Military Embedded Systems

Achieving Reliability to Match Capability


June 10, 2020

Each new defense platform asks more from embedded electronics. Designers respond with faster processors, more processors, more sensors, and faster interconnects These leaps in embedded capability carry with them expanding complexity. Every new component is another potential point of failure. What does that do to mission reliability? System engineers wrestle with the problem. Some are building their own solutions, writing software to collect component information and then make sense of what is collected. Veteran engineers, who have been down the roll-your-own road before, know its pitfalls and would much prefer a standards-based, flexible, and rigorously tested solution focused on maintaining embedded system reliability. Abaco recognized the need and went to work. The result was Health Toolkit, a software package focused on monitoring the operational health of all components within an embedded system. It collects data on temperatures, voltages, storage capacity, bus usage, and virtually any other parameter that can be measured, all with a high degree of granularity. The Toolkit then reports that information to users and shares it with other applications, identifying potential problems, high risk situations, and impending failures.

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