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12 Oct 07. Aeroflex launched its new modular RF test platform for wireless applications up to 6GHz. The scaleable platform has the flexibility to easily perform at any stage of wireless development from research to manufacturing, and can integrate seamlessly into any wireless market including cellular, wireless data, RFIC test and military/aerospace. The configurable RF measurement system encompasses three powerful new additions: New PXI 3000 Series hardware modules, PXI Studio software with new measurement plug-ins, and a new PXI instrument chassis to tie it all together. The Aeroflex RF modular measurement system is comprised of PXI 3000 Series modules which now additionally include the 3025C 1MHz to 6GHz digital signal generator, 3030C 250kHz to 3GHz wideband RF digitizer and 3035C 250kHz to 6GHz wideband RF digitizer. With this launch, the frequency range coverage of the PXI 3000 Series hardware modules has been extended to include all HF, VHF and UHF bands – from 250kHz to 6GHz for signal analysis and 1MHz to 6GHz for signal generation. This extends the application base to include military/aerospace applications as well as cellular, wireless data and RFIC test. The new 3025C module features an increased RF output power range of -120dBm to +6dBm to more effectively support RF component testing. All new modules provide the ability to generate and analyse signals with RF bandwidths up to 90MHz – nearly three times the bandwidth on current models. This places Aeroflex at the leading edge for instrumentation technology capable of supporting WiMAX and other emerging wideband communications systems. The new hardware modules have been made even faster to further accelerate production throughput. For example, new features within the digitizer family offer significant improvement in data-transfer speed over the PCI bus and the new 3025C signal generator can switch frequency ten times faster than before for frequencies up to 85MHz.

04 Oct 07. Lockheed Martin UK – Integrated Systems – has successfully installed pioneering digital navigation equipment on board a Royal Navy submarine.
HMS Torbay is now the first submarine with the capability to operate using Lockheed Martin’s Warship Electronic Chart Display and Information System (WECDIS) digital technology. She joins just a handful of submarines across the world equipped with digital navigation technology. “Through WECDIS the Royal Navy has become the most advanced in the world when it comes to digital navigation,” said Lockheed Martin UK’s Felix Klauser. “We have already fitted the system to 40 RN ships and there are now plans to fit the system to a further 10 submarines.” WECDIS draws information from a variety of sensors to build up a precise electronic picture which greatly improves a commander’s situational and tactical awareness. It can provide automatic alarms and detailed information of special areas of interest. WECDIS can store more than 1000 waypoints and has led to a reduction in workload for navigating teams of some 70 per cent.

18 Oct 07. General Dynamics C4 Systems announced that the TACLANE(R)-Router (KG-175R) has been certified by the National Security Agency(NSA) to protect information moving through military and government networks to the Top Secret level and below. The KG-175R replaces multiple pieces of network equipment previously needed for similar network routing and encryption functions.

18 Oct 07. Thales announces the launch of MINIE, the new night vision goggle for infantry soldiers. The new product is developed by the company’s specialist subsidiary, Thales Angénieux. MINIE combines a compact and lightweight design, offering a reduction in weight of 30% with current products, whilst improving optical performance by 20%. MINIE can be integrated in any infantry systems and recent field trials have demonstrated that this latest addition to the Thales range of optro

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