TK-MIP software for Windows-based PCs enables Monte-Carlo simulations and evaluations of Kalman filter estimation and tracking performance for linear and nonlinear applications. Once performance is tuned to be satisfactory, TK-MIP can be switched to process actual measurement sensor data via any one of the following six protocols:
We are also following recent serial gigabit per second rate developments in VXS (Switched Fabric for 6U VMEbus such as Infiniband, Serial RapidIO, PCI Express & PCI Express AS, Gigabit Ethernet, StarFabric and associated specifications as, respectively, VITA 41.1, 41.2,.41.3, 41.4, 41.5), XMC (Switched Fabric Mezzanine Module), and VITA 49 Digital IF Forum. TeK Associates has also become aware that the best of both worlds may now be achieved by ruggedized packaging of Commercial Off-the-Shelf (COTS) cards and processors in Line Replaceable Units (LRUs) and in ARINC 3/4 ATRs to match prior Form, Fit, and Function (F3). TeK Associates is especially enthusiastic about the emerging PCI Express standard that is already shipping on 200 Million Laptops in 2006 and more in 2007 and PCI Expresss capability for handling multiple CPUs and cables up to 7 meters long and with data rates of 10 GigaHertz/Second each way and to be low cost as well ( $30-$40) with high end multiple CPU versions at ~ $100 (and also 3U version already approved by the PXI Consortium)! To aid in making the transition as gentle as possible over the next few years, new computers will have both the older PCI ports as well as the new PCI Express (PCIe) ports. (As of early May 2006, the IEEE Draft 802.11n, constituting emerging Wireless standards, failed to pass but did finally pass in September 2009.) Meanwhile a new standard is evolving for the Small Computer System Interface (SCSI) as a serial version aptly named Serial Attached SCSI (SAS).
TK-MIP prices may need to increase to accommodate increased prices of component subsystems used in Data Acquisition Hardware (and Software).
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We are pursuing a version of TK-MIP (SKU-8) that can eventually accommodate simultaneous sensor data measurements via all of the above databus protocols and wireless as well as long as they do not conflict with the processors physical port access from the back-plane of the chassis. Current and prior versions of TK-MIP were designed to handle out-of-sequence sensor measurement data as long as each individual measurement is time-tagged (synonym: time-stamped), as is usually the case with modern data sensors. Out-of-sequence measurements are handled by TK-MIP only when it is used in the standalone mode. When TK-MIP is used via COM within another application, the out-of-sequence sensor measurements must be handled at the higher level by that specific application since TK-MIP usage via COM will intentionally be handling one measurement at a time (either for a single Kalman filter, for IMM, or for an Extended Kalman filter). However, in the COM mode, TK-MIP also outputs the transition matrix from the prior measurement to the current measurement, as needed for higher level handling of out-of-sequence measurements. Proper methodology for handling these situations is discussed in Bar-Shalom, Y., Chen, H., Mallick, M., One-Step Solution for the Multi-step Out-Of-Sequence-Measurement Problem in Tracking, IEEE Trans. on Aerospace and Electronic Systems, Vol. 40, No. 1, pp. 27-37, Jan. 2004, in Bar-Shalom, Y., Chen, H., IMM Estimator with Out-of-Sequence Measurements, IEEE Trans. on Aerospace and Electronic Systems, Vol. 41, No. 1, pp. 90-98, Jan. 2005, and in Bar-Shalom, Y., Chen, H., Removal of Out-Of-Sequence Measurements from Tracks, IEEE Trans. on Aerospace and Electronic Systems, Vol. 45, No. 2, pp. 612-619, Apr. 2009.
Expected to ship by the 3rd quarter of FY2022! (Temporarily but frequently delayed while we perform full-time assignment tasks for occasional clients as we devote our full attention to them until completed. From each outside assignment in the estimation area, we obtain additional cutting-edge experience that ultimately serves to feedback and improve this product.)
Return here (starting the 4th quarter of FY2022) for a free download of TK-MIPs tutorial section (with timed expiration) that also contains an official order form for TK-MIP which can be printed out and mailed back to us for additional security beyond what SSL provides on the Web (even with newer 128-bit encryption, much to everyones chagrin). Possessing this sample software allows potential customers to test for themselves and confirm the efficacy and accuracy of the algorithms that we employ (and endorse) before making a financial commitment. (From our New England background, we can appreciate a potential user exercising such caution and conservatism. We tend to exhibit the same type of cautious approach ourselves in everything, especially with respect to software.)
This download demonstrates our software GUI style and its ease-of-use. We are accustomed to bending over backwards to please our readers and do likewise for our TK-MIP software users. We detest flaws and ambiguity both in software and in its accompanying documentation and so we always strive to keep things as simple as possible (but not more so). Go to Top
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