It has been many years since Samtec set up a booth at the AUSA annual meeting. That may have to change just for the sheer fact of the customers and technology that was displayed. The Association of the United States Army (AUSA) is a nonprofit educational and professional development association serving America’s Army and supporters of a strong national defense. This year small form factor designs were shown all over the place. This trend is not new, we see this across all industries; smaller, faster, lighter is everywhere, but the ruggedness and standardizations are really picking up in the defense industry.
Video Games might have paid off?
Walking into the show I was surprised to see full tanks, helicopters, drones, and munitions on the floor. The technology that exists reminded me of what would have been seen in sci-fi movies and video games. Body armor that looked like something the Master Chief, from Halo, wears on solders to the number of autonomous vehicles was mindblowing. As humans are removed from danger in some of the equipment this drastically reduces the overall size. You need space for the drive train, the munitions, and the electronics all driven from off-site with something like glorified video game controls.
Small Form Factors and Embedded Systems
Samtec has always been involved with small form factor designs in the Mil/Aero market. This is shown with our leadership in many of the VITA standards.
If you look closely you will see Samtec content all over many of these embedded systems.
Our media partner Open Systems Media recently launched their LinkedIn page associated with their publications.
Here are a couple of videos they posted from this year’s AUSA show.
SOSA is coming!
Speaking of standardization and modular embedded systems. Keep your eyes open for more information about SOSA. The Sensor Open Systems Architecture, or SOSA, has been in the works for almost 4 years. This year’s AUSA show was the first time we have seen SOSA Aligned notes around new systems on display. This new standard is to enhance the modular designs and embedded systems by helping align technologies used for the military’s electro-optical/infrared, signals intelligence, electronic warfare, and communications systems.
Check out a recent publication by Military Embedded Systems discussing all things around SOSA. Jump to page 19 to see Samtec’s aligned content in SOSA.
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