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Telemetry Platforms Powered by FPGA Technology

As aerospace and defense contractors pursue higher levels of system performance while addressing the realities of budget constraints, system engineers have turned to Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) solutions as a way to create a new generation of increasingly complex electronics systems.

As aerospace and defense contractors pursue higher levels of system performance while addressing the realities of budget constraints, system engineers have turned to Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) solutions as a way to create a new generation of increasingly complex electronics systems.

Unlike general-purpose processor arrays in which a very large number of gates must switch to perform even the simplest decisions FPGA computing modules use a minimal set of gates to make basic logic decisions. This ability to achieve higher processing speed, combined with lower power dissipation per logic element, enhances system reliability and reduces cooling requirements, ideal in telemetry systems.

Advanced FPGA technology also makes it possible to replace multiple Application-Specific Integrated Circuits (ASICs) or Application-Specific Standard Product (ASSPs) with a single programmable device that can be tailored via programming to a specific end-user application. Telemetry systems, deployed on government test ranges or on board military aircraft, are a prime example.

Telemetry System Requirements:
Integrated security features
High performance and reliability
Low-power for longer battery life
Smaller footprint and lighter weight
Ruggedized board and system packaging

Such FPGA-based solutions significantly reduce total system Size, Weight, Power and Cost (SWaP-C), as well as address stringent government security requirements specified within directives and regulations which pertain to Information Assurance (IA) and Anti-Tamper (AT) programs. Integrated computer systems which incorporate high-end PCI Express 2.0 I/O cards minimize bottlenecks and dramatically improve data throughput to the benefit of demanding aerospace and defense applications such as radar, software radio, telemetry and signals intelligence.

In order to satisfy the requirements of aerospace and defense telemetry systems, the TRC4007 rackmount computer system, featuring the JXT6966 Single Board Computer and BPC7041 backplane, can accommodate up to nine PCI Express 2.0 FPGA option cards in a 4U rackmount enclosure and provides an integrated 8.4 LCD Display & keyboard/mouse tray along with support for up to three hot swapFind Article, front access 3.5" HDD storage drives.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR


Mark Lovett is the Chief Marketing Officer for Trenton Technology. Mark has held various executive level positions in the embedded and industrial computing industries. For further information, please visit the Trenton Website or the Trenton Blog.



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