In 1994, when then-Secretary of Defense William Perry formalized the requirement for defense suppliers to use commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) solutions, his vision of the benefits he foresaw was clear. Development costs would be lower; equipment would cost less as a result of moving away from mil specs and of competition between suppliers; and expenses would shrink as technology insertion mitigated the effects of obsolescence, or COTS suppliers absorbed the costs.
Fast forward 20+ years, and it’s apparent that his vision has become a reality – and Abaco has been at the forefront of that change, having been among the first to bring COTS technologies such as VME to the market – a systems architecture that continues to thrive today, as our white paper explains.
Today, Abaco’s product family features processors from Intel, Qualcomm (formerly Freescale/NXP) and ARM; GPUs from NVIDIA and AMD; communications solutions delivered by Ethernet; operating systems including Windows, Linux, VxWorks and INTEGRITY; and commercial data center technologies such as InfiniBand.
At Abaco, we take COTS as a starting point. Not all products featuring Intel processors or NVIDIA GPUs are created equal. Our innovative cooling technologies, for example, enable higher performance from the same silicon than is possible with inferior thermal approaches.
And: COTS underpins our technology insertion strategy, enabling our customers to benefit from the latest high performance technologies to continuously upgrade fielded programs over what can be several decades – at minimal cost.
Transforming the Military Embedded Computing Landscape
This white paper describes the key market drivers, technologies and building blocks that the military is increasingly embracing from the commercial world that provide a clear path to increased operational capabilities within the size, weight and power (SWaP) constraints that are a feature of today’s most demanding programs.
Product Lifecycle Management
All our products are designed to be supported over the multi-year – multi-decade, even – lifetime of the typical program. Whether for technology insertion or obsolescence management, we’re with you for the long haul.