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Why AdvancedTCA* Merits Serious Consideration for Defense Systems

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Why AdvancedTCA* Merits Serious Consideration for Defense Systems

Chances are you have heard little or nothing about this family of computing and communications specifications. Even those who know about the AdvancedTCA* (ATCA) standard—also known as PICMG 3.x—may dismiss it as a commercial technology, not suited to the rigors of warfighting systems.

In fact, ATCA may very well be the catalyst that finally allows the Department of Defense (DoD) to deploy its Global Information Grid and achieve Network-Centric Warfare. Core to this mission is the timely, reliable ability to share data, without regard to the sender’s or receiver’s platform, system, transport method, or application.

This paper discusses the merits of the ATCA specification and explains why it is important for DoD and its vendors to give it more than a cursory look. Furthermore, we explain how the adoption of a single, standardized framework (like ATCA) can lead to shorter design cycles for new systems, lower overall costs, and faster time to fielding. You will also learn why ATCA is an ideal architecture from which to build modular computing platforms that allow vendors to quickly and continuously implement new capabilities through spiral evolution. Most importantly, you will finally understand how ATCA—and the related smaller form factor known as MicroTCA—provide the flexible, open architectural framework necessary for many defense-related computing and communications needs.

Read the full Why AdvancedTCA* Merits Serious Consideration for Defense Systems White Paper.