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Open modular embedded instrumentation architecture for test and evaluation
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Military systems in the new century are becoming increasingly complex, network centric, and information intensive. Existing ad-hoc test and evaluation (T&E) approaches are facing increasing challenges to cope with these complexities. An open, modular, standards-based embedded instrumentation (EI) architecture (OMEA) is proposed to leapfrog the capabilities of T&E. The OMEA embraces an 'all digital' solution and rapidly emerging commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) hardware and software technologies. These technologies include smart sensor networks, time synchronization for sensor network, reconfigurable hardware, model-based design, and software defined radio. The OMEA architecture will rationalize the myriad of heterogeneous EI and control systems. It will normalize the EI interfaces enabling easier and more cost-effective system design, development, procurement, integration and testing. With the growth of digital control platforms, it is possible to design-in EI capabilities to sense and collect critical performance data without requiring additional sensors. Any military vendor or system integrator will be able to realize this 'controller is the instrument' vision by using the proposed OMEA architecture.

Paper Details

Date Published: 2 May 2006
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 6249, Defense Transformation and Network-Centric Systems, 624903 (2 May 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.663548
Show Author Affiliations
Rui Zhou, General Electric Global Research (United States)
Peter C. Sanza, General Electric Global Research (United States)
Nikita A. Visnevski, General Electric Global Research (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6249:
Defense Transformation and Network-Centric Systems
Raja Suresh, Editor(s)

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