The recent announcement of the VITA-VNX Marketing Alliance formation to foster open system architecture in critical and intelligent embedded systems is another positive step forward for the VITA 74 NanoX small for factorm (SFF) standard, and marks a good time to remember the story behind the VITA 74 NanoX standard and the current progress that is being made.
The Electronic Warfare (EW) market is increasingly diversified across almost every area of defense spending. Despite budget restraints, the market expects growth in the EW domain driven by the trend of EW systems to form a larger part of military activity. New technology offers engineers of EW or Electro-Optical/Infrared (EO/IR) systems the possibility to use remote high performance sensor modules using Gigabit/10 Gigabit serial interfaces to transmit their data sample flows. To manage and process this huge amount of data, engineers must define new, innovative, and open system architectures.