In October 2007, at the industry military communications conference MILCOM, vendors showcased a ruggedized Micro TCA chassis that has reportedly been selected by BAE Systems for the WIN-T JC4ISR network radio, a key component of the Army's future wireless combat system network. Information on these impressive ruggedized MicroTCA radios was also presented recently at the ATCA Summit in Santa Clara, CA.

Two commercial manufacturers have announced the development and testing of Air Transport Racks (ATRs) for MicroTCA blades. One of the vendors has announced a shock-mounted Micro - TCA enclosure with military-standard shock, vibration, thermal, EMI, and EMC qualifications. The other manufacturer, Schroff, has announced a prototype ATR enclosure for conduction cooled, ruggedized, MicroTCA. These rugged enclosures will help enable new network and computing applications in rough environments.

The success of early military ATCA systems, the emerging availability of commercial rugged xTCA products, the sophisticated network-centric xTCA architecture, and the significant cost and performance advantages of the xTCA platform should help military and aerospace system engineers develop better, more reliable systems for the future.

This article was written by John Walrod, Assistant Vice President, Advanced Systems Division, SAIC (San Diego, CA). For more information, contact Mr. Walrod at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or click here .