Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Small is more: SWAP for soldier systems and unmanned vehicles dominates today's technology

COMMENT -  The face of thrifty fascism, as a direction for killing, owes much to Green Hills Software, Inc.

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Google -  "SWAP"   green hills Software, yields about 321,000 results of which this was the first. 
It does rather make you wonder what a journal for  conning Americans into working for the Military Industrial Establishment would look like, doesn't it? 

By John Keller
THE MIL & AERO BLOG, 7 May 2013. People tell me they're getting sick of the term SWAP , which as we know all too well is short for size, weight, and power. The idea, of course, is little SWAP, not big SWAP -- for most things these days, that is.
The desire for big things in small packages is front-and-center in the aerospace and defense electronics industry because of a growing and wide variety of applications involving unmanned vehicles , soldier systems , and the like.
Evidence of the growing focus on SWAP is almost everywhere we look. Last week at the SPIE Defense Security + Sensing electro-optics show in Baltimore, for example, tiny size, light weight, and low power consumption were common themes.
SWAP-driven electro-optics products ranging from hyperspectral cameras, infrared sensors, and tiny inertial measurement units were on prominent display, with the smallest sensor packages with the most capability possible.
One product from SBG Systems in Rueil-Malmaison, France, unveiled the Ekinox INS MEMS-based inertial navigation system (INS) that combines INS based on micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS) technology, with a miniaturized global positioning system (GPS) receiver for on-board navigation on unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), ground robots, and other small systems.

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