To solve tough problems like synthetic aperture radar, sensor fusion, and target recognition processing, the military wants and needs performance. That requirement means getting the fastest throughput in the smallest package with the lowest power penalty. The hunger for performance is even more true for autonomous platforms - from aircraft to ground vehicles - that require high-bandwidth processing to "think" for themselves and act on their own, as well as to perform basic sensor and mission processing, self-protection, and communications and navigation functions.
Intel Xeon D: A Significant Leap Forward in General Purpose Processor (GPP) Technology Across the Spectrum of Defense Applications
Defense platforms and their associated physically constrained payloads have long been the limiting factor in terms of mission capability. In other words, there is a set power budget available, maximum weight and volume limits, and a xed ceiling of heat that can be removed dependent on the particular platform-based payload. Whatever processing can be performed in this xed size, weight and power (SWaP) envelope dictates and limits mission capability associated with the particular function of the payload.
WHITE SANDS MISSILE RANGE, New Mexico. U.S Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, and Lockheed Martin collaborated in a live fire test using the F-35 Lightening II and Aegis Weapon System demonstrating the integration of the F-35 to support Naval Integrated Fire Control-Counter Air (NIFC-CA).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. Missile Defense Agency (MDA) officials will continue working with Charles River Analytics in a follow-on contract to improve the performance of sensor fusion systems in ballistic missile defense systems. The two year contract is valued an estimated $1 million.