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.


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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...


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...