VDC’s research on the MicroTCA embedded computing architecture shows that investment in MicroTCA evaluation is growing in the military/aerospace/defense computing market. The research report presents the results of research conducted with potential OEM users distributed evenly across four vertical markets (telecom/datacom, military/aerospace, industrial, and medical). OEMs were asked a series of questions about their knowledge of, experience with, and plans for MicroTCA to help gauge the potential for MicroTCA is these four important vertical markets.
According to VDC, the mil/aero market received the second highest total score, closely following telecom/datacom – the market for which the architecture was originally invented. The mil/aero ratings for the MicroTCA value propositions are shown in the graphics below and yield a total score of 48.3, which compares to the telecom/datacom score of 50.4. These ratings show that there is a large appetite for the benefits offered by MicroTCA in the mil/aero market, driven largely by the increase in network-centric applications in the mil/aero market, for which the network-centric MicroTCA architecture is well suited.
MicroTCA fits the military mandate for COTS-based systems to contain military spending and waste through the use of commercially available components. Time-to-market increases were the second most highly rated value proposition by the mi/aero respondents following closely behind reliability. MicroTCA can save military customers significant time in design/development, testing/verification of systems, training of support staff and FEAs, supply chain support, and qualification of components/parts. This provides the potential not only for defense contractors using MicroTCA to better satisfy their customers’ requirements in a timely manner, but also to provides the primes with major cost savings because they no longer need to support these activities on their own.
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