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The Military Embedded Systems publications are the most complete resources for developers and integrators of embedded military systems. The Resource Guide, website, and the limited production magazine (this year mailed to 35,000 engineers, managers, decision makers, US DOD personnel, and other industry professionals) can be used as year-round resources for engineers, companies, and decision makers looking for embedded products ranging from software, development tools, hardware, systems, commercial off-the-shelf (COTS), technology insertion, end of life mitigation, and myriad other military-specific technical subjects
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Ultra-wide band radar systems are generating unprecedented amounts of data and require storage systems that can handle the high bandwidth and what can seem like information overload. In this podcast, Chris Tojeira, Recording Systems Director at Pentek discusses the Department of Defense's current ultra-wideband radar requirements, how to capture signal data, PCI Express, FPGA advantages, and latency issues. He also takes a look at the future for signal recording and shares an old Commodore 64 story.  This podcast is sponsored by Aerospace Tech Week, which will now take place on June 23-24 2021 in Toulouse, FRANCE. The show encompasses six different events -- Avionics Expo, Connected Aircraft Europe, Aerospace Testing Europe, MRO IT, Flight OPS IT and FACE. To learn more about Aerospace Tech Week 2021, visit www.aerospacetechweek.com.
Counter-Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) systems are pivotal players on the electromagnetic spectrum. In this podcast, Emma Helfrich, guest host and associate editor with Military Embedded Systems, talks with Ryan Hurt, vice president of business development at Liteye Systems, to discuss the C-UAV systems that equip the U.S. Army. Helfrich and Hurt cover the Electronic Warfare (EW) capabilities, like radar and sensors, that power C-UAV systems and further the idea that innovation is dependent on data processing and intelligent algorithms to reduce the sensor-to-shooter timeline and protect the Army from aerial threats. This podcast is sponsored by:Pentek, a leading manufacturer of embedded boards and recording systems serving the defense market. As one of the original COTS vendors, Pentek has been involved in developing open architecture standards for almost 20 years. Pentek is committed to the support and development of modular open standard architectures as seen with key contributions to VITA, PICMG, and now the SOSA standard. Pentek is an active member with leadership roles in the SOSA™ Consortium technical and business working groups. To find out more about Pentek and SOSA, visit www.pentek.com/sosa.
Modern battlefields present many complex challenges for Army soldiers, one of which is how to operate in GPS-denied environment. In this podcast, George Hsu, CTO, founder, and board member of PNI Sensor Corp., discusses the challenges in designing sensor solutions for warfighters in these environments like sensor stabilization for moving soldiers and power efficiencies as how PNI leverages artificial intelligence (AI) for their sensor designs. He also describes the perfect magnetic sensor — that will provide longitude and latitude in any environment.  This podcast is sponsored by:Pentek, a leading manufacturer of embedded boards and recording systems serving the defense market. As one of the original COTS vendors, Pentek has been involved in developing open architecture standards for almost 20 years. Pentek is committed to the support and development of modular open standard architectures as seen with key contributions to VITA, PICMG, and now the SOSA standard. Pentek is an active member with leadership roles in the SOSA™ Consortium technical and business working groups. To find out more about Pentek and SOSA, visit www.pentek.com/sosa.
Small satellites and their reduced size, weight, power, and cost (SWaP-C) requirements are challenging microelectronics suppliers to deliver the performance of commercial technology while also maintaining reliability. In this podcast, I discuss these challenges with Tom Smelker, vice president and general manager for Mercury Systems Custom Microelectronic Solutions in Phoenix, Arizona. We also cover sensor processing tends and how artificial intelligence will impact future space applications. Smelker also chats about what he calls the end of Moore’s Law and its potential impact on the military electronics market. This podcast is sponsored by: Aerospace Tech Week, which will now take place March 24-26 2021 in Toulouse, FRANCE after being postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The show encompasses six different events — Avionics Expo, Connected Aircraft Europe, Aerospace Testing Europe, MRO IT, Flight OPS IT, and FACE. To learn more about Aerospace Tech Week 2021, visit www.aerospacetechweek.com.
Electronic warfare and radar solutions are being driven by signal processing innovations such as the Xilinx RFSoC FPGA and OpenVPX computing solutions. These solutions are also enabling artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities for electronic warfare, radar, and other military applications. In this podcast, Haydn Nelson, principal marketing manager for wireless prototyping deployment at National Instruments, discusses with me how AI can benefit the warfighter through embedded signal processing applications as well as the impact open architecture initiatives such as the Sensor Open Systems Architecture (SOSA) can have on military technology development. He also talks about how test and measurement solutions fit into this ecosystem. This podcast is sponsored by: Aerospace Tech Week, which will now take place March 24-26 2021 in Toulouse, FRANCE after being postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The show encompasses six different events — Avionics Expo, Connected Aircraft Europe, Aerospace Testing Europe, MRO IT, Flight OPS IT and FACE. To learn more about Aerospace Tech Week 2021, visit www.aerospacetechweek.com.
Defense companies, be they prime contractors, system integrators, or third-party commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) suppliers, are deemed essential businesses and allowed to operate during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, this doesn't mean that their employees and bottom lines are not feeling the impact of this global crisis. In this podcast, Mark Aslett, CEO of Mercury Systems, discusses how the the nationwide shutdown is impacting the defense supply chain and the speed of the defense acquisition process, as well as which types of defense electronic suppliers are likely to feel the most financial pain. He also shares positive examples of how defense companies are stepping up to help the victims of the virus either through fundraising or by supplying desperately needed equipment. Mercury Systems is one of the organizations aiding in the efforts, and Aslett shares how his team is responding and what Mercury leadership is doing to help their own employees during this unprecedented time.This podcast is sponsored by:Aerospace Tech Week, which will now take place March 24-26, 2021 in Toulouse, France after being postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The show encompasses six different events – Avionics Expo, Connected Aircraft Europe, Aerospace Testing Europe, MRO IT, Flight OPS IT, and FACE. To learn more about Aerospace Tech Week 2021, visit www.aerospacetechweek.com.
The Future Airborne Capability Environment (FACE) Technical Standard, created to enable reuse of software components across multiple avionics platforms, enables avionics systems designers to greatly reduce the cost of software development over the platform's life cycle. This will save hundreds of millions of tax payer dollars in the long run. Adoption of the FACE Technical Standard continues to grow -- it's in version 3.0 currently -- and the FACE Consortium, managed by The Open Group, has about 90 member companies with 20 products in the FACE registry.  In this podcast, Jeffry Howington of Collins Aerospace – also vice chairman of the FACE Consortium Steering Committee for nine years, discusses the impact of FACE on the military avionics community, the involvement of the user community, the benefits of FACE Technical Standard 3.0, and other topics.
Open architecture initiatives such as the Sensor Open Systems Architecture (SOSA) effort are showing tremendous momentum at the start of 2020, as demonstrated by the turnout and enthusiasm of attendees at the Tri-Services Open Architecture Interoperability Demonstration at the Georgia Tech Research Institute in January. Our editors John McHale and Emma Helfrich along with guest Rodger Hosking, Vice President and Co-founder of Pentek, discuss these initiatives, their benefits, the business model roadblocks at the prime contractor level, as well as specifics from the demo including the Department of Defense keynote speakers. Also covered presentation highlights such as artificial intelligence (AI) for embedded systems from the the Embedded Tech Trends (ETT) conference held prior to the Tri-Service demo.This podcast is sponsored by:Pentek, a leading manufacturer of embedded boards and recording systems serving the defense market. As one of the original COTS vendors, Pentek has been involved in developing open architecture standards for almost 20 years. Pentek is committed to the support and development of modular open standard architectures as seen with key contributions to VITA, PICMG, and now the SOSA standard. Pentek is an active member with leadership roles in the SOSA™ Consortium technical and business working groups. To find out more about Pentek and SOSA, visit www.pentek.com/sosa
Today the U.S. military and its allies face adversaries who are much more sophisticated in electronic warfare, signals intelligence (SIGINT), radar jamming, and other areas. To counter these threats designers of U.S. command and control, communication, computers, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (C4ISR) systems are adding more innovation in C4ISR designs through RF and embedded computing technology. In this podcast with Sean D'Arcy, Director, Aerospace & Defense, Analog Devices, he discusses these challenges, the push toward spectrum dominance, innovation in RF and microwave technology, and how open standards initiatives are enabling the U.S. to maintain its superiority in C4ISR technology across multiple domains. He also offers a preview of what attendees of the Association of Old Crows (AOC) 2019 event in Washington are likely to learn about regarding electronic warfare, spectrum management, artificial intelligence, and much more.   This podcast is sponsored by:Pentek, the leader in providing high-performance wideband and narrowband software defined radio (SDR) board, recorder, and system level solutions. For more information about Pentek go to www.pentek.com/go/podcast. For more information on recording system strategies view the “Development Tactics and Techniques for Small Form Factor RF Signal Recorders” white paper.and also by:Abaco Systems, who recognize that as a concept, C4ISR has been around for a long time. Over that time, its meaning hasn’t changed – it’s still about situational awareness, delivering the information war fighters need in order to make the best decisions. What’s changed, though, are two things:  increasingly diverse as well as increasingly numerous threats. Second: Responding to those threats now demands enormous increases in computing capability. Abaco is responding by enabling C4ISR systems to acquire ever more data from sensors, process it at high speeds and turn it into meaningful, actionable information in as close to real time as possible. For more information go to www.abaco.com
Thermal management of electronics in military systems is a continuous challenge for designers as the aircraft, ground systems, and naval platforms become more complex. In this podcast with thermal management expert Gerry Janicki, Vice President, Meggitt Defense Systems, he discusses challenges, requirements, and design trends trends in military-electronics thermal management. He also details how thermal management needs to be thought of from the ground up on new designs and in tandem with power management; how thermal management costs factor into a platform's life cycle cost, and much more.   This podcast is sponsored by National Instruments, who's mission critical test assets demand a proven test strategy. For more than 40 years, National Instruments has developed high-performance automated test and automated measurement systems to help you solve your engineering challenges now and into the future. The demands of building test systems to support long-life programs and identifying test assets that can keep up with commercial aviation, vehicle, and weapons system design require an experienced business partner. Learn how you can create test systems that can scale to support evolving test requirements at ni.com/aerospace.
The military unmanned aircraft market is considered a mature market, but a market that is growing in the U.S. and globally thanks to the increases in defense spending worldwide. The U.S. has made cyber and unmanned technology a priority, says Mike Blades, Vice President of Research and Consulting for Aerospace, Defense, and Security in the Americas at Frost and Sullivan, in this podcast. He also covers the latest trends from the commercial unmanned aircraft systems (UASs) market and how defense companies play in that market. Blades closes with his outlook for the counter-UAS market, perhaps the fastest growing part of this space due to real and perceived threats.This podcast is sponsored by Pentek, the leader in providing high-performance wideband and narrowband software defined radio (SDR) board, recorder, and system level solutions. For more information about Pentek go to www.pentek.com/go/podcast.
Open architectures will make tech refreshes such as the latest avionics modernization (Technology Refresh 3 (TR3)) on the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter and other platforms much more efficient and cost effective in the long run. In the latest McHale Report Podcast, Bryant Henson, vice president and general manager for Harris Corporation’s Electronic Systems Avionics Business Unit details how through the open architecture approach, the F-35's next-gen Integrated Core Processor (ICP) is targeted to generate a 75 percent reduction in unit cost compared to the current system, as well as a 25-time increase in computing power to support planned capability enhancements, greater software stability, higher reliability, and increased diagnostics that result in lower sustainment costs. During the podcast he also covers the Department of Defense's (DoD's) open architecture initiatives such as the Hardware Open Systems Technologies) effort and the advantages they bring.  This podcast is sponsored by Aerospace Tech Week, which will take place on 18/19th March 2020 in Toulouse, FRANCE. The show, is held in Munich, Germany every other year. This year it encompassed three different events -- Avionics Expo, Connected Aircraft Europe, and Aerospace Testing Europe. To learn more about Aerospace Tech Week 2020, visit www.aerospacetechweek.com.
Lessons learned in combat situations like Ukraine and anti-access area denial (A2/AD) environments have given U.S. defense planners a better understanding of the technological capabilities of near peer adversaries such as Russia and China, how the U.S. falls behind these threats, and an understanding of how they can catch up by leveraging technology such as distributed computing, artificial intelligence, for applications such as electronic warfare, cyber security, hypersonic technology and others, says Bill Guyan, Vice President/General Manager for DRS Land Electronics at Leonardo DRS in the latest McHale Report Podcast. Guyan details how the DoD can reach these goals by not only speeding up the acquisition process at the policy level but also by leveraging open architectures and commonality at the hardware and software level of electronics systems thereby lowering life cycle costs, enabling timelier tech refresh, and faster deployment of technology to the warfighter. He also details advancements in rugged computing and addresses the engineering recruitment challenge facing defense contractors. This podcast is sponsored by Annapolis Micro Systems. Annapolis’ FPGA-based products digitize, process, and store more data in real time than any alternative. For more information, visit www.annapmicro.com.
The insatiable need for bandwidth and data from military radar and electronic warfare systems is continuing to put pressure on embedded signal processing designers to deliver innovation at the board and chip level. In this podcast, our guest, David Gamba, Aerospace and Defense Core Vertical Markets Director at Xilinx discusses how FPGAs enable this innovation especially from an RF system-on-chip (SoC) perspective. In the podcast he details his company's new RFSoC family -- Xilinx Zynq UltraScale+ and how it benefits military signal processing applications. Gamba also provides his perspective on the upturn in the military electronics market thanks to the Department of Defense funding increases and how the military space market may be the best bet of all. This podcast is sponsored by Pentek, the leader in providing high-performance wideband and narrowband software defined radio board, recorder and system level solutions as a leading innovator RFSoC technologies. For more information about Pentek go to www.pentek.com/go/podcast.
The U.S. Department of Defense Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 budget request is considerably higher than last year with more funding slated for upgrades of air, land, and sea platforms. In this podcast with Mike MacPherson, Vice President, Strategic Planning, Curtiss-Wright Defense Solutions, he discusses the impact for the budget increase on the defense electronics industry and what applications -- radar, unmanned systems, electronic warfare, etc. He also opines on the technology driving innovation in the defense electronic world such as artificial intelligence/machine learning and cyber security. MacPherson also discusses how the DoD needs to speed up its acquisition process to keep pace with technology advances. This podcast is sponsored by the Avionics & Flight Ops show, the premier conference and exhibition for the international avionics and aviation electronics community. For information on attending the event, go to www.ae-expo.eu.
Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) or drones are proliferating beyond the battlefield into the commercial and consumer markets. However, many see them as more a threat than a benefit. As a result a market for counter-UAV technology has spun out and is growing fast. In this podcast with Mike Blades, Research Director, North America, for Frost & Sullivan, he discusses the two different markets for counter-UAV technology -- commercial and defense -- the types of solutions popular within each market, how the defense industry is developing counters for the counter-UAV solutions, and more. This podcast is sponsored by the Avionics & Flight Ops show, the premier conference and exhibition for the international avionics and aviation electronics community. For information on attending the event, go to www.ae-expo.eu.
Cognitive radio and spectrum management continue to drive innovation among military communication system designers to enable more capability and faster decision making for warfighters. Efficient spectrum management is becoming especially important as the spectrum gets more crowded and as the U.S.Department of Defense is considering naming the spectrum as another warfare domain like cyber. In this podcast sponsored by Pentek with Manuel Uhm, Director of Marketing, Ettus Research, a National Instruments company and Chief Marketing Officer of the the Wireless Innovation Forum (formerly the SDR Forum), he discusses the challenges in developing cognitive radio and efficient spectrum management, potential solutions and the efforts the Wireless Innovation Forum is making to see these technologies become reality for warfighters on the battlefield and everyday consumers.
The Department of Defense (DoD) continues to embrace open architecture designs and open standards to enable more commonality in military sensor systems, vehicle electronics, radar, electronic warfare, and others. This was quite evident during the Embedded Tech Trends (ETT) conference last week in Austin, Texas, where representatives of the Navy and Air Force updated the attendees on updates to standard initiatives such as Sensor Open Systems Architecture (SOSA) and Hardware Open Systems Technology (HOST). In this podcast with Jerry Gipper, architect of ETT and Executive Director of VITA, he discusses the aspects of these different DoD initiatives, the passion of the engineering community behind them, also provides updates on VITA standards initiatives.
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