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Tech Tidbits Daily for Apr. 5, 2005

This is your Tech Tidbits Daily for Tuesday, April 5th, 2005. Today's podcast contains two items of potential interest from Military & Aerospace Electronics published for March 2005 and one listener feedback:

  • The first is an article that highlights a recent demonstration of mobile communications at Fort Gordon, Georgia for a Department of Defense initiative called Command and Control On-The-Move. Using some new equipment and techniques from ViaSat the demo was able to show equivalent DSL connections (3-mbps downstream; 256-kbps upstream) to a moving Humvee using secure encryption devices.  The key networking protocols utilized to accomplish this include: Paired Carrier Multiple Access (PCMA) and Code Reuse Multiple Access (CRMA).
  • The second is a very detailed article on a new initiative by German-based Fraunhofer Institute for Reliability and Microintegration to take a cubic "eGrain sensor" from 2.6-cm per side down to 1-cm per side by late 2005 through a series of iterative steps.  The eventual goal of this project is to get a sensor which needs to be able to offer not only sensing (like heat or frequency) but also communications and power down to a 5-mm cube form factor that is also low-cost to produce. The article did not have an estimated time-line for the 5-mm device, but the article did note that there are significant technology challenges laying ahead in processing and controlling large numbers of deployed sensor devices.

Next up is an email from Chuck over at For more information about the links mentioned in this podcast, or for more details on how to subscribe to this podcast check out You can also send audio or email feedback to; or you can leave audio comments by calling 206-337-1533. Have a great day.


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