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07 Sep 04. Intel plans next year to introduce a new microprocessor architecture across its product range in a bid to encourage customers to replace existing computers. Paul Otellini, president and chief operating officer, said Intel would introduce ‘dual core’ chips in each of its main markets personal computers, laptops and servers by the end of 2005. “This is a major inflection point. We are moving from asking ‘how many chips per computer?’ to ‘how many computers on a chip?’”, he said during a keynote address to the Intel Developers Forum in San Francisco. (Source: FT)

08 Sep 04. United Defense Industries, Inc. has announced that its Close-In Counter Measure (CICM) active protection system successfully intercepted and destroyed incoming RPGs during end-to-end testing at the U.S. Army’s Redstone Technical Test Center at Redstone Arsenal, Ala. In successful end-to-end tests, the United Defense CICM system detected launched RPGs, tracked incoming rockets, launched its countermeasures and defeated RPGs before they reached the protected system. CICM is an outgrowth of the many years supporting U.S. Army’s Tank and Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC) in survivability integration. United Defense engineers and scientists teamed with a number of suppliers to rapidly develop CICM, including: BAE Systems in Nashua, N.H. (which provided the passive cueing sensors); Applimotion Corporation in Loomis, Calif.; Electro-Energy in Danbury, Conn.; Vista Controls in Littleton, Mass.; Pacific Scientific Energetic Materials Corp. of Hollister; Calif., and CTC in Santa Clara, Calif. – a United Defense-owned engineering and analysis organization. The first component tests against live RPGs were conducted at the Redstone Technical Test Center in the fourth quarter of 2003. The United Defense CICM system uses a variety of innovative technologies, including passive cueing sensors, low-cost tracking radar, a compact high-speed launcher, lightweight and precise non-bursting countermeasure, and new Nickel-Metal-Hydride batteries to supply pulse power. United Defense has decades of experience developing combat vehicle survivability systems, including the U.S. Army’s current Active Defense Systems (ADS) program, formerly known as the Integrated Army Active Protection System (IAAPS).

07 Sep 04. Radstone Technology has announced the PrPMCQ2. Built around the 450MHz Freescale (formerly Motorola) MPC8280 PowerQUICC II processor, the PrPMCQ2 is designed to offer a low cost, low power solution for defense and aerospace applications that require performant processing in a small, rugged form factor. Radstone Technology is the world’s leading independent supplier of rugged, high-performance, embedded computer products for defense and aerospace applications. “We have been seeing increasing customer demand for Processor PMCs,” said Richard Kirk, Product Manager, Processors at Radstone Technology, “so the PrPMCQ2 is a valuable extension of our product line. The PrPMCQ2 is ideal for use either as a stand alone processing solution or as a mezzanine add-on with Radstone’s market leading families of PowerPC-based SBCs. We believe that its feature set and price/performance will make it attractive in a broad range of applications.”

07 Sep 04. Irvine Sensors Corporation has received a follow-on contract worth approximately $1.3m from a government sponsor to develop an enhanced version of its Personal Miniature Thermal Viewer (“PMTV”). The PMTV is a hand-held, battery-operated thermal video viewer, complete with display and eyepiece, which weighs less than 0.5 pound and fits comfortably in the palm of a user’s hand. Using Irvine Sensors’ proprietary Cam-Noir® infrared uncooled camera technology, the PMTV is designed to provide soldiers with the ability to see in total darkness or in adverse battlefield conditions.

08 Sep 04. Northrop Grumman

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