020, upon returning from regularly scheduled maintenance.

previous administrations. But as things proceed, it is conceivable that India’s requests will be received more warmly. Those like Russia and China, have said that the move will forever change the threat level of the region and cause them to intensify their efforts to achieve superiority – the race. The French who have seen their relevance evaporate, are scrambling to impose any exit provisions they can in a futile attempt to convey that the decision to dump them was a mistake. So as the leaders of these countries explain that nuclear power is different from nuclear weapons, the Chinese are not so succinct in their views. They believe that the transferring of nuclear material and advanced technology, from the United States, is a destabilizing factor for the region. These technologies to this point have only been shared with our closest ally, England. The policy change is what has caused India to step up and ask if they too could participate. In setting the stage, the clarity of how this contract will work out is still a bit muddled. The first 8 submarines will be built in Adelaide, Australia. The next 18 months will be used to determine the contributions from both British and US companies. Without any prior experience in building advanced submarines, drawing on the experience of companies like General Dynamics, Roll

Royce, BAE, and General Atomics seems likely but is far from defined. In the background, many other considerations are part of AUKUS. Other technology transfers that will occur over the next few years include the Tomahawk cruise missile, the Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile, as well as the F-35A and the F/A-18F. Together the Australians and the US will advance the development of hypersonic cruise missiles and a Precision Strike Missile for the Army. There is also content that pertains to quantum computing and the use of Artificial Intelligence. In their preliminary stage, the total dollars and how the dollars might flow are still unclear, but as the picture continues to emerge, we will try to bring forth the opportunities that exist. Although not connected formally but announced shortly after AUKUS, an unprecedented move by Chicagobased Boeing Corporation to build the first of its kind manufacturing facility outside the United States was announced. The new facility will be based in Queensland, Australia, and be called the Wellcamp Aerospace and Defence Precinct. The Loyal Wingman unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) is the first military combat aircraft designed, developed, and manufactured in Australia in half a century. COTS Journal | October 2021




McObject Collaborates with Wind River to Deliver First-Ever Deterministic Database System for VxWorks-based Real-Time Embedded Systems McObject has collaborated with Wind River® and announced the availability of McObject’s revolutionary eXtremeDB/rt database management system (DBMS) for VxWorks®-based hard real-time embedded systems. eXtremeDB/rt supports hard real-time system requirements through the introduction of a new time-cognizant transaction manager. Time-cognizance guarantees predictable execution of transactions, ensuring that tasks involving

database activity (reading and/or writing) successfully commit or successfully abort within their deadlines, and never miss (run past) deadlines. Real-time determinism is increasingly critical in systems like autonomous driving, positive train control, defense, and other systems where failure can result in material damage or put lives at risk.


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In its first release, eXtremeDB/rt is an in-memory DBMS; support for persistent databases will follow in 2022Q1. Like conventional eXtremeDB, it provides critical data management features, including transactions, concurrent access, and a high-level data definition language. As an in-memory database system (IMDS), eXtremeDB/rt eliminates indeterminant file I/O and streamlines processing by foregoing caching logic. This enables it to deliver the highest level of real-time responsiveness with minimal code size.

eXtremeDB/rt also provides sophisticated development capabilities, such as support for varied data and query types, native APIs, and a powerful debugging environment that includes a self-diagnostic API to catch costly defects before they slip into production code. The market-leading VxWorks real-time op-

erating system (RTOS) from Wind River has been used to ensure the security, safety, and reliability needed to design and build mission-critical embedded systems that simply must work. VxWorks is a deterministic, priority-based preemptive RTOS with low latency and minimal jitter. It is built on an upgradeable, future-proof architecture to help you rapidly respond to changing market requirements and technology advancements. “Real-time embedded and IoT applications require a powerful, small, real-time database system. McObject has been a leader in this space for over 20 years and is pleased to continue it’s near 20-year partnership with Wind River and support the industry-leading VxWorks RTOS as the initial launch platform for eXtremeDB/rt” said Chris Mureen, McObject chief operating officer. “Through our work with McObject, we’re helping customers modernize and accelerate the delivery of reliable intelligent systems that demand real-time requirements,” said Michel Chabroux, Senior Director, Product Management, Wind River. “We look forward to building on our proven track record of success with McObject to help advance the next generation of cloud-connected intelligent systems with increasingly challenging edge compute needs.”



Fujifilm Launches Sustainable Data Syorage Intiative to Drive Sustainable Practices in Data Storage

The sustainability initiative will raise awareness of the environmental impact of data storage New research from IDC reveals that, globally, data centers can reduce CO2 emissions by over 43%, or 664 million metric tons

FUJIFILM Corporation announced the creation of the Sustainable Data Storage Initiative to highlight how tape technology can significantly reduce electricity consumption and CO2 emissions related to data storage. The initiative launches with a white paper, Accelerating Green Datacenter Progress with Sustainable Storage Strategies, published by technology research firm IDC, and sponsored by Fujifilm, providing an in-depth analysis of the significant energy savings and resulting environmental benefits of moving more data to tape storage. “We’re proud to launch the Sustainable Data Storage Initiative to help spread awareness of today’s modern data tape technology as a solution to reducing CO2 emissions from data storage operations while simultaneously reducing costs,” said Hironobu Taketomi, President, FUJIFILM Recording Media U.S.A., Inc. “Beginning with this study, Fujifilm’s global initiative will help companies around the world make smart decisions when assessing their storage options with sustainability objectives in mind.” As the world faces a climate crisis, and the amount of stored data continues to grow unabated due to digital transformation and the development of next-generation technologies, data centers are under increased scru-

tiny for consuming large amounts of energy that result in increased CO2emissions. The goal of the Sustainable Data Storage Initiative is to spread awareness of the solutions that can reduce the environmental impact of data centers. The IDC whitepaper summarizes findings on how to enhance the sustainability of data storage. Following are key highlights from the paper: Chart, bar chart Description automatically generated reporting from several major data centers found that energy consumption increased by 31% from 2017 to 2020, and the amount of data stored in data centers is expected to grow by 27% each year through 2025 (see Figure 1). Relying on renewable energy alone is not enough to keep up with rapid growth in data center power consumption. Water, wind, and solar power also have their associated impacts on the environment (i.e., disposing of wind turbines and solar panels). To negate this growing issue and protect the environment from further damage, IDC estimates that strategically migrating more data storage to tape can reduce CO2 emissions by 43.7%, or 664 million tons, by 2030 (see Figure 2). Tape storage offers additional security benefits such as immutability, encryption features, and offline “air gap” protection against cybercriminals. Tape is the most cost-effective storage media on a cost-per-gigabyte basis, requires minimal power to operate, and is reliable for storing data for periods exceeding 30 years with an excellent bit error rate (BER).

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Leonardo DRS Launches AC2ES

Advanced A-PNT Solution that Offers Schedule, Cost, and Capability Advantages

Leonardo DRS, Inc. announced that it has introduced an advanced and cost-effective Assured Position Navigation and Timing (A-PNT) solution to counter anti-Global Positioning System threats while improving the functionality of a range of combat-critical networking platforms. The Leonardo DRS AC2ES (A-PNT Converged Computing – Embedded and Scalable) provides A-PNT information in Global Positioning System-threatened environments by using a range of technologies. It is designed for integration in, or designed as an embedded solution, with advanced off-the-shelf systems that provide cost-effective and scalable A-PNT capability for all vehicle platforms currently using the lineup of Leonardo DRS hardware solutions. The A-PNT technology is designed to operate within existing Leonardo DRS systems giving warfighters in combat vehicle platforms a distinct


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advantage over similar technology, as users can manage A-PNT functions with familiar hardware. Operators use one screen through a graphical user interface they are already familiar with providing improved situational awareness. AC2ES converges best-of-breed A-PNT capabilities with cyber-hardened computing to deliver flexible and tailorable options for mounted forces, including A-PNT distribution/sharing with others, on platform systems. “The threats posed by near-peer competitors require an expeditious fielding of A-PNT capabilities to overcome GPS-denied environments and AC2ES was designed to provide a cost-effective and scalable menu of A-PNT capabilities to provide our customers with procurement and fielding options,” said Bill Guyan, senior vice president and general manager of the Leonardo DRS Land Electronics business. “The challenges of modernization budget constraints demand innovative solutions that improve the affordability of new capabilities, and we’re excited to offer our customers this unique technology to rapidly – and more affordably - achieve modernization objectives in support of Multi-Domain Operations.”

AC2ES benefits users by providing a scalable A-PNT solution with modular upgrade options, making it tailorable to mission requirements. This design also integrates Leonardo DRS’ Edge-Assured™ cyber protection for enhanced system protection and mission-critical user confidence. The technology provides A-PNT information in Global Positioning System-threatened environments by using a range of technologies from anti-jam and anti-spoofing, M-Code receivers, image-based terminal, and inertial measurement units. The convergence of these technologies into a platform Processing Unit eliminates the need for a separate A-PNT LRU, providing advanced and next-generation A-PNT capabilities not currently available with existing stand-alone single-purpose alternatives. AC2ES can serve as an interim, or “bridge” capability, providing our Army and USMC customers engaged in modernization with options that can reduce costs and accelerate A-PNT capability insertion. Leonardo DRS is developing a next-generation solution based on future customer requirements and forward-looking innovation.



GA-ASI Completes European Maritime Demos

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. (completed a series of flight demonstrations that featured a company-owned MQ-9B SeaGuardian® Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) in partnership with the Royal Air Force (RAF). The demonstration series began on Aug. 25 and ended with the completion of the UK’s Exercise Joint Warrior on Sept. 30. “The support of the RAF was key to the success of our demonstrations,” said GA-ASI Vice President of International Strategic Development Robert Schoeffling. “Our partnership allowed us to achieve several industry firsts as we showcased our innovative RPA to senior military officials from 16 countries.” The flights showcased the many operational capabilities of the MQ-9B, including the platform’s advanced maritime Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR), Detect and Avoid System (DAAS), industry-leading endurance, and interoperability with NATO partners. During Joint Warrior, a demonstration of Manned-Unmanned Teaming (MUM-T) took place using the SeaGuardian and an RAF P-8, showing SeaGuardian’s ability to complement and support Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) tasking, which included tracking, monitoring, and reporting of sonobuoys. The demonstrations were initially based out of RAF Waddington before moving to RAF Lossiemouth to support Joint Warrior. While based at RAF Waddington, one flight saw SeaGuardian fly to Leeuwarden Air Base, taking the RPA into Netherlands airspace and proving a seamless transition between national air traffic regions, while testing airspace operational procedures. This multi-day demonstration, which took place Sept. 1-2, displayed SeaGuardian’s maritime surveillance capabilities in support of international allies. The Royal Netherlands Air Force has ordered four MQ-9A RPA and the first is expected to be delivered to Leeuwarden later this year. SeaGuardian returned to RAF Waddington after the event. That important event was followed by the UK’s first Civil Aviation Authority (CAA)-approved the point-to-point domestic flight of an unmanned aircraft using the UK’s airways structure, when SeaGuardian flew from Lincolnshire, England to Moray, Scotland on Sept. 12. The

flight was controlled by NATS, the UK’s civilian Air Navigation Service Provider. “The MQ-9B is the first RPA to be allowed to fly so extensively in UK-controlled airspace,” said Mark Watson, Head of Unmanned Aircraft Systems Traffic Management (UTM) Service Integration for NATS. “This moves us a long way towards same-day notification for ‘file and fly’ privileges as an Instrument Meteorological Conditions (IMC)-capable platform.” A large set of airworthiness artifacts have been reviewed by the UK Civil Airworthiness Authority, which has approved MQ-9B for operations in unsegregated, uncontrolled airspace for the first time based on the suite of airspace deconfliction technologies and extensive documentation provided in the Safety Case. SeaGuardian is the maritime version of the MQ-9B SkyGuardian®. As the launch customer, RAF has ordered 16 aircraft in their configuration, which they have named the Protector RG Mk1 RPA systems. The Protector is a derivative of the SkyGuardian, featuring an array of customer modifications. “The coordination between GA-ASI and our RAF team was exciting to see,” said RAF Group Captain Shaun Gee, Director Air ISTAR Programmes (RPAS and TacISR), and SRO Shadow Programme. “It was great to see first-hand the game-changing capabilities of the RPA we’ve ordered for Protector. The ability of the aircraft to integrate into European airspace is key for the RAF as well as our international allies.” The flights culminated with the RPA’s participation in the UK-led Joint Warrior exercise, which showcased how the MQ-9B’s maritime capabilities can be integrated with other air, maritime, and land assets. An international audience observed the RPA’s maritime capability which includes a multi-mode surface-search radar with Inverse Synthetic Aperture Radar (ISAR) imaging mode, an Automatic Identification System (AIS) receiver, Electronic Support Measures (ESM) along with the standard High-Definition, Full-Motion Video sensor equipped with optical and infrared cameras. As a result of a visit from leadership from the UK Border Force during

which they observed the capabilities of the system, a Military Aid to Civil Authorities (MACA) demonstration flight was performed over the English Channel. In support of the European Maritime Demonstrations, GA-ASI partnered with SES, the leading provider of global satellite communications (SATCOM) services operating the world’s only multi-orbit constellation of satellites in Geostationary Orbit (GEO) and Medium Earth Orbit (MEO), and offering a unique combination of global coverage and high performance. For the demos, GA-ASI leveraged SES’s GEO connectivity in Ku-band, as well as X-band, reach back provided via the GovSat-1 satellite. GovSat-1, which is exclusively dedicated for government use and offers secure multi-mission capabilities, is operated as a public-private joint venture between the Government of Luxembourg and SES. The SATCOM service enabled the MQ-9 to operate securely with a high-capacity data link, allowing real-time transmission of sensor data from the aircraft and operations center using a SATCOM link, including with data rates up to 70 Mbps in secure reach back. “With our global satellite connectivity services, SES has been supporting the critical needs of GA-ASI and their government customers for almost two decades, and we’re delighted to take part in this demonstration effort as part of our long-standing relationship with General Atomics,” said Will Tong, Vice President of Strategic Government Initiatives and Head of the Aero ISR market at SES Networks. “As our customer needs to evolve and require increasingly secure, flexible, and high-performance services for real-time data exchange and reach back, we are happy to leverage our existing capabilities and to further innovate with the next-generation high-throughput systems like O3b mPOWER, enabling network sovereignty and cloud-scale applications that governments are looking for.”

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L3Harris Selected to Improve B-52 SelfDefense Via a $947 Million Cract

• Modernizes U.S. Air Force B-52 self-defense, spectrum dominance systems • Protects aircrew and aircraft from enemy radar threats and electronic warfare attacks • Continues spectrum dominance program for future upgrades through 2031

trum is fierce and without spectrum dominance, our armed forces lose competitive advantage,” said Ed Zoiss, President of L3Harris Space and Airborne Systems. “It’s critical to continue upgrading our platforms to maintain spectrum superiority.” L3Harris has provided electronic warfare

technology to the B-52 for more than 50 years. The company has leveraged the electromagnetic spectrum for tactical advantage, understanding threats and protecting against them for 60 years. The IDIQ will extend the B-52’s EW relevance and reliability through the end of its lifespan.

L3Harris Technologies will modernize the U.S. Air Force B-52 aircraft to protect the aircrew from enemy radar threats under a new 10-year, sole-source $947 million IDIQ contract. L3Harris will enhance the aircrafts’ AN/ ALQ-172 electronic warfare (EW) self-protection system, providing a combat-proven integrated radiofrequency system that can simultaneously counter multiple electronic spectrum threats that interfere with aircraft operations. L3Harris has an opportunity to expand the scope of work on the program from software sustainment to hardware upgrades. “Competition for the electromagnetic spec-

Lone Star Analysis Receives MultiMillion Dollar Contract From Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division Lone Star Analysis was awarded a $22 million contract from the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division for analytics focused on aircraft operations, sustainment, and staffing support. “NAWCAD and Lone Star have delivered savings and cost avoidance exceeding $100 million for the Naval Aviation Enterprise,” said Steve Roemerman, chairman and CEO, Lone Star Analysis. “We are looking forward to extending the economic, safety, and readiness results our warfighters deserve.” As a prime contractor to the Department of the Navy for more than a decade, Lone Star has been able to elevate the organization’s operational performance through predictive decision analytics, modeling, and simulation, and consulting services. Previously, Lone Star’s solutions have been used to establish staffing levels, parts planning, and other aircraft-related operational analytics. This contract extension will allow the company to continue its support, focusing on providing predictive analysis tools for real-time assessment of the Navy’s aircraft and staffing. 12

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“The Navy has recognized our predictive and prescriptive analytics solutions as tools that have enabled the identification of focused improvements,” said Matthew Bowers, President, and Chief Operating Officer, Lone Star Analysis. “As the only known company that is capable of meeting government requirements, our ongoing collaboration is vital for providing a clear visual understanding of processes and how they can be improved for the

betterment of the naval aviation mission.” The majority of the work performed will be using Lone Star’s OptUp™ solution suite, designed, tested, and deployed from the TruNavigator® platform. The new contract work will be performed in Addison, Texas, and is expected to be completed in September 2026. Funds will be distributed on individual orders as they are issued.



ystel Successfully Demonstrates AiTR Rugged Computing Capabilities at U.S. Army Project Convergence Event

Systel, Inc. successfully demonstrated Aided Target Recognition (AiTR) AI capabilities with multiple rugged embedded computer solutions, including Raven-Strike® and Kite-Strike™, to the U.S. Army at a recent Project Convergence 21 (PC21) event.

A Systel-led industry team of experts was able to consistently detect and mark targets and collect data over two days of numerous day and night operational scenarios consisting of varying ranges, target motion, target types, and sensor angles, motion, and fields of view. “We are honored to participate in Project Convergence and are proud of the entire team’s

efforts and performance during the event,” said Jay Williamson, Systel program manager for Army systems. “Systel’s rugged AI embedded edge products are designed and manufactured to meet the exacting requirements, including MOSA and SWaP-C, that AFC demands, and we look forward to continuing our support of the Army’s modernization priorities and enduring platforms.”

Project Convergence is a large-scale “campaign of learning to aggressively pursue an artificial intelligence and machine learning-enabled battlefield management system,” according to the United States Army Futures Command (AFC), and the Army’s contribution to Joint All-Domain Command and Control (JADC2). PC21 consists of demonstrations and experiments throughout the year, culminating in a month-long series of exercises in late 2021.

Viasat Awarded Two Department of Defense Research Contracts to Help U.S. Warfighters Harness 5G Connectivity on the Battlespace Viasat Inc. announced it received two awards from the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) through the Information Warfare Research Project (IWRP) to conduct research that will examine the use and implementation of 5G networks on the battlespace. These awards are part of the DoD $600M 5G research initiative announced last year, to explore how 5G tech-

nology can strengthen warfighting capabilities. Viasat is working with the DoD to solve complex communications problems across multiple network domains—from satellite to cellular to government-specific networking waveforms. Specific to these contracts, Viasat will tap into its 5G wireless, networking, and cybersecurity expertise and help the DoD understand how it can best utilize 5G technology to enable multi-domain operations in future joint warfighting programs, including Joint All-Domain Command and Control (JADC2) capabilities. The awards focus on two areas: – Improving Command and Control (C2) applications and services: Viasat will provide C2 hardware packages that support Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C4ISR), networking, and cybersecurity software, and integrate those capabilities into tactical networks using 5G to improve visibility across the battlespace. Viasat will also explore how 5G connectivity can support bandwidth-intensive applications (e.g. ISR mapping), be leveraged to share real-time situational awareness information, and

be used to provide resilient cloud access to the battlefield. – 5G enhanced network deployment for Agile Combat Employment (ACE) operations in contested environments: Viasat will look at rapid configuration and deployment of secure 5G nodes at the tactical edge that could be required when operating in unknown battlezones. Viasat’s research will focus on understanding of configurations and capabilities for enterprise orchestration and management (how to route network data); tactical network dimensioning and planning (how to optimize network/RF planning tools); and Low Probability of Intercept/Low Probability of Detection (LPI/LPD) capabilities (how to prevent adversaries from finding the network). “With 5G networks spreading globally and adversaries investing heavily in this capability, it is critical for the U.S. and its allies to understand and explore the potential of 5G technology in supporting warfighting operations,” said Craig Miller, president, Viasat Government Systems. “The rapid transport of information and data across domains is critical to advancing multi-domain operations and enabling joint force operations. Enhanced 5G bandwidth and connectivity for bases and mobile platforms at the tactical edge can offer commanders greater visibility to enhance C2 operations and increase situational awareness for the warfighter.” COTS Journal | October 2021




DDC-I and Intel Bring Safety-Critical Multi-core Computing to Avionics Displays and High Compute Sensors

DDC-I, a leading supplier of software and professional services for mission- and safety-critical applications, today announced that it has teamed with Intel to port its Deos™ DO178C safety-critical real-time operating system and Eclipse-based development tools to Intel’s 11th Generation Intel® Core™ i7 multi-core application processor. Intel Core i7 processors running Deos provide an excellent platform for a wide number of applications, including displays and high compute smart sensors. Deos has supported the x86 processor architecture with DAL-A artifacts since 1998, with thousands of x86-based Deos systems certified and flying today. With Intel Core i7 processors, Deos extends its existing support for the Intel Atom®, Intel® Xeon®, and other i7 architectures, providing a common certification package (at the binary level) and development tools across all these processors, including our DO-330 qualified tools. The Intel Core i7 SoC application processor is the 11th generation of Intel® Core™ architecture. Combining 4 CPU cores operating at up to 4.4 GHz with an Intel® Iris® Xe graphics processor and up to 12 Mbytes of cache, Intel Core i7 features Enhanced Media (AV1 Codec/12b support via 2 VDBOX) and AI/DL Instruction Sets with VNNI support for CV/AI


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and OpenVINO. Intel Core i7 also provides four DP/HDMI outputs ( four 4K or two 8K resolution display outputs), 4 PCIe Gen4 Lanes (CPU), and 12 HSIO (PCH) channels with support for 802.11ac, PCIe Gen 3, and USB4. “Intel Core i7’s high-performance multicore architecture, on-chip graphics, and AI processing, together with the availability of certification data, makes it very attractive to our avionics customers,” said Greg Rose, vice president of marketing and product management at DDC-I. “Our SafeMC™ multi-core technology leverages many of these capabilities, employing techniques like cache partitioning, memory pools, time-space partitioning, and slack scheduling. Together they provide an efficient, robust, and deterministic platform that builds on Intel’s technology to maximize performance while providing a certifiable multi-core environment by reducing multi-core interference and worst-case response.” “Intel Core i7 offers a high degree of functional integration, making it ideal for e-Cockpit advanced displays and high-compute smart sensors,” added Tony Franklin, General Manager of Federal and Aerospace Group at Intel. “DDC-I has been a long-time supporter of the x86 architecture, and we are pleased to be working with them again to offer our joint avionics customers a world-class multi-core safety-critical RTOS platform for our 11th Generation Intel® Core™ i7processors.”



Leading AI Chipmaker Hailo Raises $136 Million to Expand Edge AI Solutions as Global Demand Surges

Leading AI (Artificial Intelligence) chipmaker Hailo announced it has raised $136 million in a Series C funding round led by Poalim Equity and Gil Agmon. The round was joined by existing investors, including prominent Israeli entrepreneur and Hailo Chairman Zohar Zisapel, Swiss-based ABB Technology Ventures (ATV), London’s Latitude Ventures, Israel’s OurCrowd, and new investors, including Carasso Motors, Comasco, Shlomo Group, Talcar Corporation Ltd., and Automotive Equipment (AEV) [Machshiri Tnua]. In addition, Mooly Eden, former Senior VP at Intel Corporation, will join Hailo’s board of directors, and Eyal Waldman, Co-Founder and former CEO of Mellanox Technologies, will join its advisory board.

The round brings Hailo’s total funding to $224 million. In a world with skyrocketing demand for advanced, intelligent AI chips for countless industries, this funding will be used to address surging interest in the Hailo-8™ AI Processor for Edge Devices, allowing the company to further develop its next-generation products and expand into both new and existing global markets. “We are honored by this milestone round for an edge AI chip company and will use these significant resources to accelerate our aggressive plan to make advanced AI edge solutions more accessible to industries across the globe,” said Orr Danon, CEO, and Co-Founder of Hailo. “This tremendous support is a testament to our unparalleled edge AI product line, and we look forward to empowering even smarter and swifter devices, and thus, a more robust future powered by AI.” With a unique, reimagined architecture based on the neural networks of the human brain, the Hailo-8™ delivers the same performance for smart devices as that provided by large data center computers, paving the way for a future of smarter edge products. Hailo’s chip enables enterprises to harness the power of AI at lower costs and higher efficiency. In light of ever-expanding demand, Hailo has been consistently expanding its product line, recently launching both its M.2 and Mini PCIe high-performance AI acceleration modules for empowering edge devices. “In the coming years, AI will become the defining feature for creating new business value and reshaping user experience as we know it. The ability to bring AI-based features to market will increasingly be the deciding factor over whether companies succeed or fail,” said former Intel executive Mooly Eden. “Hailo’s innovative and hyper-efficient processor architecture addresses the growing demand for a new kind of chip to handle these new types of workloads, challenging traditional computing solutions.” COTS Journal | October 2021



Better Connections Assist Soldiers to Make Better Decisions Faster By Jack Midgley, Fischer Connectors Group’s Global Defense Market Leader Soldier modernization programs take on new urgency as funding priorities shift and operational demands increase. There are many challenges posed by resource constraints and changing operational environments. Defense connectivity solutions offer new capabilities and innovative, economical approaches to help soldiers and commanders at every level make better decisions faster – when observing, orienting, deciding, and acting (OODA) in unforgiving operational environments. There is no doubt that military forces worldwide are adapting their equipment and operating models to new levels of operational intensity. As the US Army Vision describes, forces are refocusing on “high-intensity conflict […] in dense urban terrain, in electronically degraded environments, and under constant surveillance.” (1) Advanced Digital Technologies Today’s modernization efforts are increasingly focused on optimizing the ability of individual soldiers and small units to share and process information using advanced digital technology. The digital “revolution in military affairs” is happening as four key technologies have matured: artificial intelligence, augmented reality, miniaturized inexpensive sensors, and efficient wearable power supplies. These four critical technologies create unprecedented demands for connections capable of handling massive amounts of data with minimal power and weight. The four revolutionary technologies are evident in the US Army’s Integrated Visual Augmentation System (IVAS), recently approved for production. IVAS needs all four technologies to deliver its full capability, and the rush is on for effective, modular solutions to complement the massive latent capability of this new system.

Figure 1: Sgt. 1st Class Edvar Chevalier tests the new Conformal Wearable Battery prototype at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, in May 2019. (Photo Credit: Dan Lafontaine, C5ISR Center Public Affairs) 16

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In the US, Army acquisition authorities are searching for soldier modernization solutions including “body-worn systems, hand-held devices, smart lightweight electronic com-

Accelerating tactical ...presents new challenges.... ...with new solutions. decision-making cycles... OBSERVE

Integrate multi-source sensors for real-time data capture

Easy connections for multiple soldier-worn devices


Present data in soldier-usable formats for fast analysis

Tactical hubs and connected vests integrate data and power between EUD and other bodyworn devices


Connect soldiers, units, and leaders reliably across the chain of command

Data and power connectors and cable assemblies deliver reliable connections in harsh environments


Move and communicate with confidence

360° connectivity and direct routing of cables minimize snag hazards, reduce weight and enhance mobility

ponents, and information processing to increase soldier maneuverability and protection through on-soldier sensing, remote sensing and knowledge management.” (2) But what advantages will these revolution-

ary technologies bring on the battlefield? Unlike a new warhead with easily measurable qualities like accuracy or penetration, soldier-worn systems require a different yardstick. These systems connect soldiers with many types of information, and their advan-

tage is measured in the quality and speed of decisions – those made by individual soldiers, and by commanders at every level. To take full advantage of revolutionary technologies, soldier-worn technology must collect and distribute information – that is, this technology must gain and maintain “connectivity” at each stage of the decision-making cycle. Our New Connected World It is key to meet these new requirements with solutions that enhance connectivity at every phase in the OODA decision-making cycle. Soldier-worn technology has to contribute to rapid information processing, and a critical component to that is providing technology solutions to move information swiftly, reliably, and with minimal power and size. Observing - Orienting - Deciding - Acting (OODA) Observing: Soldiers operating in dense urban environments need more than their own eyes to observe and detect threats. Observations from unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), sensors, advanced optics, even satellite imagery, and video are now available at the lowest levels of the chain of command. How can these sources

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Soldiers operating in dense urban environments need more than their own eyes to observe and detect threats.

Figure 2: Soldiers field testing ruggedized prototypes of the Army’s new Integrated Visual Augmentation System (IVAS) US Army

be sorted, integrated, and processed to understand the environment, without overwhelming the observer? Too many devices, connected in a web of cables, make tactical observations more difficult for soldiers in fast-changing situations. It is helpful to contribute to efficient tactical observation through a large variety of ultra-rugged, compact, and easy-to-use connectivity solutions. The newest in connectors and cable assemblies offer the latest technology, with enhanced interaction design, integration capability, and plug-and-go functionality. Such technology allows soldiers to connect and route observation devices in any direction, ensuring that external cables always run straight to the device. Straight connections allow soldiers to manage more devices with lightweight, uncomplicated connectors. Straight connections mean shorter cables, fewer tangles, and better usability because the equipment is lighter and faster to set up. Orienting: Which observations require immediate attention? Which must be reported, and which can be ignored? Unless the soldier can orient 18

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rapidly and accurately, observation data – and expensive sensor equipment – can be wasted. Sophisticated connectors help soldiers orient efficiently on tactical threats by providing reliable power and data connections to the new tactical hub. Using military standard connectors solutions and a lightweight, body-worn hub, a soldier can move data efficiently from multiple sensors and communication devices onto the End-User Device (EUD) for processing and evaluation. Many advanced connectors and cable assemblies deliver rock-solid power and data connections with IP68-level sealing while eliminating key codes and delivering 360º mating freedom. Cable-free solutions can also be achieved by integrating the panel plug directly into the housing of wearable devices such as radios, bodycams, LEDs, and alert systems or biometric sensors. These wearables can be mated quickly and easily to ready-to-use cabled receptacles or receptacles with the new quick detach system fitted into the fabric of a smart tactical vest. Keeping multiple devices in view and reliably connected through the hub allows soldiers to

focus on the data – instead of on the devices and connections. Better focus can lead to faster, more accurate orientation to threats, maximizing the impact of soldier-worn sensors and communication devices. Deciding: When the soldier and unit are correctly oriented, options have to be defined and a course of action selected. This takes fast, accurate communication within the unit, and between the unit and its headquarters, adjacent units, and supporting elements. Defense-centric connectors add reliability and speed to military decision-making processes by keeping soldiers reliably connected to their communications and sensor suites. Shorter cables, a compact, efficient hub, and tight power and data connections minimize “out of communication” challenges that slow decision-making and add risk in tactical environments. Acting: When a decision is made, soldiers need to be able to move, act and communicate rapidly and accurately. Connected vests minimize external

snagging hazards and allow instant connection or disconnection of wearable devices. By using a single battery to power all the soldier’s body-worn technology, the solution lightens the soldier’s load, increasing agility and speed of movement. No soldier should have to think about connected devices when the time comes for decisive action, and a connector system – improved connectors, tactical hub, low-profile cables, and optimized power management – is the ideal approach for helping soldiers act with maximum effect. The next generation of soldier-worn equipment will allow individual soldiers to apply information and insight, once available, only to higher commanders and staff. In Summary Military OEM design engineers of wearable devices and tactical vests can simplify their designs and connectivity solutions with quality connectors and cable assemblies, which can optimize soldier productivity at every step of the decision cycle – observing, orienting, deciding, and acting. Plug-and-go connectors that have 360º mating capabilities have been specially engineered to optimize cable and power management. The panel plug can be directly integrated into the housing of wearables such as sensors, bodycams, LEDs, IR beacons, flash drives, etc. Such wearables can quickly be mated to a ready-to-use cabled receptacle with

a quick detach system fitted into the fabric of a connected vest. (1) “The Army Strategy” downloads/rv7/the_army_strategy_2018.pdf

(2) US Army Devcom Broad Agency Announcement, March 2020. www.dsjournal. com/2020/03/26/us-army-combat-capabilitiesdevelopment-commands-soldier-center-issues-broad-agency-announcement-baa-for-basic-and-applied-research

Jack Midgley Fischer Connectors Group’s Global Defense Market Leader.

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Vicor DC Regulation Vital to Success of Hydrogen Fuel Cell Power By Tom Williams, Contributing Editor The potential for hydrogen power in electric vehicles has been underestimated and certainly underpublicized. However, it actually has great potential—a potential that can profoundly change our technical and transportation environment. One misconception has been that such vehicles are powered by burning hydrogen. In reality, hydrogen is combined with oxygen in a controlled environment called a fuel cell to produce electricity and . . . water. The electricity, which manifests as DC current, is used to power the vehicles. Each hydrogen atom consists of one proton and one electron and exists in its gaseous form as H2. In the fuel cell, compressed hydrogen flows out of the secure storage tank where it meets a platinum grid where its electrons are separated and only the protons get through to cross through an electrolyte membrane and meet up with the O2 molecules in the

Figure 1: Conceptual diagram of a hydrogen fuel cell 20

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air, which is brought in on the other side. The electrons are brought over via a conductor which they flow through in the form of electric current. On the other side, they can then combine with the protons from the hydrogen molecules and the oxygen atoms to form water. The current produced from the electron flow is used to power the vehicle (Figure 1). All major vehicle manufacturers are exploring hydrogen power and some even have products on the commercial market, albeit in extremely limited supply. In contrast, battery-powered EVs have progressed much further and major manufacturers have already announced huge investments and introduced product lines that are gaining popularity. Researchers in this arena, however, say that there will be no “winner” between hydrogen fuel cell vehicles and battery vehicles. Both will have a place in the transportation industry of the future.

Formerly, one of the biggest disincentives about hydrogen for powering vehicles has been its high volatility and nature as extremely explosive. This has led to a great deal of research and effort aimed at safe storage and has resulted in the development of tanks that are both relatively light-weight and are super strong. The current storage tank design consists of three layers: an inner plastic-lined layer of plastic-lined to prevent hydrogen leakage; a middle structural layer of carbon-reinforced plastic; and an outer glass-reinforced layer. They have been subjected to strenuous tests including crash tests, heating in fires over 800 degrees, and dropping from considerable heights. So far, only a direct hit from an armor-piercing bullet has been able to damage them enough to leak hydrogen. The weight-to-energy ratio along with the now well-developed safety has allowed the development of hydrogen-powered vehicles in addition to such things as robotic aerial drones and even hydrogen-powered big-rig trucks. Vicor is looking at an active role in the implementation of the DC power systems that control and distribute the electrical energy throughout such vehicles as all ranges of their functionality from drones to rail and ship transport. High-Density Conversion and Control for Drones and Beyond One of the characteristics of fuel cells is that their output can be highly variable and thus needs to be tightly controlled and regulated for use in real-world systems. Vicor Power has been working with Doosan Mobility Innovation to develop highly efficient and safe power systems for that company’s commercialized hydrogen fuel cell power pack that delivers breakthrough energy density, about 4 – 5 times that of a battery, enabling drones to

One of the characteristics of fuel cells is that their output can be highly variable and thus needs to be tightly controlled and regulated for use in real-world systems.

fly for up to 2 hours. With the extended range that the hydrogen fuel cell power pack provides, DMI is delivering global humanitarian relief. Their drones have transported masks and emergency supplies between the US Virgin Islands and delivered medical AEDs to the top of Mt. Hallasan, South Korea’s tallest mountain on Jeju Island.

ZVS buck regulator (PI3546-00-LGIZ). One big advantage of a hydrogen power system is that its capacity can be adjusted (with considerations for weight, size, and cost) to provide hybrid battery backup. This can be an important option, especially for airborne sys-

tems. For example, extra power may occasionally be required for takeoff and landing. Or, if for some reason the stack’s output should unexpectedly drop, the converters can supplement the stack’s output with the batteries. In case of complete stack failure, in the case of the DMI drone, the battery can enable an

The hydrogen fuel cells developed by DMI offer an output voltage that can range from 40VDC to 74VDC and this output must be delivered to the vehicle’s systems in two tightly controlled power trains, namely 48V at up to 12A to the rotor motors and 12V at up to 8A to the drone’s controller electronics and its cooling fans (Figure 2). To achieve high efficiency and high energy density in the PDN, DMI selected Vicor PRM buck-boost regulators and a Vicor ZVM buck regulator. The PRMs support the up to 74V open-circuit voltage (OCV) of the hydrogen fuel cell stack and perform stable voltage regulation to 48V. In the drone’s rotor-side PDN, two PRM buck-boost regulators (PRM48AF480T400A00) are configured in parallel to supply the 12A required by the rotors. The PDN for the digital controller board in the stack uses a lower-power PRM (PRM48AH480T200A00) followed by a 48V – 12V

Figure 2: Conceptual diagram of power delivery network (PDN) system using Vicor DC regulator technology. COTS Journal | October 2021


emergency landing with up to three minutes of operational power. The success of the DMI drone, along with successful developments taking place in the automotive and other industries, indicate a bright future for hydrogen power, which it is predicted will be a factor alongside battery power, wind, and solar in the energy world of the future. DMI is planning on expanding its product lines along with the need for additional power regulation technology. In addition, automotive and other systems will all require the same sort of regulatory elements for success, albeit in many different outputs and power delivery configurations. Compared strictly to batteries, hydrogen fuel cells, despite many other advantages, demonstrate a lower efficiency. Therefore, maximization of their actual efficiency is vital to the success of the overall system. DC-DC Regulation Vicor offers a family of isolated, highly efficient, regulated DC-DC converters utilizing high-frequency zero-voltage switching (ZVS) topology, operating from an unregulated, wide range input to generate an isolated output. The modules come in two packaging options. The ChiP packaging is a low-profile module that offers several thermal management options in a compact size with throughhole mounting for circuit boards, etc.

line and load transients. The PI37xx regulator sustains high switching frequency up to the rated input voltage without sacrificing efficiency and supports large DC-DC conversion ratios. The device can also be configured to operate in constant current mode.

2V, 24V, or 48V direct to point-of-load regulators The PI33/PI34/PI35xx ZVS Buck switching regulators offer board-level designers maximum power density and flexibility for high-efficiency point-of-load DC-DC regulation. The integration of a high-performance zero-voltage switching (ZVS) topology increases point-of-load performance, providing best-in-class power efficiency up to 98%. The ZVS regulators are highly integrated with control circuitry, power semiconductors, and support components, in a high-density System-in-Package (SiP). The devices can also be configured to operate in constant current mode.

A Full Line of DC-DC Control In addition to the switching regulators used in the hydrogen fuel cell applications, Vicor also offers a full line of DC-DC converters, the DCM series. These are isolated, highly efficient, regulated DC-DC converters utilizing high-frequency zero-voltage switching (ZVS) topology, operating from an unregulated, wide range input to generate an isolated output. The VIA modules, for example, are chassis-mount with additional integrated EMI filtering, tight output voltage regulation, and a secondary-referenced control interface while retaining the fundamental design benefits of the conventional brick architecture (Figure 3).

In addition, a series of buck-boost regulators offers integrated controllers, power switches, and support components, all within a high-density system-in-package (SiP). The PI37xx series requires only an external inductor and a minimal number of capacitors, to form a complete DC-DC switching mode buck-boost regulator. The high switching frequency reduces the size of the external filtering components, improves power density, and enables a very fast dynamic response to

The DCM5614, for example, can accept a nominal 270 V DC input (180V min to 400V max primary source) and convert it to an isolated, regulated 28V to supply 46.43A or 1300 Watts at that voltage. The DCM5614 is available in a chassis mount or PCB-mount form factor and can act as the primary source of regulated power for a given device or system. In this regard, it also has an optional PMBus control interface that can provide access to the DCM’s internal controller configuration,


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Figure 3: DCM converter modules are available in two basic packaging options. The ChiP, which is a through-hole mount, and the VIA, which is a chassis mount with additional features.

fault monitoring, and other telemetry functions. A selection of different output power levels, mostly in ChiP packaging, is available. These also offer different output voltage selections. Up to eight DCM5614s can be connected in parallel for a staggering total of over 10kW available power. Up to four have been proven so far in an array, offering 5.3kW. Thus, multiple DCMs may be paralleled for higher power capacity via wireless load sharing, even when they are operating off of different input voltage suppliers. A wide selection of ChiP-packaged controllers that take the 28V output of the 5614 is available for configuring the exact system desired. A variety of such controllers can be connected to the 48V output of the 5614 to supply the needed input voltages to internal devices and subsystems. The technology is scalable and expandable. In response to the success of the 2.6kW power pack currently in production, DMI plans to expand its product line with several other units, designed to serve a wider range of applications. The family will range from the 1.5kW hydrogen-fuel-cell power pack that’s scheduled to be released next year to a unit capable of producing up to 10kW. DPI also intends to further expand its product line with a series of drones, each designed to be easily integrated with one of the new power packs. The implications for further hydrogen=powered vehicles are clear.

October 2021

COT’S PICKS Fischer Connectors Showcases New Soldier Connectivity as Key Design Enabler to Address the Revolution in Military Affairs “The new revolution is driven by a confluence of three digital technologies: ubiquitous fullspectrum sensing, 5G networks, and artificial intelligence” “Army Transformation is facing a revolution in military affairs, and Fischer Connectors is transforming products and services to address the Army’s needs,” said Jonathan Brossard, CEO of the Switzerland-based Fischer Connectors Group at the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) Annual Meeting & Exposition in Washington, D.C. “Soldier connectivity is the key enabler for improving command and control. Along with our Army partners, Fischer Connectors is focused on applying emerging technology to optimize soldier connectivity.” Fischer Connectors’ latest soldier connectiv-

Curtiss-Wright Defense Solutions Introduces New Starter Kit System and 8-Slot OpenVPX™ Chassis to Speed Development of CMOSS/SOSA Technical Standard 1.0 Aligned Solutions Curtiss-Wright’s Defense Solutions division, a leading supplier of a modular open systems approach (MOSA) based solutions, introduced two new natural convection-cooled system solutions designed in compliance with the U.S. Army CCDC C5ISR Center’s CMOSS standard and aligned with the SOSA Technical Standard 1.0 at the AUSA 2021 Annual Meeting and Exposition.


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ity solutions include a next-generation wearable tactical hub, and the Fischer UltiMate™ and Fischer MiniMax™ connectors designed to meet the Army’s Nett Warrior standards. The next-generation hub is the heart of the individual soldier’s wearable connectivity solution, integrating the power and data flows from multiple digital devices – sights, radios, displays, and batteries – in a lightweight ergonomic component. To connect all the soldier’s wearable electronics, Fischer Connectors enhances its widely-used UltiMate and MiniMax connector designs to meet the technical requirements of integrated dismounted leader situational awareness (SA) systems such as the U.S. Army’s Nett Warrior.

intelligence,” said Jack Midgley, Fischer Connectors Group’s Global Defense Market Leader. “Fischer Connectors has developed new connectivity solutions to help land force commanders tackle this revolution. High-speed, high volume data transmission, improved power management, and wearability are essential for commanders to exploit new sensors, networks, and AI applications. Fischer Connectors has met these challenges with Swiss-engineered solutions meeting tough Army standards.”

“Land forces face a new revolution in military affairs based on three digital technologies: ubiquitous sensors, 5G networks, and artificial

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In support of its commitment to lead the industry in delivering rugged MOSA solutions, Curtiss-Wright announced the new CMOSS/ SOSA Starter Kit (CSSK). Designed for use on ground combat vehicle (GCV) platforms, the CSSK speeds the development and demonstration of CMOSS/SOSA solutions by providing a pre-integrated 4-slot SWaP-optimized 3U VPX system that combines a VICTORY network module (Aligned with SOSA Profile: 14.4.14 DP/ CP Switch), A-PNT module (Aligned with SOSA Profile: 14.9.2 Radial Clock), single-board computer (aligned with SOSA Profile: 14.2.16 I/O Intensive) and 3U VPX power supply unit.

Curtiss-Wright’s new CMOSS chassis are designed to meet the U.S. Army PEO Ground Combat Systems (GCS) Standardized A-Kit / Vehicle Envelope (SAVE), a new standard that defines internal mounting and physical interfaces for connecting CMOSS systems and radios to platforms. These fan-free chassis are ideal for use in Ground Combat Vehicle, and Tactical Wheeled Vehicle Platforms, as well as high-performance ground or rotary-wing processing applications.

Curtiss-Wright also announced its new 8-Slot CMOSS/SOSA aligned Enclosure that provides a highly configurable rugged platform for Ground Mobile and GCV environments. The powered chassis features 8 3U OpenVPX slots, all of which are aligned with the SOSA Technical Standard 1.0. It features one External I/O slot, one I/O Intensive Compute Slot, four Generic Payload slots, one Data Plane/Control Plane Switch Slot, and one Radial Clock Slot that supports Assured-PNT functionality.

“Curtiss-Wright is leveraging its industry-leading MOSA hardware and system integration expertise to bring the widest range of CMOSS and the SOSA Technical Standard 1.0 aligned solutions to market,” said Chris Wiltsey, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Curtiss-Wright Defense Solutions. “In support of the DoD’s mandate for MOSA-based solutions, our new CMOSS/SOSA Starter Kit and 8-Slot CMOSS/SOSA aligned rugged chassis help ground vehicle system designers rapidly get started on demonstrating and fielding their new applications and delivering new capabilities to the warfighter.” Curtiss-Wright’s

October 2021

COT’S PICKS EIZO Releases 6U OpenVPX/SOSA Aligned GPGPU Processing Card with Dual NVIDIA Turing RTX GPUs for Sensor and Data-Driven Missions

The Condor XR1 is designed with thermally efficient heat sink technology and can be configured to OpenVPX VITA-65 standards or SOSA-aligned slot profiles. EIZO Rugged Solutions Inc. has introduced the Condor XR1 6U VPX Series – an OpenVPX™ 6U form factor high-performance computer (HPC) and GPGPU processing card based on the NVIDIA® Turing™ architecture using either the NVIDIA RTX5000™

or NVIDIA RTX3000™ platforms. The Condor XR1 6U VPX Series offers High-Performance Embedded Computing Systems (HPEC) with a solution that delivers multi-card performance, resulting in reduced system SWaP and increased compute capabilities. When utilizing the RTX5000 (TU104) GPU, the card offers up to 6150 CUDA cores, 768 Tensor cores, 96 RT cores, and provides up to 18.98 TFLOP floating-point 32 performance with CUDA™ and OpenCL™ support. With two NVIDIA RTX GPU variants available, the Condor XR1 6U VPX Series provides compute flexibility for systems that are power or thermal-sensitive and allows for future program upgrades. The cards support up to eight DisplayPort++ video outputs and have dedicated H.264/H.265 (HEVC) encoding/decoding engines. Selwyn L. Henriques, president and CEO of EIZO Rugged Solutions, said: “The Condor XR1 6U VPX Series provides data-driven mission systems with a (6U single-slot) dual-GPU-based computing solution that meets the ever-evolving needs of ISR applications.” “There is a big demand for enhanced processing capabilities in HPEC applications, as more and more sensors need to be processed at even faster rates. The challenge is designing a product that checks all

Annapolis Micro Systems and CurtissWright Cooperate to Bring Best-in-Class SOSA™-Aligned Solutions to Embedded Market Annapolis Micro Systems, a leading FPGA board and systems supplier, and Curtiss-Wright’s Defense Solutions division, a trusted leading supplier of rugged ISR and EW processing modules and systems, today announced they will collaborate to bring best-in-class SOSA-aligned solutions to the embedded market. Under the agreement, both companies will qualify for interoperability a range of their products based on the SOSA Technical Standard developed by The Open Group Sensor Open Systems Architecture™ consortium. The partnership combines Annapolis Micro Systems’ leadership in FPGA boards and switch modules capable of 100Gb Ethernet with Curtiss-Wright’s leadership position as a supplier of modular open system approach (MOSA) based single-board computers (SBC) and digital signal processor (DSP) engines. The agreement will simplify and speed the

ability of customers to access and integrate products from two of the embedded industry’s leading solutions providers, greatly expanding the range of SOSA-aligned products the companies can deliver to system designers. Under the agreement, both companies will be able to reference sell their SOSA-aligned 3U and 6U OpenVPX modules and chassis to support designers of demanding compute-intensive applications such as EW, radar, and signals intelligence.

boxes. The Condor XR1 6U VPX Series does just that – low-latency GPGPU processing including AI, flexible support for external high-speed I/O, and customizations to support many different design integrations utilizing the OpenVPX standard.” Each GPU can be individually configured to route to various endpoint configurations, as each PCI-e switch also enables mating IO modules to communicate to the CPU or directly to the GPUs themselves via NVIDIA RDMA. The NVIDIA RTX platform has increased performance in AI and deep learning and doubles the parallel processing capabilities from previous generations. This solution is ideal for sensor-intensive applications such as unmanned systems, airborne radar, Signal Intelligence (SIG-INT), Electronic Warfare (EW), and Digital Signal Processing (DSP). This product is available in conduction-cooled or air-cooled formats and supports PCI Express Gen 3.0 (16, 8, or 4 lanes). This card is tested to MILSTD-810 standards and is offered in either OpenVPX VITA 65 or SOSA-aligned configurations. EIZO Rugged Solutions Inc.

by Curtiss-Wright and Annapolis Micro Systems will be as seamless as if the boards were being purchased from a single vendor,” said Chris Wiltsey, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Curtiss-Wright Defense Solutions. “This collaboration will provide customers with access to the broadest range of SOSA-aligned system building blocks and rugged integrated solutions.” Annapolis Micro Systems

“Our close collaboration allows customers to confidently combine our Xilinx®-based FPGA boards, switches, and chassis/backplanes, with Curtiss-Wright’s Intel®-based DSP engines and single-board computers, into a qualified best-in-class SOSA-aligned solution,” said Noah Donaldson, Annapolis Micro Systems Chief Technology Officer. “As a result of this agreement, the integration of SOSA solutions sourced COTS Journal | October 2021


October 2021

COT’S PICKS Klas Government, SNC Launch LowSWaP Tactical Comms Solution for Deploying Link 16 at the Tactical Edge

Klas’ Voyager Tactical Data Link (TDL) is now SNC TRAX® software enabled, unleashing the vision of CJADC2, while facilitating data exchanges across connected battlespace domains Klas Government and Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) announced the launch of a joint tactical communications solution, enabling coalition partners to deploy Link 16 at a low-SWaP form factor not previously possible. The solution facilitates real-time data exchanges across connected battlespace domains (air, land, sea, space, and cyber) while also ensuring a unified Common Operating Picture (COP). Sensors deployed at the tactical edge of today’s battlefield are constantly collecting situational data and transmitting it back to commanders, who know that the slightest delay in receiving or returning intel can cost the U.S. and its allies an opportunity to defeat a growing threat. Klas’ Voyager Tactical Data Link (TDL) Gateway with SNC’s Tactical Radio Application eXtension (SNC TRAX) is a small, lightweight, rugged network structure that extends data capabilities to the forward edge of the fight, optimizing Command and Control (C2) across echelons, battlespace awareness and decision dominance.

in real-time, amongst disparate networks, data links, and data transport methods at the tactical edge. The joint solution integrates the following core components: Voyager TDL - The Voyager TDL Gateway is an open standard hardware and software solution consisting of a Voyager 8 Plus chassis with complementary Voyager modules, tactical radios, and an optional amplifier. At the core of this system is the VoyagerVM 3.0 module providing an Intel® Xeon® D-1577, 16-core compute module, operating the SNC TRAX software within a Hypervisor instance, and Voyager radio brackets for support of 25 handheld radios. SNC TRAX® - SNC TRAX is a multi-domain software-based integration platform with a foundational purpose of providing data interoperability, data forwarding, and routing, and operating as a TDL Gateway application, utilizing open-based military and industry message standards.

Link 16 Radio - The key to success for SNC TRAX on Voyager TDL Gateway is the inclusion of the BATS-D AN/PRC-161 Link 16 radio. Past Link 16 enabled systems have been large and bulky. The BATS-D AN/PRC-161 solves what these other radios lacked: a small, hand-held Link 16 radio that fits neatly into the Voyager 8 Plus chassis where complementary compute modules enhance the capabilities of Link 16. “The SNC TRAX software provides an operationally proven solution capable of removing some of the key barriers that can prevent our forces from realizing the overwhelming potential of networking our sensors, weapons, and systems,” said Thomas Klonk, SNC program director. “Having an integration tool like SNC TRAX allows industry to focus less on military standards and more on creating the next generation of sensors, weapons, artificial intelligence application, or user interface.” Klas Government

“Link 16 is the standard across U.S., NATO and coalition forces for transmitting and exchanging real-time tactical data, but the challenge has been making it available in a cost-effective, low-SWaP package that can be broadly deployed, while also enabling forces to seamlessly add new capabilities to meet evolving mission needs,” said Chris Ericksen, chief revenue officer, Klas Government. “Our joint solution represents a breakthrough by democratizing Link 16 deployment and unleashing the next generation of data sharing capabilities at the tactical edge.” Voyager TDL & SNC TRAX unleash the full vision of Combined Joint All-Domain Command and Control (CJADC2), enabling true multi-domain operations like never before. CJADC2 is built around the concept of connecting sensors, operators, and command nodes from each of the military’s six branches in a “mesh network” that would allow commanders more options and the ability to act faster. Voyager TDL Gateway with SNC TRAX enables soldiers to interact with assets and other partners COTS Journal | October 2021


October 2021

COT’S PICKS Abaco announces production release of five products aligned to SOSA™ standard A full portfolio of products designed to align to the SOSA™ technical standard

directly into the Zynq® Ultrascale+™ MPSoC with 40/100Gb Ethernet connections, an optional optical interface, and other general-purpose I/O. Supporting up to eight 14-bit ADCs sampling up to 5.0GSPS, eight 14-bit DACs sampling at up to 10.0GSPS, a user-programmable FPGA fabric, and a multi-core Zynq ARM® processing subsystem.

Abaco Systems announced the production release of five products designed to align to the Sensor Open Systems Architecture (SOSA™) technical standard demonstrating Abaco’s position as the market leader in 3U and 6U VPX boards and board sets. The VP431, SWE440S, SBC6511, VP831, and IPN254 align to the SOSA standard and support DOD goals for technology insertion, cost reduction, and faster time to deployment.

• The SWE440S is a fully managed 3U VPX Ethernet switch designed to meet the most demanding requirements for network switching in tactical applications. By offering configuration options for two SOSA profiles as well as VITA/OpenVPX 32U through to 8F configurations, it is one of the most capable and flexible switches on the market and supports 1G, 10G, and 40G Ethernet.

Abaco is an active member of the Open Group steering group and was proud to be a part of creating the Technical Standard for SOSA Reference Architecture, Edition 1.0, announced in September. Five years of collaborative efforts led to this standard for sensing systems, and it will ensure the industry keeps its competitive edge in our global environment.

• The SBC6511 Single board computer features an innovative design that combines the Intel® Xeon® E 9th Generation CPU with the Xilinx Zynq UltraScale+™ FPGA with advanced security capabilities to yield maximum I/O handling, processing performance, and security in a rugged, single 6U VPX slot. It is also available in an OpenVPX variant.

The five production releases include: • The VP431 is a 3U VPX board featuring the latest third generation Xilinx® RF System-onChip (RFSoC) containing data converters integrated

• The IPN254 is Abaco’s fourth-generation 6U multiprocessor solution. By combining the latest NVIDIA® Turing™ GPU with the 9th generation Intel Xeon E CPU, the IPN254 enables maximum process-

Atrenne’s Aluminum 3D Printed ATR Greatly Reduces Lead Time

is deployable. This enables Atrenne to provide program managers with a ruggedized demonstration unit in a matter of weeks after critical design reviews, compared to months for a conventionally designed unit.

Atrenne Computing Solutions, a Celestica Company, announced it has won a platinum innovators award for design and testing an aluminum 3D-printed air transport rack (ATR) chassis, which

The importance of minimizing lead time is sig-

ing performance in a rugged, single VPX slot. It delivers the highest available bandwidth between its major components, making it an ideal solution for data-intensive applications in the Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) domain. It is also available in an OpenVPX variant. • The VP831 is a 3U VPX FPGA carrier board featuring a dual FPGA design supporting RF and signal processing in a single slot. It includes a powerful Xilinx Virtex UltraScale+ FPGA and Zynq UltraScale+ MPSoC, to deliver maximum performance and programmability along with critical security features. The VP831 can be combined with any of Abaco’s FPGA Mezzanine Cards (FMC) A/D and D/A modules for complete RF conversion and processing. Pete Thompson, VP of product management for Abaco Systems said, “Our extensive roadmap of over twenty 3U and 6U VPX products demonstrates Abaco’s commitment to delivering products designed to align to the SOSA standard. These releases each signify our ability to provide cutting-edge technologies while focusing on interoperability and reduction in costs for our customers.” Abaco Systems

nificant for land, sea, and air applications. Early field demonstration units are invaluable to the end-user to allow them to meet critical interim milestones and quickly detect critical integration characteristics with surrounding equipment. The ability to quickly test the unit at the design stage and iterate, if needed, assures a seamless field install and integration. “Atrenne is raising the bar in both technology and methodology for exceeding extreme environmental demands,” said Jim Tierney, VP of Aerospace and Defense. “Our 3D Aluminum ATR offers substantially reduced lead times when compared to conventional braze welding fabrication, with negligible tradeoffs in thermal performance, and the structural and mechanical characteristics are as good or better when subjected to dynamics testing.” Atrenne has been designing and manufacturing rugged military systems for the defense industry for nearly 50 years and continues to deliver solutions to the military as quickly as possible through innovative engineering and manufacturing processes. Atrenne Computing Solutions www.atrenne.comw Compa


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October 2021


Digistor Announces New C Series of Security Enhanced Self Encrypting Drives (SEDs); Expands Citadel Secure Drive Offering; Entered Common Criteria Evaluation for SSDs

C Series Secure SSDs extend DIGISTOR’s industry-leading ability to eliminate the need for complex, costly customized systems to secure Data At Rest (DAR). DIGISTOR®, a leading provider of secure Data At Rest (DAR) storage solutions, announced its Series C secure SSDs, the first DIGISTOR SSDs to add Cigent® D3E cybersecurity software. The new SSDs broaden the company’s comprehensive solutions

and virtually eliminate the barrier to securing DAR with military-grade encryption for hardware and software. The company is debuting the C Series in the Trenton Systems booth (#2065) at the AUSA event in Washington, D.C. DIGISTOR announced its partnership with Cigent Technology, Inc., a leader in embedded cybersecurity, in late August 2021. Additionally, the company announced that its full line of FIPS 140-2 L2 certified SSDs are undergoing Common Criteria certification, added multidrive support for Citadel SSDs, and introduced the Citadel™ GL SSD, which prevents unauthorized access to data where no monitor or screen is available for user interaction. “These new solutions extend our ability to

protect DAR from client to server applications, help speed time-to-use, and protect vital information with military-grade security,” said Robin Wessel, Executive Vice President, CDSG. “DIGISTOR offers the industry’s widest scope of solutions at COTS pricing for secure data storage so military and defense customers can effectively and quickly address increasing and varied cyber threats to our nation’s security.” The C Series SSDs augment DIGISTOR selfencrypting SSDs with easily implemented, flexible file-level encryption and allow users to choose whether files are always locked or dynamically locked based on AI threat detection. Once locked, files are available only to authenticated individuals. The C Series supports multi-factor authentication, including Windows Hello - Facial Recognition, Fingerprint, PIN, Google Authenticator, and thirdparty authentication solutions like Cisco Duo. DIGISTOR’s C-Series TCG Opal and FIPS 140-2 SSDs are available in Q4 2021, with additional products anticipated before the end of the year and in early 2022. The new Citadel GL SSD extends pre-boot authentication (PBA) to UAVs, sensors, appliances, and other “headless” applications. In addition, they prevent unauthorized access to data where no monitor or screen is available for user interaction. DIGISTOR

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October 2021

COT’S PICKS New 4U Tall Horizontal Mount Chassis Platform from Pixus Supports Both 3U and 6U OpenVPX Boards

MicroSys Partners with Leading AI Chipmaker Hailo to Launch HighPerformance, Embedded AI Platform

Pixus Technologies, a provider of embedded computing and enclosure solutions, has a new 4U 19” rackmount chassis with a horizontal loading configuration. The chassis has a side-to-side airflow approach and supports 3U, 6U, or a mix of 3U and 6U OpenVPX boards.

MicroSys Miriac embedded modules and platforms combined with Hailo-8 AI acceleration modules offer a high-performance, scalable embedded platform for AI processing at the edge, with applications in fields such as Industry 4.0, automotive, and heavy machinery

The 4U tall chassis platform supports up to 6x SOSA™ aligned or OpenVPX 6U boards along with 6x boards in the 3U form factor. Alternatively, the form factor can be divided into three segments that can host up to 18x boards in the 3U OpenVPX size. The chassis can accept either a fixed modular PSU or a pluggable version that is compliant with VITA 62. Rear Transition Module (RTM) slots are available in certain configurations depending on the enclosure configuration. Backplanes are available in various sizes and configurations for multiple OpenVPX/SOSA profiles and speed up to 100GbE. Versions with VITA 66 optical or VITA 67 RF interfaces are also standard.

MicroSys Electronics announced its partnership with leading AI (Artificial Intelligence) chipmaker Hailo to launch its Miriac AIP-LX2160A embedded platform hosting up to 5 integrated Hailo-8 AI accelerator modules. The new edge server-grade AI solution enables high-performance and scalable AI inference capabilities at the edge. The new, application-ready AI platform offers industries a high bandwidth and power-efficient solution at the edge, benefiting a wide range of applications in Industry 4.0, automotive, heavy machinery, and more.

Pixus offers 1U-4U tall horizontal orientation 19” rackmount systems in side-to-side or front-torear cooling configurations. The enclosures can be modified to MIL rugged formats. Pixus Technologies

Powered by the NXP QorIQ Layerscape LX2160A high-throughput processor technology, the Miriac AIP-LX2160A can integrate multiple advanced Hailo-8 AI accelerators and offers bestin-class processing performance and deep learning capabilities of up to 130 tera-operations per second (TOPS). The combined solution delivers exceptional AI computing performance across multiple standard NN benchmarks, including over 6000 Frames Per Second (FPS) on Resnet-50, over 5000 FPS on Mobilenet-V1 SSD, and close to 1000 FPS on YOLOv5m. The automotive-grade Hailo-8 outperforms other available AI processors for edge computing with up to 26 tera-operations per second (TOPS) at a typical power consumption of 2.5 W. The embedded platform, combining the Hailo-8 AI proces-


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sor with MicroSys’s Arm Cortex NXP Layerscape platforms, give customers the benefit of highly efficient AI implemented into their connected edge appliances for situational awareness and predictive maintenance analytics. “Our strategic partnership with Hailo is an important milestone, helping our customers reap the enormous benefits of AI and neural networks,” said Ina Sophia Schindler, Managing Director at MicroSys Electronics. “Hailo’s AI processor allows edge devices to run full-scale deep learning applications more efficiently, effectively, and sustainably while significantly lowering costs. In combination with our NXP processor-based platforms, our customers get one of the most powerful AI solutions that can be developed for edge applications.” Typical markets for this new application-ready bundle include low-power IIoT and Industry 4.0 edge servers for predictive maintenance, collaborative robotics, video surveillance servers in infrastructures with distributed cameras, communication servers for autonomous vehicles in logistics and agriculture, and heavy construction equipment, as well as edge servers in trains where multiple GigE Vision camera streams are analyzed with AI for increased safety and security. “We are excited to partner with MicroSys, a world-leader in embedded systems,” said Orr Danon, CEO, and Co-Founder of Hailo. “This collaboration strengthens our position in the edge computing sector, enabling us to further address the rapidly growing market seeking embedded edge platforms with robust AI capabilities. We look forward to continuing to work with MicroSys to bring unmatched edge processing solutions to a broad range of automotive and industrial automation applications.” MicroSys Electronics www.microsys.d

October 2021

COT’S PICKS New ¾-Length, Single-Slot PCIe Carrier Card Interfaces XMC Mezzanine Module to PC-based Embedded Computer Systems

Acromag’s APCe8775 carrier card offers a simple and cost-effective solution that allows a PC to communicate with an XMC mezzanine module over a PCI Express (PCIe) bus. System developers can insert an Acromag FPGA module or other XMC module on the carrier card to perform a variety of signal processing functions. The APCe8775 3/4-length PCIe card is ideal for use in smaller embedded computers and servers with reduced-depth expansion slots. Low-profile fans provide XMC cooling from within a single expansion slot. The carrier’s PCIe x8 interface supports up to eight serial lanes for rapid data transfer between the plug-in XMC module and the host computer. These carriers are suitable for use in high-performance military and scientific research computing systems. They can also help test advanced defense and aerospace systems for later deployment on rugged computing platforms such as VME, VPX,

or CompactPCI. Standard model, single-unit pricing starts at $850. “This ¾-length PCIe expansion board offers great I/O versatility when using short-depth mission computers or rugged servers,” explained Robert Greenfield, Acromag’s Business Development Manager. “The shorter, 10-inch length and low-profile fans allow the card to fit in a single slot and still provide adequate XMC cooling within a high-density computer chassis.” Several rear I/O connectors enable high-speed serial interfaces between neighboring carrier boards using XAUI or Aurora protocols. An MD68 port and two Samtec QPairs® connectors simplify board-toboard connections with a SCSI-3 or Twinax cables to left and right adjacent carrier cards. One XMC socket interfaces up to eight serial I/O lanes to the carrier’s PCIe x8 edge connector. The other XMC socket routes to a pair of 4-lane serial ports for board-to-board connections that support up to five high-speed (5Gb/s) transmit/receive differential

or LVDS pairs. A 64-pin XMC P4 rear I/O socket routes 32 LVDS I/O to a SCSI port for additional board-to-board communication. Two integrated fans provide a constant airflow across the XMC module since most PCs cannot provide sufficient cooling to dissipate heat generated by large FPGA devices. The narrow fans do not encroach on the adjacent slot allowing users to fill all available PCIe expansion slots. Acromag offers many compatible XMC FPGA modules with configurable logic elements for algorithm acceleration, DSP, communication, and adaptive computing functions. Typical applications include image processing, simulation, protocol conversion, signal intelligence, and in-circuit diagnostics. Acromag

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October 2021

COT’S PICKS Supermicro Expands Portfolio of High-Performance Single-Processor Systems

Servers Based on New Intel Xeon E-2300 Processors Join Servers Featuring 3rd Gen Intel Xeon Scalable Processors to Deliver CostOptimized, Enterprise-Class Computing to a Wide Range of Workloads Super Micro Computer, Inc. is announcing an expanded portfolio of single-processor systems based on the new Intel Xeon E-2300 and 3rd Gen Intel Xeon Scalable processors. These new systems support a wide range of applications in growing vertical markets. As a result, customers can optimize the exact configuration needed for their applications spanning entry-level servers for the intelligent edge to data center-class systems. Supermicro Expanded Portfolio of SingleProcessor Systems with Intel Xeon E-2300 processors, the MicroBlade® and MicroCloud support applications that require a high-density computing infrastructure, including content streaming, EDA, interactive gaming, and bare-metal cloud instances. Enterprises can also benefit from rackmount systems based on this new processor family, with increased I/O and security features making these systems ideal for appliances and security applications. New single-socket 3rd Gen Intel Xeon Scalable processor-based systems such as the 6U SuperBlade® are ideal for high-density multi-node applications. The Supermicro SuperServer E403 wall-mount edge server for telco environments leverages the higher core counts, greater memory capacity, and faster I/O required to deliver high performance at optimized price points. “Our multi-node solutions and high-volume

rackmount systems enable a new class of computing for enterprises and cloud providers, allowing for a new generation of applications that optimize business performance and TCO,” stated Charles Liang, president, and CEO of Supermicro. “We are delivering an expanded portfolio of singleprocessor application-optimized systems that will provide exactly the best performance and efficiency for targeted workloads, including telco, edge, storage, security, AI inferencing, and bare-metal provisioning.”

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Supermicro’s new single-socket systems deliver the performance and capabilities to power an expanded set of workloads in the data center and bring data center-class performance to the edge. These new systems feature PCI-E 4.0 I/O, which removes bottlenecks and speeds up applications compared to systems with earlier generations of processors. They also now include support for Intel’s SGX security features. The new single-socket systems are available in various form factors, including multinode servers, rackmount servers, and workstations.


Single-socket 3rd Gen Intel Xeon Scalable processor-based systems support up to 16 DIMM slots, enabling up to 4TB of DRAM or 6TB of DRAM + Intel Optane Persistent Memory (Pmem) – this memory capacity for single-socket systems is unprecedented. The Intel Xeon E-2300 processorbased systems deliver essential server performance

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