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Ultra-Small Form Factor Mission Systems: Great Things Come in Small Packages

September 14, 2021 | BY: Mike Southworth

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Aerospace and defense systems integrators continue to push for reductions in size, weight, power, and cost (SWaP-C) to support advanced sensor/vetronics payloads onboard manned and unmanned platforms. Fortunately, groundbreaking miniaturization of mission processor and network switch subsystems are enabling UAS (unmanned air system), UGV (unmanned ground vehicle), UUV (unmanned undersea vehicle), USV (unmanned surface vehicle), as well as manned fighter aircraft, helicopter, and tactical ground vehicle platforms to expand their mission capabilities.

Fortuitously, COTS technology to shrink electronic subsystems is rolling out and enabling systems integrators to more effectively support technology insertion of advanced processor and network backbone architectures. Size and weight constrained platforms often require multiple computer processing elements and sensors as part of their vehicle electronics payloads that are ultimately interconnected to gather and share information. This need to fit more electronics into a limited space envelope is driving the necessity for smaller and smaller processor and network connectivity solutions.

Ultra small form factor

The following white paper will introduce a new class of highly capable rugged COTS mission systems known as ultra-small form factor (USFF) and highlight how these line replaceable units (LRUs) are helping to drive down cost, capability tradeoffs, and SWaP in size and weight-sensitive platforms.

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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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