New PICMG 2.30 standard enables enhanced functionality of CompactPCI systems for defense applicationsApril 2, 2010 10:02 am | by Jim Vana, Applications Engineering Specialist, 3M Electronic Solutions Division | Comments
Recent advancements in military technology have produced some awe-inspiring, highly sophisticated combat and reconnaissance equipment. In the U.S., such advances are expected to continue at a steady clip as robust defense spending drives the development of next-generation equipment.
Western high-tech businesses know they must continuously deliver innovative ideas and unique features to their customers, to protect market share and brand value. This situation makes the defense of intellectual property against threats such as reverse engineering, cloning and tampering extremely important.
Similar to technology trends in other arenas, reduced size and weight, highly reliable materials, and greater functionality are in the forefront of connector design trends for the military market. Deployed in a variety of modern and “future soldier” applications, such as sophisticated command, control, communications, computer, and intelligence (C41) systems...
Extending the Human-to-Machine Interface (HMI) using wireless communications is a fast developing field. Important improvements in HMI functionality have been made possible by continuing advancements in Machine-to-Machine interfaces in terms of increased baud rate, low power consumption and reach (distance) of communication.
Electronic medical systems have become substantially more sophisticated and powerful in recent years. As a result, the majority of these systems contain large arrays of power hungry electronic components that require high-performance heat sinks to prevent them from overheating and being damaged or destroyed.
The personal computer (PC), currently the standard information-processing device for office and home use, communicates with most peripherals using the universal serial bus (USB). Standardization, cost, and the availability of software and development tools have made the PC very attractive as a host-processor platform for medical and industrial applications...
An Electronic Engineer builds a system out of components; resistors, ICs, MOSFETs and IGBTs. The Power Electronic Engineer has to go beyond the electrical parameters of components and start looking at thermal resistance and capacity, cooling and parasitic inductance.
The statistics vary, but all seem to be in agreement that nearly 30 to 40% of the present load base on the grid is caused by induction motors
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As the semiconductor industry has grown dramatically over the last 30 years, so to has the counterfeiting of semiconductors.
There are many applications whose operating environments demand the use of an interconnect system with a high-reliability contact. If equipment is to be used where high shock and vibration or extremes of temperature are experienced, connectors based on a standard contact will not be reliable or rugged enough to guarantee signal integrity.
Handheld electronic devices -- regardless of what they are used for or who manufactures them -- share one common denominator: a re-chargeable battery and, in most cases, a built-in charger circuit. When an external power source such as an AC adapter or a USB port is attached at the input terminal, the charger circuit will re-charge the battery.
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Microcontrollers offer engineers a variety of power-saving techniques. But using them effectively requires careful attention to tradeoffs in software and hardware at the start of a project. "Engineers must partition their application so they have a rough idea how long their microcontroller will stay in a sleep mode or in an active mode," said Mike Salas...