The Electronic Warfare (EW) market is increasingly diversified across almost every area of defense spending. Despite budget restraints, the market expects growth in the EW domain driven by the trend of EW systems to form a larger part of military activity. New technology offers engineers of EW or Electro-Optical/Infrared (EO/IR) systems the possibility to use remote high performance sensor modules using Gigabit/10 Gigabit serial interfaces to transmit their data sample flows. To manage and process this huge amount of data, engineers must define new, innovative, and open system architectures.
In November 2013, after several years of work, VITA 46.11 was adopted as a Draft Standard for Trial Use in the VPX community. The draft standard defines components, interfaces, mechanisms, and general infrastructure to support the implementation of an interoperable management subsystem within VPX that enables features such as inventory, sensor, and diagnostic management, as well as system configuration and recovery. In the absence of VITA 46.11, such features, if present in VPX systems, would be implemented as part of the application(s), rather than as a standardized layer serving the application(s). VITA 46.11 aims to enable, for the system management aspects of applications, many of the same benefits that COTS hardware has long provided: lower cost and quicker application development and system upgrades.
On January 19, 2004 at the Bus & Board Conference in Long Beach, CA, Dy 4 Systems, Mercury Computer Systems, Radstone Technology, and VISTA Controls jointly announced support for the latest VME standard to address the needs of deployed military systems. The proposal was made to ensure that the next VME specification met the I/O, processing, and power distribution requirements of the military and aerospace market. Within a few months, the effort was branded VPX.
In the Spring 2012 issue of VITA Technologies, I discussed the top 10 trends in critical embedded systems that I saw impacting our industry. Let's take a look back at those trends to evaluate how they have developed, declaring some over, and looking forward for new emerging trends.
High-Performance Embedded Computing (HPEC) has made tremendous leaps in performance and capability, with new implementations adding to the advancements. Processors like the 3rd generation Intel Core™ i7 are making HPEC a powerful and cost-effective solution, eliminating the compute performance bottleneck of previous generations. However, a major challenge for HPEC platforms remains, "How do I get more high-bandwidth data to the processors?" Applications such as radar, sonar, and other signal processing systems generate gigabytes of data that need high GFLOP computational power. Editor's Note: This article first appeared as a blog post on the Intel Embedded Community website, and was published by the Intel Intelligent Systems Alliance.
- VITA 76 provides for high-bandwidth I/O in a rugged MIL-38999 circular connector
- XMC goes rugged with VITA 61 mezzanine interconnect standard
- VITA 67 provides the first coaxial-backplane standard for analog and RF I/O
- VITA 71: Revolutionary mezzanine standard aims to replace PMC, XMC standards
- VITA 60 standardizes a ruggedized alternative for VPX applications
- VSO working groups roundup
- VSO working groups roundup
- VITA Standards Organization Chair Dean Holman talks VITA strengths and areas of improvement
- VITA Standards Organization gets onboard: VITA 46.0, 46.1 complete five-year review; several new developments underway
- VITA Standards Organization advances eight specifications to ANSI/VITA ratification
- White Paper: High-Speed Switched Serial Fabrics Improve System Design
- PCI Express Peer-to-Peer Interconnect
- Critical Techniques for High Speed A/D Converters in Real-Time Systems
- Putting FPGAs to Work in Software Radio Systems, Fifth Edition
- Implementing SSH on Devices: A guide for developers, with an introduction to Mocana’s NanoSSH embedded client and server