OpenVPX Industry Working Group Announces Call for Participation
Steering Committee members open participation in the Technical Working
Group, effective immediately
CHELMSFORD, Mass., March 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The OpenVPX Industry
Working Group (www.mc.com/OpenVPX), an alliance of leading-edge defense prime
contractors and embedded computing systems suppliers, announced it has opened
membership to its Technical Working Group, effectively immediately.
The OpenVPX Industry Working Group was recently launched to take a
proactive approach in addressing the VPX system-level interoperability issues
associated with the VPX (VITA 46) family of specifications. At its inaugural
meeting held in Dallas, Texas last week, members of the anticipated Steering
Committee, which is in the final stage of formation, set forth guidelines for
the OpenVPX Industry Working Group's organizational structure, policies, and
development of a system specification with a completion goal of October 2009.
The recommendations were submitted to meeting participants on day two of the
Effective today, any COTS defense contractor or embedded computing
supplier that is in good standing with the VITA Standards Organization (VSO),
and is committed to the OpenVPX Industry Working Group's mission and
aggressive schedule for completion of a system specification, is invited to
apply for membership to the Technical Working Group.
"The overwhelming response to this initiative exceeded our expectations,
and we're delighted to open enrollment to the Technical Working Group," said
Ian Dunn, CTO, Mercury Computer Systems.
Mercury is taking the lead in forming the OpenVPX Industry Working Group
to address prevalent VPX interoperability issues; and following a precedent
set by VITA and other organizations, began the legwork with a concentrated
circle of effort in order to bring a viable solution to market in a timely
manner. With the strong interest in the OpenVPX initiative from defense
contractors and embedded computing systems suppliers, the circle of expertise
is expected to expand, and the results of the Technical Working Group's
efforts are expected to be presented to the VSO for ratification before year's
"The Boeing Company supports the OpenVPX initiative as part of our ongoing
efforts to work with the industry to develop standards that promote the
interoperability of systems and assemblies," said Jim Robles, Boeing Senior
Technical Fellow. "We welcome the opportunity to work with LSIs and vendors of
VPX products in this effort."
Once the OpenVPX system specification is transitioned into VITA, the
Working Group will disband.
"GE Fanuc has long been committed to the VPX architecture and to its
potential to revolutionize military embedded computing, and we very much
welcome this initiative that will lower the risk of adoption of VPX systems,
expand the market and accelerate deployment," said Jim Berlin, CTO, Embedded
Systems, GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms. "We're looking forward to building on
the charter set at our first meeting, and moving ahead to complete a system
specification in order to provide the necessary top-down, system-level design
The OpenVPX Technical Working Group F2F meeting is scheduled for March
16-17 in Orlando, Florida prior to the VSO quarterly meeting scheduled for the
following day. To apply for membership to the Technical Working Group and/or
to participate in the March meeting, please visit www.mc.com/OpenVPX. For more
information on the OpenVPX Industry Working Group, visit www.mc.com/OpenVPX,
or contact Bob Grochmal at (978) 967-1518 or at email@example.com. For more
information on the VITA Standards Organization, visit www.vita.com.
Mercury Computer Systems, Inc., OpenVPX Industry Working Group Steward
Mercury Computer Systems (www.mc.com, NASDAQ: MRCY) provides embedded
computing systems and software that combine image, signal, and sensor
processing with information management for data-intensive applications. With
deep expertise in optimizing algorithms and software and in leveraging
industry-standard technologies, we work closely with customers to architect
comprehensive, purpose-built solutions that capture, process, and present data
for defense electronics, homeland security, and other computationally
challenging commercial markets. Our dedication to performance excellence and
collaborative innovation continues a 25-year history in enabling customers to
gain the competitive advantage they need to stay at the forefront of the
markets they serve.
Mercury is based in Chelmsford, Massachusetts, and serves customers
worldwide through a broad network of direct sales offices, subsidiaries, and
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