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EDITORIAL Jeff Child, Editor-in-Chief

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irst off I want to thank all of you in our industry for your support of COTS Journal in 2015. Here’s wishing you all Happy Holidays and a healthy, prosperous New Year. Please join me and RTC Group in thanking all of our nation’s servicemen and women who serve in harm’s way. They are in our thoughts always, especially at this time of year. This month Tom Williams, Editor in Chief of our sister publication RTC Magazine is retiring. Our professional history together has a beginning, middle and now an end—but our friendship will remain timeless. I’ve worked with Tom at three different companies and on several different publications. Way back in 1990 I was hired as an entry level New Products Editor on a magazine called Computer Design. While long gone, Computer Design was in its heyday in the early 90s. Tom was one of the—metaphorically—“50 foot tall” Senior Technology Editors on Computer Design and me as a true rookie looked up to Tom with a lot of reverence. Even at that point, Tom was already the acknowledged expert technology editor covering the software side of computer design. Tom and I got to work together again—and closer together— when we ended up at Penton Publishing in the late 90s. Tom along with another editor had launched a start-up publication called Embedded Systems Development. When that other editor left, I came on board and had the rewarding experience of producing a two-man technology magazine in its early days. The magazine’s life was short lived, but our friendship continued. And during this phase of my career I was flattered that Tom treated me completely as an equal despite his decades more experience. Then Tom and I finally ended up here at RTC Group. Tom was hired to take over as Chief Editor of RTC Magazine in the fall of 2000 when then Editorial Director Warren Andrews recognized that software was becoming a critical part of embedded computing. When I took over as Chief Editor on COTS Journal in 2005 Tom and I began a fruitful 10 year run as side by side editors of sister publications. During this run Tom here again not only treated me as his equal but whole-heartedly accepted my advice and input on RTC Magazine’s editorial calendar topics.


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Despite our great working relationship and my huge respect for Tom’s professional talents , it’s definitely my appreciation of Tom as a human being that supersedes all of that. Over the decades Tom and I have had countless meals together,, meetings together and conference calls together. His wry, dryly cynical outlook on life always meshed nicely with my own point of view. Tom’s love of good food and drink had us sharing a lot of good meals together when at the same industry events. Tom and I also knew each other before we each were married. And when I was raising my two daughters, and he was raising his mini-herd of Alpacas we were often sharing pictures of our growing “families.”. Some of my best memories with Tom are the couple times he invited a bunch of industry friends to his home in Scotts Valley at the end of a week at the ESC show. Those dinners were legendary, not just for the great conversation among friends, but for Tom’s home brewed beer, and homemade sausages. (There’s a great story about Tom and his sausage making talent). While attending Embedded World in Nuremburg Tom learned that there was a “secret” local Nuremburg sausage recipe that the locals strictly avoided sharing with outsiders. Tom being fluent in German out-flanked that hurdle by going to a local library and translating the recipe, and bringing it home to try out. Tom touched a lot of lives in this technology industry over these many decades and made many friends. Please join me in wishing Tom Williams a joyous and fulfilling new phase of his life as he enters his well-deserved retirement. Tom – thank you for your friendship, your talent and for being you. Finally, turning to a sad note, we are devastated by the loss of our friend Amos Deacon Jr. Amos was founder of Phoenix International Systems He lost his battle with cancer on November 19 at his home in California. Our thoughts are with his family. RTC Group president John Reardon was among those fortunate to have had a long friendship with Amos, and John offers his tribute to him on page 9 of this issue.


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INSIDE TRACK MQ-8C Fire Scout Concludes Operational Assessment The U.S. Navy and Northrop Grumman completed a successful land-based operational assessment (OA) with the unmanned, autonomous helicopter MQ-8C Fire Scout, at Naval Base Ventura County, Point Mugu, Nov. 20. The OA demonstrated the endurance and sensor integration capabilities on the new MQ-8C airframe. The Fire Scout collected real time data points during OA flights to validate system performance parameters and assess risk to future operational testing (Figure 1). The Navy’s Air Test and Evaluation Squadron VX-1 performed all of the flights over three weeks culminating in 83.4 hours of flight and 72 data points. MQ-8C sensors and systems were vigorously tested at different

altitudes and ranges to validate operational effectiveness. Successful integration of an improved ice detector system was also validated during OA with an alert to the test team of icing during a flight. This system allowed for necessary altitude corrections by descending the helicopter until the indication cleared so that the mission could resume its target detection runs. MQ-8C Fire Scout completed the developmental flight tests program earlier this year and now the program will prepare for milestone “C” next year.

Atrenne Tapped to Degraded Visual Environment Pilotage System (DVEPS) Chassis

chassis are key enabling components of a DVEPS solution designed to blend performance and a reduced size, weight and power (SWAP) envelope. Atrenne provides two types of enclosures to the DVEPS provider; conduction cooled and air cooled. Both were delivered with configurable backplanes so development could begin before the module interconnect architecture was completely defined. The 717 and D2D-34TLA chassis are both designed with the flexibility required for lab development and the ruggedization required for deployment.

Atrenne Integrated Solutions has been selected by a top defense company to supply Air Transport Rack (ATR) chassis for the Degraded Visual Environment Pilotage System (DVEPS). DVEPS provides helicopter pilots with improved visibility in degraded environments, allowing them to avoid obstacles during landing. The rugged ATR enclosures are derivatives of the standard product 717 Series (shown) and the D2D34TLA chassis; both available off-the-shelf from Atrenne. These FIND the products featured in this section and more at


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Figure 1 During the OA flights the Fire Scout collected real time data points to validate system performance parameters and assess risk to future operational testing.

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Figure 2 The 717 Series ATR Chassis provides forced-air conduction cooling for the Degraded Visual Environment Pilotage System (DVEPS).

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INSIDE TRACK In Memory of “Big” Amos Deacon November 19, 2015

Figure 3 BAE Systems’ ACV 1.1 solution is an advanced 8x8 open ocean-capable vehicle that is based on a platform developed by IVECO Defence Vehicles

Embedded Group Separates from GE and Becomes Abaco Systems Abaco Systems has announced its separation from the General Electric opening a new chapter in the company’s history. Bernie Anger, president and CEO of Abaco Systems said he sees opportunity as an independent embedded technology and systems company to take their extensive experience, mission-critical technology and the repeatable business processes we have developed to continue building a business that combines a commitment to technical innovation with extreme focus on customer service. Veritas Capital, a leading private equity firm that invests in companies that provide critical products and services to government and commercial customers worldwide, acquired Abaco Systems from GE. Abaco Systems Huntsville, AL (866) 652-2226

BAE Team Get Development Contract for USMC ACV 1.1 Program

The U.S. Marine Corps has awarded BAE Systems’ team a contract worth $103.7 million for the Engineering, Manufacturing, and Development (EMD) phase of the Amphibious Combat Vehicle (ACV) 1.1 program. The company, along with teammate IVECO Defence Vehicles, will deliver a solution that will be built from the ground up to be an amphibious vehicle and will provide significant capability improvements to satisfy the Marine Corps’ current and future needs. The award is one of two EMD contracts issued. During this phase, BAE Systems will produce 16 prototypes that will be tested by the Marine Corps beginning in the third quarter of 2016. BAE Systems’ ACV 1.1 solution is an advanced 8x8 open ocean-capable vehicle that is based on a platform developed by IVECO Defence Vehicles (Figure 3). It is equipped with a new 6-cylinder, 700HP power pack, which provides a significant power increase over the current Assault Amphibious Vehicle. BAE Systems McLean, VA. (703) 847-5820

In 1986 I met Amos—for some reason he befriended me. I was 26 at the time and he was larger than life with staff of more than 100 people building rugged computers at MDB Systems. He marched to his own drummer, hiring women in a male dominated industry, sponsoring race cars and airplane races—a man who never turned away from a challenge and built his place in the world through sheer determination. Our friendship—like many that span decades—would have moments of pause. But his interest in aiding in my success was always present. An introduction, a forwarded press release, a suggestion on how I could improve the magazines—his spirit of generosity always came through when you least expected it. And he never asked for anything in return. Shining larger than life, there are many stories about Amos that will soon become legends. I don’t know why memories are the way they are, but I remember being dogtired after setting up a tradeshow at the Huntsville Marriott—sitting in the bar—when a single malt scotch found itself in front of me. I looked around only to find Amos sitting on a bar stool smiling at me. I am not sure if there was a message, a thanks or just one friend buying another a drink—but there was something in his smile. I will never know why this memory is so vivid, but I knew at that moment his friendship was something that made me better. Amos had many industry firsts and worked with many industry icons throughout his career. He found joy in the success of others. He was fiercely loyal and patriotic. He had a special place in his heart for those who sacrificed for this country. In the end he was a man I was proud to have as a friend and colleague. I will miss him.

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SPECIAL FEATURE Open Architectures for Airborne Platforms


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Open Standards Ease Development of Airborne Platforms Open architecture standards are becoming entrenched in today’s systems development efforts. Standards like the Future Airborne Capability Environment (FACE) are fueling more efficient implementations of airborne computing systems. Jeff Child, Editor-in-Chief


or the U.S. DoD open architecture approaches enjoyed a generous amount of lip service for many years. But over the past year in particular open standards that have been long in the works have broken down the last vestiges of resistance. System standards like FACE and computing architectures like OpenVPX are finding acceptance among airborne programs. The reduction of costs and complexity of the open approach are just too attractive to ignore. What’s driving this is the recognition that it’s wasteful in time and money to reinvent the wheel for every new software need. But open standards have been slow to catch on. The Future Airborne Capability Environment (FACE) standard defines the software computing environment and interfaces designed to support the development of portable components across the general-purpose, safety and security profiles. FACE uses industry standards for distributed communications, programming languages, graphics, operating systems and other areas. Its goal is to establish a common computing software infrastructure supporting portable, capability-specific software components across DoD avionics systems.

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A Common Operating Environment The FACE Consortium got its start in 2010 as a collaborative approach to develop a common operating environment supporting portability and reuse of software components across DoD aviation systems. The FACE Consortium has developed a supplierindependent, standardized environment for DoD aviation systems allowing software components to be rapidly migrated across systems conforming to the FACE Standard. With any initial growing pains now in the past, the FACE efforts has blossomed with many design-ins to airborne platforms both fixed-wing and rotary-wing. Meanwhile several embedded industry hardware and software vendors have created technologies and solutions that align and support the FACE standard. An example program leveraging the FACE standard is the Army’s Black Hawk helicopter cockpit modernization program. Last year Northrop Grumman was tapped by Redstone Defense Systems to supply and integrate mission avionics equipment for a digital cockpit upgrade of the U.S. Army’s

UH-60L Black Hawk helicopters. Northrop Grumman provided a scalable, fully integrated mission equipment package for the UH-60L cockpit and will replace the older analog gauges with digital electronic instrument displays (Figure 1). The new designation for this upgraded aircraft will be UH-60V. The system virtually replicates the newer UH-60M pilot-vehicle interface, providing a common training environment. Northrop Grumman’s design solution has already been demonstrated through a flight test on a UH-60L helicopter. The system is aligned with the Future Airborne Capability Environment (FACE) standard and supports integration of off-the-shelf software and hardware, enabling rapid insertion of capabilities while reducing cost and risk for system integration and upgrades As technology supplier for this modernization program Northrop Grumman contracted Curtiss-Wright Defense Solutions to supply its ruggedized SBC) network switch, and graphics display module technology to provide a digitized cockpit solution for use in the U.S. Army’s UH-60V

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Figure 1 The upgraded Black Hawk UH-60L cockpit will replace the older analog gauges with digital electronic instrument displays

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60L aircraft’s cockpit with digital electronic instrument displays. As stated earlier, the UH-60V’s avionics system is aligned with the FACE standard and supports integration of off-the-shelf software and hardware, enabling rapid insertion of capabilities while reducing cost and risk for system integration and upgrades. Supported with a Safety Certifiable operating system and graphics driver, the DMV-186 and XMC-715 combination provides a hardware solution to host Candidate FACE software applications and operating systems to develop, integrate and test future portable FACE avionics software components.

Integrated Modular Avionics and FACE In March of this year, Wind River also was brought into the Black Hawk cockpit upgrade program when Northrop Grumman selected Wind River VxWorks 653 Platform for the helicopter digitization avionics mission equipment package to be integrated onto the Black Hawk UH-60V helicopter. Part of the Wind River product portfolio of safe and secure operating systems, VxWorks 653 is a COTS platform for supporting delivery of safety-critical, integrated modular avionics (IMA) applications. Wind River recently released updates to VxWorks 653, including support for multicore silicon and robust partitioning for applications that enable multilevel RTCA DO-178C certification, as well as support for the Safety Base Profile of Future Airborne Capability Environment (FACE) 2.1 Technical Standard. By using VxWorks 653 enables Northrop Grumman is able to align with the FACE Technical Standard, achieve DO-178C certification, and consolidate our avionics technology on multi-core hardware, resulting in superior performance and lower lifecycle costs.

FACE on Unmanned Helicopter Another interesting FACE implementation is in the Autonomous Aerial Cargo/ Utility System (AACUS). In a demonstration of Lockheed’s OPTIMUS mission system aboard the AACUS, the craft was able to accomplish an autonomous approach and landing in an unprepared environment. The system enhances the onboard intelligence of the vehicle and provides an advanced mission-planning capability that can be applied

Figure 2 The Autonomous Aerial Cargo/Utility System (AACUS) demonstration tested Lockheed Martin OPTIMUS technology aboard a K-MAX unmanned helicopter.

to current and future helicopters and rotary wing aircraft. The AACUS demonstration tested Lockheed Martin OPTIMUS technology aboard a K-MAX unmanned helicopter, which served as a test bed for the system (Figure 2). During the demonstration, an active duty Marine interfaced with the mission system’s handheld flight control device to complete a resupply mission. The system successfully planned, routed and executed the mission without requiring user input. The Lockheed Martin OPTIMUS suite of systems and sensors use an open architecture positioned for Future Airborne Capability Environment (FACE) compliance.

Pieces of the FACE Puzzle The leading military embedded software vendors each have technologies supporting FACE in different ways. RTI, for example plays its part in the transport services part of FACE. Within the FACE architecture, the Transport Services Segment (TSS) provides the APIs and capabilities that portable components use to exchange data. To help component developers and systems integrators meet their connectivity requirements, RTI offers TSS related software, support, consulting and engineering services. Among

these is RTI’s FACE 2.1 TSS Reference Implementation for developers and integrators who want to take advantage of the Data Distribution Service (DDS) standard (Figure 3). The RTI TSS implementation provides a thin software layer that maps the FACE Transport Services (TS) Application Programming Interface (API) to the DDS API supported by RTI Connext DDS products. RTI provides the TSS Reference Implementation at no charge to customers with a license to Connext DDS. Meanwhile, a couple years ago Lynx Software Technologies and Twin Oaks Computing teamed up to deliver Twin Oaks Computing’s’ CoreDX Data Distribution Service (DDS) communication middleware on Lynx Software Technologies’ LynxOS-178 safety-critical embedded real-time operating system (RTOS). Together, and Twin Oaks Computing’s open-standards based solution is in alignment with the Future Airborne Capability Environment (FACE) Technical Standards, enabling applications to be even more portable and reusable than before for the airborne computing environment used by the U.S. Army, Navy and other military branches. The current FACE Operating System APIs are heavily POSIX-compliant, which plays well into Lynx Software Technologies’ COTS Journal | December 2015



System Profile defined in the FACE Technical Standard is a necessary part of satisfying requirements for an application to become FACE conformant. Green Hills Software Santa Barbara, CA. (805) 965-6044 Lockheed Martin Bethesda, MD (301) 897-6000 Lynx Software Technologies San José, CA (408) 979-3900 Northrop Grumman Los Angeles, CA (310) 553-6262

Figure 3 RTI’s FACE 2.1 TSS Reference Implementation provides a thin software layer that maps the FACE Transport Services (TS) API to the DDS API supported by RTI Connext DDS products

rich history of POSIX-compliant software. LynxOS-178 is the only time- and spacepartitioned RTOS that has been awarded the FAA Reusable Software Component (RSC) certification. It targets both the Intel x86 and PowerPC platforms, was quickly modified to enable over 340 APIs in alignment with the newly approved FACE Technical Standards.” The FACE Technical Standards also provide guidelines for creating a Data Distribution Service (DDS) based on the Object Management Group (OMG) standard that provides a messaging paradigm for the Transport Services Segment. Twin Oaks Computing’s’ CoreDX DDS is an implementation of the FACE DDS Standard that allows application communication and reuse across multiple DoD avionics systems. CoreDX DDS meets all DDS requirements laid out in the FACE Reference Architecture and provides all of the benefits of the DDS technology, including: CoreDX DDS provides all these features in an extremely small and safety-certifiable footprint for resourceconstrained systems. 14

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FACE for Flight Management System Green Hills Software has a FACE design win in its selection by Esterline CMC Electronics’ (CMC) of Green Hill’s INTEGRITY178B single-core operating system as the basis for their CMA-4000 Flight Management System (FMS). The INTEGRITY-178B RTOS functionality selected by CMC for DO-178B Level A certification includes capabilities required to host applications that align with the Future Airborne Capability Environment (FACE) Technical Standard. This includes integration of existing Green Hills Software DO-178B Level A Partitioning-Journaling File System (PJFS-178B) and IPFLITE Ethernet stacks as part of the PowerPC-based CMA-4000 system. The CMA-4000 is be capable of hosting FACE aligned applications developed using C, C++, and Ada95 programming languages. CMC will develop FMS applications that are FACE aligned. The FMS applications developed by CMC will interact with the INTEGRITY-178B RTOS via ARINC 653 API calls defined in the FACE Safety Operating System Profile. Adherence to an Operating

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Video Management Technologies Deliver HD Solutions for Warfighters Today’s military has become an advanced user when it comes to video, both for situational battlefield awareness and for automated real-time platforms that interface with video data. A slew of box-levels products are feeding these platform designs. Jeff Child, Editor-in-Chief


ith this the final story in COTS Journal’s year-long “Signal Chain” series, this month looks at the final stage of the signal chain where information has presented warfighters with the end result of the signal chain process. The particular aspect of that explored here in the video distribution and management part of that arena. Today’s video requirements are getting ever more sophisticated. On one hand there’s the desire to enable warfighters to share video information with almost any level of the DoD’s operation. Beyond that there’s the idea of automating the process of change detection and automatic target recognition of video data to enable automated cueing that identifies and calls attention to potential threats. Capabilities like face recognition could, for example, enable high-fidelity fullmotion video to identify individuals of interest. At the platform level doing such processing on board a UAV for example means that the link bandwidth can then be reserved on transmitting only what’s needed.

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Figure 1 The VRD1 high definition (HD) video management system (VMS) provides a single unit VMS for fixed and rotor-wing aircraft used in aerospace, defense, and SAR and public safety missions. and accurate metadata capture. Designed for capturing critical situational data and combining it with camera and sensor data, the VRD1 provides a single unit VMS for fixed and rotor-wing aircraft used in aerospace, defense, and SAR and public safety missions. With interface support for all of the leading camera types, including HD multi-spectral cameras such as the FLIR 380 HD, the VRD1 eliminates the need for system designers to integrate their own VMS solution (Figure 1). The extremely rugged COTS-based system uniquely captures, compresses, distributes,

switches, outputs, records, and streams/ downlinks video via Ethernet. The system also supports video scaling, windowing, and quad picture-in-picture/ picture-by-picture display to provide flight and mission crews with the viewing flexibility they require for mission success. Delivered fully integrated, the VMS speeds and eases the deployment of intelligent video management capabilities. The ability of the system to combine precise metadata with HD video camera inputs, means the VRD1 lets airborne crews know exactly when and

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where their video images were captured and exactly when and where their aircraft was when its cameras captured those video images. This is a big deal for airborne defense helicopters seeking adversaries, for police surveillance crews that need accurate evidence, and for Search & Rescue teams who need pinpoint location accuracy.

3U VPX Video Solution Rugged video management technology was also key to a two-year development and production contract won by Mountain Secure Systems to provide ruggedized video management units (VMUs) DRS Technologies. The rugged VMU from MSS is a 3U VPX system comprised of several single board computers, high definition (HD) frame grab-

ber cards, graphical processor units, and other I/O modules. It will provide computing resources for the primary Operator’s Control Station (OCS) on the Surveillance and Battlefield Reconnaissance Equipment (SABRE) system from DRS Technologies, Inc. The SABRE system from DRS is a highly modular sensor suite that integrates radar, thermal imaging, and laser systems on a stabilized mast and is compatible with any type of battle command network (Figure 2). It provides scouts, forward observers, and tactical air controllers with the ability to perform reconnaissance and targeting at extended ranges. The system facilitates operations while hidden or on the move in rugged environments, share targeting data from multiple sensors across battle command networks.

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The SABRE system was updated to accommodate the Canadian Army Light Armored Vehicle (LAV) Surveillance Program.

Video Over Internet Protocol Military system developers generally made the choice several years back that the Internet Protocol is the most efficient technology for networking data, and video distribution is definitely part of that trend. Along those lines, RFEL launched a new video management solution for Video-overInternet-Protocol (Video-over-IP) systems at this year’s DSEI show in London. The systems are designed to provide highly optimized distribution and processing solutions for the management of low latency video data from one or more sensors to the type of Video-over-IP displays and compute nodes that are now commonplace in modern vehicle and airborne mission equipment systems. The first product of the line, FlexNet-2, is a Mil-spec, optimized video processing

sub-system, powered by RFEL’s HALO architecture and realized from the tried-andtested hardware and embedded IP of the wider HALO video processing eco-system. The unit is packaged in a rugged, waterproof small-form-factor (SFF) housing and is ready to be mounted straight into any system that needs efficient video management solutions. Functionally, the device accepts up to four analogue input video channels. It offers multiple options to map input video to Ethernet output, offering extreme low latency, compression and overlay options for symbols, text and graphics. The product is a small size, but uses standard mil-spec circular connectors that is easily integrated with standard cabling. With a power consumption of approximately 8 watts and a wide operating temperature and power supply range, the device is suited for space-constrained vehicle or airborne applications..

Curtiss-Wright Defense Solutions Ashburn, VA. (703) 779-7800. DRS Technologies Parsippany, NJ (973) 898-1500 Mountain Secure Systems (303) 678-9898 Longmont, CO RFEL Limited Newport, Isle of Wight United Kingdom +44 (0)1983 216600

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SYSTEM DEVELOPMENT COM Express vs. PC/104 Form Factors

COM Express and PC/104 Vie for Small Form Factor Dominance COM Express cards and PC/104 boards together feed military system developers hunger for low SWaP systems. But each offers unique tradeoffs in terms of legacy and how they fit into deployed systems. Jeff Child, Editor-in-Chief


oth COM Express and PC/104—including the myriad PC/104 family spinoffs—offer advantages for military system developers. The choice is between a computing core module on a baseboard versus an SBC with stacking capability. Both serve today’s needs for reducing size, weight and power (SWaP), but in different ways. With 20 years of legacy, the PC/104 form factor and its follow-on variants remain staples for both legacy and new military embedded systems. Since the initial release of the PC/104 specification in March of 1992, the technology’s open design provides the power and flexibility of a PC compatible computer in a size ideally suited for embedding. PC/104 along with its wider family of follow on versions including PC/104-Plus, PCI-104, PCIe/104, PCI/104-Express and EPIC—provide a mix of functionality and low SWaP footprint that today’s military system developers are hungry for. This year’s roundup on the next couple of pages showcases a mix of representative examples of PC/104, PC/104-Plus, PCIe/104 and PCI/104-Express board products. There’s a mix of PCIe/104 and PCI/104Express boards along with PC/104 and PC/104-Plus designs upgraded to sport the latest processor and memory technologies. Also gaining ground are boards that include Mini PCIe sockets. Mini PCIe acts as a ling of 20

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Figure 1 OneBank and standard PCIe/104 boards can be combined together in a system. This OneBank board from Diamond Systems is installed above a standard PCIe/104 board.

small mezzanine function, and leverages the emerging ecosystem of Mini PCIe peripheral cards that have become available.

Revision to PCIe/104 For its most recent enhancement to the PC/104 universe, earlier this year the PC/104 Consortium announced the latest revision of the PCI/104-Express and PCIe/104 Specification, Revision 3.0, that provides an additional option called “OneBank”. The PCIe/104 OneBank utilizes a smaller, lowercost bus connector which is compatible to the full size PCIe/104 connector currently in use today. It allows designers to stack boards using a complimentary format that

frees up PCB real estate for additional components as well as potential cost savings. The OneBank connector concept consists of removing two of the three “banks” of the standard PCIe/104 connector, resulting in a 52-pin connector as opposed to the full-size 156-pin connector. The OneBank connector is positioned so that it will plug into the bank 1 of the standard PCIe/104 connector. Thus, the signals of the OneBank include the same four x1 PCI Express Links, Two USB 2.0, ATX power and control signals: +5V Standby, Power supply on, Power Good, Power: +3.3V, +5V (reduced current) as found on the first bank of the standard PCIe/104 bus making them plug in compatible. This preserves the stackability and com-


Figure 2 Using a PC/104-Plus SBC as its control computer, the Black-I Robotics’ LandShark unmanned ground vehicle (UGA) is a fully electric UGV. It is an IP-based system, which allows for maximum scalability of external payloads, sensors and computing power.

patibility of PCI/104-Express and PCIe/104 modules along with the new OneBank modules. By removing two of the banks, 0.513 in2 of PCB real estate on each side is freed up. And with speed scales up to PCIe Gen 3 on the PCIe/104 bus, developers are given plenty of bandwidth for the future even with

just four x1 PCIe links. As shown in Figure 1, OneBank and standard PCIe/104 boards can be combined together in a system. PC/104-Plus is used as the form factor for the computer powering Black-I Robotics’ LandShark unmanned ground vehicle (UGA) (Figure 2). This fully electric UGV

is an IP-based system, which allows for maximum scalability of external payloads, sensors and computing power. It uses the JAUS Protocol (OpenJAUS V3.3.0b) for communications. The LandShark has a runtime of 2 to 60 hrs depending on use, terrain and attached payloads. The LandShark is generally tele-operated by an operator from a remote location. It may also have various onboard third-party payloads that provide full or semi-autonomous command behaviors. In 2012 Black-I Robotics won a contract from the Air Force Research Laboratory in Rome, NY to supply unmanned ground ve-

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COM Express Focuses on Compute Core COM Express boards for their part trace their lineage back to mezzanine boards followed by processor-based mezzanine boards. The Computer-on-Module (COM) concept captured a clear foothold in military embedded designs. Today COM Express adds high-speed fabric interconnects to the mix. COM boards provide a complete computing core that can be upgraded when needed, leaving the application-specific I/O on the baseboard. COM Express adds highspeed fabric interconnects to the mix. One could say that the COM Express form factor is on a sure path to future success. The progression of semiconductor integration means that a single computing module will only get more powerful. Meanwhile the case for a two-board solution— COM module and baseboard—only gets stronger as complete system electronics are possible on a single baseboard. That doesn’t mean other, larger solutions—like slot-card boards or stackable solutions like PC/104— are going away any time soon. But the mindshare COM Express can gain for military applications will keep increasing.

Tradeoffs in Connector Approach A comparison between COM Express and PC/104—including PC/104 family specifications like PCI-104-Express and so on—is a natural one particularly since both target space and weight constrained applications. The double-sided connectors of PC/104 are hard to justify unless there’s some reason for a stacked solution because they are more costly than single-sided connectors used by COM Express. Another advantage of COM Express is that it lets users handle transitions from legacy connectors and offers native interface support for modernday I/O interfaces. On top of offering more PCI Express and USB ports than PC/104Express modules, additional connecters can be added for LAN, SATA, video, audio, USB and PCI Express, delivering maximum I/O flexibility to meet specific application requirements. And because signals don’t 22

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have to pass through multiple connectors, the signal integrity remains intact. COM Express board developers keep pushing the envelope in terms of performance level. Exemplifying that trend, Congatec rolled out its Conga-TS97 board this summer with either Intel Core or Intel Xeon processors (codename Broadwell) manufactured in 14nm technology. The new conga-TS97 COM Express Basic module in the Intel Xeon Figure 3 version delivers server-grade The Conga-TS97 COM Express Basic module sports the performance not achieve in latest 14nm quad-core Xeon processors and offer 6 these size boards before. The Mbytes of L2 cache with a TDP of 47 W modules are equipped with the latest 14nm quad-core Xeon processors and offer 6 Mbytes of L2 cache with a TDP of 47 W (Figure 3). The competition mission elements and tasks With super-fast 32 Gbyte 1600 DDR3L mem- are designed to simulate real-world chalory support, the modules meet server-grade lenges, such as visual recognition of objects, requirements and are specifically designed navigation, and acoustic sensing. for use in data-intensive applications.

COM Express in Action As an example of COM Express in use, the Cornell University Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (CUAUV) team has used the technology multiple times in its entries for the Annual International RoboSub competition. CUAUV’s 2015 vehicle, Argo, is powered by ADLINK’s Express-HL COM Express computer-on-module, featuring a 4th generation quad-core Intel Core i7 processor with Mobile Intel QM87 Express chipset. The Express-HL acts as the lone on-board computer and handles complex and essential tasks, including integrating data from sensors such as sonar, a Doppler Velocity Log, hydrophones, and on-board cameras. In addition, the Express-HL module and carrier board run the computer vision code and mission logic that make it possible for Argo to be autonomous. The international RoboSub competition is co-sponsored by the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) Foundation and the U.S. Office of Naval Research (ONR) with the goal of advancing the development of AUVs. The event serves to foster ties between young engineers and organizations developing AUV technologies.

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DATA SHEET XMC and FMC Board Roundup

XMCs and FMCs Help Shake Up the Definition of “System” Once functioning as a method of adding peripheral functionality to system, todays XMC are better defined as complete subsystems in their own right. Meanwhile, FMCs ride the wave of FPGA popularity with new next gen version of FMC in the works. Jeff Child, Editor-in-Chief

The two most active mezzanine standards in the industry continue to be XMC and FMC. This year’s XMC and FMC roundup on the next several pages includes an unprecedented 18 vendors that have had a new XMC or FMC new product within the last 12 months. XMCs stands as the natural successor to PMC (PCI Mezzanine Card). Meanwhile fabric-based Processor XMCs allow military system integrators to swap out just the computing core and leave the baseboard unchanged. The proliferation of PrXMCs combined with XMC that are complete graphics, Ethernet or storage subsystems are an indication that XMCs are now subsystem-level solutions in their own right. Defined under VITA 42, the XMC specification extended the PMC card by adding new connectors to support gigabit serial interfaces plus list of alternative I/O standards. XMCs also match well with the emerging OpenVPX architecture leveraging the same switched fabric technologies as that system specification. Like VME itself, XMC continues to evolve with technology. In standards activity, the draft specification of the 2014 revision of XMC—ANSI/VITA 42.02008 (R2014)—has been approved to move to the ANSI balloting phase. Another mezzanine technology seeing a lot of design activity these days is the FPGA Mezzanine Card (FMC). FMCs provide 24

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Figure 1 The Korean Army’s Next-Generation Local Air Defense Radar and Korean Air Force’s Long-Range Surveillance Radar programs make heavy use of COTS-based radar processing module technology including FMCs.

modular functions commonly used with FPGAs linking to an FPGA on the host board. As called VITA 57, the specification is about half the size of a XMC or PMC mezzanine module. FMCs provide a small footprint, reduced I/O bottlenecks, increased flexibility and reduced cost through the elimination of redundant interfaces. Interest in FMC is huge. According to Jerry Gipper, Executive Director

of VITA, the FMC specification right now the most frequently downloaded specification in VITA’s inventory of nearly 100 specifications. Late last year the VITA 57 working group began work on an update the specification was started aimed at extending the VITA 57.1 FMC specification to handle up to 32 Gbps transceivers. The next-generation specification calls for a new set of connectors to support higher-speed serial interfaces. At last report, the working group is reviewing pinout proposals and plans to finalize a specification for working group ballot by the end of this month. An example of FMC in use, Curtiss Wright Defense Solutions this summer announced it completed the development phase of a contract received from LIG Nex1 to supply its rugged COTS-based radar processing module technology for use in the Korean Army’s Next-Generation Local Air Defense Radar and Korean Air Force’s Long-Range Surveillance Radar programs (Figure 1). Under the agreement, CurtissWright provided LIG Nex1 with its latest generation high performance OpenVPX modules, including high performance FPGA, single board computer, DSP, Network Switch and FMC processing module products. These modules provide the pulse compression and beamforming processing for the Radar’s new Signal Processing system.


XMC and FMC Board Roundup

FMC Provides Sixteen 16-bit D/A Channel at 312.5 Msamples/s

ARINC 429 XMC Aids Both Development and Deployment

XMC Modules Feature Xilinx Artix -7 FPGA with 200l Logic Cells

The FMC216 from 4DSP is a sixteenchannel DAC FMC Daughter Card which is fully compliant with the VITA 57.1-2008 standard. The FMC216 provides sixteen D/A 16-bit 312.5Msps (2.5 Gsamples/s with x8 interpolation) channels which can be sampled by an internal clock source (optionally locked to an external reference) or an externally supplied sample clock. A trigger input for customized sampling control is also available. The FMC216 has the HPC (high-pin count) connector, front panel I/O, and is conduction cooled capable.

Abaco Systems ( formerly GE Intelligent Platforms) offers its RAR-XMC ARINC 429 High Density XMC Interface supports maximum data throughput on all channels while providing onboard message scheduling, label filtering, multiple buffering options, receive message timetagging and error detection, and IRIG-B receiver (AM or DC/TTL) and generator (DC/TTL).

Acromag’s XMC-7A200 modules feature a high-performance user-configurable Xilinx Artix-7 FPGA enhanced with 200k logic cells, high-speed memory and a highthroughput serial bus interface. The result is a powerful and flexible I/O processor module that is capable of executing custom instruction sets and algorithms. Typical uses include hardware simulation, communications, in-circuit diagnostics, military servers, signal intelligence, and image processing.

• Up to 16 Rx and 16 Tx/Rx fully compliant ARINC 429 channels.

• 16-channel D/A 16-bit 312.5 Msps.

• XMC.3 (PCIe 4 lane) host interface.

• VITA 57.1-2010 compliant.

• Front I/O, or P14 or P16 rear I/O.

• Single-ended, DC-coupled analog signals.

• Standard Industrial operating temperature of -40 to +85 degrees C at the XMC rail.

• Breakout cable with SMA connectors available from the front panel. • Clock source, sampling frequency through SPI communication buses. • Flexible clock tree. • Power-down modes to switch off unused functions for system power savings. 4DSP Austin, TX. (800) 816-1751

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• 64-bit message time-tagging; 1 microsecond timing resolution. • Supports maximum data throughput on all channels simultaneously. • Support for 2-wire ARINC 573, 575 and 717. Abaco Systems Huntsville, AL (866) 652-2226

• Reconfigurable Xilinx Artix-7 FPGA with 200k logic cells. • 128M x 64-bit DDR3 SDRAM; 32M x 16-bit parallel flash memory for MicroBlaze FPGA program code storage. • 4-lane high-speed serial interface on rear P15 connector for PCIe Gen 1/2 (standard), Serial RapidI/O, 10Gb Ethernet, Xilinx Aurora. • 60 SelectI/O or 30 LVDS pairs plus 2 global clock pairs direct to FPGA via rear P4 port. • 34 SelectI/O or 17 LVDS pairs plus 2 global clock pairs direct to FPGA via rear P16 port. Acromag Wixom, MI. (248) 295-0310

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Rugged XMC Simultaneously Delivers Video Streams in Separate Formats

XMC Serves Up UltraScale FPGA and 8 Gbytes DRAM

FMC Serves Up 10-bit, 2.5 Gsample/s Analog-to-Digital Conversion

Aitech's M596 6-Head Multiple Output Graphics XMC provides a highperformance, highly versatile embedded video and graphics solution for harsh environment applications. Designed around the AMD E8860 Six Head GPU, the M596 can simultaneously drive several independent video streams in a wide variety of output formats. It integrates multiple supporting hardware engines such as graphics language accelerators, parallel processing engines, video and audio decompression units, and more.

Alpha Data’s ADM-XRC-KU1 is a high performance reconfigurable XMC (compliant to VITA Standard 42.0 and 42.3) based on the Xilinx UltraScale range of platform FPGAs. It features 8 Gbytes of DDR4 memory in four independent banks. Enhanced system monitoring enables the board to be managed by PCI Express or via USB.

The 2.5 GSps 10-Bit ADC FMC from Annapolis Micro Systems provides high fidelity and high speed analog-to-digital conversion along with a rugged design. The 2.5 GSps 10-Bit ADC FMC is shipped with a custom heatsink which enables proper cooling of the ADC. An on-board temperature monitor is also supplied which allows for real-time monitoring of the ADC’s internal die temperature.

• PCI Express Gen2 x4 host interface. • Xilinx Kintex UltraScale (KU060, KU115} (A1517).

• Single Width XMC with PCIe x8 Gen 2.0 Host Interface.

• 8 Gbytes of SDRAM in 4 independent banks.

• AMD Radeon E8860 GPU; 6 Independent Graphics Heads; 2 Gbytes of GDDR5.

•2x QSPI serial NOR flash; Configuration flash provides an initialization design for automatic loading into the target FPGA.

• Digital Inputs: 2x, SD-SDI, HD-SDI; Analog Inputs: 7x, Composite (RS-170A, NTSC, PAL), 1x, STANAG 3350 or Qty 3 S-Video. • Digital Outputs: 2x, DVI or 1x HDMI + DVI; Analog Outputs: 2x, Composite, 1x S-Video, STANAG 3350 (B, C), 1x RGBHV. • Supports DirectX 11.1, Shader 5.0, OpenGL 4.2 and OpenCL 1.1. Aitech Defense Systems Chatsworth, CA (888) 248-3248

• Drivers for Microsoft Windows, Linux and VxWorks.  • SDK provides the example C and HDL source code, giving software engineers and FPGA designers a head start in creating applications. Alpha Data Denver, CO (303) 954-8768

• 2.5 GHz Max Input Sample Rate. • 10-Bit A/D conversion with e2v EV10AS150A or EV10AS150B Analog-toDigital converter. • Trigger Input options range from 2.5V LVPECL to 3.3V LVCMOS. •Internal Clock options: 1.8 GHz, 2.5 GHz and custom. • External clock can be driven from a single ended 50 ohm signal source. • Optional 10MHz Internal, Backplane and Front Panel Reference Sources. • Motherboard with FMC(s) installed occupies a single AMC slot. Annapolis Micro Systems Annapolis, MD (410) 841-2514

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DATA SHEET | XMC and FMC Board Roundup

Conduction-cooled 10 Gbit Ethernet XMC Supports Rear I/O Connectivity

QorIQ P3041-based SBC XMC is Safety-Certifiable

PrXMC Board Sports Atom Bay Trail CPU and Optional Cisco Routing

Concurrent Technologies’ XM530/x22 provides two 10 Gbit Ethernet ports. This module supports rear I/O connectivity making it suitable for deployment in harsh environments where boards are typically mounted inside a rugged enclosure with all external connectivity through suitable grade connectors. The conduction cooled version has been tested to survive harsh levels of shock and vibration.

Creative Electronic Systems’ MFCC-8557 is a safety-certifiable, rugged, SBC XMC mezzanine module engineered for the most stringent mission-critical and safety-critical defense applications. The card has been engineered for DAL safety certification, systematically applying DO-178C/DO-254 design guidelines. It can be delivered with all documentation, certification evidences and supporting artifacts required to prove compliance.

The XMC-120 from Curtiss-Wright Defense Solutions is a low-power quad-core Intel Atom (“Bay Trail”) E3845-based XMC Processor Mezzanine SBC. With a typical power consumption of only 15 W, the XMC120 is also available pre-integrated with the Cisco Systems 5921 Embedded Services Router (ESR) Software, enabling system designers to deploy a single-slot solution that combines both Cisco network routing and Intel multi-core processing.

• Design Assurance Level C (DO-178C/ DO-254).

• Intel “Bay Trail” Atom processor XMC.

• 2 x 10 Gigabit Ethernet interfaces supporting 10GBASE-T/1000BASET/100BASE-Tx. • Link and speed indicators for each interface.

• Extended range conduction-cooled.

• Quad-core E3845 processor at 1.91 GHz.

•Freescale QorIQ P3041 processor.

• Up to 8 Gbytes of DDR3L with ECC at 1,333 MT/s.

• Low power: 15W typical.

• Up to 32 Gbytes of SATA NAND flash.

• XMC format single size CMC with up to x8 PCI Express interface.

• Four PCIe Gen2 interfaces on XMC (Full Mesh Support).

• Air-cooled version (N-Series) operates from 0 to 55 degrees C; Rugged conduction-cooled versions (RCSeries) operates -40 to +85 degrees C, conformally coated.

• One FETH interface on XMC (DAL-C).

• Quad Gigabit Ethernet ports, serial RS232/422, USB, SATA, and DIO interfaces; Dual display with DVI/DP and VGA outputs.

• Pn6 rear I/O with option for VITA 46.9 X8d or X12d signal mapping.

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• Maintenance / Mission mode with specific hardware logic. • Safety optimized board management controller. Creative Electronic Systems Geneva, Switzerland. +41 (0)22 884 51 00.

• Low power (15W typ, 20W max). • Available pre-loaded with Cisco IOS. Embedded Services Router (ESR) software. Curtiss-Wright Defense Solutions Ashburn, VA (703) 779-7800

DATA SHEET | XMC and FMC Board Roundup

XMC/PMCs Boast High Channel Count, Multi-Protocol Data Bus Networking

XMC Blends Virtex-7 FPGA and 14-bit 2,500 Msample/s DAC

SBC Blends Zynq Z7045 SoC with FMC I/O Expansion

Data Device Corp.’s BU-67118 XMC/ PMC cards offer Multi-Protocol Data Bus Networking XMC and PMC cards capable of supporting all avionic I/O requirements. The cards’ high channel mix enables this single, compact solution to replace several individual I/O cards providing significant size, weight, power and cost (SWaP-C) savings. Unique features include onboard DMA and 4 kbyte address space boundaries for critical real-time applications.

The XPedite2400 XMC module from Extreme Engineering Solutions uses the Xilinx Virtex-7 Family of FPGAs to merge high throughput, configurable I/O, and DSP-level processing with exceptional thermal efficiency. The combination of high-end signal processing and high-speed Analog-to-Digital or Digital-to-Analog conversion makes the XPedite2400 an optimal solution for demanding RF signal acquisition, SDR, and DSP requirements.

The Cardsharp from Innovative Integration is a user-customizable, turnkey embedded SBC that provides two A9 CPU cores directly-coupled with FPGA fabric. Uniquely customizeable due to its XMC footprint and FMC I/O expansion site, Cardsharp is ideal for applications such as distributed data acquisition. It is L3ruggedized, booting from eMMC flash in a compact, 150 x 75mm footprint that is ready for operation in harsh environments.

• Up to 4 Dual Redundant MIL-STD-1553 Channels.

• Xilinx Virtex-7 FPGA XC7VX690T.

• Zynq Z7045 SoC with FMC IO module.

• Conduction- or air-cooled XMC module.

• Dual, floating-point ARM A9 CPU.

• 14-bit 2500 Msample/s AD9739 DAC.

• Rugged, XMC form factor: 149 x 74 mm.

• Up to 2 Programmable Tx/Rx ARINC 717 Channels.

• Up to 2 Gbytes of DDR3 SDRAM in two channels.

• Self-bootable, stand-alone operation; Able to operate diskless and headless.

• Up to 2 ARINC 825 (CANbus 2.0) Channels.

• Front panel I/O.

• Configurable IO uses standard HPC FMC IO module. Add anything from RF receivers to industrial control modules.

• Up to 20 Programmable Tx/Rx ARINC 429 Channels.

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• 22 FPGA differential/LVDS user I/O. • Non-volatile FPGA configuration flash. • 128 Mbytes of user NOR flash. • Linux support. Extreme Engineering Solutions Middleton, WI (608) 833-1155

• IO site (VITA 57) deliver up to 6 Gbytes/s to PL memory, 2 Gbytes/s to PS memory. • USB2.0, 1 Gbit Ethernet, eMMC, SPI, RS232 ports. Innovative Integration Simi Valley, CA (805) 578-4260

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DATA SHEET | XMC and FMC Board Roundup

XMC I/O Module Features In-Mission Dynamic FPGA Reconfiguration

XMC Module Provides Dual Channel Adaptive IF Relay

Conduction-cooled H.264 XMC Video Encoder Card Runs on 7W

Mercury Systems’ Ensemble IOM-300 series are rugged, programmable I/O XMC modules and the industry’s first fiber-optic modules which are supported by two FPGA devices. The primary Altera industrialgrade Stratix-V FPGA is a formidable, customizable processing resource for low-latency signal processing and is supported by a second configuration-FPGA that enables in-mission, real-time image refreshes.

Pentek’s Model 71624 is a dual channel, 34 signal, adaptive IF (Intermediate Frequency) relay XMC with a Virtex-6 FPGA. As an IF relay, it accepts two IF analog input channels, modifies up to 34 signals, and then delivers them to two analog IF outputs. Any signal within each IF band can be independently enabled or disabled, and changed in both frequency and amplitude as it passes through the module. Targeted applications include signal monitoring, signal jamming, channel security, countermeasures, beamforming and radar applications.

The VC100xX H.264 from Tech Source is a high quality video capture and compression card. This rugged and fully conduction-cooled card simplifies the video compression task in challenging surveillance/C4ISR applications using the VPX Platform. Featuring an H.264 video encoder with baseline, main and high profile support up to Level 4.1, the board supports up to 4 composite video inputs (NTSC/PAL/SECAM) or up to 2 SDI inputs (HD-SDI/SD-SDI).

• Main FPGA processor: Altera Stratix V 5SGXA5 or 5SGXA7. • Configuration FPGA: (PCIe Gen 2.1 interface).

• Modifies 34 IF signals between input and output.

• 5 Gbytes DDR3 SDRAM; 128 Mbytes of flash memory.

• Up to 80 MHz IF bandwidth.

• Gen 2 x8 or Gen 3 x8 PCI Express ports to host processor. • Up to 12 pairs of fiber optic links at 10 Gbits/s each, full-duplex 850 nm multimode fiber (~range 150m). • XMC P16 ports: 8 SERDES at up to 10 Gbit/s; 12+19 LVDS pairs (various speeds, 19 LVDS pairs separable to single ended). Mercury Systems Chelmsford, MA. (866) 627-6951.

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• Two 200 MHz 16-bit A/Ds; Two 800 MHz 16-bit D/As. • 34 DDCs and 34 DUCs (digital downconverters and digital upconverters). • Signal drop/add/replace; Frequency shifting and hopping; Amplitude boost and attenutation. • PCI Express Gen 1: x4 or x8. Pentek Upper Saddle River, NJ (201) 818-5900

• H.264/AVC baseline, main or high profile up to L4.1 or MJPEG. • Low power (less than 10W). • 2 Channels up to 1080p30 or 4 Channels of TV (Composite). • 2 stereo audio inputs. • Video streaming over TCP/IP (host machine or dedicated); Video recording (on host machine); Raw video capture (VC102x). • Front or rear I/O. • Convection or conduction cooled. Tech Source Altamonte Springs, FL. (407) 262-7100

DATA SHEET | XMC and FMC Board Roundup

Advanced 32-channel RS485/422 XMC Offers Rich Features

XMC Module Family Delivers User-Programmable FPGAs

Quad 10GbE Port FMC Features Signal Conditioning

Technobox’s 7757 is an advanced FPGAbased module for configurable digital I/O that offers in the XMC form factor many of the features and functions of the longrunning Technboox P/Ns 2674 and 4289. The standard assembly is built around an Altera Cyclone FPGA and features a total of 32 general-purpose RS422/RS485 driven digital I/Os wired to both the front panel and rear PN4 connector.

TEWS Technologies has two XMC compatible modules providing a user programmable FPGA Xilinx XC6SLX45T-2 or Xilinx XC6SLX100T-2 Spartan6 FPGA.. The TXMC633 and TXMC635 are designed for industrial, COTS, and transportation applications, where specialized I/O or long-term availability is required. They provide a number of advantages including a customizable interface for unique customer applications and a FPGA-based design for long-term product lifecycle management.

The FMC109 from Vadatech is an FMC per VITA 57 specification. The FMC109 has quad SFP/SFP+ cages which allows for Quad GbE/10GbE to be routed to appropriate FMC pins. The FMC109 has quad re-driver on board to allow long copper cables for the SFP+ vs. fiber to reduce total system cost.

• FPGA-based, 32-channel generalpurpose Digital I/O XMC (VITA 42 or VITA 61). • Altera Cyclone V architecture (5CGXFC4C6 standard population). • Front I/O via 68-pin SCSI; Rear I/O via PN4 connector. • External SRAM (256k x 32b). • GEN-1 PCI Express, 2 lanes (2.5 Gb/s each); CvP mode limits operation to 1 lane. • Programmable from host via PCIe, on-board flash, or direct via Altera USB Blaster. • User defined LEDs; User accessible temperature sensor; Silicon delay lines. Technobox West Berlin, NJ (856) 809-2306

• Xilinx XC6SLX45T-2 or Xilinx XC6SLX100T-2 Spartan6 FPGA. • TXMC633: 64 ESD-protected TTL lines or 32 differential I/O with EIA 422 / EIA 485 compatible, ESD-protected line transceivers. • …or 32 TTL I/O and 16 differential I/O with Multipoint-LVDS Transceiver. • TXMC635: 48 TTL I/O, 8 channels single-ended 16 bit analog output with up to ±10.8V output voltage range, and 32 single ended or 16 differential 16 bit analog inputs with full-scale input voltage range of up to ±24.576V. TEWS Technologies Reno, NV. (775) 850-5380

•FPGA Mezzanine Card (FMC) per VITA-57. • Single FMC slot module; Four port Gbit Ethernet, 10 Gbit Ethernet. • Quad SPF/SPF+ cages for quad ports. • Re-driver on all four ports for a better signal quality. • Operating temperature -5 to 55 degrees C. • Storage temperature -40 to 85 degrees C. • Compliant to PICMG 3.0 Rev 3.0, RoHS 2 and NEBS Level 3. VadaTech Henderson, NV. (702) 896-3337

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Ruggedized Hyper-Converged Infrastructure Platform is All-Flash Based Themis Computer has announced Hyper-Unity, the first rugged all-flash hyper-converged, scalable infrastructure, featuring Atlantis USX. HyperUnity seamlessly integrates four ruggedized, eight-drive, RES-XR5-1U rack mounted servers, with a high-speed, 12-port Mellanox Infiniband switch, and Atlantis USX, the award-winning, patented Software-defined Storage (SDS) solution. According to Themis, Hyper-Unity is the first turn-key, Mil Spec, SWAP-optimized, hyper-converged infrastructure platform, to deliver all-flash performance for virtualized applications, at less than half the cost of traditional storage or other hyper-converged platforms. Hyper-Unity delivers the performance of an all-flash array in a four-server cluster, enabling IT organizations to meet the performance requirements of any workload. Atlantis USX software performs in-memory, in-line deduplication and compression, before data is written to storage, leading to extremely low latencies, higher IOPS and lower storage and network traffic. Hyper-Unity lowers costs, using Atlantis Computing’s patented data reduction and IO acceleration technology to reduce the amount of physical RAM and local flash required per Terabytes of effective storage capacity. Instead of integrating costly and complex SAN, NAS or all-flash array storage with servers, Hyper-Unity delivers an all-flash hyperconverged platform, comprising pre-integrated nodes, each with its own compute, enterprise-class SSD storage, Atlantis USX SDS, high-performance networking and virtualization. Organizations can quickly deploy a turnkey solution cluster that provides from 96 up to several hundred CPU cores, from 1 to 8 Terabytes of RAM and 6 Terabytes of all-flash storage to support several hundreds of server VMs w/12 to 100s of Terabytes of effective storage capacity. Themis Computer Fremont, CA (510) 252-0870

XMC Provides Dual Channel SFP+ 10 Gigabit Interface TEWS has introduced a range of XMC networking products. The TXMC888 provides a two channel 10 Gbit Ethernet Enhanced Small Form Factor Pluggable (SFP+) interface. The XMC-Connector P15 provides access to the Intel 82599ES dual port 10GbE controller via an x8 PCIe link. The TXMC888's SFP+ Cages accept various SFP and SFP+ transceiver modules which are available directly from the respective manufacturers. These two SFP+ hosts are connected to the Ethernet controller's SFI interfaces. The controller is equipped with a 1 Mbit serial flash memory for Boot ROM and a 128 Kbit EEPROM storing configuration data. LEDs in the front panel indicate the different network activities. The TXMC888-10R provides two 10GbE interfaces via front panel SFP+ connectors. TEWS Technologies Reno, NV (775) 850-5380

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1,600 W Converters and Battery Chargers Meet Severe Environmental Requirements Schaefer has introduced the C/B 4500 Series of 6U DC/DC and AC/ DC converter modules and battery chargers that delivers up to 1,600W of output power. The highly efficient C4500 Series offers three output powers of up to 900W, 1200W and 1600W along with nine standard dc input voltage ranges: 10-16V, 20-32V, 40-64V, 50-80V, 80-160V, 160-320V, 320-640V and 450-800V. AC input options are 1-Phase 115VAC or 230VAC, as well as 3-Phase inputs of 3 x 200VAC, 3 x 400VAC, or 3 x 480VAC. Battery charging models are also available. Units feature single outputs in 10 standard ranges from 12-400VDC. All outputs are adjustable and tightly regulated to 0.2 percent or better (load) and 0.1 percent (line). Custom input and output ranges are readily available. Schaefer Hopkinton, MA (508) 436-6400


Compact Flight Test Data Acquisition Unit (DAU) Provides Reliable, Flexible Solution

NanoSWITCH Curtiss-Wright has announced that its Defense Solutions division has introduced its next-generation compact Axon Data Acquisition Unit (DAU) for Flight Test applications. Axon combines unprecedented flexibility and scalability with outstanding reliability for demanding flight test applications. Designed to deliver maximum reliability, Axon’s hardware-based acquisition engines eliminate data loss, support deterministic operation, and ensure immediate recovery in the case of power brownout. Axon’s high-speed serial backplane (1 Gbps dedicated link per module) enables off-the-shelf data acquisition modules to be placed in ultra-miniature Axonite housings and located remotely, separated from the chassis by up to 20 meters. Locating data acquisition closer to the sensors can significantly decrease the installation time and cost of the instrumentation while simultaneously reducing wiring weight. Using Axonite housings (less than 8 cubic inches in volume), flight test engineers can place their data acquisition hardware in any location on the flight test article. Further flexibility is provided by Axon’s dual Gigabit Ethernet outputs, which simplify the addition of Ethernet nodes or allow multiple DAU chassis to be daisy chained. An on-board processor speeds configuration, pre-flight checks, and in-service firmware upgrading. Axon’s solid chassis design provides environmental ruggedness and supports rapid configuration changes. The DAU’s high-speed serial backplane ensures that the chassis’ throughput can scale with future increases in data source bandwidth, protecting the customer’s investment in the current generation of acquisition modules. Curtiss-Wright Defense Solutions, Ashburn, VA. (703) 779-7800.

Rugged Sixteen Port Gigabit Ethernet Switch with Embedded X86 PC

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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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DC- 26 GHz SPDT MMIC Switch Offers Low Insertion Loss and High Isolation

1,000 W Full Brick DC/DC Converter Has Paralleling Capability

Custom MMIC has added a new SPDT switch to their rapidly growing standard product portfolio —the CMD230. Its 1.4 dB insertion loss is the company’s lowest yet for an SPDT. The CMD230 is a general-purpose, broadband, high-isolation reflective MMIC SPDT switch in die form. Covering DC to 26 GHz, it features low insertion loss of 1.4 dB, Input IP3 of 37dBm and high isolation of 40 dB at 13 GHz. The CMD230 operates using complementary control voltage logic lines of 0/-5 V and requires no bias supply. The CMD230 switch is pin-compatible with the now obsolete CSW0118 from Celeritek. Applications for the CMD230 include microwave radio, test instrumentation, and military radar/EW.

Calex has announced the introduction of the FXP series of DC/DC Converters. The FXP series features an ultra wide 9 to 36 VDC input range and up to three full bricks can be set up in parallel with no external circuitry required for output power of up to 2.8 kW. Current sharing among the converters is achieved using the droop method therefore no current share pin is required. The output voltages of the FXP are 24 and 28 VDC. Input to output isolation is 2,250 VDC. The efficiency of the FXP runs as high as 96.5 percent. High power density is accomplished through the use of high efficiency synchronous rectification technology, advanced electronic circuit, packaging and thermal design.

Custom MMIC Westford, MA (978) 467-4290

Calex Concord, CA (925) 687-4411

PC/104 SBC Servers up Latest 1 GHz Vortex86DX3 System-on-Chip ADLINK Technology has introduced a new PC/104 form factor SBC featuring the Vortex86DX3 System-on-Chip (SoC), running at 1.0 GHz and supporting 2 Gbytes soldered DDR3L. The new ADLINK CM1-86DX3 delivers ruggedness by design and longevity by extended lifecycles. The ADLINK CM186DX3 offers full ISA bus support according to the PC/104 2.6 specifications to extend the lifecycle of applications using ISA bus. To be able to connect to today’s high-speed data interfaces, the CM1-86DX3 features one SATA port and one CFast socket. It offers further connectivity via one Gigabit Ethernet and one Fast Ethernet port. The CM1-86DX3 also features two USB 2.0 ports, eight GPIOs, two RS-232/422/485 serial ports and two RS232 serial ports. In addition, the CM1-86DX3 is designed to withstand 50G shock and 12G vibration per MIL-STD-202F, and also supports an extended temperature range. With built-in SEMA (Smart Embedded Management Agent) Cloud platform functionality, the ADLINK CM1-86DX3 is ready-made for IoT applications. SEMA Cloud’s remote monitoring, management, and control capabilities enable users to connect legacy devices and other IoT systems to the cloud, extract raw data from these devices, and determine which data to save locally and which to send to the cloud for further analysis. ADLINK Technology San Jose, CA (408) 360-0200


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ATX Motherboard Sports 6th Gen Intel Core Processors American Portwell Technology has announced the Portwell RUBY-D718VG2AR which adopts the ATX form factor and is based on Intel Q170 chipset and Skylake desktop processor SKU like Intel 6th Gen Core i3, i5 and i7 processors. The processors support two-channel DDR4 DIMMs and PCI Express (PCIe) 3.0 to provide fast memory and I/O performance. The board offers advanced features, including SATA storage specification with up to 6 Gbits/s, six SATA III interface connectors to support RAID 0/1/5 and 10 modes, the latest PCIe 3.0 (one PCI Express x16 slot) to enhance speed and bandwidth, as well as two PCIe 3.0 x4 slots and four PCI slots. The card has 14 USB ports (six USB 3.0 ports and eight USB 2.0 ports); up to 64 Mbytes of DDR4 SDRAM. American Portwell Fremont, CA (510) 403-3399


4U Rackmount Data Recorder Boasts 61 Terabytes of Storage

Pentek has introduced a new addition to the Talon Series of recorders, the Model RTR 2750 rugged rackmount recorder. This new recorder, optimized for rugged operating environments increases the performance of the Talon Rackmount Series with twice the number of channels, over 50 percent more storage capacity, 25 percent faster sampling rates and nearly twice the sustained aggregate recording rate. The RTR 2750 is a turnkey recording system in a single 4U rackmount chassis. It provides phase-coherent, synchronous recording of sixteen independent input channels at a sustained aggregate data rate up to 8 Gbytes/s. Transient signals and radar pulses can be precisely captured through external gating and triggering inputs. Each input channel includes a 250 MHz 16-bit A/D and an FPGA-based digital downconverter with independent tuning and programmable decimation from 2 to 65536 to capture RF signal bandwidths ranging from 3 kHz to 100 MHz. The RTR 2750 offers a storage capacity up to 61 Terabytes, utilizing up to 32 hot-swappable solid-state drives (SSDs) that can be easily removed or exchanged during a mission to retrieve recorded data extends. The Talon RTR 2750 Rugged Series recorder starts at $85,000. Optional GPS time and position stamping, IRIG-B time stamping, and DCcoupled inputs are available. Pentek Upper Saddle River, NJ (201) 818-5900



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SD and Micro SD Cards with SLC Flash Feature Intelligent Firmware Swissbit has released the new S-450 and S-450µ series SD and Micro SD memory cards that combine SLC flash components with a powerful system architecture and intelligent firmware. The new memory cards are available at distributor Rutronik. The S-450/S450µ cards comply with UHS-I bus mode, speed class 10 and offer a sequential data rate up to 90 Mbytes/s for reads and 75 Mbytes/s for writes. Swissbit’s intelligent algorithms enable the memory cards to deliver up to one hundred times longer data retention than conventional SD memory cards. They are optimized for the most challenging SD applications where a high percentage of write operations occur and where data retention at maximum programerase (PE) cycles is required. Equipped with intelligent read disturb management (RDM) alongside an autonomous, performance-neutral background “auto refresh” process, the memory cards provide data reliability beyond the already high levels achieved by SLC. Thanks to a combination of fast flash devices and powerful controller, these complex management tasks can be achieved efficiently. S-450 and S450µ memory cards prevent read disturb bit errors even in intensive read applications. Users benefit from the shortest possible downtimes due to an extended operating life in the field and long data reliability. The SD/ micro SD cards operate in commercial and in industrial temperature ranges as well as in especially rough environmental conditions. Swissbit NA Port Chester, NY (914) 935-1400


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Wide Input Range 250W DC/DC Converters Offer 3.3V to 24V Output

TDK has announced the 250W rated TDK-Lambda i6A series of non-isolated DC-DC converters. Capable of operating from an input voltage of 9V to 40V, the step-down converter delivers an output voltage that can be adjustable from 3.3V to 24V and output currents of up to 14A. The series is designed to be used in a wide range of applications including medical, communications, industrial and test and measurement equipment. In a 1/16th brick form factor, measuring 33 x 22.9 x 12.7mm, the converters can be used in conjunction with a single output 12V or 24V AC-DC power supply to generate additional regulated high current outputs, with or without battery back-up. With efficiencies of up to 98 percent, power losses are minimized allowing the products to operate in harsh ambient temperatures of -40 to +125 degrees C even with low airflow requirements. The need for external output capacitance is reduced due to an optimized dynamic voltage response, thus reducing board space requirements. The basic feature models include an output voltage adjustment pin, positive or negative logic remote on-off, remote sense, input under-voltage, over-current and thermal protection. Full feature models are equipped with a power good signal, output voltage sequencing and the ability to synchronize the operating frequency to minimize system noise. All models are certified to UL/CSA 60950-1, IEC/EN 60950-1 and carry the CE mark for the Low Voltage and RoHS2 Directives. TDK-Lambda Americas San Diego, CA (619) 628 2885

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Digital Signal Boosters Increase Coverage Mobile Comms Systems

Bird Technologies has introduced the 614 Series digital signal boosters that are designed to increase the signal strength of land-mobile/public safety communications systems operating at either 450 to 470 MHz or 470 MHz to 488 MHz. The highly configurable system combines the benefits of programmable digital RF filters, the ability to view changes to filter characteristics while viewing their effects in real-time, browser-based configuration and management, and many other features. The rugged 614 Series signal boosters are housed in NEMA 4 type enclosures, making them an excellent choice for use in stadiums, airports, office buildings, hospitals, tunnels, and any place lacking adequate signal coverage. The 614 Series also provides up to 28 programmable RF filters each for the uplink and downlink paths and allows the user to configure their center frequency, bandwidths from 6.25 kHz to 1.5 MHz, and other characteristics in real-time. Custom filter shapes can also be created to meet specific application requirements. The 614 Series has an RF output of +32 dBm in high power mode and +22 dBm in low-power mode with a maximum RF input power up to -20 dBm and gain of up to 95 dB. Bird Technologies Solon, OH (440) 248-1200

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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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CE-Marked AC Power Sources Deliver Power Range From 3,000 to 9,000 VA

8W DC/DC Converter Features Ultra Wide Input Voltage Range

Behlman Electronics has announced that its new CE Marked BLC Series AC Power Sources provide either single- or three-phase output in a range of power from 3,000 VA to 9,000 VA. The devices feature low cost per VA; rugged construction; clean sine wave output with excellent line and load regulation; high efficiency and low harmonic distortion. A multi-pulse input transformer ensures low-input harmonic distortion and high power factor. Unique protection circuitry provides over-temperature and short-circuit protection, plus voltage fold-back that maintains undistorted waveforms during overloads. Voltage and frequency adjustment, line drop compensation, phase angle adjustment, external sync and output on/off with remote power connection, and CE Mark are standard.

Gaia Converter has extended its ultra wide input voltage range DC/ DC Converters platform to the new High Rel MGDD-08 series, targeting military and airborne applications. Uniquely wide, the MGDD-08 Series 9-60V and 80V transient input voltage range is ideal to comply with MIL-STD-1275, 704 or DO160 standards without additional front end protection device. The device offers an efficiency over 90 percent and has 2 outputs ( for parallel, serial or symmetrical operation) of 3.3V, 5V, 12V, 15V and 24V. Packaged in a low profile housing, the MGDD-08 Series have a wide temperature range of -55 to +105 degrees C and are fully encapsulated.

Behlman Electronics Hauppauge, NY (631) 435-0410

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Test Socket Supports Extreme Temperatures with Superior Electrical Performance Ironwood Electronics has introduced a new Flex socket with zero insertion force addressing high performance requirements for testing Flex devices: the SBT-FLEX-7000. The contactor is a stamped spring pin with 31 gram actuation force per ball and cycle life of 125,000 insertions. The self inductance of the contactor is 0.88 nH, insertion loss less than 1 dB at 15.7 GHz and capacitance 0.097pF. The current capacity of each contactor is 4 amps at 30 degrees C temperature rise. Socket temperature range is -55C to +180 degrees C. The specific configuration of the package to be tested in the SBT-FLEX-7000 is a FLEX, 0.5mm pitch, 18 position linear array. Pricing for the SBTFLEX-7000 is $428 at quantity 1. Ironwood Electronics Eagan, MN (952) 229-8200 40

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3U CompactPCI SBC Serves Up 5th Gen Core i7 and Rich I/O Kontron has announced its latest addition to the CompactPCI CPU board family, the CP3004-SA. The CP3004-SA is a 3U blade based on the 5th Gen Intel Core i7 processor and the 4th Gen Intel Core i5 and i3 processors. The dual core versions provide for low heat dissipation. These cores alone provide increased performance-per-watt, enhanced and accelerated floating point calculation and high-end graphics. Feature highlights of the CP3004-SA include USB3.0, SATA6Gb/s, 3xGbE, PCIe, and security/trusted platform module (TPM option). Additionally, the Kontron CP3004 has a variety of optional extensions including Smart Extension (USB, SATA), SATA Great things do come NAND Flash Module, CFast, 8/12HP for 1 or 2 HDD, and 8HP extension for XMC. in small packages. Kontron Poway, CA (888) 294-4558



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The ARCX rugged mission computer offers great flexibility to meet ever-changing requirements with unique expansion features. This true COTS solution uses the Acromag COM Express Type 6 product platform. The ARCX is perfect as a portable data acquisition system in an aircraft by adding a 1553 interface board to a dual unit. Add a graphics card for high-speed video transfer. For multi-sensor monitoring on mobile applications simply add a CAN bus interface card.

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System Development: OpenVPX Strategies at the Card and System Level

The OpenVPX spec provides implementation details for VPX payload and switch modules, backplane topologies and chassis products. And most importantly, it provides specific profiles on all the key aspects of OpenVPX so that users and product vendors now have clear language defining which OpenVPX are compatible with one another. Over the past couple years, the number of new OpenVPX board and box-level solutions continues to ramp. This section updates readers on the progress of those implementations.

Data Sheet: Rugged Ethernet Switch Boards Roundup

Ethernet is becoming entrenched as favorite interconnect fabric in compute-intensive applications like sonar, radar or any application that networks sensor arrays together. This section updates readers on the product and technology trends driving board-level Ethernet switch products, and will include a product album of representative Ethernet switch board products in form factors such as VPX, VME, cPCI, MicroTCA and more.



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Technology Focus

XMC and FMC Boards XMCs and FMCs Bridge Legacy and New Design Need..................... 32 Jeff Child XMC and FMC Boards Roundup............................................................ 34

The Science of Technique........................................................................... 6 Top Ten Most Compute-Intensive Defense Programs The Top Ten Most Compute-Hungry Military Programs.................... 10 Jeff Child

Tech Recon

Signal Chain: Signal Capture for Radar and SIGINT Ensuring High SIGINT Signal Fidelity Requires a Coherent Approach................................................................ 20 Marc Couture, Curtiss-Wright Defense Solutions

System Development

Board and Box-Level Integration Strategies Many Approaches Vie for Board and Box Integration Success........... 24 Vincent Chuffart & RJ McLaren, Kontron

Data Sheet

Ethernet Switch Boards Ethernet Switch Boards Meet HPEC Needs and More......................... 28 Jeff Child Ethernet Switch Boards Roundup............................................................ 30


COTS Journal | December 2015


March 2015 Data Sheet: FPGA Processing Board Roundup

Data Sheet: CompactPCI & CompactPCI Serial Boards Roundup


The Journal of Military Electronics & Computing

Military Video Capture Solutions Meet Hi Def Needs


Power Supplies and Converters Take a Systems’ Focus

Navy Towed Sonar Array Design Taps MicroTCA

An RTC Group Publication

February 2015 Volume 17 Number 2

Power Supplies and Focus on System Requirements

The Journal of Military Electronics & Computing

Tech Upgrade Programs Leverage VME and CompactPCI

FPGAs and ADCs Fuel Digital Conversion Advances 16th Annual EOL and Obsolescence Directory

An RTC Group Publication

March 2015 Volume 17 Number 3

VME and CompactPCI Shine On as Tech Upgrade Heroes



Special Feature

Special Feature

Tech Recon

Various Strategies Mitigate VME Interface Obsolescence................... 14 Nigel Forrester, Concurrent Technologies

Biased Toward Technology......................................................................... 6 Power Converters and Power Supplies Meet System Needs Power Supplies and Focus on System Requirements............................ 10 Jeff Child Video Capture Payload System Strategies Many Technology Choices Available for Military Video Capture............................................................................. 16 Jeff Child

System Development

Rackmount Blade Servers in Naval Systems MicroTCA Chosen for Navy Towed Sonar Array................................. 22 Justin Moll, Vadatech

Data Sheet

CompactPCI and CompactPCI Serial Boards CompactPCI Technologies Suit Both Legacy and New Designs........................................................................................ 26 Jeff Child CompactPCI and CompactPCI Serial Board Roundup....................... 28

Headway on Reforms................................................................................... 6 Tech Upgrades with VME, CompactPCI and More VME and CompactPCI Shine On as Tech Upgrade Heroes................ 10 Jeff Child

Tech Recon

Signal Chain: Digital Conversion with FPGAs and ADCs FPGA and ADC Technologies Bulk up for Digital Conversion Duties........................................................................ 18 Jeff Child

System Development

Annual EOL and Component Obsolescence Directory Many Resources Available for Combating Component Obsolescence......................................................................... 22 Jeff Child

Technology Focus FPGA Processing Boards Roundup

 PGA Processing Boards Push New F Performance Barriers................................................................................. 28 Jeff Child FPGA Processing Boards Roundup......................................................... 30

December 2015 | COTS Journal



May 2015

Data Sheet: VME SBCs for Tech Refresh Roundup


Data Sheet: Small Non-standard Boards Roundup

The Journal of Military Electronics & Computing


Rugged Box Systems Meet UAV Design Demands Shipboard Tracking Solution Uses VPX Technology DoD Budget Report: Major Programs Update

An RTC Group Publication

April 2015 Volume 17 Number 4

Integrated Box-Level Systems Slim Down for UAV Duties

The Journal of Military Electronics & Computing

Vehicle C4ISR Systems Focus on Network Technology

An RTC Group Publication

Signal Processing Designs Weigh FPGA vs. GPGPU Choices PCI Express and Ethernet Meet Growing Bandwidth Appetites

May 2015 Volume 17 Number 5



Special Feature

Special Feature

Pre-Tested Box Solutions Accelerate UAV Payload Designs............... 14 RJ McLaren

Tech Recon

Spring Forward............................................................................................. 6 Boards and Rugged Boxes in UAV Payloads Integrated Box-Level Systems Slim Down for UAV Duties................. 10 Jeff Child

Tech Recon

Signal Chain: Shipboard Signal Processing VPX Implementation Serves Shipboard Search and Track Needs...... 18 Jeff Child

System Development

DoD Budget Report: Major Weapons Programs Major DoD Programs Budget Makes Technology a Priority.............. 22 Jeff Child

Data Sheet

VME SBCs for Tech Refresh Roundup VME SBCs Keep Pace with Tech Refresh Needs................................... 28 Jeff Child VME SBCs for Tech Refresh Roundup................................................... 30


COTS Journal | December 2015

Networking Dominants Vehicle-Based C4ISR Advances

Head in the Cloud........................................................................................ 6 C4ISR Technologies for Military Vehicles Networking Dominants Vehicle-Based C4ISR Advances..................... 10 Jeff Child Signal Processing: FPGAs vs GPGPUs vs GPPs FPGAs, GPGPUs and GPPs Find Their Signal Chain Roles............... 14 Ian Shearer, Vadatech

System Development

PCI Express and 10 Gbit Ethernet as System Interconnects Airborne C4ISR Connectivity a Function of Platform and Mission................................................................................ 18 Gregory Powers, TE Connectivity

Data Sheet

Small Non-standard Boards Roundup Small Non-Standard Boards Bulk Up on Functionality....................... 24 Jeff Child Small Non-standard Boards Roundup.................................................... 26


July 2015

Data Sheet: PC/104 & PC/104-Family Boards Roundup


Data Sheet: OpenVPX SBCs Roundup

The Journal of Military Electronics & Computing


Smart Interface Solutions Marry 1553 & Ethernet

Intelligent Interface Solutions Link Ethernet to 1553 and More

The Journal of Military Electronics & Computing

HPEC Reworks Data Center Computing for Embedded Duties

HPEC Solutions Bring Data Center Performance to Embedded Systems

VNX Spec a Success for Cockpit Multi-Function Display System

Military Data Recording Pushes SWaP Barriers

MicroTCA Offers a Low SWaP Choice for Defense Designs

An RTC Group Publication

June 2015 Volume 17 Number 6

Layered Approach Wins for Safety-Critical Software An RTC Group Publication

July 2015 Volume 17 Number 7



Special Feature

Special Feature

History Repeats............................................................................................ 6 1553, Ethernet and More for Military I/O Intelligent Interface Solutions Link Ethernet to 1553 and More......... 10 Jeff Child

Detail Devils.................................................................................................. 6 HPEC Systems Meet New Defense Priorities HPEC Reworks Data Center Computing for Embedded Duties........ 10 Jeff Child

Multi-Protocol Avionics Systems Require Modular Solutions............ 14 Greg Tiedemann, Data Device Corp. RJ McLaren, Kontron

Software and APIs are Key to Military HPEC System Development..................................................................... 14 Chad Augustine, Curtiss-Wright Defense Solutions

Tech Recon

Tech Recon

System Development

System Development Safety Critical Choices in Embedded Software

Video Processing Boards and Systems SWaP and Cost Savings Abound Using VNX Approach...................... 18 Andrew Hull, PhD, Elbit Systems of America Wayne McGee, Creative Electronic Systems Military Applications for MIcroTCA MicroTCA Offers Attractive Choice for Many Mil Applications........ 22 Justin Moll, Vadatech

Data Sheet

PC/104 and PC/104 Family Boards PC/104 Board Advances Lower Costs and Boost Functionality.................................................................................... 28 Jeff Child PC/104 and PC/104 Family Boards Roundup....................................... 30

Military Data Recorder Technology Military Data Recording Advances to Accommodate Data Deluge...................................................................... 18 Jeff Child

 ayered Approach Enhances Security For L Safety-Critical Software............................................................................. 20 James Deutch, Lynx Software Technologies

Data Sheet

OpenVPX SBCs OpenVPX Enjoys Busy Phase of Product and Standards Activity...................................................................................... 38 Jeff Child OpenVPX SBC Roundup.......................................................................... 28

December 2015 | COTS Journal



September 2015

Data Sheet: COM Express Boards Roundup


Data Sheet: Rackmount Systems Roundup

The Journal of Military Electronics & Computing


Tech Readiness Demands Fuel Pre-Integrated Systems Trend

Pre-Integrated Systems Take Mission-Oriented Focus

The Journal of Military Electronics & Computing

Naval Modernization Focuses on Variety of Open Architecture Efforts

Navy Modernization Efforts Chart an Open Course AESA Radar Designs Benefit from Modular Solutions Rugged Tablets and Laptops Serve Mil/Aero Needs

Solutions From SSD to RAID Systems Bulk Up for Defense Duties Rad-Hard FPGA Technologies Improve Space-Qualified Designs An RTC Group Publication

August 2015 Volume 17 Number 8

An RTC Group Publication

September 2015 Volume 17 Number 9



Special Feature

Special Feature

Droning On and On.................................................................................... 6 Pre-integrated Systems Fuel Technology Readiness Pre-Integrated Systems Take Mission-Oriented Focus......................... 10 Jeff Child Evolving VITA 46.11 to a Full ANSI/VITA Standard........................... 16 Mark Overgaard, Pigeon Point Systems

Tech Recon

Signal Chain: Rugged Storage: From RAID to SSD Rugged Storage Solutions Advance on All Fronts................................. 20 Jeff Child

System Development

Space-Qualified Electronics and Subsystems FPGAs Advances Improve Radiation Mitigation for Remote-Sensing Satellites................................................................... 22 Minh Nguyen, Microsemi

Data Sheet

COM Express Boards Roundup COM Express Faces a Bright Future in Highly Integrated Systems........................................................................ 28 Jeff Child COM Express Boards Roundup............................................................... 30


COTS Journal | December 2015

Silicon Valley Huzzah!................................................................................. 6 Navy Modernization Programs Leverage Open Standards Naval Modernization Focuses on Variety of Open Architecture Efforts...................................................... 10 Jeff Child

Tech Recon

Signal Chain: Modular Design Strategies for Radar Systems Modular Approach Cuts Costs of AESA Radar Designs...................... 16 Mark Howard, API Technologies

System Development

Rugged Laptops and Tablets as Military User Interfaces Laptops and Tablets Bulk up with Mil/Aero Capabilities..................... 20 Jeff Child

Data Sheet

Rackmount Systems Roundup Rackmount Systems Push Compute Density Barriers.......................... 24 Jeff Child Rackmount Systems Roundup................................................................. 26


November 20155

Data Sheet: High Reliability Power Supply Roundup


Data Sheet: Rugged Box Systems Roundup

The Journal of Military Electronics & Computing


Comms and Networking Solutions Flourish on Land, Sea and Sky

Military Comms and Networking Thrives for Land, Sea and Sky

The Journal of Military Electronics & Computing

Small Form Factor Systems Challenge Slot-Card Approach

Small Form Factor Boxes Disrupt Slot-Card Status Quo

Integrated RF Systems Pose New Design Challenges Water Cooling Approach Gets Most Out of HPEC

Processing/RF Integration Enables Jamming and ECM Systems Optical Solutions Boast Advantages Over Copper

An RTC Group Publication

October 2015 Volume 17 Number 10

An RTC Group Publication

November 2015 Volume 17 Number 11



Special Feature

Special Feature

Fits and Starts............................................................................................... 6 Comms and Networking in Land, Sea and Air Military Comms and Networking Thrives for Land, Sea and Sky...... 10 Jeff Child HPEC and Virtualization Technologies Strength Military Networking.................................................................. 16 Vincent Chuffart, Kontron

Tech Recon

Signal Chain: Design Challenges for RF-based Systems Design Hurdles Abound for Enclosures of Integrated RF Systems............................................................................... 20 Justin Moll, Pixus Technologies

System Development

Cooling Options for Rugged Box Systems Water-Cooled HPEC Approach Enables Battlefield Supercomputing...................................................................... 24 Dan Grey, Dynatem

Data Sheet

High Reliability Power Supplies Roundup High Reliability Power Supplies Boast Rich Features and Options................................................................................. 28 Jeff Child

What’s the Third Offset?............................................................................. 6 Small Form Factor Systems vs. Slot-card Solutions Small Form Factor Systems Challenge Slot-Card Approach................ 10 Jeff Child

Tech Recon

Signal Chain: Radar Jamming and Electronic Countermeasures Jammer and Countermeasure Systems Ride RF and Compute Advances............................................................................. 16 Jeff Child

System Development

Optical Interconnects Gain Momentum Optical Links Provide Many Advantages for Military Systems.......... 20 Rodger Hosking, Pentek

Data Sheet

Rugged Stand-Alone Box Roundup Rugged Box Systems Gain More Functionality and Performance...... 32 Jeff Child Rugged Stand-Alone Box Roundup........................................................ 34

High Reliability Power Supplies Roundup............................................. 30

December 2015 | COTS Journal


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Power capacity of Saft’s Integrated Charger Batteries (ICBs) that were selected by Textron Systems Unmanned Systems to power its next-generation Universal Ground Control Stations (UGCS). The light-weight 28V ICBs are lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries and will provide back-up power to the stations which control unmanned aerial systems (UAS). The batteries will provide emergency back-up power for a flight-critical function of the UGCS, and activated in the event of a power failure, allowing the UGCS to carry out critical UAS control missions. Saft has been providing Textron Systems with ICBs since a contract was first signed in 2010.


Size of the crowd in attendance early this month at the commissioning ceremony for the Littoral Combat Ship USS Jackson (LCS 6). The commissioning was performed by said Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus, who helped name the ship in 2011. Mississippi Senator Thad Cochran’s daughter, Dr. Kate Cochran, was the ship’s sponsor. It’s the first ship to bear the name of Mississippi’s capital city. The name held a special meaning for many of those at the commissioning. Command Senior Chief Ken Ballard and 52 other crewmembers will man missions aboard the Jackson, one of the fastest and most technologically advanced warships in the world.

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Channel spacing for newly adopted European Air Traffic Management requirements in the range of 118 to 137 MHz. The U.S. Air Force has awarded Raytheon Company a $29.6 million contract to install MXF-626K VHF Communications Systems on 178 C-130H Hercules aircraft. The upgrade ensures C-130 radios comply with those newly adopted requirements. The MXF-626K is a VHF tactical communications system that provides high quality, reliable, air-to-air and air-to-ground Line of Sight SINCGARS, Air Traffic Control, and Maritime Band operations in single channel and frequency hopping modes to more than 400 C-130H and C-130J aircraft.


COTS Journal | December 2015



Value of the global military armored vehicle market in 2015 according to the 240-page study Armored Vehicle Market Report 2015-2025 from The report provides a range of forecasts for the period 2015-2025, overall and for five submarkets—main battle tanks; medium armored vehicles; MRAP vehicles; light protected vehicles (LPV) and other armored protected vehicles—at the global level and also these 5 segments are individually forecast within each of the 20 leading national markets plus rest of the world. Each of the national markets also includes detailed tables for a total of 101 armored vehicle programs and 200 armored vehicle contracts.

103 Million


Value of the contract modification the U.S. Navy awarded to General Dynamics Electric Boat to provide research and development and lead-yard services for Virginia-class nuclear-powered attack submarines. Under the contract, Electric Boat will undertake development studies and other work related to Virginia-class submarine design improvements. Additionally, Electric Boat will perform research and development work required to evaluate new technology to be inserted in newly built Virginia-class ships. This modification brings the cumulative value of the contract, initially awarded in 2010, to $1.1 billion.




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