Open Standards


Abaco long ago committed to the open standards that give our customers lower cost of ownership, minimum risk and maximum flexibility.

For the last 30+ years, we have based our product range on open standards – both industry standards and de facto standards. One of the first companies to create truly rugged VME solutions, Abaco Systems was fastest to market with single board computers based on the emerging VPX standard, and a prime mover behind the adoption of the OpenVPX standard. We are members of both VITA and PICMG. Abaco Systems has also long offered a range of products based on the CompactPCI architecture.

VME Forever !

VME has been at the heart of rugged embedded computing for over 30 years. Alternative architectures have come along – but VME is still thriving. And: there are good reasons why VME will continue to thrive – as this white paper explains.




It’s not just about open standards – it’s about de facto standards that bring leading edge price/performance and frequent technology insertion opportunities.

Our single board computer and graphics platforms are based on the de facto standards for the embedded computing industry – Freescale, Intel and NVIDIA – providing breadth and depth of choice to our customers, enabling you to choose the solution best-suited to your needs. Across our product range, you’ll find other industry standards such as PCI Express and Ethernet. Our high performance embedded computing (HPEC) boards and systems take advantage of the standard technologies deployed by the world’s biggest computing facilities – technologies such as InfiniBand – to bring data center performance to the harshest, most constrained environments.

High Performance Embedded Computing and its Impact on Mil/Aero Applications

The drive toward Modular Open Systems Architectures (MOSA) is at the heart of Abaco’s selection of technologies, and this paper examines how this can positively impact programs.



We build on open standards, maximizing interoperability but delivering the functionality and performance that sets Abaco apart.

We base our COTS products on the open standards that provide our customers with interoperability, upgradability and lower cost of ownership – but that’s where we start, not where we finish. Abaco Systems has a unique understanding of the needs of our customers that enables us to deliver broad-based added value, higher levels of functionality and superior price/performance. And: our leading edge hardware and software are backed by Abaco’s unrivaled suite of flexible, responsive support programs – and our commitment to lead the rugged embedded computing industry in customer service.

Lifecycle Management for Mission Critical Electronics

Management Overview Strategic or mission-critical embedded computing projects can have a lifetime measurable in years or even decades. Throughout that time, there is a requirement continuously to maintain and improve the performance of the total system, ensure that it is capable of being serviced and supported – at minimum cost, and with minimum disruption. This white paper describes Abaco Systems’ approach to providing that cost-effective long term support with specific reference to minimizing the impact of component obsolescence, and how its impact can be mitigated.



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