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Richard Kirk

Richard graduated from the University of Manchester in 1984 with a BSc degree in Physics, and followed that in 1998 with an MBA from the Open Business School. In the interim, he’d joined Plessey Optoelectronics, part of one of the UK’s most venerable technology companies. He joined Radstone, located in Towcester, UK—subsequently acquired by GE—in 1999, and now has worldwide responsibility within Abaco's business as Director, Core Computing.

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Technology: insert or preserve?

Many military programs have a deployed life measured in decades. What does it take to keep them viable over such extended timeframes?

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How I chose my new automobile

Recently, Richard Kirk was in the market for a new car. Finding one that exactly met all his requirements proved more difficult than he thought.

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When your life depends on it …

Abaco has announced a breakthrough in cooling technology that means the SBC347D can operate at its maximum rated speed even at 75°C. Richard Kirk explains why that's important.

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AT&T Picture Phone

Why Do New Products Fail?

For a new product to succeed, it must provide something customers truly need. And according to our customers, our new 40 Gig Ethernet–enabled SBC has that covered.

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VME Applications

Of Hair Loss—and VME

It's easy to look back and marvel at how much has changed in the last 20 years, but VME architecture remains a constant—and for good reason.

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End of VME

Is This the End of VME?

In the second of our business leader guest posts, Richard Kirk, Product Manager for Single Board Computers, shares some insights on the VME form factor. Ever since GE announced the first 3U VPX single board computer in May 2006 (the SBC340 ) our customers have been asking me, “Is VME dead?” They were asking it again when the OpenVPX industry working group—of which GE was a founding member—was formed in January 2009. They’ve been asking us the...

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