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18 Mar 13. GE Intelligent Platforms announced the rugged IPN251 6U OpenVPX GPGPU Multiprocessor at the GPU Technology Conference (GTC – San Jose, California). The IPN251 brings three key benefits to defense prime contractors and systems integrators, further extending GE’s leadership in High Performance Embedded Computing (HPEC) solutions that are capable of being deployed in the harshest environments. First, it responds to the growing demand to provide more functionality within a constrained SWaP (size, weight and power) envelope. The massively parallel nature of GPGPU (general purpose computing on a graphics processing unit) technology allows larger numbers of more sophisticated algorithms to be processed in a single chassis slot than is possible with conventional computing. Second, by allowing more processing to take place on a vehicle, it means that the platform is less dependent on the external network, and can become more self-sufficient – which also frees valuable network bandwidth for other applications. It also allows the vehicle’s sensor capability to be expanded enormously, as processing of sensor-derived data can take place on board.
18 Mar 13. US Navy conducts EMALS shared generator testing. The US Navy’s Aircraft Launch and Recovery Equipment Program Office (PMA-251) has successfully completed shared generator testing of its Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System (EMALS) at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey, US. EMALS has been designed to replace the existing steam catapult system and hydraulic arresting gear equipped onboard the US Navy’s new aircraft carrier USS Gerald R Ford (CVN 78). PMA-251 programme manager captain Jim Donnelly said that EMALS is expected to transform the way crew launch aircraft from the navy’s newest class of carriers. During testing, the EMALS team used the ship-representative controls lab and launched dead-loads or weighted sleds to demonstrate simulated generator-sharing for multiple catapults. EMALS integrated team lead George Sulich said: “It is important that we ensure proper sharing and operation of the generators at the land-based facility prior to testing the full four-catapult system onboard CVN 78, reducing risk to the ship. (Source: naval-technology.com)
19 Mar 13. IZT, a technology leader in innovative high-performance products for capturing, modifying and generating radio signals, and LOG.IN, a leading provider of solutions for communications monitoring, aerospace and training, jointly announced the availability of EXERCISE-RF. This new scenario-based RF signal generator is designed for interactive radio frequency testing environments and can generate a real-time radio frequency spectrum. The generated spectrum can be fed into a receiver such as the IZT R3000, a radio monitoring system, and even a geo-localization system based on multi-channel direction finders or TDOA (Time Difference of Arrival) sensors, such as the LOG.IN RMS-DF-5-R3000 with IZT R3000 receivers. Moreover, the generated RF spectrum can be transmitted through a signal amplifier and an antenna. EXERCISE-RF allows the creation of complex tactical scenarios with user-defined entities, such as fighters, UAV, ships or soldiers, high resolution 3D terrain, environmental effects and propagation models. The user programs the entities’ behavior via mission doctrines and artificial intelligence and can control its attitude and behavior at all times. A tactical 2D and 3D map with MIL-STD-2525B symbology, a joystick and a throttle are at the user’s disposal. Within the scenario, one of the entities takes on the role of the DUT (Device Under Test), thus virtually representing the entity on which the system to be tested is installed. EXERCISE-RF drives the IZT S1000 to ensure that the DUT is fed with an RF spectrum, which is coherent with the surrounding tactical scenario