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Eliminating Design Risk from the System Integration Equation

September 12, 2017 | BY: Jacob Sealander

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While some system developers maintain their traditional antipathy to a “Not Built Here” approach, the continued maturation of the COTS industry and the evolution of robust, well-supported open standards has in recent years annihilated the most common arguments against having hardware platform integration be handled by a trusted partner.

A vendor like Curtiss-Wright Defense Solutions is an expert in open system standards, COTS modules, backplanes, power architectures and the challenges of ruggedized packaging and thermal management – all critical competencies for providing stable application ready hardware platforms for system integrators.

The strongest rebuttal to “Not Built Here” is the simple fact that the vendor who designs and develops the COTS modules – the single board computers, DSP engines, FPGA cards, networking switches, etc. – and has led the development of the underlying open system standards is already expert at integrating these very same modules, which results in technology familiarity and learned lessons that eliminates integration risk. In other words, any potentially thorny interoperability challenges have already been identified, addressed and resolved numerous times by work done on similar systems.

This white paper discusses ways to reduce program risks and development time by eliminating embedded systems design risks such as interoperability issues. Download the Eliminating Design Risk from the System Integration Equation white paper here.

Author’s Biography

Jacob Sealander

Chief Architect Embedded Systems

Jacob Sealander is the Chief Architect, Integrated Systems at Curtiss-Wright. As the Chief Architect, his primary responsibility is new business capture for the Integrated Systems Group. In this role he is the primary point of contact to potential new customers, providing not only architecture support but commercial guidance, as well as the technical authority on proposal content including all technical content as well as pricing strategies, including basis of estimates. Jacob Sealander began his employment with Curtiss-Wright in 1996 as a mechanical designer and has progressed within the company for the past 18 years. Jacob has held a management position within Curtiss-Wright Defense Solutions for the past 9 years and took on the position of Chief Architect in 2006. Jacob holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from California State University of Northridge.

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