Whitepaper: Seeking Optimum SWaP in Defense/Aerospace Systems

For some time, the U.S. military has set challenging electronic system design goals for reduced size, weight, and power (SWaP), even as those systems must provide enhanced performance in some of the world’s most hostile operating environments. Modern warriors must be mobile even as they transport formerly much larger electronic systems, such as software-defined radios and signal-intelligence receivers in backpacks.

The growing use of robotics, unmanned aerial vehicles, and unmanned ground vehicles is also driving the need for smaller, lighter, more portable electronic systems. At the same time, systems integrators are looking for the highest performance levels possible from electronic components and devices as they try to meet SWaP requirements. This white paper will take a look at reduced SWaP in military and aerospace systems and how electronic device, component, and packaging technologies are being developed for some of the most demanding applications.

In this whitepaper, we’ll discover: What are the tradeoffs when designing for reduced SWaP? What’s different about mil/aero versus commercial and industrial applications? Why is reduced SWaP a big deal for the military? How do you boost processing power while reducing SWaP? How does SWaP impact smart munitions, UAVs, and command, control, communications, and computer information systems (C4IS) systems design?


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