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Engineering Today's Military Electronics to Meet Size, Weight and Power Demands

April 04, 2013 | BY: Mike Southworth

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The military has a strong directive when it comes to military electronics - reduce SWaP. Size, Weight, and Power (SWaP) is a major driving force behind the development of modern computer equipment destined for the battlefield. Whether the computing device is worn by the soldier or mounted in a vehicle, the size, weight and power of the device is critical for determining its effectiveness for the warfighter.

This whitepaper will examine how SWaP constraints are shaping the design of both wearable computers and mission computer subsystems to help the military improve operational efficiency and logistics, increase mission life, and reduce the total cost of system ownership.

Wearable Computers: The Ultimate in SWaP-Savvy Design
In few places is the military's directive to reduce SWaP more evident than with wearable computers. With advancements in Small Form Factor (SFF) board-level technology, wearable computers are increasingly being integrated into SWaP-constrained military operations.

 

Mike Southworth

Author’s Biography

Mike Southworth

Senior Product Manager

Mike Southworth serves as Senior Product Manager for Curtiss-Wright Defense Solutions where he is responsible for the small form-factor rugged mission computers and Ethernet networking subsystem product line targeting Size, Weight, and Power (SWaP)-constrained military and aerospace applications. Southworth has more than 15 years of experience in technical product management and marketing communications leadership roles. Mike holds an MBA from the University of Utah and a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations from Brigham Young University.

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