Wayne McGee, Creative Electronics Systems (CES)
The Future Airborne Capability Environment (FACE) is a government/industry/academia initiative started by U.S. Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) and the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Research, Development, and Engineering Center (AMRDEC) in 2010 to create a standard for avionics application development. The goal of FACE is to lower the cost and amount of time necessary to create open systems applications and promote reusable applications across multiple platforms. To facilitate collaboration with industry and academia, The Open Group created the FACE Consortium for the purpose of developing, publishing, and administering conformance to the specification. Besides NAVAIR and Army, to date more than 90 companies and over 1,175 members involved in the avionics sector have joined the FACE Consortium. Most recently, in 2016, the Air Force Research Lab (AFRL) officially joined FACE, rounding out the participation of the entire US military services. Today each military branch has and continues to require FACE in their proposals for any future capabilities.
The VNX VITA 74 specification is substantially derived from the VPX and OpenVPX standards and adapts the technology to a smaller form factor. System designers looking to utilize the specification can gain from examining the evolution of VNX as well as observing the various Size, Weight, and Power (SWaP) comparisons between VPX and VNX.