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A New Era for Embedded Computing: Why Arm Processors Are Ideal for Defense, Aerospace, and Rugged Embedded Applications

February 28, 2018 | BY: Mike Slonosky, Mike Southworth

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Advanced RISC Machine (Arm) processors are well known for bringing incredibly high performance to the most advanced smartphones and mobile devices available. The exploding market for commercial mobile devices has pushed chip designers to come up with ever-faster, ever-smaller processors that are less power-hungry than competing options, yet still deliver secure, high-integrity computing. This is an ideal combination for defense, aerospace, and rugged embedded applications.

Today’s rugged embedded applications put incredibly high demands on the components that drive them. Processors must deliver the performance that defense, aerospace, and other rugged embedded applications require. And, they need to reliably provide that performance on platforms severely constrained by size, weight, and power (SWaP) — many of which are deployed in moving vehicles traveling in harsh environments. Components must protect the data stream at all times. Cost is also a factor, and budget pressures mean system integrators must make careful trade-offs between performance, SWaP, and cost when selecting components.

Arm technology enables chip vendors to develop 32-bit and 64-bit processors that perform far beyond the level required to run most mission computer applications. And they provide that performance in a low-power, space- and cost-effective format that does not compromise information assurance.

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Figure 1: Arm chip capabilities

Download the A New Era for Embedded Computing: Why Arm Processors Are Ideal for Defense, Aerospace, and Rugged Embedded Applications White Paper to learn more about:

  • Arm’s SWaP-optimized design
  • TrustZone technology for secure computing
  • Arm’s industry-leading power-to-performance ratio


Author’s Biography

Mike Slonosky

Senior Product Manager, Power Architecture and Arm SBCs

Michael Slonosky is the Product Manager for Power Architecture Single Board Computers in the C4 Solutions group at Curtiss-Wright. He has been with Curtiss-Wright for 13 years after spending over 20 years in the telecom industry. Mike is a graduate of the University of Manitoba with a Masters of Science in Electrical Engineering.

Mike Southworth

Author’s Biography

Mike Southworth

Senior Product Manager

Mike Southworth serves as Senior Product Manager for Curtiss-Wright Defense Solutions where he is responsible for the Parvus small form-factor rugged mission computers and Ethernet networking subsystem product line targeting Size, Weight, and Power (SWaP)-constrained military and aerospace applications. Southworth has more than 15 years of experience in technical product management and marketing communications leadership roles. Mike holds an MBA from the University of Utah and a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations from Brigham Young University.

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