Budget Cuts Spur Use of COTS Rugged Systems

By: Charlotte Adams, Contributing Editor, Military Embedded Systems

Military Embedded Systems - January 2014 Issue

As the U.S. defense budget shrinks, the military's appetite for rugged Commercial Off-The-Shelf (COTS) products will continue to grow. The services can no longer afford the protracted development schedules and massive cost overruns often associated with new programs. This makes COTS components - from chips to boards to subsystems and systems - attractive in every corner of the procurement world, especially for High Performance Embedded Computing (HPEC) in radar and other sensor applications.