BUSINESS: General Micro Systems, (GMS), Plans Modular Open Standards Approach Architecture (MOSA); Joins FACE Consortia

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WASHINGTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–AUSA — General Micro Systems (GMS), planning new rugged, embedded computing architectures that further the Department of Defense’s joint service Modular Open Standards Approach (MOSA) mandate, has joined the Open Group Future Airborne Capability Environment(tm) (FACE) and Sensor Open Standards Architecture(tm) (SOSA) Consortia. GMS plans to participate in both consortium’s technical work groups and to provide ideas for MOSA based on new open-standard technologies being created in GMS’s R&D laboratories.

GMS, a 40-year proponent of open standards, was an original contributor to the VMEbus specification–now ANSI/VITA-1 and governed by VITA–as well as a participant in myriad VITA specifications, including VPX. GMS is a market leader in rugged, deployable small form factor systems. It is also a major supplier of interoperable VME/OpenVPX single-board computers for military, aerospace, civilian, and medical industries. To date, the company has shipped thousands single-board computers to U.S. Navy to be used for combat, weapons and ship management on Aegis, destroyer-guided missile (DDG), and littoral combat vessel (LCS) platforms. GMS VME boards control wafer fabrication equipment, which is the heartbeat of the semiconductor industry.

GMS plans to bring SOSA-aligned products to market in the next few months, as promised to key customers by joining the two industry/government consortia. GMS’s design wins in Army ground vehicle programs, and Air Force airborne AI sensor platforms require MOSA products per the DoD Tri-Service memo ..

GMS is also ready to market new MOSA architectures that allow for scalable, distributed computing. These MOSA architectures are SOSA(tm), aligned, and based on common open standards. GMS X9 SPIDER architecture was designed in accordance with the SOSA technical specifications, OpenVPX and other DoD requirements. More importantly, GMS believes the system-level architecture perfectly embodies the goal of MOSA, and the mission of SOSA, per the Open Group’s stated goals:

Reduce development cycle time and cost
Reduce systems integration cost and risk
Reduce sustainment and modernization cost
Enable technology transition
Facilitate interoperability

“GMS is proud to join SOSA(tm) and FACE(tm) to continue our commitment to the DoD’s quest for common standards,” said Ben Sharfi, founder and chief architect, GMS. “SOSA is a great initiative for vendor interoperability at board interfaces, and the Open Group has succeeded in achieving what others have not.”

GMS founder and chief architect Ben Sharfi said that GMS is proud to join SOSA(tm) and FACE(tm) to continue our commitment to the DoD’s quest for common standards.

There’s a better method. Sharfi stated that interoperability will not be limited to the board-level LRU, and that we will demonstrate it at multiple levels. GMS believes interoperability at all levels, scalability, and even tech insertion at systems level is what the DoD really wants. GMS is excited to be part of the Consortium. SOSA is a valuable first step.

With the support of the three main branches of the U.S. military and over 90 industry manufacturers, the FACE and SOSA consortia develop standards that are consistent with the DoD’s MOSA directive for new system development as well as modification of existing systems.

Both the FACE and SOSA consortia promote modular design and open architecture for avionics platforms and other platforms. This standard is vendor-independent, which encourages vendor competition. This standard allows for capability-reuse across multiple platforms. This reduces integration time, and costs.

GMS is an industry expert in rugged computing systems for demanding C5ISR applications and welcomes the chance to contribute to the next stage of embedded computing for defense and aerospace industries. GMS will provide technology solutions that align with the SOSA/FACE design standards. GMS will also introduce new, scalable, distributed SOSA-aligned architectures to complement the two consortia.

Where: Booth #7751 at the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) annual meeting in Washington D.C., Oct. 11-13, 2021.

For interviews at the show, ask for Kelly Wanlass at 801-602-4723 or kelly@hughescom.net, or GMS CTO Chris Ciufo at (360) 921-7556 or cciufo@gms4sbc.com.

About General Micro Systems:

General Micro Systems (GMS) is the rugged server company. The company is a leader in high-density, modular and compute-intensive embedded computing systems, servers and switches. These systems are ideal for demanding C5ISR defense and aerospace, industrial, medical, and energy exploration applications. GMS is an IEC, ISO, AS9100, NIST-800-171, and MIL-SPEC supplier with infrastructure and operations for long-life, spec-controlled, and configuration-managed programs. GMS Rugged DNA(tm), a highly customizable product that is engineered to deliver the best performance and functionality in harsh environments, has been developed from the ground up. It also features RuggedCool(tm), a patented cooling technology. GMS is also the leader in deployable high-end Intel(r) processors and a proud Intel(r) partner since 1986. For more information, visit www.gms4sbc.com.

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