Larry Schaffer

Larry Schaffer has been with us in a business development role since 2001, and works to create and maintain long-term, strategic relationships with key companies engaged in embedded computing for ground systems applications with a strong emphasis on image processing and distribution. He was born in Pennsylvania and educated as an Electrical Engineer in New Jersey and California (where he now lives). Just don’t ask him to tell you about being a war baby…

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Veterans

Veterans: Giving Thanks—and More?

Whether you simply raise a glass or offer an unexpected act of kindness, find a way to thank our veterans this Thanksgiving.

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AUSA 2016

AUSA: Being There

In this recap video from AUSA 2016, Larry Schaffer shares the importance of being mission-ready for today and innovating for the future.

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AUSA 2016 Day 3

AUSA 2016 Day 3: It's Over

AUSA 2016 is over, but the connections, insights and inspiration we got from the show will keep shaping our business long after the final crate has been packed away.

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AUSA Day 2

AUSA Day 2: Challenges Overcome

In the midst of meetings and demonstrations on day two of AUSA 2016, it was exciting to have customers tell us our booth was inviting and our message was clear. Just two of the many benefits of being prepared.

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Abaco booth, AUSA 2016

AUSA Day 1: Hard Sellers, Card Collectors—and Booth Potatoes

Bluntly speaking, trade shows are about selling things—and when it comes to discussing our embedded solutions on the show floor, we're proud to break the mold and approach our visitors differently.

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AUSA 2016

AUSA 2016: What a Setup!

We're all set up at AUSA 2016, and we're ready to show attendees what mission-ready really means. We hope you'll stop by our booth and see it for yourself!

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AUSA 2016

AUSA 2016: We’re Mission-ready

We have a clear and focused message heading into AUSA 2016—the first AUSA event since we left the GE nest. We're eager to demonstrate mission-ready solutions that can help our warfighters.

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Heat

If You Can't Stand the Heat

Larry Schaffer shares how he gained a new perspective on what it takes to design, build and deliver the powerful systems we do, and why thermal design and packaging are just as important as power.

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Military Navigation

Embracing Commercial

Today, the military adopts commercial technology at a quicker pace than ever—and we're making sure we stay ahead of the game in the embedded computing space.

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ENIAC

The Future of Computing

Quick question: What weighed 30 tons, was 100 feet long, consumed 150 KW of power and cost $500,000? Answer: The first actual digital computer. This was ENIAC. It was completed around 1946 and was in use for about 10 years. At its peak, it was capable of about 400 FLOPs (Floating Point Operations per Second). It used 18,000 vacuum tubes and had five million hand-soldered joints. It was not user-friendly, had no memory to store results and...

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Vietnam Veteran Pin

AUSA Global Force Day 3: A Reminder

Well, it's all over. I just got the stand broken down and packed away. Our crew did a great job and it went quickly. Now, it's time to write up the notes from today. It was a short day (the show was open only four hours) but nearly every minute was taken up with meetings. Some of the folks that said they would come by waited until today, so we were busy. Anyway, it was great to see them. We have so many friends in the Army and the supporting...

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AUSA Global Force

AUSA Global Force Day 2: Opening Doors

It’s been a long day. I’m just back now after a 14 hour shift, and boy, are my dogs barkin’. It was a great day: everybody showed up, and the meetings were terrific. Here we are, a “start-up”—and we (again) got the very highest quality meetings I can imagine. My thanks to the folks that gave us their time. I’m beginning to think they really get the enthusiasm we feel for the work we have taken on; serving the warfighter and (truly) trying to...

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AUSA Global Force booth

AUSA Global Force Day 1: An All-Around Great Day

Day one of AUSA Global Force was a beautiful day in Huntsville. The rain had gone and the sun was shining: Daylight Savings Time at its best. I got to the stand early to set up and discovered that our neighbor had totally rearranged his space. I could have complained, but actually, it allowed me to move things around and get a much neater set-up. Hooray for small victories… Things got off to a rapid start with our good friends and partners on...

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AUSA 2016

AUSA Global Force: See You There?

I rolled into the Von Braun Center—the Huntsville location for this year’s AUSA—this morning to set up our booth, just ahead of a torrential thunderstorm. Those of you who are regular readers of my reporting from our trade shows will understand the following. I was worried about two things; the rain in our booth (see here ) and those @#$%$ camels! (That was last year’s AUSA Global Force show: unfortunately, my blog post from that day of the show...

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Military Patrol

AUSA, Here We Come

It’s the start of the “show season” for us here at Abaco, and the first one up is in our hometown—Huntsville, Alabama. The AUSA Global Force Conference and Exposition opens on 15 March and closes 17 March, so our preparations are well underway. To quote the organizers: “The Association of the United States Army Institute of Land Warfare (AUSA ILW) will return to the Von Braun Center in Huntsville, Alabama for the 2016 AUSA ILW Global Force...

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2016 Calendar

5 Things I'm Watching in 2016

As we turn the page on 2015, I took the occasion to look back on the trends I saw for last year. Unsurprisingly, these trends are still driving forces in 2016. Some have gained even greater importance and they (along with some new ones) are changing our lives in dramatic ways. So, for the coming year, this is what I am watching. Social media Our political landscape is being shaped by an unrelenting tsunami of opinion. The sheer force of this...

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Fingerprint Analysis

Forensic Business Development

When I mention the acronym “CSI,” what do you think of? Like me, you probably think of the long-running TV shows where the term stands for “Crime Scene Investigation.” I like those shows and, as an unreformed engineer—despite years of business development work—I am intrigued by the science involved. So, I am now taking a course in forensic science. It’s really interesting to see how forensic science relates to business development. Don’t believe...

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Lightning II

5 Reasons to Be Excited

I’ve worked for small companies and I’ve worked for big ones. I’ve helped start-ups, acquisitions and the sales of whole businesses. I guess you could say I’ve been around. So when it was announced that the rugged embedded computing business was being spun out of General Electric, I started thinking about what that would mean. We would be taking all our current facilities, our workforce, our entire current product portfolio and keeping all our...

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GE Rugged

AUSA 2015 Day 3: Wrapping Up and Looking Forward

So: what have we learned over the past couple of days (other than that the rainfall in our conference room wasn’t actually from the air conditioning, but from melting ice left over from a party in the room above us)? SWaP It’s always good to get confirmation that we’re on the right track with our product development, and AUSA has unquestionably done that for us when it comes to size, weight and power. Everybody—but everybody—we’ve spoken to has...

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AUSA Day 2

AUSA 2015 Day 2: Don't Rain on Our Parade

You know, you can plan for months and months for a show—and that's exactly what we did for our participation at AUSA —but there are things you just can't plan for. Like the weather, for example. Don't get me wrong: outside, it's beautiful. It's inside where we have a problem. Yep: it rained in our conference room. You heard me right. I have no idea how big the exhibition space here is—it may run to hundreds of thousands of square feet—but the...

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