The Connected Battlefield Blog

Abaco Systems helps military and aerospace organizations minimize program risk and bring programs in on time and on budget. Our integrated, rugged systems solutions are based on a product range that includes single board computers, high performance embedded computing (HPEC), digital signal processing, GPGPU, image processing, sensor processing and avionics. We ally to those products our understanding of applications including ISR, EW, SIGINT, radar, sonar and 360 degree situational awareness. Our customers know that Abaco System brings industry-leading expertise and experience, together with broad and deep customer support.


GTC16 Day 3

Hooked on a Feeling

Here we are, Stuart Heptonstall, our product manager for graphics, and I, still at the NVIDIA GPU Technology Conference (GTC) at the San Jose Convention Center. Last evening’s session went really well, and the two hours once again went by in a flash. Abaco is one of the few primarily mil/aero companies exhibiting at the show and we made sure to put some sufficiently tough looking systems at the corner of the booth to catch folks’ eye. There’s a...


GPU Technology Conference

California Dreamin'

It’s day two at the NVIDIA GPU Technology Conference (GTC) at the San Jose Convention Center. There were no seismic event warnings this morning, which is surprising as I met someone at the NVIDIA networking event who was convinced that they basically cause earthquakes. As I’m someone who’s convinced that they make it rain whenever they visit Las Vegas, I could empathize. The hot topic today was the keynote address from Jen-Hsun Huang, NVIDIA’s...


GPU Tech Conference

Do You Know the Way to San Jose?

Here we are at the NVIDIA GPU Technology Conference—or GTC—at the San Jose Convention Center. We’re registered and badged, the necessary booth folks are there, and everything works so it’s been a good day so far. We’re off to an NVIDIA networking event in an hour so that our new GPU product manager (and likely blogger later in the week) Stuart Heptonstall can meet with some key NVIDIA folks for the first time. Abaco has been working with NVIDIA...


MQ-9 Reaper

Ethernet Switches: Why Time Matters

It’s no coincidence that our blog is called The Connected Battlefield. Communications networks are at the heart of modern military operations. But there’s more to the name than that. At Abaco, networking—and especially rugged networking—is fundamental to what we do. What that means is that we spend a great deal of time understanding our customers’ problems—and helping solve them. Here’s a recent example. Ethernet technology now dominates...


F-16 Falcons

Designing for MIL-STD-1553

When a technology is architected to be robust, and has proven to be so in countless deployments over tens of years, it can be very easy to take it for granted. A prime example is MIL-STD-1553B. It just works, right? Well: yes and no. In theory, you buy the right parts, drop them on to a PCB, write some software — and you’re good to go. After all: the 1553 standard is designed to deal with a host of signal integrity issues — so why would you need...


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...


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...


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...


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...


US Air Force

Demystifying Performance

As we stride ahead as Abaco Systems, software is playing a key role in differentiating us from our competitors because it’s a significant strength for us. One of the things we see is how the embedded software world has now opened out to encompass the enormous open community of Linux, bringing a huge choice of open APIs, open source tools and utilities. That choice, though, can be overwhelming. How do you choose which is right for your...


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...


Land programs

Defining Abaco

As I write this we are on our seventh week “being Abaco.” If you haven’t heard of Abaco Systems, we’re a brand new company formed when GE spun out its rugged embedded computing business. In the mil/aero market, we were known as GE Intelligent Platforms for the past decade. Our roots go back thirty years, to companies like Radstone Technology, VMIC, SBS Technologies, and Condor Engineering. We’re also a company in transformation—a company that is...


Abaco Systems at US Naval Academy

Innovation, Leadership and Change: A Busy Start for Abaco Systems

2016: And we're off! As most of our readers probably know, GE closed the deal to sell off its embedded business toward the end of November 2015—and so began Abaco Systems. Being the end of the year, with the holidays looming, we had to jump through a few hoops to get us ready for 2016...and now we are here. It has been a busy start for our new company. I thought I'd share a summary of what we have been up to so far… The marketing team is working...


Star Wars

The FORCE Is With Us...

This blog discusses Abaco’s appearance at the Huntsville FACE TIM and how this event is a great milestone for the FACE consortium


Yes or No

Objection, Your Honor

They say that if you can’t handle rejection, sales isn’t for you. Rejection happens most of the time in sales: it’s a fact of life. I was told to remember that it’s rarely personal—the company you’re talking to just doesn’t want to buy your product. It’s not that they don’t want to buy you. Sage advice, no doubt, but after a relatively few years, I realized I didn’t cope with rejection very well. I also hated cold calling—working through lists...