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6 Jan, 2011

J VanDomelen Intel is making a splash, again, at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES). Before I get to Intel’s news at the 2011 International CES, which opened its doors today, I wonder how well we all know Intel, its roots, and its relevance to the mil/aero market. Intel Corporation was founded in 1968 by Gordon E. Moore (the man behind Moore’s Law) and Robert Noyce (co-inventor of the integrated circuit) … Read More

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31 Dec, 2010

J VanDomelen On September 23, 2010, the Department of the Army (U.S.) issued solicitation W9124D10IPADS for the purchase of 587 Apple iPads prepared to the following specification: “Item shall be equal to the salient characteristics of the Apple 32GB iPad with Wi-Fi + 3G.” Requirements include: - 32GB of storage that operates on skip-free flash memory eliminating the need for a hard drive and provides instant … Read More

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29 Dec, 2010

J VanDomelen The Apple iVolution has been going strong since the initial release of the iPod on October 23, 2001. Apple has significantly impacted cultures around the world; you can’t go around a corner these days without seeing the tell-tale white ear buds hanging from someone’s ears. iPods were so successful that they were followed up with a touchscreen variant, the iPod Touch, which was followed by the hugely … Read More

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22 Dec, 2010

J VanDomelen Mil-aero organizations the world over are investigating, and even already adopting, non-ruggedized, commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) computing and communications devices, including Apple’s popular iPad. It’s appealing: sleek, slim, compact, shiny. All good things. What it is not, not yet anyway, is rugged enough to withstand military and aerospace environments, missions, and applications. Some may recall … Read More

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16 Dec, 2010

J VanDomelen

Android is sexy, as are the ever-increasing number of smartphones and PC tablets that take advantage of Google’s operating system (OS). Military personnel, even officials at the highest ranks, agree. Soldiers want to use Android devices and Apple’s iPad in the field, while on a mission, communicating, socializing, killing time, or blowing off steam. Soldiers have historically been frustrated by the

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22 Nov, 2010

J VanDomelen What a difference a year makes in the military and aerospace (mil/aero) market. This time last year, I was listening to market research firms and industry pundits herald the military/defense segment for keeping the aerospace market afloat while the commercial aviation segment took a serious dip. Despite a woeful world economy, investments were being made at that time in military aircraft–manned … Read More

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11 Nov, 2010

J VanDomelen Raytheon Intelligence and Information Systems, a division of Raytheon in Waltham, Mass., can lay claim to unveiling what is arguably the hottest news to come out of AUSA 2010, the annual meeting and exposition of the Association of the United States Army, held last week in Washington, DC. It’s RATS. I’m not kidding. The acronym is unfortunate, but the system may hold the key to greater mission effectiveness, … Read More

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5 Nov, 2010

J VanDomelen Android addicts are everywhere. Even those who didn’t anticipate using a larger number of apps on their smart phones are finding themselves downloading a new app almost daily. Google’s Android mobile operating system (OS) is making waves throughout the commercial market; and now, thanks to Raytheon engineers in Waltham, Mass., it is likely to change the face of the digital battlefield. Soldiers are … Read More

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30 Aug, 2010

J VanDomelen The military and aerospace (mil/aero) community uses hundreds of acronyms; this fact became evident almost immediately as I began work in the industry. The most prevalent and important acronym continues to be SWaP—which stands for size, weight, and power. SWaP is of paramount importance to mil/aero systems designers, and to the end users—including warfighters in the field reliant on electrical and … Read More

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21 Aug, 2010

J VanDomelen The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) is the largest defense acquisition program in history, with the United States buying 2,443 of these sophisticated aircraft for a whopping $323 billion. Washington, with its rich history of aerospace innovation, is a major player in the creation of these feats of modern engineering totaling $191.1 million per unit in 2010 (according to the United States Air Force FY … Read More

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30 Jul, 2010

J VanDomelen It is hard to imagine, but even modern aircraft rely on relatively old power switching technology. The electrical distribution unit (EDU) is the first or primary piece of equipment that distributes power on aircraft after it is produced from the generators. Current technologies used in these systems are electromechanical, meaning a piece of conductor physically has to move to make or break connections … Read More

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19 Jul, 2010

J VanDomelen Technology is moving at an accelerated pace. Processor development yields novel architectures, greater power, and faster speeds; and, all the while, technology companies and device manufacturers are vying to be the one with the “next best thing.” I have been in the mil/aero industry more than a decade and have always been on top of the latest and greatest; it’s a geek’s hobby after all. However, there … Read More

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2 Jul, 2010

J VanDomelen

At the heart of most mil/aero electronics—and arguably the most important component of current electronics systems is the processor. Virtually all mil/aero electronics take advantage of processors of one sort or another, whether x86, powerPC, RISC, FPGA, 32-bit, or 64-bit. Many different types of processing devices are employed by the modern warfighter, in fact. Today’s soldier, fed up with being made

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28 Jun, 2010

J VanDomelen

Processors are rapidly advancing the state of the art in the commercial world, and the mil/aero community is anxious to reap the benefits of the technology. Moore’s Law, which states that the number of transistors placed on an integrated circuit will double every two years, has taken on a slightly different look and feel as we are reach the physical limits of transistor density in a single core. We

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28 Jun, 2010

J VanDomelen With challenging economic times came budget cuts. Within each internal department, travel budgets were likely among the hardest hit. In virtually all vertical markets—and mil/aero was no exception—attendance at industry conferences and exhibitions dwindled. At one point, roughly a year ago, Fortune 500 giant Intel Corp. put a hold on all trade-show exhibitions enterprise-wide; rather than exhibiting … Read More

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