In addition to guns, ammunition, ruck sacs and more, the modern US soldier must now carry electronics– from night vision to radios, and now programs such as Nett Warrior add smartphones, tablets, and GPS to this load. And just like the bullets for a soldier’s gun, a soldier’s electronics need ammo in the form of batteries–and they all need to be able to communicate with themselves to share intelligence both on the field and with central command.
The Vehicular Integration for C4ISR/EW Interoperability (VICTORY) specification was developed as a standard for US Army vehicles to combat a history of the “bolt-on” approach when adding new communications systems and electronics—systems that were often siloed and had no interoperability between them. This earlier approach often led to duplicate hardware, little future-proofing and a lack of required economies for size, weight, power and costs (SWAP-C).
Ethernet is the well-established standard in government, enterprise, and home applications. It is rapidly becoming the standard for military and other rugged applications due to proven interoperability, reliability, and speed. Historically, dedicated bus architectures have been used in military applications, resulting in heavy and somewhat inflexible systems.
Ethernet has been shown as a viable alternative for a number of reasons:
- • Ethernet and IP technologies are ubiquitous
- • Ethernet devices are inherently interoperable, encouraging modularity
- • Rugged commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) components are readily available
- • Ethernet continues to receive large technology investments
- • Ethernet operates over world-spanning distances using established infrastructures
In all mobile military and airborne platforms, the transition from mechanical systems to electronically controlled systems is taking place. As the electronics content continues to grow, so do the processing loads that happen on every platform. Embedded computers are rising in sophistication as they need to support sensors, radar, video streams, and remote-control functions. Distributed processing, the interconnection of devices, and communication between devices has led to an exponential jump in bandwidth requirements on the interconnects between these devices. Traditional protocols like IEEE 1394 and USB still have legacy applications on these platforms, but most new platforms and platform retrofits are turning to Ethernet as their de facto communications protocol, supporting 1 Gbps in most platforms and growing to 10 Gbps in certain payloads.
Autometrix is an industrial cutting system out of Northern California. A little over a year ago, their electrical engineer, Tyler Green contacted MilSource. Tyler was looking for a basic, board-level Fast Ethernet switch that he could integrate in to his on-board electronic package. The MILTECH 309 fit the bill. Because of its small size, ruggedized componentry and conformal coating, it could fit right in to the size and industrial shock standards needed to deliver the fast and reliable products the company is known for.
To read more about how Autometrix is using MilSource, read the full story in Control Design Magazine.
We’re headed to AUVSI’s XPONENTIAL next week with one of Techaya’s newest device the MILTECH303. The industry’s only rugged, MIL-STD, IP68 ultra-compact USB 3.1 USB hub. This cool little hub is designed not only to connect USB devices—handhelds, sensors, night vision goggles, keyboards— but also provide power management and charging of up to 5 devices at a time.
Today, we announced the availability of the new Techaya MILTECH 9124 and MILTECH 9128 board-level, ultra-compact Ethernet switches. These conformally coated, Layer 2/Layer 3, 24- and 28-port 1 GbE and 10 GbE Ethernet switch/routers are designed specifically as embedded solutions for military, avionic and commercial communications platforms.
Techaya just recently announced a major platform upgrade to their compact, ultra-compact and board level managed Ethernet switches. Through a major firmware upgrade, these managed Ethernet switches now have some key new features.
Why is this so important to existing and future customers of Techaya managed Ethernet switches? Well, this new platform upgrade (available free through a firmware update) adds Layer 3 static routing functionality to these compact, ultra-compact and board-level Layer 2 Ethernet switches. By adding static routing functionality, these switches can now perform IPv4 and IPv6 static routing between VLANs without having to add a router upstream. This reduces the amount of equipment, weight and cost on mobile military platforms.
This week, Techaya, developer and manufacturer of military-grade, COTS and customized IP-based communication solutions, introduced its new MILTECH M64 military-grade, IP68-rated, miniature USB3 device. This new, novel USB solution from Techaya that takes rugged portability and security of your data to the next level.
Here at MilSource, we’re happy to announce that Techaya has expanded upon it MILTECH 908MP compact Ethernet switching platform. The new MILTECH 912 is a managed Ethernet switch that offers the same advanced network features including VLANs, traffic prioritization (QoS) and bandwidth aggregation, but has expanded its port density to 12 triple-speed (10/100/1000 Mbps) Ethernet ports using 2 D-38999 connectors.