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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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he annual Association of the US Army (AUSA) has long been a show of interest for our military embedded computing industry. But this year’s Washington D.C. AUSA earlier this month probably had more vendors from our industry than I’ve ever seen. Just as in recent years, much of the discussion at the show revolved around the Army’s struggle to deal with its ever-tightening budget challenges. Those challenges are many. On one hand there’s the predicted normal contraction of the Army’s size just due to the ending of wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Meanwhile there’s the reality of the nation’s defense strategy making a pivot toward Asia-Pacific. That rebalancing requires more allocation of spending in the Navy and Air Force than the Army. On top of all that the Army is adjusting to the drastic and unplanned cuts in the wake of sequestration turmoil. This is all a challenge at a time when the Army wants to reset its equipment coming home from the warfront while simultaneously modernizing its equipment. For our industry the most relevant area of Army platform development are military combat vehicles. Our industry has lived through a number of upsets in the past several years as the Army cancelled major programs such as its massive Future Combat System (FCS) program and then its more modest the Ground Combat Vehicle (GCV) a couple years ago. The networking part of FCS lived on though not so closely coupled with a specific vehicle program. Looking back, it’s hard not to characterize the Army’s vehicle modernization plans of the past several years as done in fits and starts. With all that in mind, much anticipation brewed over the Army’s new combat vehicle modernization strategy scheduled to be revealed at AUSA. That strategy reportedly looks to modernize its combat vehicle fleet in the near term, looks to acquire a new lightweight vehicle for infantry brigade combat teams and increase the lethality of its Stryker vehicles. The forward looking path of the strategy calls for vehicles with robust mobile protected firepower capability and formations could see mostly unmanned, autonomous systems carry out security and reconnaissance missions, according to a story in the Defense News’s AUSA Show Daily. Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, the head of the Army’s Capabilities Integration Center, told Defense News in an exclusive interview said Army’s brigade combat teams need to come to the battlefield overmatching the enemy’s capabilities, McMaster explained. When the Army is “in close combat with the enemy, you want to be the Terminator, if you can be,” he said.


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New vehicle designs have been all but non-existent in recent years for the Army—an exception being the awarding a contract to Oshkosh for its new Joint Light Tactical Vehicle. The strategy reportedly acknowledges that future missions will require the Army’s brigade combat teams to fight with a joint force and “to win against well-armed state, non-state and hybrid threats across a range of operations. Therefore, there is urgency in refocusing the Army’s combat vehicle modernization strategy and a need to increase investment to prepare for existing and emerging threats.” Included in investments will be the procurement of a lightweight combat vehicle for infantry brigade combat teams to rapidly deploy in restrictive areas across all types of terrain and urban and austere environments. The Army also wants a light reconnaissance vehicle in the near term particularly for cavalry squadrons that would need to execute early or forced entry operations. Meanwhile, to make Stryker armored personnel carriers more lethal, the plan calls for adding a 30mm cannon on half of them and Javelin anti-tank missiles on the rest, along with machine guns. The new modernization strategy calls for more urgency to move forward with the Future Fighting Vehicle development program. The strategy also called for the near-term replacement of the M113 armored personnel carrier. It’s clear that cost and development times are now under extreme pressure—particularly for the Army. That makes it more important than ever that technology decision makers outsource complex subsystems to the vendors in our industry. As primes continue to look to our industry for highly compute dense and low size, weight and power (SWaP) computing systems, the cost and capability advantages feed up the food chain. If the numerous board- and boxlevel product announcements from embedded computing vendors at AUSA are an indication, I think our industry is well positioned to serve the Army’s technology needs more than ever.


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INSIDE TRACK Cubic Receives Order from GATR Technologies to Support Marine Corps Program Cubic Global Defense has announced that its subsidiary DTECH LABS received an initial order amount of $2.7 million from GATR Technologies, a manufacturer of deployable inflatable satellite communication terminals. DTECH will provide Mobile, Modular, Micro-Single Enclave (M3-SE) baseband equipment that is paired to GATR Technologies’ portable 2.4m Inflatable Satellite Antenna (ISA), making this solution a program of record (type designator AN/TSC-212) for the U.S. Marine Corps High Bandwidth Signals Intelligence Palletized Terminal (HBSI-PT) program (Figure 1). Receipt of this order ensures an ongoing partnership with GATR Technol-

ogies for the three- to five-year life cycle program of record with the U.S. Marine Corps. DTECH’s M3-SE baseband consists of three network enclaves with a black core transport system, which provides high capacity voice, video and data for 10-36 users operating in a signals intelligence environment through any IP-based wireless or wired transmission system. The M3-SE baseband equipment provides a durable and dependable communications solution that minimizes size, weight and power requirements, which along with the GATR’s light-weight ISA, reduces the embarkation footprint and improves deployability and ease of use as the

Northrop Grumman Tapped to Add Ground Capabilities to AN/TPS-80 G/ATOR Northrop Grumman has been awarded a $58,706,242 million contract from the Marine Corps to develop and test the Ground Weapon Locating Radar (GWLR) mode for the AN/TPS-80 Ground/ Air Task-Oriented Radar (G/ ATOR). The GWLR mode is a software update that brings additional mission capability to the ground-based multi-mission Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radar developed by the Department of Defense (DOD). G/ATOR will perform four FIND the products featured in this section and more at


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principal missions using the same hardware. Software loads optimize the operation of the radar to perform each mission. When all modes are fully implemented, Marine Corps operators will have a common hardware solution with the ability to switch between air surveillance, air defense, ground weapon locating, and air traffic control through software. The GWLR mode enables G/ATOR to detect and track time-critical incoming threats, such as rockets, mortars and artillery rounds (Figure 2).

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Alion Awarded $49 Million Contract to Support Navy’s ISR Systems and Development To support the need for more advanced ISR capabilities, Alion Science and Technology, a global engineering, technology and operational solutions company, has been awarded an indefinite delivery/ indefinite quantity contract valued at $49 million by the Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) Crane for its Surveillance and Reconnais-


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EXCLUSIVE: 2015 DEFENSE AND SECURITY EQUIPMENT INTERNATIONAL (DSEI) REPORT COTS-based Defense Products Prevalent at DSEI Event Brad Curran, Industry Principal for Aerospace & Defense, Frost & Sullivan

Over 1,500 exhibitors from 53 countries attended the September 2015 Defense and Security Equipment International (DSEI) event in London. The full spectrum of air, naval, and land platforms, along with combat systems, equipment, technologies, and services were on display. Many of the products make extensive use of COTS electronics and components. Total global defense procurement spending is expected to be about $658.50 billion in 2015, and grow at a 1.9 rate to reach $710.40 by 2019 (Figure 3). The share of COTS-based products used will keep pace with global defense spending, and in fact, become a larger share than it is today. C4ISR and Electronic Warfare systems will have the largest share of defense spending. C4ISR, including, the unmanned vehicles and robotics technology sector, will grow faster than the market in general, and will all make use of a higher percentage of COTS components. The US remains the largest market with continuing upgrades, repair, maintenance, and a few technology pockets of higher growth that make use of mature commercial wireless, smart phone, and social media applications. The Asia Pacific, Middle East, and Northeast European regions

are not large markets, but have high near and mid-term growth rates as nations seek to rapidly upgrade C4ISR and weapons capabilities. Fasttracked radars, battle management systems, unmanned vehicles, and missile defense programs make extensive use of COTS technologies. Uniformed and other civil government personnel from around the world showed a great deal of interest in the COTS products which were on display, especially those which incorporate industry standards, and avoid export and other security restrictions. Well-known global defense primes, large and mid-tier platform manufacturers and integrators, and many small and regional firms confirmed that they expect COTS-based products to play a growing role in the global defense market supply chain. Just a small sample of the hundreds of LRU manufacturers, component providers, and lesser known global defense COTS market participants displaying COTS-based products at DSEI were: • US-based power supplies manufacturer SynQor • Swiss firm Creative Electronic Systems (CES) computing • Germany’s LStelcom SIGINT systems • Taiwanese embedded computing firm Rhinotech • UK-based Drumgrange underwater sensors and communications • Ruggedized embedded computers from Norway’s RECAB • REAMDA robotics and electronics from Ireland • Japanese firm Toshiba’s COTS-based in-line encryption • Zen Technologies in India, providing Training & Simulation systems • EO/IR Sensors and Displays from Miltech Hellas in Greece Military forces around the world have recognized the operational, integration, and cost advantages of leveraging COTS systems and components as much as possible. The DSEI show illustrated and reinforced the important and growing role of COTS products to global defense equipment manufacturers and end users.

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SPECIAL FEATURE Comms and Networking in Land, Sea and Air


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Military Comms and Networking Thrives for Land, Sea and Sky Working together tactical radios, military mobile networks and satellite systems are enabling and net-centric military. Technologies continue to advance for land, sea and sky-based platforms. Jeff Child, Editor-in-Chief


o matter how you look at it a major portion of today’s U.S. military platforms is either directly or indirectly involved in communications or networking critical information between warfighters. The trend is toward every vehicle, every aircraft, every ship, every UAV and every soldier on the ground to be able to quickly share data, voice and even video with almost any level of the DoD’s operation. Along the way, next generation embedded computing solutions—in the form of single board computers, box-level systems and special-function subsystems—are part of sophisticated compute-intensive radio and network nodes—each suited for a different environment, platform or user. Among the most entrenched of land-based mobile networking efforts is Warfighter Information Network- Tactical (WIN-T), the Army’s high speed, high capability backbone communications network, linking Warfighters in the battlefield with the Global Information Grid. The network is intended to provide command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance. The system is developed as a network for reliable, secure, and seamless video, data, imagery, and voice services for the Warfighters in theater to enable decisive combat actions. The WIN-T program development consists of four increments. Increment 1 (Inc 1) provides “networking at the halt” by upgrading the Joint Network Node (JNN) satellite capability to access the Wideband Global Satellite (WGS). Increment 2 (Inc 2) provides network-

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Figure 1 The second generation DuraDBH-672 Digital Beachhead Gbit Ethernet switch and vetronics computer subsystem now has support for Military Code (M-Code) Position, Navigation and Timing (PNT) architecture.

ing on-the-move to the company level. The WIN-T Inc 2 introduces a mobile, ad-hoc, self configuring, self-healing network using satellite on-the-move capabilities, robust network management, and high-bandwidth radio systems to keep mobile forces. Increment 3 (Inc 3) provides Integrated Network Operations development. Increment 4 (Inc 4) provides protected satellite communications on-the-move.

Box-Level Solutions Serve WIN-T WIN-T is a program where rugged box-level embedded computing has caught on fast. The sheer level of compute density that WIN-T systems require would be hard to cool using slot card approaches like VME or VPX. With that in mind, the Army’s WINT program reportedly has leveraged General Micro Systems as exclusive supplier of multi-domain boxes in all six of the program’s ground vehicles. Four box systems per vehicle are supplied from GMS according to the company. Space, cost and particular heat dissipation were among the reasons why box-level systems were chosen over VPX or rackmount style approaches. The next DoD fiscal year budget request funds the upgrade of 31 WIN-T Inc 1 units to enhance interoperability with units fielded with WIN-T Inc 2. It also supports procurement of 248 communications nodes (39 Tactical Communications Nodes, 167 Soldier Network Extensions, and 42 Points of Presence) for WIN-T Inc 2, and continues fielding and support for previously procured Low Rate Initial Production equipment. Funding 12

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is provided for Network Operations software (Build 4 & 5) and waveform development as part of WIN-T Inc 3. And finally, the request supports integration of 179 Modification kits for the AN/TRC-190 line-of-sight radio systems. The plan procures and fields Tactical NetOps Management Systems to 89 non-WIN-T units and 283 Battlefield VideoTeleconferencing Center III systems.

VICTORY Declared for Interoperability Another angle on vehicle networking is the legacy problem of a mish mash of system architectures and redundant functionality of interconnects aboard vehicles. Solving that problem was what gave birth a couple years ago to the VICTORY standard. The Vehicle Integration for C4ISR/EW Interoperability (VICTORY) initiative has as its main goal the reduction of SWAP-C on ground vehicles. VICTORY defines an approach for commonality through Gigabit Ethernet networking, standard connectors and well-defined electrical interfaces. Today, the spec continues to evolve and now VICTORY is even a requirement on a number of acquisition programs. Supporting the VICTORY initiative, a number of vendors have made compliance to the standard a part of recent product developers over the past couple years. Along such lines at the AUSA show earlier this month Curtiss-Wright’s Defense Solutions division announced adding support for Military Code (M-Code) Position, Navigation and Timing (PNT) architecture on

its recently introduced second generation DuraDBH-672 Digital Beachhead Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) switch and vetronics computer subsystem (Figure 1). Now supporting an integrated M-Code Ground-Based GPS Receiver Applications Module (GB-GRAMM), the Digital Beachhead addresses the U.S. Army’s GPS modernization programs and requirements for an assured PNT hub capable of delivering PNT to multiple devices on a VICTORY network backbone. The original DBH-670 Digital Beachhead product, introduced in 2012, was the industry’s first integrated VICTORY solution for implementing VICTORY standard. The new DuraDBH-672 model continues that legacy in a form factor further optimized for low size, weight, power, and cost. Both Digital Beachhead variants combine a VICTORY infrastructure switch and a VICTORY shared services processor and feature GigE switching and VICTORY data bus, management, and shared service support.

Ships Connect Over CANES In recent years among the most dramatic changes in shipboard systems has been the Consolidated Afloat Networks and Enterprise Services (CANES) program. Its goal has been to consolidate and modernize shipboard, submarine and shore-based command, control, communications, computers and intelligence (C4I) network systems. This consolidation is designed to dispense with many legacy, stand-alone networks and

Figure 2 Consolidated Afloat Networks Enterprise Services (CANES) this summer CANES was tested and deployed for the first time on an aircraft carrier the USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74).

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provide a common computing environment infrastructure for dozens of command, control, intelligence and logistics applications. This strengthens the network infrastructure, improves security, reduces existing hardware footprint and decreases total ownership costs. CANES is expected to be installed on all platforms in the Navy’s inventory objective, which includes ships, submarines and land sites. CANES installations have been successfully completed on several aircraft carriers and cruisers and on multiple destroyers. Installations continue on carriers, an amphibious assault ship, landing dock ships, cruisers and destroyers. Northrop Grumman was among the five vendors selected by SPAWAR and PEO C4I last year to build and deliver CANES gear. In June the company announced it successfully completed the CANES program’s design, development and limited deployment phase for the U.S. Navy. Since winning the contract for the design and limited-production run for CANES in early 2012, Northrop Grumman has delivered 37 shipsets for various ship classes. The company leveraged its cyber expertise to ensure cyber-robust CANES systems. The company also applied its Modular Open Systems Approach-Competitive process to encourage continuous competition and achieve the lifecycle benefits of open systems architecture and COTS and software. Last month SAIC was been awarded an


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$80 million Navy contract to support CANES and other networks on ships and shore. The three-year contract covers multiple networks, including the Integrated Shipboard Networks System, Automated Digital Network System, Combined Enterprise Regional Information Exchange System-Maritime, Submarine Local Area Networks, Sensitive Compartment Information Networks, and Consolidated Afloat Networks Enterprise Services. This summer CANES was tested and deployed for the first time on an aircraft carrier, USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74) (Figure 2). The effort was in preparation for both a deployment this fall and its five-year Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV) examination in July this year marking it as the first aircraft carrier to do either with CANES.

Satellite Comms Rule the Sky The “sky” part of military networking and comms can be look at in several ways, but the most significant areas are efforts to build sophisticated satellite-based military communications and networking capabilities have been continuous over the past several years. Such programs typically entail groups of satellites, many already launched and operating. The Air Force and other branches are continuing approaches to maximize efficient satellite and launch vehicle acquisitions. Major programs in progress include Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF)-5, AEHF-

6, Space Based Infrared System (SBIRS) Geosynchronous Earth Orbit (GEO)-5 and GEO-6, the Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) and the Wideband Global Satellite Communications (SATCOM) (WGS) system. The program that will touch the widest segment of warfighters is the U.S. Navy’s Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) system. It is a next-generation narrowband tactical satellite communications system designed to significantly improve ground-to-satellite-toground communications for all U.S. military and government personnel located anywhere on Earth. Using a ten-digit phone number similar in function to those used by civilians with smartphones, the MUOS satellite communications network will provide a 16-fold increase in transmission throughput over the current Ultra High Frequency (UHF) satellite system. Lockheed Martin is the prime contractor on the MUOS program.

MUOS-4 Talks from Space Earlier last month the U.S. Navy’s fourth Mobile User Objective System (MUOS-4) satellite, built by Lockheed Martin began is talking from space to the satellite control team at the Naval Spacecraft Operations Control facility after its Florida launch. MUOS-4 will enable near-global coverage for a new secure military communications network offering enhanced capabilities for mobile forces. The addition of MUOS-4 completes the initial


and shipped the MUOS-4 satellite from California to Cape Canaveral (Figure 3). In August, technicians encapsulated the satellite in its protective launch fairing. The MUOS-4 satellite joins a network, which already includes MUOS-1, MUOS-2 and MUOS3, launched respectively in 2012, 2013 and January 2015, and four required MUOS ground stations already completed. Once fully operational, Figure 3 the MUOS network will proThe Lockheed Martin-built MUOS-4 satellite is shown vide comparatively 16 times here prior to shipping to Cape Canaveral for its launch the capacity of the legacy ultra early last month. high frequency communications satellite system, which it will continue to support, and eventually replace. More than 55,000 constellation and provides the MUOS netcurrently fielded radio terminals can be upwork with near-global coverage, extending graded to be MUOS-compatible, with many the reach of communications further toward of them requiring just a software upgrade. the North and South poles than ever before. In June, Lockheed Martin completed

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o discussion of military communications and networks today is complete without addressing the threat of cyber attacks. That is why cyber security is taking center stage in recent DoD initiatives and strategies. In the DoD’s stated strategy, it focuses on building cyber capabilities and organizations to meet three primary mission priorities—defending DoD networks, systems and information; defending the homeland and its national interests against significant cyber attacks; and integrating advanced cyber capabilities and support into military operations. These initiatives help the Pentagon to deter and defend attacks as well as actively pinpoint their source. For military designers, ramping up capabilities to defend against a cyber attack furthers the need for increased bandwidth and networking performance, with a real need to step up system performance to accommodate cyber security operations. A key part of the challenge is to deliver platforms optimized to handle intense processing requirements while providing mission-critical reliability operating in harsh environments. To meet these data processing needs, advanced technologies ranging from server class multicore processors to rugged VPX boards to fully-featured, pre-validated HPEC 16

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Figure 1 The latest multicore processors leverage multi-OS configurations enabling “software appliances” that can be turned on or off depending on the mission profile.

systems are enabling server virtualization extending high performance embedded computing application well past the data center environment.

Balancing Processing and Bandwidth For example, by applying virtualization technologies to help protect networks, today’s compact and rugged HPEC platform solutions are notably providing significant

performance gains than are available in currently deployed defense industry HPEC architectures. Acting as COTS-based design building blocks, these advanced systems supply proven algorithms mapped onto the computing architecture, and their fast backplane offers performance in a small footprint. Balancing CPU power with I/O bandwidth, these systems are able to tackle the compute-intensive system design challenges of data mining and cyber security applications through server consolidation based on parallel virtual machine (VM) execution. No longer limited to corporate IT organizations and confined in controlled data center environments, server consolidation through virtualization has evolved to now offer unique advantages that support complex, connected defense systems. Using virtualization, designers can reduce resources that would normally be committed to developing and maintaining different computer systems. Optimizing software, reducing Billof-Material (BOM) costs and delivering a greater range of capabilities within far fewer physical servers all are strong incentives to engage in server virtualization where application isolation in distinct virtual machines, eliminate many application compatibility issues, often seen in systems of system assembled from many different suppliers.


Figure 2 Based on the advanced 8-core version of the Intel Xeon Processor D architecture (Broadwell DE), the VX3058 brings server class computing capabilities to the battlefield with its Dual 10 Gbit Ethernet, high bandwidth PCIe) 3.0, and high speed DDR4 memory.

Server waste is also reduced through greater utilization of physical server resources and by provisioning virtual machines to match the exact CPU, memory, and storage requirements needed become as easy as to provision fuel or electricity. It also enables expanded capacity that helps to accelerate system provisioning and deployment. Consolidated efficiencies are gained with the latest multicore processors that leverage multi-OS configurations enabling “software appliances” that can be turned on or off depending on the mission profile, offering high performance while assigning hardware resources with fine-grained control (Figure 1). As a result, developers are able to more easily consolidate networked devices and systems that require real-time capabilities combined with a rich, humanmachine interface. Virtualization also allows any popular OS to be used for the GUI interface, unburdening the embedded operating system to optimally perform with internal devices and components.

Integrated Hypervisors Removing the barriers to consolidation helps ensure real-time performance and determinism in the real-time operating system (RTOS). This is achieved using a special kind of integrated hypervisor that implement space and time partitioning, for example allowing systems to run multiple virtual boards that are strongly separated. Each virtual board can contain a different OS including RTOS; VxWorks can boot up

quickly for device control and to maintain a safe state of performance, while Linux or perhaps Windows can boot up more slowly to control the Human Machine Interface (HMI) of the device. Virtual boards are separated and protected from one another, and applications between them communicate and collaborate seamlessly. Hypervisor technology is at the heart of virtualization, and the technology is designed to not impact system performance. By integrating a set of hypervisor features and capabilities designed to improve the overall architecture, system architects avoid problems associated with integrating runtime components and tools from different sources. At the same time, hypervisors must be chosen carefully—for example, some are designed for uses such as desktops or servers, and may add too much performance overhead even while not providing enough availability, safety, security and performance.

Rugged Parallel Servers Advance Advancements made in high performance embedded computing (HPEC) systems have come a long way from their initial mandate of large sensor data flow processing; now these systems play a big role in supporting the implementation of embedded virtualization for military server consolidation. Illustrated by Kontron’s StarVX HPEC system based on the company’s high performance VPX computing node the VX3058 3U VPX single board computer (SBC), developers have access to the breakthrough processor performance capabilities of the advanced 8-core version Intel Xeon Processor D (Broadwell DE). Delivering server-class processing power, the enhanced StarVX combines this leading edge CPU silicon with a triple data plane (dual 10 GbE and PCIe backbone, all supporting IP socket traffic) and central health and power management capabilities. Intel’s multi-core architecture is a key enabler of the system’s capabilities in a 3U footprint, which is inherently SWaP-C optimized as an engine for high performance embedded computing platforms. In addition to supporting dual 10 GbE and high bandwidth PCIe 3.0 across the complete extreme temperature range, the highly integrated VX3058 computing node supports high speed DDR4 memory and versatile mezzanine options. Intel Xeon Processor

D architecture offers long term availability and double the silicon reliability in contrast to regular desktop architectures (Figure 2). Integration of this type of server-class CPU in a power envelope compatible with harsh environmental conditions supports powerful rugged parallel server applications. Now system designers can solve with a single architecture a very diverse set of computing problems such as massive parallel computing for cyber security , data analytics and IT server consolidation through virtualization. Based on parallel VM execution, StarVX can leverage performance efficiencies provided by isolated workloads that are configured to dynamically share common resources (Figure 3). As a result the system offers up to 10 times greater performance than currently deployed ruggedized HPEC architectures, while also reducing system footprint through virtualization. These are the types of capabilities that are poised for deployment as a new class of computeintensive applications that have the muscle to take care of networking and communications vulnerabilities and risks.

Capitalizing on Multicore Performance New performance requirements for data-heavy applications are driving systems to evolve from single core to low-core-count multicore, as well as from low-core-count multicore to “manycore.” Using virtualization the processor is divided up, to most effectively correspond to each application’s need for performance, robustness and flexibility. Consolidation means that devices that currently rely on multiple single-core processors can unify two single-core processors into one dual-core processor. Board space, power and heat are reduced, along with BOM costs. In another approach, a similar device can be consolidated on a single core with virtualization, saving even more power. In a real-world example, a multicore chip (such as an 8-core Intel Xeon Processor D) could be configured to have one control plane virtual board running Linux and/or an RTOS, with all other cores used to run small specific tasks such as fast forwarders in a high speed data network. These are smaller tasks, and can run at maximum speed because they usually involve only a small code set and primarily operate diCOTS Journal | October 2015



Figure 3 Based on parallel VM execution, StarVX can leverage performance efficiencies provided by isolated workloads that are configured to dynamically share common resources.

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rectly from cache. In older systems, these same small tasks would have been difficult to program and impossible to update during runtime. The system would have had to include dedicated FPGAs and ASICs to accommodate the performance.

Cyber Communications and HPEC New priorities for military communications and network design are evolving with a specific stated focus on integration of cyber deterrent and defense capabilities in critical systems. As the nation is being challenged like never before to defend its interests and valued assets in cyberspace, a range of new mission applications must be deployed to meet the demand for high bandwidth communications that escalates with each generation of defense systems. At the same time, proprietary systems no longer fit the bill in terms of reducing engineering resources, budget and time to deployment. In the face of tight budgets and agile acquisition initiatives, defense contractors can increase their competitiveness by using a pre-validated design approach. The newest offerings of HPEC are complete systems that deliver the proven performance, data throughput and connectivity bandwidth that amply matches rugged networking operation requirements from a COTS platform that also supports battlefield-ready smaller form factor needs. Today’s rugged HPEC solutions present truly disruptive technology that helps define systems of systems in the defense domain. Based on parallel virtual machine

execution that can leverage operational efficiencies provided by isolated workloads configured to dynamically share common resources, server virtualization in the field is now possible. Enabling successful data mining and cyber security, military communications are further protected by employing the compute-intensive capabilities achieved through server consolidation. Consolidation brings additional advantages that include simplified logistics, installation and maintenance of complex systems.

Virtualization in Deployed Applications By pre-integrating hypervisor technology in embedded platforms, developers can leverage the extensive benefits of virtualization—all supported by high performance computing capabilities based on advanced multicore processor architectures. This approach keeps design risk low, driven by readily-available technologies offered from the same trusted suppliers that provide proven hardware and integrated embedded operating systems. Virtualization and server consolidation now applies to military field settings as a key tool in an expanding arsenal to support critical defense cyber security programs and network protection strategies—now that these solutions can leave the comfort of climate-controlled computer rooms to be deployed in the harshest environments. Kontron Poway, CA (888) 294-4558

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TECH RECON Design Challenges for RF-based Systems

Design Hurdles Abound for Enclosures of Integrated RF Systems RF technologies can now be integrated into the same subsystem with processing components. But doing so presents challenges in when accommodating the EMI shielding, space and mounting needs of those devices. Justin Moll, Executive Sales and Marketing Consultant, Pixus Technologies


he battle to reduce size and weight in mil/aero embedded systems never ceases. In systems using RF devices there are multiple paths to reducing SWaP underway. One avenue is to switch to new board types either by using a smaller form factor module or by incorporating RF devices onboard existing architectures like VPX. But improved SWaP is being achieved with today’s standard architecture boards. One trend in the market is the consolidation of RF acquisition devices with the system platform doing the signal processing. Often RF devices were a separate system located within the cabinet rack or other mounting nearby. By consolidating the devices into the chassis with the ADCs, DACs, FPGAs and pre/post processors space is saved. That said, here are a few potential problems with this approach: First, the enclosure may not have the space for the RF devices. Also the RF devices need mounting provisions to the enclosure. And finally, there are typically shielding concerns. Putting the RF device in a “compartment” above or below the card cage is certainly possible. However, that would add chassis height and weight, defeating the purpose of the consolidation. Further, in bottom-to-top or most front-to-rear configurations, having the devices above or below 20

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tion of the chassis could also be segmented off for the shielding and mounting concerns.

MicroTCA Example

Figure 1 Using the depth of the chassis and incorporating standard mounting kits allows specialty devices to be affixed inside the enclosure, saving critical space. the card cage would impede airflow. This makes sense because very few systems use the full 21 slots of a 19 inch rackmount system (where the pitch is 0.8 inches). Without very specialized modules using the space in the typical card cage could violate all three of the issues listed above (space, mounting, and shielding). Using the chassis depth is a viable start. While chassis height is a premium, often there is space in a cabinet enclosure for a deeper chassis. The back sec-

An example of that type of solution is shown in Figure 1. The rear view of this 2U MicroTCA chassis is shown. The enclosure has an open section in the back of the chassis with mounting plates designed to affix specialty devices—whether instrumentation, medical analyzers, or RF subsystems. In order to minimize the space used, the card cage holds the MicroTCA Advanced Mezzanine Cards (AMCs) horizontally. The chassis has side-to-side airflow, but frontto-rear can easily be designed. By providing a segment in the rear of the chassis for device mounting, additional chassis height was not required for RF or other devices. This saves overall rack space and keeps the equipment in a closer proximity for various benefits. This may sound expensive, but by employing a modular enclosure and leveraging industrial parts used in other applications, it can be very cost-effective. The modular rails and other hardware can be cut in any size, allowing customization to be simple. Leveraging mounting kits from industrial applications, the devices can be securely fastened or even enclosed with channels for wiring and so on.

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For redundancy, dual power modules can be employed. In this application, the power modules were located inside back of the chassis with a rear access door on the back panel. However, it is becoming more common in MicroTCA systems that the power supplies are integrated in the chassis. This is opposed to using standard Power Modules (PMs) per the specification. Many design engineers are happy with the integrated PSUs, as long as they offer redundancy and failover options. Specialty PSUs that are longer than standard units are available in the market as well. This allows direct pluggable access from the rear of the “extra deep” chassis platform.

MicroTCA Good for Low SWaP MicroTCA is a very good architecture for high-performance and low SWaP-C (Size, Weight, Power, and Cost). With 8 slots, this chassis can provide powerful A/D converters, use high-performance Virtex-7 or Kintex-7 FPGAs, pre and post processing, and even storage -- along with the RF acquisition device—all in a 2U system platform. Today, there are single module AMCs with dual DAC at 5.7 GSPS and dual ADC at 2.6 GSPS. With two sets of each of these, subtracting a slot for the MCH, there would be 3 slots for a Core i7 Haswell AMC and an 8 terabyte JBOD AMC and an integrated RAID host controller AMC. (Note it is also possible for the MCH controller to be integrated into the chassis). The RAID can be connected to the backplane with x8 PCIe Gen3. Addition-

ally, the extended ports of 12-15 and 17-20 can be utilized for a direct high-speed connection. The JBOD AMC can hold up to 8x mSATA, which can utilize up to 1 terabyte each if desired. With a x8 PCIe Gen3 backplane, you get very high data transfer rates. With advancements in the chipsets, more of the RF functions are programmable on-chip. This has the potential to reduce the slots needed for some boards such as down or up converters for some applications as well as reduce the need for other specialty boards. These advancements will reduce the over footprint of the system and greatly improve SWaP.

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TECH RECON RTMs or a very custom chassis that is deep on one side and shallow on the other, it can be problematic. Therefore, the “half card cage approach” has some advantages. This approach can also be utilized in groundbased systems that may not be rackmount. The Figure 3 illustration shows the hybrid instrument case and modular embedded system. This type of enclosure would often be used in benign, non-rugged applications, such as a lab. They provide the similar hybrid approach but in desktop cases. These cases can come in stylish colors for aesthetics or color-coding. By employing simple adjustments in the metal thickness, fastening levels, dampeners, and other components, a chassis can provide additional ruggedization. Many applications utilize commercial and industrial-grade chassis in 901D and 810G cabinets for shock and vibration. However, other applications will demand the enclosure itself meet the specifications stand-alone for extreme environments. There are on-module RF concepts that have come forth recently. Naturally, these

types of solutions take time to develop and moreover require significant effort and adjustments to evolve into a true open specification. Currently, these approaches need to be considered custom and have the risks therein (single vendor, cost/lead-time/risk, not ratified as open standard by the community and so on). Using the chassis techniques we have discussed is an alternative that is available today without specialty boards.

design engineers to be careful about parts and extrusions that are counterfeited. Many of the cheaper metal fabrication shops— particularly those in China—do not know the intricacies and concepts behind certain designs and processes. As a result important steps are skipped. Another EMC approach is the application of EMC strips, which can be applied to weaker EMC performance areas within an enclosure. Naturally, the front and filler panels can also be provided in the standard “ushape” for EMC performance. As RF systems are consolidated into one system, they can be SWaP-optimized in many standard and modified-standard configurations. These enclosures allow the use of today’s standard VPX and MicroTCA board modules with mounting and EMC provisions for RF devices.

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SYSTEM DEVELOPMENT Cooling Options for Rugged Box Systems

Water-Cooled HPEC Approach Enables Battlefield Supercomputing By adapting water-cooled supercomputing techniques for use in rugged applications, it’s possible to bust past the performance limits once thought to constrain military embedded systems. Dan Grey, Product Marketing Manager, Dynatem


ngoing advances in semiconductor technologies and innovations in computer architecture have led to today’s impressive levels of High Performance Computing (HPC). Driven by Moore’s Law, ever faster processors, ever larger memories and ever speedier interconnects feed even the most hungry computing appetites. But while there’s no stopping the speed advances, a problem arises when these cutting edge processors are clocking at high speeds: the silicon becomes thermally excited and heats up. And if you get to the threshold where that heat can’t be removed in sufficient quantity, trouble begins. For data center systems in benign office or equivalent environments, the problem of heat removal gets more challenging as processors speed up. But the problem is manageable. Achieving those same data center levels of computer performance in an embedded application is a whole other ballgame—particular in harsh or rugged environments like military aircraft or ground vehicles. That area called High Performance Embedded Computing (HPEC) is saddled with much trickier constraints than its HPC counterpart.

What’s the Need for Speed? An immediate question worth considering is the option of settling for either lower powered processors, or running high-per24

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Figure 1 The BoldHPC is a fanless, 1U high, 19-inch rack mount computer that brings super computer performance to embedded applications. formance processors at slower speeds. Certainly, there are processors from the mobile and laptop markets like the Core i5 and i7 that require less heat removal. And embedded board and box level products abound based on those kinds of technologies. While those are fine for many applications, there are a lot of military embedded systems that can reap significant benefits from faster levels of computing. In addition, there are inherent software benefits in using computer architectures that are the same as standard data center server-class systems. For its part, the Office of Naval Research has identified an intersection of scientific disciplines that are needed to increase and manage autonomy. These include scientific experimentation, principled methods such as heuristics, mathematical

modeling and data-driven field experimentation. Those actions can translate into much desired benefits brought on by faster computing. Increased autonomy can reduce human involvement to both reduce manning requirements and to create human/ machine teams that can be more effective than human/human ones. Faster systems can also quickly adapt to real-time input data. Faster computing makes for a tighter link between perceiving, learning and decision- making. In a nutshell, autonomous computing systems that get closer to the cognitive abilities of the human brain can provide enormous benefits. Looked at in terms of a more specific application, consider reconnaissance UAVs and the need for greater autonomous operation. It’s been calculated that 66 percent of UAV mishaps occur due to human intervention. UAVs also can benefit from better collision detection and avoidance capability. And when communications links drop, UAVs must navigate to their origin or other safe location. Meanwhile, analytics that are performed on the data that UAVs collect are currently performed in ground- based labs after the mission—losing any chance from immediate action on that collected intel. All those challenges are ones that can be solved by applying greater levels of compute-driven autonomy. That compute power exists in


Figure 2 Shown here are solutions available from the complete range of data center to battlefield-linked computing.

effective than air cooling, less expensive than fans. Together Eurotech systems like the HiVe and the BoldHPC actually are part of a set of Eurotech products that link the data center to the battlefield. As shown in (Figure 2), data center products like the HiVe HPC can link over the cloud and SATCOM platforms to BoldHPC rugged severs aboard UAVs and military vehicles. Meanwhile Eurotech IoT Gateways can connect military data centers in the field and to vehicles and networked soldier systems that use Dynatem VME, VPX and COM Express computing products. Eurotech has today IoT products that hook up to facial recognition and other types of video cameras, license plate cameras as well as a variety of hand held, belt worn and other small computers. In short, Eurotech makes solutions from the complete range of data center to battlefieldlinked computing.

Water-Cooled HPEC Solution data centers and research labs, using the most advanced CPUs and GPUs available.

Supercomputing Technologies Exemplifying that kind of compute power are the supercomputing systems developed by Eurotech’s HPC division in Italy. To be able to push to maximum levels of speed those supercomputing HPC severs make use of water-cooling technology. In turn, Eurotech’s Dynatem has leveraged that water-cooling expertise to create a HPEC system for rugged embedded markets like the military. Once considered too risky for defense applications, water-cooling has gained a lot of acceptance in the past several years. Today there are several deployed programs that use water cooling. As the demand for faster processing and more autonomous systems rise, military system developers can’t rely on just passive mechanical solutions like heatsinks and heat pipes. Active cooling solutions are needed. The choice between water cooling and air- cooling has moved front and center for a lot of these developers, as they look at ways to dispense with the heat. Water-cooling has already made inroads among major supercomputing manu-

facturers including IBM and HP. According to HP, water-cooling is 1,000 times more efficient than air. Compared to air cooled systems, they can provide 4x more Teraflops per square foot and 40 percent more Teraflops per watt. They also save more than 3,800 tons of CO annually according to HP. For more discussion on the tradeoffs between air-and water-cooling see the web-only sidebar “Beating the Heat: The Case for Water vs. Air” in the online version of this article.

From Data Center to Battlefield Eurotech already employs water-cooling technology in products like its HiVe Water-Cooled HPC system. Developed for data centers and research labs the HiVe system can perform 750 Teraflops levels of performance. It was then up to Eurotech’s Dynatem division—with its deep expertise in developing harsh environment products—to adapt that technology for a system suited to the needs of military embedded applications. The result was the BoldHPC, a fanless, 1U high, 19-inch rack mount computer that brings super computer performance to embedded applications (Figure 1). The system’s safe reliable water cooling enables greater density and performance, 1000 times more

The BoldHPC system can contain one or two ACPU-20 blades of which includes 1 or 2 Intel E5 v2 processors, up to two NVIDIA Kepler processors (or Intel Phi’s) and optional Altera Stratix FPGA. Each blade can provide 3.3 Teraflops/s with an energy efficiency greater than 3.15 Gflops per Watt. The rugged system can be used in high shock/vibration environments. It has no moving parts thereby eliminating added vibrations. Memory is soldered to the PCB and GPUs are screwed to the cold plate. Interfacing between blades is available via 40 Gbit Infiniband or Gbit Ethernet and highspeed I/O is done through a flexible interface via PCI Express expansion. The ACPU-20 blades used in the BoldHPC are the same ones used in the Eurotech Aurora Tigon supercomputers. The blades are available is a MIL-STD version that supports high shock and vibration immunity, and conduction-cooling. Conformal coating is available for all versions. The blades are cooled with direct hot liquid cooling that doesn’t require air conditioning and ventilation. Pervasive cooling is applied to every component of the board to maximize the cooling effectiveness. This is in contrast to other liquid cooling solutions on the market that only remove heat from hot spots like the CPU or GPU. The ACPU-20 can be easCOTS Journal | October 2015



Figure 3 For the ACPU-20 blades, pervasive cooling is applied to every component of the board to maximize the cooling effectiveness.

ily connected to a heat exchanger through Dynatem or third party. The NVIDIA Kepler GPUs on the ACPU-20 blades are in SXM format, NVIDIA’s laptop pinout module for its large GPUs. The SXM’s heatsinks are screwed directly to the cold plate. Figure 7 shows the top and bottom layouts of the ACPU-20.

water-cooling approaches. Dynatem’s (and Eurotech’s) strategy is to take large amounts of water through the cold plate and basically run them over all the hot spots and the cool spots. Doing that creates a heat pattern where there effectively is no real hot spots on the board. Everything thermally evens out

throughout the whole board. In contrast, data center computing server vendors IBM and HP take the strategy of just cooling off the CPU and the GPU and letting everything else can have its own way. They then supplement this cooling by putting fans in the system at the same

No Leakage or Dripping In the past, one barrier to acceptance for water cooling technology in the military market was the fear of water leaking onto electronic component during attach and detach of the hoses. Those fears have been eliminated today thanks to connector technology that allows only the minutest leakage. For the hose connectors used in the BoldHPC, both plug and socket have internal check valves, to minimize liquid dripping. According to the connector manufacture, only from 0.02 to 0.06 cubic centimeters of liquid will escape when you plug it in or pull it out—less than a drop. Attaching the hoses is basically dummy proof—about equivalent to connecting adaptors to the kind of air compressors found in a household garage. Before such near-zero leakage connectors existed, some liquid cooling systems used special chemicals that would evaporate fast. The drawback of those solutions is those chemicals were dangerous to use and handle. Water or some water mixture is much safer and desirable for today’s systems. There’s a key difference between Eurotech-/ Dynatem’s cooling strategy and other 26

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Figure 4 The benefit of using standard server hardware is leveraging server-class existing software.


time. That combination of air cooling and water cooling certainly works. But Eurotech choose to go away from that hybrid water/air strategy. As such, Eurotech’s cooling may be initially more expensive but it completely does away with fans. That’s a key difference considering that fans are one of the most failure-prone subsystems in any computer system—more so than even power supplies. Meanwhile, the more fans, the more expensive it is over time to run the system because of the energy they require. Meanwhile, no discussion of water cooling is complete without a look at heat exchangers. For more information along those lines see the web-only sidebar “A Look at Heat Exchangers: Some Options” in the online version of this article.

The True HPEC Payoff As stated previously, there are numerous benefits to achieving supercomputing levels of speeds in embedded applications. But among them all, there’s a key point that’s

often not considered in the embedded market: the software model. When an embedded system uses all the common components that standard servers use, Intel CPUs, GPUs from NVIDA (or Intel) and all the I/O devices that those server companies support, you’re suddenly in a position that’s unique to that level of computing. It means you can use the drivers, operating systems, libraries and tools that are available for running on any standard Intelprocessor white box server to run your embedded application. That’s a huge level of convenience compared for example to a legacy VME single board computer that requires a particular version of VxWorks single- core OS. Simply put, with server hardware you can leverage server-class existing software. (Figure 4) shows all the modules available today. They’re all available from Intel and NVIDA, and you can get them through channels. Meanwhile, all the applications on the top end of that diagram will plug and play—no special sauce or porting needed. No porting from a workstation modeling platform to an embed-

ded platform. No long one to two years of integration time typical of some embedded software efforts. When a system looks like a sever from the software perspective, it can do the same networking and virtual machine computing just like any VMware- certified and KVM-certified server system. This software model saves lots of time and makes it easier for any software engineer or system integrator to get their application up and running. In the past the worlds of data center servers and embedded computing systems were two starkly different realms. Today, by making use of well-designed water-cooling systems like Dynatem’s BoldHPC, the two worlds can now overlap, opening up new ways to apply high performance to military embedded computing. Dynatem Mission Viejo, CA (800) 543-3830

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DATA SHEET High Reliability Power Supplies Roundup

High Reliability Power Supplies Boast Rich Features and Options Military power supplies technology was once primarily dominated by costly custom-designed solutions. Today a variety of off-the-shelf solutions are available serving as variety of needs. Jeff Child, Editor-in-Chief


electing power supplies and power conversion electronics rank as make or break technical choices in embedded military computer systems—even today it’s sometimes left as an afterthought. As military system developers demand more and more computing in ever smaller spaces, power has direct implications on the size, cooling and mobility of a system. Factor in the challenges of multi-voltage electronics and the complexity of distributed system architectures and it’s clear that military system designers need solutions that address those needs. Responding to those demands, military power conversion vendors are crafting more efficient products, new partitioning strategies and increased ruggedization in order to serve board- and box-level military electronic systems. Standards-based power supply solutions are at their peak in the board-level space. That’s mostly thanks to the VITA 62 standard. Its purpose is to provide an electrical and mechanical specification that is compatible with VITA 46 and other specifications in the VPX suite. The problem was that a power supply’s form factor and pin assignment varied from vendor to vendor because of the lack of standardization. Meanwhile due to the nature of power supplies, many were custom designed for the chassis that they reside in. In order for VITA 62-compliant power supplies to work in a VPX environment, the standard needed to be compatible to both 28

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Figure 1 MIL-STD-1275 power supply standards define requirements for any military ground vehicle power supply. Military vehicles employ a nominal 28 V power supply system and must be able to handle transient spikes and surges.

VITA 46 and VITA 48, which most of the existing COTS VPX modules are designed to. VITA 46.11, System Management, is also directly supported. With the advent of VITA 62 power supplies, VPX users are no longer locked into custom, proprietary power supplies; they have the ability to purchase interchangeable power supplies from multiple vendors. The round up on the next couple pages shows more VITA 62 solutions than ever this past 12 months. Among the most daunting challenges faced with military power system designs is making the latest and greatest power supply

and conversion technologies compliant to military standards. Defense applications must meet a number of noise and power related standards such as MIL-STD-461, MIL-STD-704 and MILSTD-1275 (Figure 1). Complicating matters, those standards have a number of revisions, any of which may be enforced by an application’s requirements. Addressing those needs, boardand component-based products are broadening the capability of existing converter architectures by providing advanced filtering. Meanwhile, uninterruptible power supplies (UPS) are now more critical than ever as computer and network gear pervade the battlefield. The kinds of UPS product needed by the military are quite distinct from the units designed for use in indoor, air-conditioned spaces and operate from clean power provided by the same local electric-utility provider that powers our homes and businesses. To meet the requirements of these more demanding applications, it is essential that a high-quality, rugged product designed to pass strict military standards and made specifically for these harsh operating environments is deployed. In the area of highpower-density DC/DC converters, the modular form factor, commonly referred to as a brick, continues to be the preferred building block component for any application, commercial and military. First there are the challenges of multi-voltage electronics and the complexity of distributed system architecture.


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75 Watt Triple Output DC/DC Converters Boast High Efficiency

500W Convection Cooled Supply Has Open-Frame U-channel Form Factor

260W 3U VPX Power Supply is VITA 62 Compliant

The Standard Triple HE DC/DC from Calex converter provides three regulated low voltage DC outputs at high efficiency and low cost. The unit has feedback from the +5 VDC or +3.3 VDC output. The auxiliary outputs are cross regulated to the main feedback loop. The Standard Triple HE meets rigorous requirements in an industry standard case size and is well suited for most SWaP-constrained applications.

The high efficiency XS500 Power Supply from Excelsys Technologies delivers a convection cooled 504W in an open-frame U-channel form factor. Nominal output voltages are 24V, 36V and 48V with wide adjustment ranges and user defined set-points. Xsolo carries dual safety certification, EN60950 2nd Edition for Industrial Applications and EN60601-1 2nd and 3rd Edition for Medical Applications, meeting the stringent creepage and clearance requirements, 4KVAC isolation and less than 300 uA leakage current. Boasting up to 92 percent efficiency the XS500 is ideal for use in HI-Rel/MIL-COTS applications.

Extreme Engineering’s XPm2222 is a VITA 62.0 form factor 3U VPX power supply. The XPm2222 takes in a MIL-STD-704A/E/F or MIL-STD-1275D 28 VDC input voltage and provides up to 260 W on 3.3 V, 5 V, and ±12 V at up to 87 percent efficiency. The XPm2222 fits in a VITA 62-compliant 3U VPX 1.0 in. slot and can provide a combined total output power of up to 260 W at maximum operating temperature.

• Input Voltage: 24 and 48 VDC; Input Range: 2:1. • Output Voltage: 3.3, 5, ±12 and ±15 VDC. • 700 VDC Isolation (24V) 1544 VDC Isolation (48V).

• Single output: 24V, 36V or 48V.

• MIL-STD-704A/E/F and MIL-STD1275D 28 VDC input voltage; MIL-STD461F EMI filtering. • VITA 62.0 form factor VPX power supply. • Up to 260 W output on 3.3 V, 5 V, and ±12 V.

• Efficiency up to 85 percent.

• Ultra high efficiency, greater than 92 percent.

• Switching Frequency 325 kHz Typical.

• Low profile: 1U height (40mm).

• Temperature Range: -40 to +100 degrees C.

• CE101 & CE102 compliant.

• Remote On/Off; Output Trim; Negative Logic Option.

• Convection cooled 500W.

• Spike and surge transient suppression; Short circuit, overcurrent, and overvoltage protection; Output overvoltage clamping circuitry.

• 12V/50mA bias standby voltage provided.

• -40 to 85 degrees C conduction- cooled operating temperature.

• Chassis Mount Optional Calex Concord, CA (925) 687-4411

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Excelsys Technologies Rockwall, TX (972) 771-4544

• Isolated 3.3 V AUX supply.

Extreme Engineering Solutions Middleton, WI. (608) 833-1155


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Rugged Rackmount UPS Product Family Expands to 6 kVA Offerings

Lightweight 1U Rack Mountable UPS Uses High Power Density Batteries

VITA 62, 3U DC/DC VPX Power Supply Delivers 400 Watts

Falcon Electric expanded its SSG Series Industrial UPS product line. The SSG rackmount and tower family now spans power levels from 1kVA to 6kVA that address a broad range of demanding applications. Like Falcon’s other SSG models, the 4 to 6kVA units are rugged, rackmount on-line uninterruptible power supplies (UPSs) that carry UL 1778, UL 508, cUL listings and CE certification. Designed from the ground-up for rugged industrial applications, the SSG is specifically designed to provide industrial-grade power to equipment deployed in harsh environmental conditions.

Intellipower’s FA00399 is a lightweight, 1U rack mountable UPS which includes the use of lithium iron phosphate (LiFePO4) batteries. Because LiFePO4 batteries provide higher power density, weigh less than lead acid batteries and offer a much longer cycle life, this solution, which was specifically developed for military, industrial and mission-critical commercial applications results in a lightweight, spacesaving, UPS with longer battery life.

North Atlantic Industries’ VPX57-31 is a 400-Watt DC/DC Converter that accepts a +270 VDC Input and plugs directly into a standard 3U VPX chassis with a VITA 62 1.0” power supply slot. This off-the-shelf solution for VITA 46.0 and VITA 65 systems is compatible with VPX specifications; supports all VITA standard I/O, signals, and features; and conforms to the VITA 62 mechanical and electrical requirements for modular power supplies.

• 500 W of AC or DC power. • -20°C to +50°C operating temperature.

• Certified UPS: UL 1778, UL 508, cUL and CE approved to operate from -20 to 55 degrees C (-4°F to 131 degrees F).

• 1500VA, 1000 W (Dual 500W AC and 500W DC Output), 120VAC, 50/60Hz Input and 120VAC, 50/60Hz Output.

• On-line industrial UPS design.

• Double Conversion, On-Line UPS, 1U, High Temperature, Lithium Iron Phosphate Battery Hot Swap Drawer, Rugged UPS with Power Factor Correction.

• Tested and designed with robust components and plastics. • Hot-swap, 10-year rated batteries. • External Battery Banks. • Unique optional SNMP Agent. Falcon Electric Irwindale, CA (626) 962-7770

• Galvanic isolation provides ideal electrical output performance. • Supports standard communications protocols such as SNMP with OID and MIB Support, RS-232, Ethernet/IP and others. Intellipower Orange, CA (714) 921-1580

• Standard VPX-compatible connectors and I/O per VITA 62. • Compatible with System Management Bus per VITA 46.11. • Supports all VITA standard I/O, signals, and features. • Input transient protection per MILSTD-704F. • Environmentals per MIL-STD-810G and VITA 47; Integrated EMI filtering per MIL-STD-461F. • Operates at full load through the entire -40 to +85 degrees C temperature range. North Atlantic Industries Bohemia, NY (631) 567-1100

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3U Open VPX VITA 62 Compliant Power Supply Delivers 550 Watts

10,000 VDC Output DC-DC Converter Features Small Size and Weight

Behlman Electronics, a subsidiary of Orbit International, offers the VPXtra 500M Power Supply, a rugged, highly reliable, conduction cooled, switch mode COTS unit for high-end industrial and military applications. VITA 62, Open VPX compliant, it delivers 550 Watts of DC power via six outputs. 12V, 3.3V, and 5V main outputs can be paralleled for higher power. Accepts 28 VDC input (IAW MIL-STD-704), and supplies a high power DC output. No minimum load requirement. Overvoltage, short circuit, over current and thermal protection.

Pico Electronics’ AVP/AVN series of unregulated high voltage DC-DC converters with output voltages to 10,000 VDC are produced in an ultra-miniature encapsulated package. 50 different standard models are available. These single output units will operate over the temperature range of -25 to +70 degrees C with no heat sink or electrical derating. For military applications an operating temperature range -55 to +85 degrees C is available. An optional environmental screening package per MIL-STD-883 is also available.

• Open VPX VITA 62 compliant.

• Output Voltages: 6,000 VDC to 10,000 VDC.

• Input voltage range:18 to 36 VDC.

• 1.25 watt output at 70º ambient.

•·High power DC output.

• Ultra-miniature size 0.500 inch height, 5.0 grams weight, 0.25 cubic inches volume.

•·Efficiency of 90 percent typical. •·Conduction cooled at card edge. •·Conformal coating on PWA. • Operates below 22 VDC with de-rating. Orbit Power Group Hauppauge, NY (631) 435-0410

• 5 input voltage ranges 5, 12, 15, 24 and 28 VDC.


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Schaefer offers the C3700 Series of 1250 Watt DC-DC and AC-DC converter modules and battery charger. Using industrial grade components, the compact and robust 6U design provides a highly efficient, spacesaving solution for the most extreme environments. The ultra-high efficient C3700 Series delivers up to 1250 W of power and offers nine standard DC input voltage ranges from 18 VDC up to 640 VDC. AC input options are single-phase 115VAC or 230VAC (with or without PFC) or threephase inputs of 3x200, 3x400 and 3x480VAC. • Input voltage: 10 - 800V DC; AC Input voltage: 115 / 230V AC. • AC Input frequency: with PFC 47 - 65Hz; without PFC 47 - 400Hz. • Output voltage: 5 to 400V DC; Output current: up to 500A.

• Transformer Isolated Design.

• Input / Output isolation; Continuous short circuit protection; Overvoltage protection with auto restart.

• MIL-STD 883 options available.

• Operational from – 40 to +75 degrees C.

• No heat sink or electrical derating required.

• Industrial grade components; Compact and robust design; Natural convection.

Pico Electronics Pelham, NY (914) 738-1400

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Military Grade UPS Boasts Ultra Low Weight and 2500 W Output Power

DC-DC Converters Provide up to 1,244 W/in3 Power Density

DC-DC Converters Boast Wide Input Voltage Range and Advanced Packaging

SynQor added a 2500W (3000VA) version to its line of Military-Grade Uninterruptible Power Supply units that are designed for the extreme environmental and demanding electrical conditions of mil/aero applications. This UPS will accept a wide range of input voltage and frequency values while delivering a well-conditioned AC output to the load. Its use of lithium polymer batteries permits the lowest profile and lowest weight solution in its power class.

Vicor added a new platform of isolated, regulated DC-DC converter modules based on the company’s Converter housed in Package (ChiP) power component platform. Delivering up to 2X the power density of conventional DC-DC converters, Vicor’s new ChiP DCMs enable power engineers to conserve valuable board space. ChiP DCMs can be utilized for a wide range of applications requiring high power density and thermal management flexibility. Vicor’s ChiP DCM platform spans DC-DC conversion requirements from 12 V to 420 V input and 12 V to 55 V output.

The VXR Series of DC-DC Converters and EMI Filters from VPT are the company’s most advanced offering of its extensive line of high-reliability COTS DC-DC Converters and accessory products. Available in models ranging from 7 to 100 Watts with a wide continuous input voltage range from 9 to 60 VDC and transient operation from 6 to 80 VDC, the VXR Series is optimized for a broad range of applications from military ground vehicles to commercial and military aircraft, including the unique power needs of unmanned aerial and ground systems.

• Greater than10 minute run-time at full power. • 2500W (3000VA) output power. • Options include a DC output, a military standard 28VDC input, and SNMP/ Ethernet Port.

• Nominal input voltages of 300, 290, 270, 48, 28, 24 V. • Output voltages cover 48, 36, 28, 24, 15, 12, 5, 3.3 V.

• Universal AC input: 80-265VAC; 47-65Hz.

• High power density: up to 1,244 W/in3 in a 1.67 in2 footprint.

• 2U High Rack mount Unit (17- x 21.5-inches).

• Output power: up to 600 W.

• Low weight: 65 lbs. (including battery pack). SynQor Boxborough, MA (978) 849-0600

• Wide input voltage range: 11 V to 60 V. • Single outputs of 3.3V, 5V, 7V, 12V and 15V. • Rugged epoxy encapsulated package; fully compatible with aqueous cleaning processes. • -55 to +105 degrees C operation.

• High efficiency: over 93 percent.

• Integral EMI shield; Dual-sided thermal conduction.

• Isolation: up to 4,242 VDC.

• 2000 V isolation.

• Array eight units with no power derating.

• Fixed frequency; low noise; output current limit protection; short circuit protection.

Vicor Andover, MA (978) 749-8359

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Rugged Subsystem Weds Mission Computer with Cisco IOS Network Router Curtiss-Wright has announced that its Defense Solutions division has introduced its newest Parvus DuraWORX “all-inone” mission computer and Cisco IOS network router. The new quad-core 4th gen Intel Core i7 (Haswell)-based DuraWORX 80-41 is housed in a fanless and waterproof IP67 chassis. It boosts the multi-core processing and high definition graphics capabilities over the original 2nd gen Intel Core i7-based DuraWORX 10-10, while reducing weight and size by about 15 percent. The DuraWORX 80-41 combines high performance 4th gen Core i7- processing with a managed secure Cisco 5915 Embedded Services Router (ESR) in a single compact subsystem. This modular and scalable LRU is designed to deliver optimal performance in extended temperature, dust, water, humidity and high shock and vibration environments, as well as extreme EMI/EMC conditions. It is expected to meet or exceed qualification testing conditions under MIL-STD-810G, MILSTD-461F, DO-160G, MIL-STD-704F, MIL-STD-1275D, CE Mark, and other compliance standards. The DuraWORX 80-41 delivers new computing and communications capabilities for mobile, airborne, and ground vehicle applications operating at the tactical network edge. It’s

able to support C4ISR command and control, image processing, and surveillance requirements, while aggregating peripheral devices (cameras, sensors, and computers) from outdoor and embedded IP network infrastructures into a manageable, highly secure IP network. Its advanced network capabilities include extensive IPv4/IPv6 routing protocols, firewall and intrusion detection functionality, encryption (AES/NSA Suite B), remote VoIP phone services, and Mobile Ad Hoc network (MANET) routing for on-demand network connectivity to UHF/VHF/Wi-Fi/tactical radio platforms. Curtiss-Wright Defense Solutions Ashburn, VA (703) 779-7800

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Rugged Box Systems Handles Four HD Video Channels with Low Latency General Micro Systems has introduced a next-generation deployable, rugged four-channel video recorder that can capture, process and distribute to LAN multiple channels of high-definition video in real time with only one frame of latency. The GMS SB1102HDVR “Eagle”—a follow-on to its predecessor SB1002-HDVR—is a small form-factor rugged “video recorder/workstation processor” capable of simultaneously and in real time capturing four independent HD-SDI 1080p video channels at 60 fps, performing H.264 compression on-the-fly, storing the video to onboard removable SSD nDrives at up to 1 Terabyte each, and distributing the video streams to seven Gbit Ethernet ports. There’s virtually no latency (only one frame) between the original video sources and when they appear on the SB1102-HDVR’s Ethernet switch LAN outputs. This means head-down operators using only cameras can operate their vehicle in real time and respond to bumps or obstacles even while four channels of HD video are being encoded, recorded, or encrypted. The system’s Core i7-based CPU powers a full-featured rugged workstation computer that can handle myriad tasks including: processor-intensive application software, security encoding,

running virtual machines in secure partitions, switching and distributing the real-time feeds to up to six Ethernet ports, and manipulating other system I/O on optional GMS SAM sites for frame grabbers, MILSTD-1553, ARINC-429, CANbus, RS-232/422/485, GPS and more. New in the Intel 5th Generation Core i7’s are low power modes, taking the 3.4 GHz CPU down as low as 1.9 GHz, resulting in the SB1102HDVR consuming a mere 40W in certain modes—while still capable of operation over the fully sealed and fanless -40 to +85 degrees C temperature range at up to 100g of shock. General Micro Systems Rancho Cucamonga, CA (909) 980-4863



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The FMC-500 is a high speed digitizing & signal generation FMC I/O module featuring two, 500MSPS A/D channels & two 1230 MSPS D/A channels supported by ultra-low jitter sample clock & triggering features. Receiver IF frequencies of up to 500 MHz are supported due to the wide bandwidth performance of the analog front-end.

The X6-250M integrates digitizing with signal processing on a PMC/XMC IO module. The module has a powerful Xilinx Virtex-6 FPGA signal processing core, & high performance PCI Express/PCI host interface. Applications include software-defined radio, RADAR receivers, & multi-channel data recorders

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X6-1000M The X6-1000M integrates high-speed digitizing & signal generation with signal processing on a PMC/XMC IO module for demanding DSP applications. The tight coupling of the digitizing to the Virtex-6 FPGA core realizes architectures for SDR, RADAR, & LIDAR front end sensor digitizing & processing. The PCI Express system interface sustains transfer rates over 2 GB/s for data recording & integration as part of a high performance real-time system.

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PC/104 SBC Delivers Atom Processor SoC and Rich I/O Set

SBC Blends Zynq Z7045 SoC with FMC I/O Expansion

ADLINK Technology has introduced a new PC/104 form factor SBC running an Intel Atom E38xx Processor. It offers choices of single to quad-core processors running from 1.33 GHz to 1.91 GHz and SODIMMs up to 4 Gbytes DDR3L at 1066/1333 MHz. It is designed to withstand 50G shock and 12G vibration per MIL-STD-202F. Some models will support the extended temperature range from -40 to +85 degrees C. The CMx-BTx family offers various bus type options. PC/104, PC/104-Plus and PCI-104 models are available. Each SBC supports VGA and 18/24 bit single/dual channel LVDS. The CMxBTx features up to two Gbit Ethernet ports, up to two SATA or one SATA and one mSATA ports, one USB 3.0/2.0 port, two USB 2.0 ports, up to four RS232/485 COM ports, 8 GPIOs, and an HD Audio interface.

Innovative Integration has introduced the Cardsharp a usercustomizable, turnkey embedded SBC that provides two A9 CPU cores directly-coupled with FPGA fabric. Linux runs in core 0 provide Ethernet, USB and disk connectivity while core 1 runs bare-metal, zero-latency, real-time stand- alone applications. The board’s Kintex 7-series FPGA fabric is directly connected to an HPC FMC module site and 128 Mbyte x 64 DRAM. Uniquely customizeable due to its XMC footprint and FMC I/O expansion site, Cardsharp is ideal for applications such as distributed data acquisition. Cardsharp is L3-ruggedized, booting from eMMC flash in a compact, 150x75mm footprint that is ready for operation in harsh environments.

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6U OpenVPX Card Combines 10/40 Gbit L3+ Ethernet Switch and IP Router

Fully Managed 3U VPX Rugged Ethernet Switch is VICTORY Compliant GE Energy Management’s Intelligent Platforms has announced the NETernity GBX411 Fully Managed 3U VPX Layer 2/3 Ethernet Switch. Offering a variety of combinations of Gigabit Ethernet and 10Gigabit Ethernet connectivity, it allows customers a range of options to meet their network requirements. Its GE Rugged design enables it to be deployed with absolute confidence on air, ground and sea platforms in applications such as surveillance, reconnaissance, radar, sonar and imaging. The GBX411—which supports precision time protocol (1588)—is characterized by significant flexibility through its use of GE’s OpenWare switch management software, offering comprehensive and powerful management features for Layer 2/3 switching and routing. A wide range of networking protocols and management features is supported, together with extensive capabilities for Multicast, Quality of Service, VLANs, and Differentiated Services. Compliance with the US Army’s VICTORY initiative and specifications for an Ethernet switch is built in to the GBX411’s capabilities.

Interface Concept has introduced the ComEth4510a, a combined Control and Data plane 10/40 Gbit switch compliant with the OpenVPX profile MOD6-SWH16U16F-12.4.5-4. It is a combined Control and Data Plane switch for demanding 6U OpenVPX Ethernet architectures. The Ethernet packet processor of our well-proven ComEth 43xxa range is used for the Control Plane. The Data Plane is implemented thanks to the 2nd-Gen Marvell Prestera CX platform, offering leading performance and port density with multiple 40 GbE/10 GbE configurations and full duplex line rate switching capability. The two Ethernet switches are managed by a Multicore 64-bit PowerPC, offering two optional out-of-band 1000Base-T ports ( front and rear) and traffic log recording on NAND Flash. On the Control Plane, 16 x 1000BASE-BX ports are available on P1 connector as well as 4 x 1000BASE-T ports at the front. 4 additional Control Plane ports are also provided either at the front (SFP/ copper) or at the rear (1000BASE-T ports). On the Data Plane, 16 Fat Pipes are available for providing 16 x 10GBASE-KX4, 16 x 40GBASE-KR4, 48 x 10GBASE-KR or 48 x 1000BASE-KX ports or mixed configurations. A mezzanine can be added providing either 2 x 10GBASE-T ports at the front and 2 x 10GBASE-KX4 at the rear as Control Plane ports, or 4 x 10GBASE-T at the front as Data Plane ports. Interface Concept, Quimper, France. +33 (0)2 98 57 30 30.




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Case Features Dual Function Front Handle with 19-inch Mounting Bracket

Pentair now offers a handle version of its Schroff RatiopacPRO case, featuring a 19 inch mounting bracket and an integrated, dual-function front handle. Widely used for measurement, control and instrumentation technology applications, the stable integrated 19 inch bracket helps to enable its users to handle a range of heavier, fully-equipped cases safely, thanks to its large configuration enhanced user-friendliness. Made from diecast aluminum, the design of the handle is modelled on the standard handles of the RatiopacPRO case line. This handle version is available in stock in sizes 2 U, 3 U, 4 U, and 6 U for RatiopacPRO and in sizes 3/4 U and 6/7 U for RatiopacPRO Air. In addition, selected case types are already equipped with this handle version on delivery, removing the need for customer installation. Furthermore, RatiopacPRO cases that have previously been used as desktop cases or have been fitted with a typical handle or a 19 inch mounting bracket can be converted to the new combined handle / 19 inch mounting bracket version at any time. The 3D CAD data of the RatiopacPRO case and the front handles are available for download free of charge from Pentair’s TraceParts online platform. Hardware developers can choose from 32 different native CAD data formats, which can then be used directly in their CAD programs. Additionally, the 3D perspectives of the products can also be downloaded as PDF files, either for user documentation or simply for visual reference if they do not have a CAD system or CAD viewer. Pentair Equipment Protection Warwick, RI (401) 732-3770

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Pentek has introduced two new products in its FlexorSet series of integrated FMC sub-systems combining its Flexor line of FMC modules and Virtex-7 FPGA FMC carriers. FlexorSets are preconfigured with optimized IP and fully supported with software development tools. The new FlexorSet Model 5973-312 for 3U VPX and Model 7070-312 for PCIe, utilize the Flexor Model 3312 4-Channel A/D and D/A FMC installed on either of two Flexor FMC carriers. These FlexorSets combine the high performance of the Virtex-7 and optical interconnects with the flexibility of the multichannel FMC data converter, creating a complete powerful radar and software radio sub-system. The Model 5973-312 3U VPX FlexorSet features a high pin-count VITA 57.1 FMC site, 4 Gbytes of DDR3 SDRAM, PCI Express (Gen. 1, 2 and 3) interface up to x8, optional userconfigurable gigabit serial I/O and optional LVDS connections to the FPGA for custom I/O. It delivers new levels of I/O performance by incorporating the emerging VITA 66.4 standard for half size MT optical interconnect, providing 12 optical duplex lanes to the backplane. With the installation of a serial protocol, the VITA-66.4 interface enables gigabit backplane communications between boards independent of the PCIe interface. Both FlexorSets come pre-configured with a suite of built-in functions for data capture, synchronization, time tagging and formatting, all tailored and optimized for the FMC and carrier. FlexorSets are designed for air-cooled, conduction-cooled, and rugged operating environments. The FlexorSet Model 5973-312 for 3U VPX and the FlexorSet Model 7070-312 for PCIe both start at $19,490. Pentek Upper Saddle River, NJ (201) 818-5900 • • 702.896.3337


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HD/SD-SDI Audio/Video H.264 Encoder Features Small Form Factor Board offers high quality encoding in a small form factor, ideal for video capturing/processing Sensoray has announces the availability of its Model 2224 HD/SD audio/ video H.264 encoder. The encoder’s single SDI input supports a wide range of video resolutions, including 1080p, 1080i, 720p and NTSC/PAL. The Model 2224, which features a USB 2.0 connection to its host CPU, offers excellent quality encoding in a convenient small form factor. The encoder outputs H.264 High Profile Level 4 for HD and Main Profile Level 3 for SD, multiplexed in MPEG-TS (transport stream) format. The board's versatile overlay generators, integral HD/SD raw frame grabber, and live preview stream make it ideally suited for a wide range of video processing applications, including High Profile DVRs, NVRs and stream servers. Sensoray Tigard, OR (503) 684-8005

10 W GaN Amplifier Module Boasts Rugged Packaging The Model TA1049 from Triad RF Systems is a 10W GaN amplifier module that operates from 700 to 6,000 MHz,. This wideband GaN amplifier module is ideal for CW, modulated or pulsed applications. The wideband DC input range of +9 to +36V allows the unit to be used with various power supplies in existing systems. Due to several state-ofthe-art circuits, this unit is also highly immune from damage due to out of spec DC voltage conditions that may be applied. Its rugged construction guarantees fault-free operation in the most extreme environments. The module offers a linear gain of 43 dB and a gain flatness of Âą 1.5 dB. Package size is 3.75 x 2 x 1.063 inches. Triad RF Systems East Brunswick, NJ (855) 558-1001


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Rugged 1 Gbit/s Deterministic Ethernet 6U VPX Switch Has 16 Ports TTTech has launched its TTE-Switch A664 6U VPX Rugged, a high-performance Deterministic Ethernet switch capable of full-duplex speeds of 10/100/1000 Mbit/s targeted for flight critical applications. The switch is engineered to maintain operation in the harshest environments and weighs less than today’s ultra-light laptops. The solution is suitable for efficient SWaP reduction management at the network system level. TTTech’s switches can be used as a core networking technology for generic multi-purpose platforms in commercial aviation, helicopters, unmanned automotive and aerial vehicles Rugged Sixteen Port Gigabit Ethernet Switch as well as in space and maritime systems. with Embedded X86 PC The TTEthernet products uniquely support three different standard traffic classes (IEEE 802.3, ARINC 664 p7 and SAE AS6802) at 10/100/1000 Mbit/s speeds.


TTTech North America Andover, MA (978) 933-7979.

Coaxial Resonator Oscillator Operates from 2,275 to 2,290 MHz Crystek's CVCO55CC-2275-2290 CRO (Coaxial Resonator Oscillator) operates from 2275 to 2290 MHz with a control voltage range of 0.5 V~4.5 V. This CRO features a typical phase noise of -115 dBc/Hz at 10 KHz offset and has excellent linearity. Output power is typically +4.5 dBm. Engineered and manufactured in the USA, the model CVCO55CC-2275-2290 is packaged in the industry-standard 0.5 x 0.5 inch SMD package. Input voltage is typ. 5.0 V, with a max. current consumption of 40 mA. Pulling and Pushing are minimized to 0.2 MHz and 0.2 MHz/V, respectively. Second harmonic suppression is -25 dBc typical. The CVCO55CC-2275-2290 is suited for use in applications such as digital radio equipment and satellite communications systems. Crystek Ft. Myers, FL (239) 561-3311

The NanoSWITCH brings enterprise level layer 2/3 switching into the rugged environments found in military ground, air and sea vehicles, and unforgiving industrial environments such as offshore oil platforms. Typical applications include: • • • • •

Vehicle network switching Distributed architecture vehicle controller VICTORY compliant switch, router, timing, and control WAN – LAN interconnectivity and firewall Shared processing and peripheral communications

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Smart Military Meets Smart City Let Eurotech move the data that drives vital decisions, with equipment, tools, and services that seamlessly connect and manage COTS devices anywhere.

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Extreme PC/104 20W DC-DC Converter Offers Ultra Wide Input Voltage Range

Designed for harsh environments and extended temperature

Gaia Converter has extended its ultra wide input voltage range DC/DC Converters platform to the new High Rel MGDD-21 series, targeting Military and Airborne applications. Uniquely wide, the MGDD-21 Series 9-60V and 80V transient input voltage range is ideal to comply with MIL-STD-1275, 704 or DO-160 standards without additional front end protection device. This unique performance is achieved thanks to Gaia's proprietary switching techniques while also keeping efficiency over 90 percent. With 2 outputs ( for parallel, serial or symmetrical operation) of 5V, 12V, 15V or 24V, they can cover a wide variety of needs Packaged in the tiny 1 x 1.25 x 0.3-inch housing, the MGDD-21 Series have a wide temperature range of -55 to +105 degrees C and are fully encapsulated to fit rugged military and airborne environmental conditions.

Extended product lifecycles

Resists shock and vibration


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Extreme Rugged™ PC/104 SBC with Intel® Atom™ E38xx Series SoC Bus type: PC/104, PC/104-Plus, PCI-104 SATA, GbE, USB 3.0, USB 2.0 Up to 4GB DDR3L SO-DIMM Supports VGA and LVDS

Vortex86DX2 SoC PC/104-Plus SBC Requires Only 5.3 Watts Versalogic has announced the "Fox" PC/104format SBC. It features extensive I/O capabilities, low power consumption, and fanless operation over the full industrial temperature range. The Fox SBC leverages DMP's Vortex86DX2 System on Chip. It offers full industrial temperature (-40 to +85 degrees C) operation, and low power requirements (5.3 Watts). Based on the industry-standard PC/104Plus form factor, it is an excellent solution for industrial and medical applications that need a PC/104-format solution, on-board I/O, and moderate processing power. The on-board I/O includes dual Ethernet with network boot capability, up to 1 Gbyte of soldered-on DDR2 RAM, four USB ports, four serial ports, a SATA interface that supports highcapacity rotating or solid-state drives, removable flash storage, and three general purpose timers. Simultaneous video displays are available from the Fox's LVDS and analog VGA outputs. Extensive Expansion Options An industry-standard PC/104-Plus expansion site provides plug-in access to a wide variety of expansion modules from numerous vendors. Systems can also be expanded using the Fox's on-board Mini PCIe expansion socket which supports plug-in Wi-Fi modems, GPS receivers, MIL-STD-1553, Ethernet, Analog, and other mini cards. The Mini PCIe socket includes mSATA capability to support solid-state drive (SSD) options as well. Pricing starts at $569 in OEM quantities. Versalogic Tualatin, OR (503) 747-2261


Extreme Rugged™ PC/104 SBC with Vortex86DX3 System-on-Chip Follows Form Fit Function approach: CM-435/430 Full ISA bus support 2GB soldered DDR3L memory SATA, CFast, GbE, Fast Ethernet VGA and 18/24-bit single channel TTL/TFT


PCI/104-Express SBC with Intel® Core™ Processor Max. 4GB soldered DDR3 memory HDMI, VGA, LVDS display interfaces 8GB industrial grade SSD SATA, CFast, GbE, Fast Ethernet PCI/104-Express Type 1

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Avionics Server Targets Needs of Space Constrained Commercial Aircraft Kontron has introduced the COBALT 904 avionics server that extends the COBALT family of rugged small form factor systems to the worldwide aviation industry. Designed to speed development and time to deployment of commercial avionics in-flight entertainment and ground communications systems, the Kontron COBALT 904 features comprehensive avionics interface support required by commercial airlines, business jets and VIP aircraft. Certification to the DO-160G avionics standard for compatibility and safety of airborne electronics is underway and anticipated to be completed in early 2016. The system’s high speed data transfer capabilities improve data loading via a dedicated USB 3.0 port, easily connecting flight and ground crew and enabling fast content updates. The COBALT 904 is designed for installation in limited physical space, ensuring compact, reliable performance fueled by an Intel Dual Core i5-4422E processor with 1.8 GHz performance and 16 Gbytes of DRAM. The system also includes ECC, Intel Trusted Execution Technology (TXT), Intel Virtualization Technology (VT), Intel Active Management Technology (AMT) and TPM. A mix of system I/O is supported, including 7x GbE ports (2x direct and 5x switched), 6x ARINC 429 channels, USB 2.0/ USB 3.0, VGA, RS232, RS485/RS422, HDMI, and Audio, as well as aircraft discrete inputs and outputs.



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Adlink Technology, Inc.........................45................................. ASEG...................................................14.......................................... Avionics Interface Ballard Behlman..............................................38.................................... Clary....................................................5........................................... CM Computer......................................52.............................. COTS Product Gallery..........................32......................................................... CP Cases Data Device Corporation.....................42.................................... EDT......................................................15............................................ Equipto Electronic Extreme Engineering Solutions............51......................................

Mercury Systems, Inc. .........................7........................................... North Atlantic Industries Inc............13, Octagon Systems................................22........................ One Stop Systems, Inc. ....................29, 37..................... Pentek, Phoenix International Systems, Inc. .....4..................................... Pico Electronics, Pixus RTD Embedded Technologies, Inc. SynQor.................................................41....................................... TE Connectivity...................................18.............................................. Trenton Systems, Inc. .........................47......................... VadaTech.............................................40................................... VPT......................................................23...................................

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COMING NEXT MONTH Special Feature: Small Form Factor Box Systems vs. Slot-card Solutions

Small form factor rugged box have become a staple in today’s military embedded computing market. On the standard-based side, three VITA specification efforts have been vying for mindshare: VITA 73, VITA 74 and VITA 75. But a number of non-standard solutions continue to roll out as well. This section looks at this critical product class and the trade-offs versus slot-card solutions, and how system consolidation is impacting the choices made in military system designs.

Tech Recon Signal Chain: Technologies for Radar Jamming and Electronic Countermeasures

Throughout 2015 our Tech Recon feature delivers a series of sections that follow a sequential path hitting all the key technologies that are part of a signal chain. The October Signal Chain section looks at the stage where sensor data stream signals are modified to be sent out for radar jamming or as an electronic countermeasure (ECM) to confuse enemy systems.


COTS Journal | October 2015

System Development: Optical Backplanes Gain Momentum

Optical backplane technologies have been discussed in theory in the embedded industry for decades. But demand for high-bandwidth interconnects and the likely widespread adoption of optical backplanes in the commercial market, are both factors moving the idea toward reality. This year products and standards for this technology have finally emerged driven be demands for even faster interconnect speeds.

Data Sheet: Rugged Stand-Alone Box Products Roundup

Traditional embedded board vendors have added stand-alone rugged box-level systems to their military market offerings. These complete system boxes often support standard form factor boards inside them. The result is a complete, tested and enclosed computing solution that eliminates complex integration chores for customers. This section looks at this emerging product class and outlines the problems they solve. A product album rounds up the latest representative products in this area.

Shared Memory Network Interfaces Introducing a Gigabit Speed, Low Latency, Shared Memory Network for Deterministic Applications • 2.125 Gbps optical loop network • Single-mode and multi-mode optical interfaces supported • Up to 256 Shared Memory Network Nodes • Sustained data rates up to 200 Mbyte/Sec • Up to 256 MB of Shared Memory • Device drivers for Windows, VxWorks, Linux, and LabVIEW ...with flexible hardware options and complete software support PCI

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Duration of the Navy conducted comprehensive tests of the installed systems of the Future USS Milwaukee (LCS 5). The ship successfully concluded its acceptance trial after completing a series of in-port and underway demonstrations for the Navy’s Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV). While underway the ship performed launch and recovery operations of the 11-meter rigid-hull inflatable boat, a four hour full power run, surface and air self-defense detect-to-engage exercises and demonstrated the ship’s maneuverability performing tight turns and full-power quick reversal.

45 tons

The amount of equivalent force that the spacecraft structure that will take NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope into space. Manufacturing and assembly of the spacecraft structure was successfully completed at Northrop Grumman’s Redondo Beach facility. Northrop Grumman is working with NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, and leads the industry team that designs and develops the Webb


Telescope’s optics, sunshield and spacecraft. The spacecraft structure, or bus, is made of carbon fiber composites and houses the spacecraft’s propulsion, electrical power and communications.

93 Million

The total value of the contract, with all options exercised, that L-3 Communications was awarded from the U.S. Coast Guard to missionize two C-130J aircraft using a nextgeneration mission system suite. Work will be performed by L-3 Platform Integration in Waco, Texas. Under the five-year contract, L-3 will integrate mission systems on two baseline configuration C-130J long-range surveillance aircraft. The contract’s multiple options include performing the same work on three additional baseline configuration aircraft and converting seven HC-130J aircraft. 50

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How much faster the new Oshkosh JLTV design will drive off-road compared to the gold standard, the M-ATV. Oshkosh Defense featured its winning Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) at AUSA in Washington, D.C. earlier this month. The JLTV program fills a critical capability gap by replacing a large portion of the legacy HMMWV fleet with a light tactical vehicle with far superior protection and off-road mobility. The JLTV boasts a modular design that can be quickly and efficiently outfitted for a full range of missions. It is fully transportable by sea or air, such as C130, CH53 and CH-47 and is network ready and VICTORY compliant.

20 mm

Size of gun system part of Raytheon’s Phalanx is a rapid-fire, computer-controlled radar and gun system that acquires, tracks and destroys enemy threats that have penetrated all other ship defense systems. For the first time, the U.S. Navy successfully fired a tactical missile from a SeaRAM launcher on an Independence variant littoral combat ship. The missile was launched during a live-fire exercise at the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division sea range off the coast of California. U.S.S. Coronado (LCS 4) fired a Rolling Airframe Missile from a SeaRAM anti-ship defense system, both produced by Raytheon.

»HIGH HIGH TEMPERATURE (M.501.4) - LOW TEMPERATURE (M.502.4) - TEMPERATURE SHOCK (M.503.4) - HUMIDITY (M.507.4) - SHOCK (M.516.5) - ACCELERATION (M.513.5) ALTITUDE (M.500.4) - VIVME, cPCI & VPX BRATION (M.514.5) - SALT FOG (M.509.4) - CE102 115V (10KHZ-10MHZ) CE102 28V (10KHZ-10MHZ) - CE101 115V (60HZ-10KHZ) - CE101 28V (60HZ-10KHZ) - CS101 (30HZ-10KHZ) CS101 (30HZ-150KHZ) - CS114 (10KHZ-400MHZ) - CS115 (IMPULSE EXCITATION) - CS116 (10 KHZ-100MHZ) - RE101 ROD NAVY FIXED & AF (30HZ-100KHZ) - RE102 ROD NAVY FIXED & AF (10KHZ-30GHZ) - RE102 ROD NAVY FIXED & AF (10KHZ-30MHZ) - RE1023 ROD NAVY FIXED & AF (2MHZ30MHZ) - RE102-3 BILOG NAVY FIXED & AF (30MHZ-1GHZ), H. - RE102-3 BILOG NAVY FIXED & AF (1GHZ-18GHZ), H. - RE102-3 BILOG NAVY FIXED & AF (30MHZ-1GHZ), V. - RE102-3 BILOG NAVY FIXED & AF (1GHZ-18GHZ), V. - RS101 (30HZ-100KHZ) - RS103 (2MHZ-18GHZ) HIGH TEMPERATURE (M.501.4) - LOW TEMPERATURE (M.502.4) - TEMPERATURE SHOCK (M.503.4) - HUMIDITY (M.507.4) - SHOCK (M.516.5)HIGH TEMPERATURE (M.501.4) - LOW TEMPERATURE (M.502.4) - TEMPERATURE SHOCK (M.503.4) - HUMIDITY (M.507.4) - SHOCK 5-SLOT 600W (M.516.5) - ACCELERATION (M.513.5) - ALTITUDE 7-SLOT 700W (M.500.4) - VIBRATION (M.514.5) - SALT FOG PAYLOAD POWER DISSIPATION (M.509.4) - CE102 115V (10KHZ-10MHZ) - CE102 28V (10KHZ-10MHZ) - CE101 115V (60HZ-10KHZ) 6U SEALED WITH SIX HEAT - CE101 28V (60HZ-10KHZ) - CS101 (30HZ-10KHZ) EXCHANGERS + 20 HEAT PIPES CS101 (30HZ-150KHZ) - CS114 (10KHZ-400MHZ) CS115 (IMPULSE EXCITATION) - CS116 (10 KHZ100MHZ) - RE101 ROD NAVY FIXED & AF (30HZ100KHZ) - RE102 ROD NAVY FIXED & AF (10KHZ-30GHZ) - RE102 ROD NAVY FIXED & AF (10KHZ-30MHZ - RE1023 ROD NAVY FIXED & AF (2MHZ-30MHZ) - RE102-3 BILOG NAVY FIXED & AF (30MHZ-1GHZ), H.



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