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Mezzanine Processors: Lighten your Single Board Computer Footprint to Zero

October 07, 2016 | BY: Aaron Frank

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Today’s continued push for smaller and faster is driving innovation. Autonomous airborne platforms have now become small enough to be launched by hand, and contain sophisticated electronics to support complex processing requirements such as surveillance video analysis and compression, recording and transmission, independent navigation and flight control, as well as automatic collision avoidance and return-to-base logistics. Larger platforms have similar requirements, and with higher levels of processing capabilities.

Common to all these platforms is a relentless need to focus on size, weight and power (SWaP) optimization. Smaller, lighter and more power efficient processing becomes the starting mantra, and new and innovative solutions are needed to meet these requirements. When considered as part of a larger embedded architecture solution, mezzanine processors offer the system designer considerable flexibility to add powerful processing capabilities in industry recognized rugged COTS formats.

This white paper examines the benefits of mezzanine processors, and illustrates several examples where a mezzanine processor can offer significant SWaP benefits to the aerospace and defense industry while still meeting the COTS mandate of government acquisition strategies.

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Author’s Biography

Aaron Frank

Senior Product Manager, Intel SBC & Graphics

Aaron Frank joined Curtiss-Wright in January 2010. As the Senior Product Manager for our Intel Single Board Computer and Graphics product lines, he is responsible for a wide range of COTS products utilizing Intel processing and video graphics/GPU technologies in many industry standard module formats (VME, VPX, etc). His focus includes product development and marketing strategies, technology roadmaps, and serving as a subject matter expert within the sales team. Previous to this role, Aaron held the product Manager role for Networking products. Aaron has a Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering degree from the University of Waterloo.

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