November - 2013
- Computer System Design
"Industrial computer" is a widely used term that unfortunately can be quite ambiguous, often applied to computers that have little real advantage over commercial PCs but may outwardly appear "rugged". However, there are many applications that need a computer system that is truly built to a higher standard…
- MIL-STD-1553 IP
The MIL-STD-1553 serial data bus is widely used for control purposes in avionics, aircraft and space systems. Forty years since its release, 1553 is evolving from traditional integrated circuits (IC) to intellectual property (IP) cores integrated with Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) logic. The history of MIL-STD-1553, the advantages and requirements of 1553 IP cores compared to standard ICs, and IP core design best practices are discussed in this white paper.
- Using FPGAs to Improve Embedded Designs
Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs) are semiconductor devices that are programmed after manufacturing to accomplish application specific functionality. FPGAs experienced rapid technology advancement in the 1990s, and today are found in a vast variety of products ranging from simple consumer items to highly complex military systems.
- Free MythBuster – Extended Temperature Embedded Computers
The “extended temperature” designation theoretically assures that an embedded computer will perform reliably in extreme temperature environments. But how do you know for sure? Are there commercial grade components being used on the board? Is the board 100% tested? Download this MythBuster paper to learn how to find a truly reliable solution for your embedded computing needs.
- Providing Optimal Storage Solutions for Embedded Computing
High-speed signal processing systems that utilize stored streaming data are among the applications driving the demand for an unprecedented amount of storage capacity. Data-intensive ISR, situational awareness, sonar and airborne monitoring as well as non-defense applications place significant demands on storage systems. These same embedded applications also frequently require high bandwidth access as well as data encryption, fast erasure and write protection.
October - 2013
- My RTL is an Alien!
FPGA-based prototyping is gaining popularity because it provides an economical way to functionally verify an ASIC design by creating a prototype that runs close to "at speed." FPGA-based prototypes also provide a great platform for early system software development. However, FPGA architectures include resources, building blocks, power circuitry, and clocks that are fundamentally different from those of an ASIC. With over 70% of today's ASICs and systems-on-chips (SoCs) being prototyped in an FPGA, designers are looking for ways to ease the creation of FPGA-based prototypes directly from the ASIC design source files.
- Designing with FPGAs for Embedded Computing Speed and Flexibility
Learn how to rapidly compute custom FFTs, SERDES, logic, and more with FPGAs. We discuss implementing co-processors, like Acromag Virtex-6 FPGA modules with high-speed PCIe/GbE interconnects, that make use of multiple digital clock managers with IP cores and software development tools to attain higher performance and flexibility.
September - 2013
- Consolidating Systems for Reduced Cost & Complexity in the Factory
Using virtualization to host multiple discrete workloads on a single computing device is an important trend in manufacturing today, leading to reduced cost and complexity in the factory environment. This white paper describes the benefits of system consolidation along with the technical requirements for implementation. Read now to learn more.
- Avoiding an Energy Storage Crisis: The 8 Key Advantages of Solid State Batteries
Unique Solid State Rechargeable Batteries are being used by Medical, Industrial Control, Consumer Electronics, Appliance and Smart Energy companies to power their new innovative electronic product designs. These batteries have capabilities that are superior to legacy energy storage devices such as coin cell batteries and supercapacitors. This white paper identifies the product requirements and technical specifications that are addressed by Cymbet EnerChip smart rechargeable solid state batteries.
- RF Design is Easy – Just Let Someone Else Do It
If you’re not designing Wi-Fi (802.11) into your systems already, you’ll be doing so very soon. Wi-Fi is rapidly establishing itself as the standard wireless connection for industrial devices. But there no need to start from scratch. This article will describe some of the ways in which vendors can serve as your 802.11 firmware and hardware development partners, and how they can save you time, money and trouble while doing so.
- Make Smart Phones Smarter
As tablets and smart phones become more ubiquitous in the corporate and M2M business world, connecting to older technologies – especially serial ports -- has become a bit more complicated. This article will describe the ways in which embedded AP modules can solve the problem by creating small, self-sustaining Wi-Fi network around your equipment. This doesn’t change the way the your existing devices are used, it just makes them easily accessible to tablets and phones.
- Six Considerations for Successful Wireless Connectivity
Steady improvements in wireless technology are allowing more and more devices to establish wireless connectivity with the same reliability that has already been achieved with cable communications. Better still, it is becoming possible to make these kinds of connections in increasingly difficult environments and with legacy equipment. This article will describe some of the techniques you can use to make those connections seamless.
August - 2013
- An FPGA Approach to Implementing Time-Critical Functions in Multi-Sensor Mobile Designs
An FPGA Approach to Implementing Time-Critical Functions in Multi-Sensor Mobile Designs.
- High Density Digital Signal Processing with ATCA
Traditional methods of digital signal processing in military and aerospace applications have used specialized FPGAs, multiprocessor VME or OpenVPX solutions. Advances in microprocessor technology and accompanying software could mean that AdvancedTCA® (ATCA®) has the potential to replace some of those expensive highly specialized elements in complex signal processing applications.
- ATCA Now & Next
Get an overview of the current state-of-the-art in ATCA, discussing where it’s being deployed, what kinds of applications and technologies are driving its growth, its relevance in the context of all-IP cloud deployments, and what the future may hold for the standard products and adoption.
July - 2013
- Software Defined Radio Handbook 10th Edition
Pentek offers board and system-level SDR products that include digital downconverters, upconverters and transceivers for a complete SDR solution.
May - 2013
- Learn the 9 Reasons why the Xilinx Zynq-7000 All Programmable SoC Platform is the Smartest Solution
Xilinx Zynq™-7000 All Programmable SoCs enable extensive system level differentiation, integration, and flexibility through hardware, software, and I/O programmability. Design smarter systems with tightly coupled software based control and analytics with real time hardware based processing and optimized system interfaces — with vastly lower BOM costs, lower NRE costs, lower design risk, and much faster time to market. Learn the nine reasons why Xilinx Zynq-7000 SoCs are a generation ahead of alternatives and the smartest solution.
- Achieving DO-178C Compliance
DO-178C is the how-to manual for complying with Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR), which outlines the software development requirements for FAA approval. This paper focuses on specific processes, such as verification and validation activities, traceability, testing methods, and test environments described in DO-178C.
April - 2013
- Designing with FPGAs for Embedded Computing Speed and Flexibility
Learn about FPGA-based system design for embedded computing I/O signal processing applications. Free your CPU by rapidly computing custom FFTs, SERDES, logic, and more. We discuss implementing co-processors, like Acromag Virtex-6 FPGA modules with high-speed PCIe/GbE interconnects, using IP cores and software development tools for higher performance and flexibility.
- Introduction to VPX Technology
What is VPX? VPX (VITA 46) is the next generation of ruggedized compact embedded systems. VPX expands the possible bandwidth, compared to traditional VME systems, by replacing the parallel bus with high speed serial busses. In this white paper, we discuss the serial interconnects, profiles, protocols, and more.
January - 2013
- Rugged GPGPUs for UAV Synthetic Aperture RADAR (SAR)
Small light-weight UAV SAR have always been a compromise between size, weight, and power, with capability and real-time actionable intelligence. Traditional digital signal processing technologies processing capability struggles to meet small light weight UAV SAR mission requirements in a timely fashion. Rugged COTS GPGPU boards with their impressive processing capability will disrupt the traditional methods of creating and designing SARs for light-weight UAVs.
November - 2012
- Kontron announces next-generation digital signage kit to help streamline development and deployment of intelligent signage systems
Streamline intelligent digital signage development with the DSEK-12 evaluation kit from Kontron. The next-generation DSEK-12 is a powerful resource for retail, transportation and medical companies that are looking to implement digital signage as an influential new vehicle to interact with customers and gain valuable consumer information in real time. Download the DSEK-12 whitepaper to learn how designers can easily use this advanced, cost-effective, pre-validated and future-proof solution that features the latest display and graphics technologies.
October - 2012
- Optimizing LTE deployments for increased penetration into niche markets
The Aricent EPC-Lite software with the Adax Application Ready Platform provides a low-footprint LTE mobility platform with support for 200,000 simultaneous attached subscribers and data throughput of up to 260,000 packets per second per blade/server. Read more in this white paper provided by Adax and Aricent.
- Connecting Peripherals to an Android Platform
This white paper will describe some of the options for connecting peripheral accessories to Android OS based tablets/phones. The main focus will be the use of the Android Open Accessory Initiative.
September - 2012
- Kintex 7 FPGA family: High Performance DDR3 memory throughput achieved by optimization of the memory controller
Taking full advantage of the performances of the 7 Series FPGAs can be done by using the high speed memory controller from Barco Silex, which has been reworked to achieve the highest frequency and efficiency.
- The 3rd Generation Intel® Core™ Processor: A must have for all high-performance embedded computing appliances
Satisfying market demands for ever-increasing power savings and performance gains, Kontron offers a broad selection of 3rd Generation Intel® Core™ processor-based embedded computing platforms. These platforms allow OEMs to streamline development of compute- and graphic-intensive applications leveraging the latest technologies in standardized, scalable form factors. Download Kontron’s whitepaper today to find out about Intel’s architecture advancements. Learn how to integrate Kontron’s seven new application-ready platforms that are highly-effective design building blocks that speed time-to-market.
- Visual Processing in Rugged Environments
Complex visual processing is becoming an important part of rugged industrial applications. Automated Optical Inspection (AOI) of manufacturing lines, Infrared Thermography (IRT) in oil refineries, and traffic safety enforcement are some examples of the ways image and video processing improve quality, efficiency, and safety. However, visual computing in rugged environments has its challenges. Most applications are resource-intensive and include extensive 2D and 3D graphics processing. Tough environmental conditions require fanless designs that limit power and present thermal dissipation challenges. Customers are also pushing for smaller sizes and lower costs.
August - 2012
- Automated Target Tracking
This paper explores the ramifications of real-time autonomous vehicle performance in cluttered environments. It analyzes the gap between the predictable and the unpredictable, introduces real object tracing, explores the benefits and pitfalls of real-time moving object tracking and introduces possible solutions for uninterrupted operation of autonomous vehicles.
July - 2012
- Write Assist in Low-Voltage SRAMs
Write assist techniques are now commonly used to lower the minimum operating voltage (Vmin) of an SRAM. One of the key reasons to push the SRAM Vmin lower is to enable efficient Dynamic Voltage and Frequency Scaling (DVFS) to save power. In this paper, we discuss the basics of SRAM faliure mechanisms, fundamentals of write assist techniques, ARM® Artisan® Low Voltage Memory Compilers with the write assist feature and results from GLOBALFOUNDRIES 28nm-SLP memories.
- Improved Graphics Performance Changes the Cost Equation in Digital Signage
The quality and flexibility of digital signage is a function of the graphics processing capability of the media players that drive the displays. To deliver a high level of graphics performance, media players tend to incorporate discrete graphics processing units, although some players use the graphics engine on the CPU platform. Discover how 3rd Generation Intel® Core™ processors provide retailers improved graphics performance and anonymous video analytics to deliver audience messaging at lower cost and watt.