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Military & Aerospace Electronics Newsletter | December 17, 2014

In the spotlight
Electronic flight bags becoming standard in civil aircraft cockpits; military adopts more slowly
Commercial airlines and general-aviation pilots are moving forward on adopting electronic flight bags (EFBs) in efforts to replace stacks of paper documents in the cockpit with handy and easily stored electronic versions on e-readers and tablet computers.
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Low prices at the pump could mean political and military problems abroad
Two things today are worth about half as much as they were last summer -- the price of crude oil and the Russian monetary currency called the rouble. Taken together, these devaluations virtually guarantee a long period of increasing global political and military instability in an already dangerous world.
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Slide show: Hellfire missiles, attack helicopters, and IED-finding robots
Take a moment and enjoy a slide show of this week's photos of the day from Military & Aerospace Electronics.
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In technology
Beyond CMOS: three industry teams aim at next generation of high-performance computing (HPC)
U.S. government researchers have chosen three industry teams to develop a small computer based on superconducting logic and cryogenic memory that is energy-efficient, scalable, and able to solve interesting problems -- particularly those that involve intelligence gathering and analysis.
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DARPA details Transparent Computing cyber security program to industry
U.S. military researchers briefed industry this week on a proposed new cyber security program to enhance the understanding of internal computer functions as a way to detect and counter advanced cyber warfare threats.
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Navy shipboard laser weapon kills boats and UAVs during three-month at-sea tests in Persian Gulf
U.S. Navy researchers have completed three months of at-sea testing of a shipboard high-energy laser weapon that could bring deck-mounted machine gun-like defensive capability to U.S. and allied surface warships at a fraction of the cost.
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In contracts
Boeing to equip Navy's new P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft for high-altitude ASW missions
Surveillance aircraft experts at the Boeing Defense, Space & Security segment in Seattle are upgrading the U.S. Navy's new P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft to enable the long-range reconnaissance aircraft to perform anti-submarine warfare (ASW) missions from high altitudes.
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Navy asks CTG to build sonar transducers for cruiser and destroyer hull-mounted sonar arrays
U.S. Navy anti-submarine warfare (ASW) experts are looking to Channel Technologies Group (CTG) in Santa Barbara, Calif., to provide TR-343 sonar transducer ship sets for the Navy's AN/SQS-53 hull mounted sonar array for surface warships.
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In business
DARPA to brief industry next month on developing obstacle-avoiding algorithms for small, fast drones
U.S. military researchers will brief industry next month on a program to develop algorithms to help small, fast unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) fly autonomously through complex, cluttered environments.
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Northrop Grumman to provide inertial reference system for fifth SBIRS reconnaissance satellite
Satellite designers at Lockheed Martin Corp. needed a space-qualified inertial reference system for the U.S. Air Force Space-Based Infrared System's (SBIRS) fifth Geosynchronous Earth Orbit (GEO) satellite. They found their solution from the Northrop Grumman Corp. Electronic Systems segment in Woodland Hills, Calif.
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In products
Rugged magnetically shielded power inductors for VRM and VRD uses introduced by Coilcraft
Coilcraft Inc. in Cary, Ill., is introducing the XAL15xx family of rugged, magnetically shielded power inductors for voltage regulator module (VRM) and voltage regulator-down (VRD) applications.
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Power electronics rack system for high-power DC applications introduced by Keysight
Keysight Technologies Inc. in Santa Rosa, Calif., is introducing the prewired N8900 series rack system for high-power DC applications.
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6U VPX FPGA boards for radar, beamforming, communications, and SIGINT introduced by Pentek
Pentek Inc. in Upper Saddle River, N.J., is introducing the models 57xxx and 58xxx 6U VPX boards field-programmable gate array (FPGA)-based single-board computers for data acquisition, software-defined radio, and digital signal processing.
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25-Watt DC-DC converter for military, aerospace, and high-reliability introduced by Crane
Crane Aerospace & Electronics in Redmond, Wash., is introducing the Interpoint MFK series 25-Watt DC-DC converter for military, aerospace, and other high-reliability applications.
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The HPEC transformation of embedded computing

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International Military Standards: An Input Power Reference Guide

Characteristics of quality mission displays

Image Processing on the Connected Battlefield

Transforming the Military Embedded Computing Landscape

Smoothing the Transition from Design to Manufacture

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NVIDIA’s Tegra K1: A Game-Changer for Rugged Embedded Computing

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Smart Affordable Condition Based Maintenance Tools, Technology and Services

Putting FPGAs to Work in Software Radio Systems

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Digital signal processing for signals intelligence and electronic warfare

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Engineering the VPX high-speed data path for physical and signal integrity

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