The Future of VME / Rugged Computing in the Military

Available On Demand Until April 24, 2019

VMEbus is arguably the most common form factor used in military computer systems. Originally developed in 1981, it’s still widely used today because not only are there so many legacy systems in the field, but it also has proven to be very adaptable and upgradeable, giving birth to offshoots such as VME64, VXIbus, and VPX. In addition, this platform has the support of VITA – the VME International Trade Association.

This 60-minute Technical Webinar from the editors of Tech Briefs Media and a panel of distinguished experts examines some of the more popular types of VME and VPX platforms and their benefits, as well as how these platforms are applied to a host of military and industrial rugged computing applications.

 Topics covered include:

   • Current market trends influencing VITA technologies, key working group activities, and what challenges lie ahead for the VITA ecosystem.
   • How to improve system performance and extend useful life, along with the opportunities and challenges involved in VME technology refresh, 

      including transitions to VPX.
   • Methods to support traditional VME applications for the next 10 years, while minimizing the impact on those existing and potentially new 

     applications that rely on traditional VMEbus based products.

 An audience Q&A follows the technical presentations. 


Jerry Gipper, Executive Director, VITA  
Jerry Gipper is the Executive Director of VITA, a leading developer of open standards for the critical and intelligent embedded computing industry, where he is responsible for the management of the organization. He is also the Editorial Director of VITA Technologies, a publication that covers the latest VITA standards, industry-leading products, and the technologies that drive today’s market. With over 30 years of experience in the marketing of VITA technologies such as VMEbus, VPX, and PMC, he is recognized as an industry authority in embedded board, system, and software technology. Jerry spent 23 years at the Motorola Computer Group, where he was involved with product marketing, sales, business development, and strategic planning. He earned his BS in Computer Engineering at Iowa State University and his MS in Computer Engineering at San Jose State University. 

Steve Gudknecht, Product Manager, Embedded Computing Products, Elma Electronic Inc. 
Steve Gudknecht is Product Manager, Embedded Computing Products for Elma Electronic Inc. He has held positions spanning field applications engineering, program manager, and product marketing manager in high-tech industries for over 25 years. Steve’s responsibilities include product management and sales support for Elma’s board and small form factor system products. 


Mark Littlefield, Vertical Product Manager, Defense, Kontron

Mark Littlefield, the Defense Vertical Product Manager at Kontron, is an embedded computing industry veteran with more than 25 years of experience ranging from software and systems development, program and product management, and business unit leadership. His responsibilities include managing defense-specific products, supporting business development and sales through system architecture and technical solution analysis, and participation in various industry standards activities. Mark previously was a Computer Vision Research Engineer at NASA, where he worked on problems associated with on-orbit autonomous robots. He then moved into the embedded computing products space, where he specialized in high-performance embedded systems for defense, medical, and commercial applications. Mark is a member of IEEE and a graduate of the University of West Florida with a BS in Systems Science and an MS in Systems and Control Engineering.

Robert Persons, Senior Field Sales Architect, Embedded Computing, Artesyn Embedded Technologies Inc. 

Robert Persons is a Senior Field Sales Architect for the Embedded Computing business of Artesyn Embedded Technologies, where he applies his knowledge of embedded real-time systems, VMEbus® and ATCA® hardware technology, and real-time software to help embedded computing customers accelerate their projects. His 30-year career has included avionics software development and field support of military, aerospace, telecom, and rail customers. After starting his career developing software for avionics simulation and training devices, he took a software engineering role with Harris Corp., followed by senior field applications engineering position with Motorola Computer Group, which was purchased by Emerson Embedded Power and later became Artesyn Embedded Technologies. Rob has represented Artesyn on standards bodies and conference advisory boards. He has a BS in Computer Science from the University of Central Florida.

Webinar Moderator:
Lisa Arrigo, Tech Briefs Media

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