Size, Weight and Power (SWaP)
As the Department of Defense moves to the platforms of the 21st century battlefield, new network-centric capabilities must be integrated into current battlefield vehicles. These new network-centric systems bring size, weight and power and cooling (SWaP-C) demands that most of the existing platforms cannot address.
Therefore, in addition to incorporating new capabilities into the current force, much of the existing electronics within current systems must be upgraded to optimize the use of SWaP-C, while improving performance and reducing life cycle cost (SWaP²-C²).
To realize the DoD’s vision of a ubiquitous network-centric battlefield, connecting the warfighter with critical data in real time, embedded COTS vendors like Defense Solutions have begun to deliver innovative open standards-based rugged application servers, high-speed switches and router modules. These network-centric switches and routers need to enable and optimize connectivity in extremely harsh environments.
The modules need to be rugged and based on small form-factor architectures, in order to survive in harsh environments with their extremes of cold, heat, shock and vibration, while meeting the SWaP2-C2 constraints of legacy platforms.