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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.


US Navy: S-3B Viking

Upping Our Game

Well, it’s been a hectic couple of months, with our departure from the GE fold and the holidays. Given all that, it strikes me as remarkable that we have not missed a beat in bringing new technologies to the marketplace. Just this week, we announced the arrival of our latest multiprocessor platform, the DSP282 . This features two Intel Core i7-5700EQ CPUs belonging to the family known as Broadwell. This provides a great technology insertion...


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...



Come and Join Us!

By now, you’re hopefully aware that Abaco Systems (the business formed when GE spun out its embedded computing organization) was successfully launched last month—and we’ve hit the ground running. You can almost touch the excitement around the place as we make our plans. Hopefully also, you’ll have seen how we characterize our business—that our commitment to innovation in our products and to delivering on our promises will see our customers...


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...


AV-8B Harrier II

Using MIL-STD-1553 to Add New Capabilities

With the phenomenal power of new sensors, and the very high performance of new processing devices, there are many new capabilities that can be added to a military system that can deliver valuable information to the war fighter and keep them safe. The latest data can be provided that can have a critical impact on the mission. But: there’s a problem. Updating an existing system to take advantage of these new capabilities isn’t a task lightly...


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...


Towcester Abaco Systems

Day 1: Our People Who Put Your People First

Monday, December 7, was Day 1 for us here at Abaco Systems and we couldn’t have been more excited. Bernie Anger, our CEO, flew into the UK to talk to the team in Towcester (pictured above), and our worldwide team—from Bangalore, India to Goleta, California; from Edinburgh, Scotland to Huntsville, Alabama; and from Towcester and Milton Keynes in England to Billerica, Massachusetts—celebrated our first day each in their own way. At Foundation...


Glass Ashtray

What's the Benefit?

As I mentioned in my previous column, being able to articulate the benefits of what you’re selling is one of the keys to the whole process—but "benefits" are widely misunderstood. A memorable exercise at sales training school was that groups of us were given glass ashtrays (remember ashtrays? Back when people used to smoke?). Our instructor told us to write lists of its features, their functions—and the benefits of those functions. What was—and...


Military planes

Embedded Security and Open Systems Interoperability: Are They Mutually Exclusive?

Much of our business comes from the military and aerospace market, where the adoption of open systems architecture in DoD programs continues to evolve. Although not perfect, embedded computing products within the same industry standard business ecosystem will generally play together if attention is paid to interconnectivity. But just as the modular open systems architecture (MOSA) market gains steam, bringing with it more affordability and...


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...


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 air...


AUSA Day 1

AUSA 2015 Day 1: A Warm Welcome

Well, I finally get to catch my breath and a chance to update you on how it’s going here at AUSA. Set-up yesterday went really well: it’s always a sign of success when you only need to make one trip to Radio Shack. Today, the GE team never got a moment’s rest from the moment the doors opened. The show may have officially closed an hour ago—but that doesn’t mean everyone leaves the booth. It was Columbus Day, of course, and you might have thought...


AUSA Annual Meeting

AUSA 2015: Ready, Steady, Go

Here we are again. Less than a week to go before our biggest event of the year: the Association of the U.S. Army Annual meeting and symposium . It’s a really big deal. Those of you who are regular readers may recall from last year’s posts on the AUSA show that it attracts thousands of attendees, from military personnel of all stripes (from 4-stars to “slicks” ). Military contractors abound and show off their latest technologies and products. The...


Going Forward

Going Forward

You’ve almost certainly heard by now that Veritas Capital is to acquire GE’s embedded computing business—and you’ve almost certainly wondered why we haven’t addressed that particular elephant in the room on the Connected Battlefield. There are two reasons for that. First: the fat lady hasn’t yet sung. While we have every expectation that the acquisition will complete, until such time as it does, we are still part of GE. And the second? The...



MIL-STD-1553: Don't Take It for Granted

MIL-STD-1553 is a very tried and true, well known, serial interface for the space and aviation industry that was originally developed for critical avionics interfaces that were required to solve the problem of connecting the many sensors and controls around an aircraft and relaying information between them and the crew. Key requirements are that information is transmitted reliably and in a timely manner. Specifically, the protocol needs to be...