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15 Feb 06. DRS Infrared Technologies, LP (DRS IRT), a unit of DRS Technologies, Inc., announced the successful demonstration of the smallest pixel size infrared Focal Plane Array (FPA) of its type in the infrared industry. The demonstration concluded the year-long development of the 12-micron pixel 640- by 480-pixel FPA, with sensitivity in the mid-wavelength infrared (MWIR) spectral band. The breakthrough in creating the ultra-small pixel size FPA was enabled by DRS IRT’s patented HDVIPÒ (High-Density Vertically-Integrated Photodiode) detector fabrication processes. The MWIR HDVIPÒ technology enables an increase in the operating temperature of the FPA from the industry standard of 77K to 120K, providing a significant reduction in the cooling power needed to operate a Focal Plane Array and aids in the overall size, weight, power and reliability improvements. DRS’s 640- by 480-pixel FPA is part of a broader thrust by DRS Technologies to provide the next-generation infrared sensors and systems to the U.S. military and Department of Homeland Security. As the first infrared device created at this pitch for military use, the reduction in pixel size parallels the commercial roadmap for visible imagers, where reduced pixel size has led to camera miniaturization, larger sensor array formats and lower cost. Small infrared systems of reduced weight and size are critically important to improved operational performance on the battlefield and support the Department of Defense’s information superiority objectives. Furthermore, the reduced cost leads directly to wider proliferation of this vital technology.
15 Feb 06. Radstone Embedded Computing announced that the company’s standalone GS16 Rugged Gigabit Ethernet Switch had been selected by Boeing to take part in a successful F-15E1 test mission to demonstrate the capabilities of DARPA’s TTNT (Tactical Targeting Network Technology) program. The mission – known as the TTNT Phase 3 Demonstration, and which saw the GS16 deployed with five of its sixteen
available connections hooked via a local area network to devices on the
aircraft – was completed in September 2005.
15 Feb 06. AdaCore launched the latest and most advanced version of its flagship GNAT Pro open-source Ada development environment. Enabling faster creation of robust, dependable software it supports all the major new features in the Ada 2005 release of the Ada programming language, with over 120 enhancements to the technology. Created under the auspices of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), Ada 2005 introduces significant enhancements in many areas including Object-Oriented Programming, interfacing with other languages (most notably Java), software architectural design, real-time systems, and predefined libraries. It offers improved support for high-integrity applications, including the standardization of the Ravenscar profile for certifiable concurrent programs. Ada 2005 represents the first major upgrade of the Ada language in ten years. GNAT Pro 5.04 incorporates improved installation, easier usage, and new features, including options for stack usage analysis and a tool for enforcing project-specific rules. It is implemented on more than 30 configurations, the widest variety in the Ada industry, including new 64-bit platforms such as SGI’s Altix servers, HP’s Integrity servers, and the x86-64. Over half of the new features in GNAT Pro stem from customer requests, demonstrating the effectiveness of AdaCore’s unique support model which ensures customer queries are answered by the product developers themselves, the largest and most experienced group of Ada experts in the world.
17 Feb 06. BAE Systems has demonstrated the capability to defeat kinetic energy threats under contract to the U.S. Army’s Tank and Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC) survivability program, achieving another