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Shrinking tactical is still all the RAVE

Shrinking tactical is still all the RAVE

Gordon Moore first introduced the projection known as Moore’s Law back in 1965 – the number of components per integrated circuit would double every year.

That trend continued until 1975, when Moore revised the projection to doubling every two years. But almost 40 years later, can we still continue to reduce size and associated weight and power?

As with so many initiatives, it all depends on demand. We know that size, weight and power (SWaP) continues to be a key element in equipment in the defense industry. A smaller size is essential because equipment has to be portable and fit into a small space. Similarly, the lower the weight, the better – a single warfighter should be able to transport. And power is often in limited supply. So to support these requirements, we took our Tactical Hub and made it 20 percent smaller.

Tactical Hub

Already a major reduction in size (and perfect for forward operating bases, lab and test environments or first-responders) from our 20-Slot Hub, the Tactical Hub was reduced in size from 5RU to 4RU – total.

Despite shrinking in size, the Tactical Hub still enables the same high speed, high reliability and high security satellite network as an existing 11RU 5IF solution and meets the needs of both small fixed networks and mobile deployments.

By incorporating the latest advances in performance, the Tactical Hub can continue to deliver the highest quality connectivity regardless of bandwidth requirements to support network operators and military service providers. Its new smaller size makes it much easier to transport and deploy, aiding the mobile warfighter and disaster response personnel in field operations.

9050 OM + *NEW* Power Supply

Communications often have to be established under adverse conditions, including extreme environmentals. While our 9050 OM was built to exacting standards, we saw the need to ensure all components were equally ruggedized.

So in a continued effort to enhance our existing product line, we are pleased to introduce a new external power supply for our 9050 OM. Like the product it supports, the power supply can operate in harsh environments with temperatures ranging from -40°F to +131°F. While in route to a mission, the power supply can survive a rapid pressure change from a parachute jump from as high as 25,000 feet and still remain operational when it reaches its final destination, just like the 9050 OM. The completed solution is designed to withstand exposure to water, ice, oil and dust. It’s designed to work in hazardous environments to aid our customers who need external power to support their communications priorities. The 9050 OM is designed to operate in some of the most extreme environments around the world, and therefore features a ruggedized power supply for remote military and government users.

Weighing in at around 5 pounds, the 9050 OM is ideal for teams operating in remote locations. The outdoor modem builds off existing transmit key line capabilities that improve performance and lower battery consumption to extend the mission. Its resistance to the elements has been established through multiple rounds of environmental testing.

Moore to go?

While we may not be able to continue to reduce quite as quickly as Moore envisioned, we definitely recognize the tangible benefits to the warfighter for having smaller, lightweight, and power-efficient equipment, and we will continue to innovate to deliver high-performing solutions.