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Features Software: It's all about the tools


12 Next-generation programming tools come of age


By Kumaravel Pandurangan, MapuSoft Spring 2011 Volume 29 Number 1


Columns Editor’s foreword


Optional ethics? No freakin’ way By Chris A. Ciufo


VITA news


The big shift in 2011 By Ray Alderman


OpenVPX Interconnects


SSD technology drives OpenVPX storage blades to new levels By Gregory Bolstad, Critical I/O


Departments Editor’s Choice


Events


American Telemedicine Association 2011 Annual Meeting May 1 - 3, 2011 • Tampa, FL www.americantelemed.org


Embedded Systems Conference - Silicon Valley May 2- 5, 2011 • San Jose, CA esc-sv09.techinsightsevents.com


10 8 Hardware: Radioisotopes for FPGAs? Sure thing. 7


16 Atomic technology powers crypto keys for the long haul: 20-year betavoltaic


batteries rely on tritium electrons Interview with Peter Cabauy, City Labs, Inc.


Special: VPX/OpenVPX on the front lines 20 VITA 62 brings COTS power


supplies to VPX By Patrick Shaw, General Dynamics Canada


23 Outpacing VME: OpenVPX fast-tracks


technologies to the front lines By Brian Roberts, Dawn VME


30 26 VITA 66 expands VPX with fiber-optic


connectivity By Gregory Powers, Tyco Electronics


Technology: Intel boosts SBC, DSP systems 28 Latest Intel processors advance


embedded DSP and SBC system design By Ian Stalker and Alan Baldus, Curtiss-Wright Controls Embedded Computing


Web resources


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ON THE COVER: The radioactive isotope Tritium (Hydrogen-3) illuminates watch dials and exit signs ... and also batteries. An interview with start-up City Labs reveals how nano-voltaic batteries work like solar cells, using Tritium particles. See story on page 16.


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