Merging Computing and Comms to Address Military Vehicle SWaP Requirements
May 15, 2013 | BY: Mike SouthworthDownload PDF
Thanks to ever increasing semiconductor integration and creative engineering, more subsystems functionality can be squeezed into a single compact system than ever before. Military vehicles are taking advantage by combining modular systems. Some embedded subsystems can now support I/O expansion combined with network processing, Ethernet switching, and IP traffic routing in a single box.
Despite current budget challenges faced by the Department of Defense, the DoD continues to demand more performance and improved functionality from rugged computers and communications subsystems to fulfill its mission requirements.
Modern state-of-the-art equipment offers the DoD more than legacy products-one subsystem can now integrate the capabilities of multiple boxes. One way the DoD achieves savings is by purchasing rugged commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) computing subsystems versus the custom MIL-spec alternatives of yesteryear. Open architecture, pre-integrated products featuring modularity (mix and match functionality) are most attractive to the DoD since they do not require significant engineering expertise for customization or integration.