Developing Smart and Affordable Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Technologies: Five Trends to Watch

The demand for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) technology and infrastructure is growing significantly. For example, in the 10 years from 2002 to 2011, U.S. Defense spending on ISR grew by a factor of six, compared with relatively flat defense spending overall [House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, 2012]. Similar patterns of spending can be seen around the globe. Simulation-based engineering has long played a role in advancing ISR technology development — from unmanned systems to antennas to systems and embedded software. The value proposition has long been proven.

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"Improving Throughput with your Power Supply" compendium of Hints 1-10

This application compendium consists of 10 Hints on how to improve throughput with your power supply.

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Conquering the Multi Kilowatt Source/Sink Test Challenge

When testing power storage devices such as batteries, battery management systems, bi-directional DC to DC converters, you need a solution that can both source and sink power. But when working at kilowatt and greater power levels this is a formidable challenge for test engineers. This application note looks at methods for addressing this test challenge and discusses their tradeoffs.

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Improving Throughput with your Power Supply – Hints 6 through 10

The second part of the 10 hints series looks at how you can use power supply capabilities such as seamless ranging, list mode, and the status subsystem for increasing test throughput.

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Synthetic Sapphire: Extreme Performer

Sapphire, the single crystal form of alumina (Al2O3), was first synthesized more than a century ago, but the most exciting advances associated with this versatile material are taking place today. Shaped by the dual forces of application demands and technological advances in the fabrication and finishing process, synthetic sapphire is often the material of choice for design engineers dealing with extreme conditions of high temperature, high pressure and harsh chemical environments.

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The Basics Of Pressure Regulators

Pressure regulators are found in many common home and industrial applications. For example, pressure regulators are used in gas grills to regulate propane pressure, in home furnaces to regulate natural gas, in medical/dental equipment regulate oxygen and anesthesia gases, in pneumatic automation systems to regulate compressed air, in engines to regulate fuel pressure, and in fuel cells to regulate hydrogen. Although the applications vary considerably, the pressure regulators provide the same function. Pressure regulators reduce a supply pressure to a lower outlet pressure and they maintain this outlet pressure regardless of inlet pressure fluctuations. This reduction in pressure is the key characteristic of pressure regulators; outlet pressure is always at a pressure below the inlet pressure.

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Avionics Reliability – Thermal Design Considerations

Thermal design for reliability faces challenges from power dissipation demands from increased processing, sensing and communication requirements plus targets for size, weight and operation. Address thermal challenges effectively with electronics cooling simulation that brings electronic and mechanical design flows closer.

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