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29 Oct 15. Acromag and Alta Data Technologies (Alta) announced a new product offering that provides unparalleled price-performance and configuration flexibility for rugged avionics systems: Acromag’s new ARCX product with Alta’s avionics interface cards. The ARCX embedded computer is a customizable-off-the-shelf Intel i7 with one or two PMC/XMC expansion sites. This rugged, small form factor box is designed to meet IP67 standards for a dependable, sealed, fanless system. Alta offers a wide variety of avionics PMC and XMC MIL-STD-1553 and ARINC high density interface cards that have been field tested with the ARCX.
“The rugged ARCX system is a 4th Generation Intel Core CPU and single or double PMC/XMC sites and 38999 connectors. SWaP-optimized for military/aerospace deployable systems such as: vetronics, C4ISR, payload management, as well as command and control for drones and robotics. When combined with Alta’s proven 1553 or ARINC interface cards and Acromag’s large PMC/XMC product offering, this product offers countless configuration options using COTS solutions. For example, an ARCX i7 Quad Core system with Alta’s MIL-STD-1553 or ARINC PMC cards and our advance FPGA PMC provides unmatched system capabilities for DSP, video and avionics system capabilities,” states Russ Nieves, Director of Embedded Systems Group for Acromag. (Source: BUSINESS WIRE)
29 Oct 15. DoD’s Silicon Valley Innovation Experiment Begins.
Two months after Defense Secretary Ash Carter officially opened the doors of the Defense Innovation Unit-Experimental in California’s Silicon Valley, the new director and his early team members already are engaging with potential innovators.
During a one-on-one interview before giving a presentation at the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International “Unmanned Systems: Defense 2015” meeting in Arlington, Virginia, DIUx Director Dr. George Duchak, formerly director of the Air Force Research Laboratory’s information directorate and a Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency program manager, told DoD News the new unit is in full startup mode.
“We have a building right outside the gate at Moffett Field … called the Army Reserve Support Center, and we have an agreement with them for 12,000 square feet of space. Currently, we occupy 3,000 square feet,” Duchak said.
When the office is complete, the space will be open and collegial, the director added, and, like a business incubator, people will work together in a collaborative environment where all can coordinate and share ideas and opportunities.
“We’re opening up that space so we can get a lot of cross-pollination and cross-collaboration among the services,” Duchak said, as well as among the Silicon Valley companies.
Working on Basics
The DIUx team is authorized to hire a director and a deputy, a lawyer and four highly qualified experts, or HQEs. To date they’ve filled one of the HQE billets, Duchak said, and the team is working on basics, such as getting the office space built out and furnished and crafting the DIUx governance and engagement models and its concept of operations.
The final DIUx team will consist of six to 10 people — civilians, active-duty military, and Guard and Reserve service members — augmented by contractor support in areas where they need expertise, the director said.
Under the government team will be personnel from each service and from defense agencies, and potentially from the combatant commands, he said.
“Right now, we have an Air Force element, a U.S. Cyber Command element, and Army and Navy elements that are on their way, but not yet officially stood up there,” Duchak said.
Each element, depending on the service’s requirements, will have six to 10 people who will be there specifically, the director said, to address the needs of their services. Companies seeking opportuni