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Minimizing your long term cost of ownership is a key goal at Abaco. We do this in a variety of ways – from designing-in compatibility across generations of products to a range of long term support services that minimize the potential impact of obsolescence.


 

Our commitment is to supporting customer programs throughout their lifecycle – even if that lifecycle is measured in decades.

It starts with designing successive generations of products to be pin-compatible with their predecessors – making technology insertion to obtain incremental performance and functionality easier and more cost-effective. An example: the PPC11A we introduced recently was form, fit and function compatible with the PPC1A we introduced in 1995.

 

That’s one way in which we protect our customers from obsolescence. Another is our innovative, flexible range of PLM – Product Lifecycle Management – services. These can be tailored to your program’s specific requirements – and, in fact, your long term planning may choose to leverage both a technology insertion strategy and a long term support strategy.

You may want to take advantage of our product ‘health checks’. We’re members of the Component Obsolescence Group, and that allows us to monitor the projected availability of every part we use. Using this, you can get the advance information that makes long term planning possible.

If you decide to make a lifetime buy of a component or product, we can store those for you in our state of the art, environmentally controlled storage facility for you to deploy as and when you need them.

We also maintain the facilities – such as test and diagnostic equipment - and personnel necessary to support any product we have ever sold. One of the founding principles of PLM is that we preserve the knowledge, skills and ability to support our products for as long as our customers need us to.


 

We have flexible options that enable you to stay in control of your configuration throughout your program’s lifetime to reduce your risk and long term cost of ownership.

Our technology insertion philosophy allows customers to seamlessly integrate new, higher performance hardware technologies while retaining form, fit and function and application software compatibility. This capability is enormously attractive to companies in the defense and aerospace market where the life of a program is often measured in decades.

 

In addition, these companies have invested significant time and effort in detailed system integration and validation, and they want to be an integral part of the configuration management/change approval process throughout the life of the program. Controlling the configuration is an important part of their risk-reduction strategy. Our Configuration Management Service is designed for these customers.

Configuration Management enables customers to choose one of two options: you can choose to be informed of the changes as they occur, or you may choose to be party to approval of the changes, and therefore to control the configuration baseline.

The Configuration Management process generates a manufacturing data package which identifies and records both the hardware and software configurations. These include, for example: build state; address mapping; I/O configurations; BSP, drivers and BIT diagnostic firmware requirements; and revision level status of the system elements.

Controlled configuration ensures that later purchases of the same equipment will be identical to the original.


Abaco Systems was among the first companies to bring to market commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) products that were rugged by design–as opposed to commercial products that were ruggedized as an afterthought.

Defensive

With the defensive approach, you freeze the design of the system from the outset of production. The impact of obsolescence is then managed through a combination of component health checks, 'buy ahead' of spare parts and their long-term environmentally controlled storage. Abaco provides these services for customers who determine that the defensive approach is their best option.

The defensive approach sees configuration control used to manage any potential changes to the build state.

Although the potential for obsolescence increases with time and features/ performance may lag behind more up-to-date systems, this defensive approach ensures excellent equipment interchangeability and the highest in-service reliability for the whole program life.

Progressive

The progressive approach brings technology insertion into play. This enables regular, planned system updates that can take advantage of the latest COTS technologies, facilitated by standard product architectures and layers of software insulation. This strategy minimizes the impact of obsolescence while ensuring that features and performance stay up to date.

Both the above strategies have potential downsides. With the defensive approach, that might be the cost of finding component EOL buys. With the progressive approach, there may be the possibility of introducing unforeseen problems with more up to-date products. It may simply be that the circumstances of a particular program do not suit either of these strategies.

Mixed

Under a mixed approach, it is possible to combine the defensive approach with technology insertion to achieve the optimum result. An example of this is to break a 15-year project into three planned 5-year cycles. Having initially frozen the design, you would use defensive techniques for Phase 1 production - monitoring obsolescence and finding EOL buys while taking a progressive approach to planning for technology insertion system enhancements to be integrated for Phase 2.

This is a good compromise for many programs, providing the benefits of the two methods while minimizing the potential downside of each of them. Abaco Systems offers a flexible array of services enabling you to adopt the strategy best suited to your program scenario.


 

Product Lifecycle Management

Product Lifecycle Management for Mission Critical Electronics
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Configuration Management

Flexible options to enable you to stay in control of your configuration
throughout your program’s lifetime.

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GDCA

As part of Abaco’s commitment to maximizing the long term availability of our products, GDCA, who specialize in delivering and supporting legacy products for as long as customers need them, is now supplying some Abaco boards that are approaching end-of-life.

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Product Name Form Factor Description
NETernity™ CP3-GESW8N cPCI 3U

NETernity™ CP3-GESW8N is a conduction cooled, conformal coated 3U CPCI unmanaged Gigabit Ethernet switch. This switch is ideal for military applications such as avionics, radar and networking requiring operation in harsh environments.

NETernity™ CP6-GESW24M3 cPCI 6U

NETernity™ CP6-GESW24M3 is a 24-port Fully Managed Layer-3 and Layer-3 Gigabit Ethernet switch offering cost-effective high-speed network connectivity for commercial applications.

NETernity™ CP921BRC-300 NETernity™ CP921BRC-300 cPCI 6U

A fully managed Layer 2/3+ Ethernet switch supporting IPv6 switching and routing with extensive switch management capabilities.

SPR870A Wideband Digital Receiver/Exciter SPR870A Wideband Digital Receiver/Exciter VPX 3U

The SPR870A can be deployed in harsh environments for real-time processing in radar, ISR and other high performance applications.

VME-3122 VME

VME-3122 High-Performance 16-bit Analog-to-Digital Converter (ADC)

VME-3122A VME Analog I/O Input Boards VME-3122A VME

VME-3122A High-Performance 16-bit Analog-to-Digital Converter (ADC)

VME-3122B VME Analog I/O Input Boards VME-3122B

VME-3122B High-Performance 16-bit Analog-to-Digital Converter (ADC)

VME-3123 VME

VME-3123 16-Bit High-Throughput Analog Input Board, 16 Channels with Simultaneous Sample-and-Hold Inputs

VME-3123A VME-3123A VME

VME-3123A 16-Bit High-Throughput Analog Input Board, 16 Channels with Simultaneous Sample-and-Hold Input

VME-3125 VME-3125 VME

VME-3125 Isolated Scanning 12-bit 32-Channel Analog-to-Digital Converter Board (6U) with Built-in-Test

VME-3125A Analog-to-Digital Converter Board VME-3125A VME

VME-3125A: Isolated Scanning 12-bit 32-Channel Analog-to-Digital Converter Board (6U) with Built-in-Test (BIT)

VME-3128A analog input/output product VME-3128A Analog I/O VME 6U

VME-3128 Scanning 14-bit Analog-to-Digital Converter Board with Programmable Gain Memory

VME-4514A VME-4514A VME

VME-4514A 16-Channel Scanning Analog I/O Board with Built-in-Test and P2 I/O

VME-5532L VME Bus Repeater VME-5532L VME Bus Repeater VME

VME-5532L VMEbus Fiber-Optic Repeater Link with Slave Chassis System Controller - The VME-5532 Link is a high-performance, yet easy-to-use method of linking two or more VMEbus systems together via fiber-optic cable.

VME-REPEAT-A-L VME-REPEAT-A-L VME

VMIVME-REPEAT L is a two-board set which allows VMEbus slave I/O boards residing in one VMEbus chassis to be controlled by a VMEbus master residing in another chassis.

 

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