Military Embedded Systems

Short VPX and the military's demand for smaller form factors


March 30, 2021

John McHale

Editorial Director

Military Embedded Systems

Reduced size, weight, and power (SWaP) requirements are pervasive throughout defense electronics platforms. Electronic footprints continue to shrink so much that traditional small form factors like 3U VPX or 3U CompactPCI are considered too big. So, it's not surprising that the VITA Standards Organization (VSO) is looking at new form factors, such as Short VPX. In this podcast, Jay Grandin, Vice President of Product Development at Annapolis Micro Systems discusses demand for small form factors, how Short VPX can meet that demand and how it fits into the Open VPX ecosystem. Grandin also explores what military applications would be best suited for the new standard and how it could potentially work within the Sensor Open Systems Architecture (SOSA) Technical Standard, of which version 1.0 is expected to be completed this year.

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This podcast is sponsored by Aerospace Tech Week, which will now take place on November 3-4 2021 in Toulouse, FRANCE. The show encompasses six different events -- Avionics Expo, Connected Aircraft Europe, Aerospace Testing Europe, MRO IT, Flight OPS IT and FACE. To learn more about Aerospace Tech Week 2021, visit

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