Focus on Reliable, Ruggedised, SWaP-optimised Solutions
Defence forces continue to seek technology insertions with improved size, weight and power (SWaP) characteristics for systems throughout the battlespace. That message has resonated well with Abaco Systems, which recently announced a design win which supports upgrades to an unidentified customer’s minehunting system. The system is a towed sonar array that uses multiple sensors to identify and detect mine-like objects.
An Abaco press release stated these upgrades will provide faster processing and the latest technology, which will increase safety for warfighters, and continued, “this win contains Abaco’s VP780 FPGA card, as well as the SBC329 3U OpenVPX single board computer. The SBC329 offers a rugged design with convection or conduction cooling with advanced heat management technologies which deliver ultimate performance. This SBC features advanced security and anti-tamper features which provide a secure processing environment.” John Muller, Chief Growth Officer, added context, pointing out Abaco’s SBC329 SBC provided system designers with updated processing capabilities using Intel Xeon E3-1505M V6 quad core processor, providing about 40% higher performance while retaining the same power consumption, though he added “how more processing power would equate to improved mission capability is confidential information.”
He went on to state that “Abaco has a long history partnering with Intel and Xilinx, to be the first to market with leading products for the embedded market [and that, for this contract award] As the incumbent, Abaco was chosen over competitors by providing a ready solution that met the technical requirements with a lowered form, fit, and function replacement to the existing design.” This win includes delivery of 34 systems, with two of each FPGA card and SBC computer in each system, over the course of two years. Development will be completed by the end of 2022 and production will begin in early 2023.
“This design win specifically highlights Abaco’s broad product portfolio with low power, cutting-edge technology and focuses on our ability to provide our customer added value with a technical insertion featuring minimal SWaP,” Muller emphasised.
Marty Kauchak reporting from National Harbor, MD for MON