The mSATA SSD inherently is a shoe-in for military and any other rugged industrial applications. It is a small footprint computer storage device that uses NAND flash memory. So, in addition to being small enough to fit on a fully populated motherboard, it can deal with more stress than an HDD and still have that split-second speed we’ve all come to know and love. But does that mean it’s enough for a high stress environment such as, for instance, in a military application?
The short answer to that is yes. However, there are certain specs that have to be adhered to in order to guarantee that this is the case. For instance, if the part is going to be used in sub-zero or especially hot environments, then the mSATA is going to Continue Reading…
It’s common knowledge that computers are no longer confined to the office space. Or, more accurately, perhaps, the office is no longer confined to the prototypical cubicle or workstation.
The industrial sectors have carved out their own specific niches in the world of electronics, ones that demand specific factors.
These needs range greatly, depending on the type of electronics the company utilizes and the tasks that it’s required to carry out. Large scale industrial machinery that is dependent on repetitive motions or monitoring relies on automation, which requires a computer on the premises. Certain electronic components simply can’t cut it in an industrial setting, especially in the case of hard drives.
What modern industrial computing demands is a hard drive standard that can withstand the rigors of the warehouse floor while continuing to give the best performance. Luckily, a solid state flash disk fills this niche perfectly, utilizing flash memory over traditional disk drives and Continue Reading…
Information gathering is one of the most important aspects of the modern military. Gaining as much data as possible before making a decision needs to be standard operating procedure for all departments. Collecting information means having eyes and ears on targets, often without detection. Unmanned aerial vehicles, or UAVs, have become the metaphorical name of the game for reconnaissance. Furthermore, fighter jets have sophisticated targeting systems that need to present a swath of information to the pilot quickly and clearly. Both of these use cases have two things in common: they are constant demands in modern military avionics and hinge on a supply of high quality display monitors.
Deciding what specifications are needed to ensure a high quality image is only the tip of the iceberg. There are multiple factors to consider when choosing the correct display monitor for avionic deployment. Whether the display is airborne or on the ground influences not only the form factor, but the technical capabilities of the display, as well. Military undertakings can be difficult and are often associated with high risk; having the best possible equipment means that the most informed decisions can be made with greater ease and efficiency.
The Many Use Cases of Display Monitors in Aviation
As noted above, much of the challenge in choosing an aviation display monitor depends on whether said screen is going to be in the air. Modern avionics has multiple needs for display monitors, including:
- Aircraft displays, targeting systems, and cockpit gauges
- Radar stations monitoring UAV drones
- Cockpits for training simulations
The list goes on, but even these three cases require Continue Reading…
There is a quotation about warfare that says “War never changes.” The philosophical idea behind that statement may be correct, but in the realm of technology, it couldn’t be farther from the truth. Military computing is constantly undergoing change. Technological breakthroughs and research into innovative solutions are always on the verge of becoming a reality. In pushing toward new ideas, a nation’s military must utilize the latest advancements in embedded computer modules. The “golden rules “of this type of technology are to create:
- a technically proficient machine, in both processing and graphical power
- a device with low power consumption
It is a difficult set of boxes to tick, but the Computer on Module Express, or COM Express, standard fills and advances this need.
The application for COM Express boards is not meant to replace standard full size industrial PCs. That form factor must still be relied upon for heavy computing necessary at major operations bases. However, the usual size of a full motherboard prohibits Continue Reading…