Expanding and Extending Support for Rugged Solutions

March 21, 2024
Standards and legacy support improve development and support of rugged systems

Rugged and Mil/Aero Systems @ Embedded Tech Trends 2024

Check out the technology presentations from this year's rugged computing event.

Standards, like those from VITA, enable designers to take advantage of interoperability to utilize and deliver rugged solutions in cooperation with other vendors. Here, we have some videos from the latest Embedded Tech Trends (ETT) conference that address this issue. Another video, from GDCA, looks at legacy systems and legacy equipment manufacturers (LEMs), as many rugged systems have an extremely long life. 

Scott Poole, Engineering Manager, Power Systems, at AirBorn, knows about rugged connectors. His presentation (watch the video above) addresses the industry's complex integration challenges, especially for power delivery. The challenge is to provide high efficiency while keeping noise and emissions low. Of course, faster time-to-market and ease of installation are key benefits. 

Legacy equipment manufacturers (LEMs) provide an important service that's especially important for rugged systems with a very long lifetime. Supporting these systems over time can be a challenge unless one is planning ahead.

Ethan Plotkin, CEO at GDCA, explains the challenges and solutions for addressing electronics obsolescence. He talks about this emerging category of service providers and why OEMs and end-users are embracing the idea of forming strategic supplier relationships. 

VITA and its standards have helped with interoperability and cost in the military, avionics, and rugged system space. David Jedynak, Vice President, Strategic Planning at Curtiss-Wright Defense Solutions, talks about the strength of VITA standards and how they has evolved over the last couple of decades. He addresses how VITA can expand into other markets beyond its aerospace and defense (A&D) industry roots. Definitely worth watching if you develop rugged solutions outside of this space. 

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