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07 Apr 16. Abaco Systems Enhances Long Term Support for VME Users with Innovative Solution. Abaco Systems announced Vivo, an innovative solution that provides long term support for users of the VME architecture – which celebrates its 35th birthday this year – enabling customers to maximize their return on investment, minimize long term cost of ownership and ensuring the long term viability of VME. The IDT TSI148 VMEbus bridge, which provides VME users with the ability to interconnect their existing systems to PCI Express® processors and peripherals, has gone end-of-life (EOL). In response, Abaco has developed Vivo, an FPGA-based solution that replicates the functionality of the EOL device and thus mitigates customer concerns about VME obsolescence. Eliminating the need to design, qualify and certify a new system platform based on an alternative architecture also saves customers substantial time and money. Vivo provides 2eSST support for full VITA 1.5 capability, as well as hardware byte swapping including byte, half-word and word for complete compatibility between big-endian/little-endian architectures. A master/slave interface with A16, A24 and A32 addressing modes is also supported. Vivo is compatible with the TSI148 via Linux® and VxWorks® APIs, meaning a straightforward, disruption-free transition for customers. As the IP for Vivo is owned by Abaco Systems, long term availability of the device is assured, and it will be incorporated into future generations of Abaco’s VMEbus single board computers based on Intel® and Power Architecture™ technology. (Source: BUSINESS WIRE)
06 Apr 16. US DoD releases new network strategy for 2025-2040. The US Department of Defence (DoD) has revealed the US Army’s new 15-year strategy for modernising its enterprise network.
Titled ‘Shaping the Army Network: 2025-2040’, the new guideline will focus on key areas affecting networks and systems to meet operational information requirements and sustain technological asperity by 2040.
The areas include dynamic transport, data to decisive action, robotics and autonomous operations, computing and edge sensors, cybersecurity and resiliency, and human cognitive enhancement.
US Army chief information officer / G-6 lieutenant general Robert Ferrell said: “Shaping the Army Network: 2025-2040 provides the long-term strategic direction for army enterprise network modernisation within the context of the Army Operating Concept.
“Using the IT baseline described in the Army Network Campaign Plan as a starting point, the intent is to guide development of science and technology requirements to get to ‘what’s next’ in the evolution of the army.”
In a separate note, the US Army is planning to transition the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s (DARPA) $120m Plan X cyberwarfare programme, which aims to assist government agencies in planning, executing and assessing cyber network operations.
Military Aerospace reported that the programme focuses on technical areas for building a prototype system, including system architecture, cyber battlespace analytics, mission construction and mission execution, and intuitive interfaces. (Source: army-technology.com)
07 Apr 16. Airbus Group (stock exchange symbol: AIR) and Siemens (stock exchange symbol: SIE) have signed a collaboration agreement in the field of hybrid electric propulsion. In doing so, the Chief Executive Officers (CEO) of both companies, Tom Enders and Joe Kaeser, have launched a major joint project towards the electrification of aviation with the goal of demonstrating the technical feasibility of various hybrid/electric propulsion systems by 2020. Both companies will be making significant contributions into the project and have sourced a team of around 200 employees to advance European leadership in innovation and the development of electrically powered aircraft.