Both fixed- and rotary-wing UAVs are used extensively in the military for reconnaissance and assault and for a wide variety of commercial applications. These UAVs carry an enormous amount of electronic equipment. To support their mission profiles, UAVs require the use of multiple sensors – visual, infrared, near-infrared, radiation, biological, and chemical. Multiple visual cameras are used to provide 180 degree forward and downward views for remote pilots. Additionally, UAVs use short range radios, satellite, radar and other tactical communications devices to reach back to centralized command. An increasing number of these components are being replaced with modular elements connected via Ethernet.
Military-grade Ethernet switches are rapidly becoming the standard for military and other rugged applications due to proven interoperability, reliability, and speed. The modularity and availability of small, interoperable components has opened up new applications, including the future digital soldier, unmanned autonomous vehicles (UAVs), and robots. An important concern in this deployment of IP-based technology is connectivity: how will the growing number of devices talk to each other in a way that enhances performance, portability, and reliability?
COTS switches are available with all of these capabilities but they are not rugged enough, require AC power, are too large, and weigh too much. In these highly mobile environments, every square inch of space, every ounce of weight, and every watt of power is critical.
WLANmall announced today the availability of the Techaya MILTECH 308 ultra-compact Fast Ethernet MIL-STD, COTS switch. With dimensions of 3.2” x 2.5” x 1.0”, it is smaller than a credit card and weighs only 0.31 lbs. With the MILTECH 308, systems that require video, advanced weaponry, radar and communications can all be connected with an Ethernet switch that’s the size of a credit card. No one else in the industry has deliver so much power in performance in such a compact device. Today, Techaya sets new standards in compact, ruggedized Ethernet switches.