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Open Standards

Pre-integrated to save you time and money, our pre-validated rugged computer systems provide an optimum computing platform for mission applications.


For the last 30+ years, we have based our product range on open standards – both industry standards and de facto standards. One of the first companies to create truly rugged VME solutions, Abaco Systems was fastest to market with single board computers based on the emerging VPX standard, and a prime mover behind the adoption of the OpenVPX standard. We are members of both VITA and PICMG. Abaco Systems has also long offered a range of products based on the CompactPCI architecture.

It’s not just about open standards – it’s about de facto standards that bring leading edge price/performance and frequent technology insertion opportunities.


Our single board computer and graphics platforms are based on the de facto standards for the embedded computing industry – Intel, NXP and NVIDIA – providing breadth and depth of choice to our customers, enabling you to choose the solution best-suited to your needs. Across our product range, you’ll find other industry standards such as PCI Express and Ethernet. Our high performance embedded computing (HPEC) boards and systems take advantage of the standard technologies deployed by the world’s biggest computing facilities – technologies such as InfiniBand – to bring data center performance to the harshest, most constrained environments.

We build on open standards, maximizing interoperability but delivering the functionality and performance that sets Abaco apart.


We base our COTS products on the open standards that provide our customers with interoperability, upgradability and lower cost of ownership – but that’s where we start, not where we finish. Abaco Systems has a unique understanding of the needs of our customers that enables us to deliver broad-based added value, higher levels of functionality and superior price/performance. And: our leading edge hardware and software are backed by Abaco’s unrivaled suite of flexible, responsive support programs – and our commitment to lead the rugged embedded computing industry in customer service.

COTS underpins our technology insertion strategy, enabling our customers to benefit from the latest high performance technologies to continuously upgrade fielded programs over what can be several decades – at minimal cost.


In 1994, when then-Secretary of Defense William Perry formalized the requirement for defense suppliers to use commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) solutions, his vision of the benefits he foresaw was clear. Development costs would be lower; equipment would cost less as a result of moving away from mil specs and of competition between suppliers; and expenses would shrink as technology insertion mitigated the effects of obsolescence, or COTS suppliers absorbed the costs.


Fast forward 20+ years, and it’s apparent that his vision has become a reality – and Abaco has been at the forefront of that change, having been among the first to bring COTS technologies such as VME to the market – a systems architecture that continues to thrive today, as our white paper explains.

Today, Abaco’s product family features processors from Intel, Power Architecture and ARM; GPUs from NVIDIA and AMD; communications solutions delivered by Ethernet; operating systems including Windows, Linux, VxWorks and INTEGRITY; and commercial data center technologies such as InfiniBand.

At Abaco, we take COTS as a starting point. Not all products featuring Intel processors or NVIDIA GPUs are created equal. Our innovative cooling technologies, for example, enable higher performance from the same silicon than is possible with inferior thermal approaches.


Product Lifecycle Management

All our products are designed to be supported over the multi-year – multi-decade, even – lifetime of the typical program. Whether for technology insertion or obsolescence management, we’re with you for the long haul.

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