Spectra Spotlight on Compactness and SWaP-C

In today’s aerospace and defense markets, modern strategies and tactics for the warfighter are trending towards greater reliance on equipment and technologies that are SWaP-C optimized. A standard industry acronym referring to Size, Weight, Power, and Cost – SWaP-C optimization – is a core capability for Spectra’s family of companies. For over a half-century, Spectra companies – ArgonFDS, CALCULEX, and Galleon Embedded Computing – have provided highly-efficient rugged computing systems and End-to-End Products & Systems supporting national security requirements around the world.

These deployed solutions support all aspects of the information lifecycle through data/signal capture, processing, encrypted storage, and crystal-clear display of high-density data feeds. Spectra’s industry-leading products thrive in aerospace & defense scenarios requiring a minimal footprint, low-power capabilities, and on-the-go data access, all developed through intelligent project cost optimization.

Whatever the domain of engagement – whether at sea, in the air, on land, or in space – the Spectra family of companies ensures the most optimized SWaP-C solutions, all made available through a single solutions provider.

Compact, Rugged Data Storage & Recording Solutions

In the defense market, customers will frequently require very compact data recording and storage solutions, as these systems are often deployed on platforms where ideal size and power are luxuries that are simply unavailable. The platform payload limitations will define specific requirements that must be followed, and Galleon Embedded Computing is well-versed in solving those unique requirements. With extensive experience in manned and unmanned vehicle scenarios, Galleon’s SWaP-C optimized data storage & recording solutions are currently deployed in the depths of our oceans all the way through the vacuum of space, and everywhere in between.

Ultra-small Form Factor Products – G1 microServer and G1 microNAS

The Galleon G1 microServer is a full-featured server in an extremely small enclosure. The SWaP-C optimized design makes it ideal for use in small, unmanned aerial and ground systems as well as other space and power-constrained applications. Four-gigabit ethernet ports, and optional 10Gb Ethernet, make the unit ideal for network-attached storage (NAS) applications. In many cases, the high number of Ethernet ports eliminates the need for external switches.

The G1 microServer is ideal for surveillance, reconnaissance, intelligence, and flight test applications where large amounts of data must be collected and stored during potentially very long missions.

Similarly, the Galleon G1 microNAS is an ultra-small form factor NAS solution. Removable storage ensures short ground times for airborne applications. Industry-standard solid-state drives are used to benefit from the ever-increasing storage densities and cost reductions as the technology evolves.

The G1 microNAS is capable of handling a high number of simultaneous connections without compromising system performance. Four channels of Gigabit Ethernet connections are available for multi-channel high bandwidth applications. An optional 10GBase-T can also be added.

Galleon’s G1 solutions provide flexible architectures for various military use applications. More than just simply recorders, the G1 can be used to capture many different types of I/O, process large amounts of data, serve files to operators or other computers, and store data for archival and retrieval.

Rugged microNAS and G1 microServer

Galleon’s Rugged G1 microNAS & G1 microServer

Rugged Display Systems

ArgonFDS is a well-known provider of rugged military displays. These displays are known for their efficient engineering, low-profile bezel design, and one of the industry’s most diverse selection ranges. These options make ArgonFDS an ideal partner for use in aerospace and defense applications where compactness and durability are mission-essential.

ArgonFDS’ compact displays are available in various sizes, including 7″ display monitors and 5″ display monitors. Their compact design makes them perfect for use in space-constrained environments such as aircraft or ground vehicles. Their displays are engineered to withstand the rigors of military use, including shock, vibration, and extreme temperatures.

ArgonFDS strives to limit the depth of the displays, even with embedded computers, to under 2 inches. Time and again, customers see that ArgonFDS can offer a rugged replacement display with a larger diagonal viewable surface than the display scheduled for replacement.

One example is ArgonFDS’ 21.3″ Rugged Military Display Monitor. This model fits in a 19″, 9U high rack workstation application where the standard, de-facto 20.1″ LCD had been the display monitor of choice for over two decades.

Argon ASD50 Rugged 5.0

ArgonFDS’ ASD50 Rugged 5.0” Display Monitor

Learn More Today

At Spectra, we understand the importance of compactness and SWaP-C optimization in rugged computing solutions. The Spectra family of companies offers a wide range of compact solutions designed to meet the demanding requirements defined by unique national security applications.

Galleon specializes in small form factor embedded computing solutions. These highly-reliable rugged, secure recording, processing, and storage systems have been designed to offer outstanding performance in the most severe environmental conditions.

ArgonFDS brings over 30 years of experience in designing, producing, and supporting both the military and commercial/business aviation markets. These rugged display products are designed to withstand the rigors of harsh operating conditions, making them ideal for use in military applications.

Explore the Spectra website and company websites to learn more about our full range of compact, SWaP-C optimized solutions for mission-critical aerospace & defense requirements.

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Spectra Aerospace & Defense is a trusted and growing platform of C5ISR companies – CALCULEX, Galleon Embedded Computing, and ArgonFDS - bringing over a half-century of rugged, mission-ready, battle-tested experience to bear in aerospace and defense applications. From high-speed data acquisition, data recording and secure, high-density storage, to computing and rugged, clear display of mission data, Spectra delivers the products and subsystems needed for the most demanding military air, land, and sea platforms. With our comprehensive portfolio of rugged products, systems, and solutions, the Spectra family of companies’ customized end-to-end solutions for the C5ISR market help military end-users achieve mission success.


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