As the U.S. defense budget shrinks, the military's appetite for rugged Commercial Off-The-Shelf (COTS) products will continue to grow. The services can no longer afford the protracted development schedules and massive cost overruns often associated with new programs.
An industry perspective from GE Intelligent Platforms
Situational awareness is essential for survival on the battlefield. But while satellites and large surveillance resources packed with sensors and signal processing hardware serve the needs of higher echelons, it has traditionally been difficult to get data to small detachments and individual soldiers within tactical timelines.
Of all the serial switched fabrics in OpenVPX systems, PCI Express (PCIe) has perhaps the least sex appeal. PCI has, after all, been at the heart of PC architectures from time immemorial – and its offspring, PCI Express, continues to play a key role in modern PCs. But for OpenVPX systems designers in the know, PCIe’s an invaluable asset – especially since an important limitation has been addressed: The Peer-To-Peer (P2P) performance challenge.
For High-Performance Embedded Computing (HPEC) applications with very tight space constraints, OpenVPX is the logical technology choice and 3U is the logical form factor. High-speed serial links like PCI Express and Gigabit Ethernet also make sense. Bu...
A GE Intelligent Platforms perspective on embedded military electronics trends
General-Purpose computing on Graphics Processing Units (GPGPU), using massively parallel GPUs to execute thousands of math instructions simultaneously and repetitively, is a boon to signal processing. But its use in real-time scenarios has been limited...
In military avionics, SWaP is a major challenge. As major contractors refresh and redesign electronics systems, in light of less funding availability, they are asking their suppliers to create smaller, less expensive, subsystem solutions, such as data ...
Image processors flex for heavy amounts of remote video data.
Radar apps are picking up the trend towards COTS and Open Systems Architectures (OSAs).
Software-based switch management solutions are the right medicine for reducing overhead and maintaining the longevity of military networks.