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Ruggedizing COTS Systems for Extreme Military Environments

Start Date:8/3/2021

Start Time:2:00 PM EDT

Duration:60 minutes


Designers of commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) electronics systems take the best of commercial technology such as processors and FPGAs and enable them to work in extreme military environments. This transformation often means ruggedization to protect the state-of-the art integrated circuit and RF components and thermal-management solutions to mitigate the extreme heat modern processors generate while operating. Thanks to increased intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) demands on performance and reduced size, weight, and power (SWaP) requirements for designs, ruggedization has become a complex challenge. In this webcast, industry experts detail the challenges involved in ruggedizing COTS systems for military applications and the methods designers can use to overcome them.

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Rodger Hosking

V.P. and Co-Founder

Pentek, Inc., now part of Mercury

Rodger Hosking is vice-president and co-founder of Pentek, now part of Mercury. He is responsible for new product definition, technology development and strategic alliances. With over 35 years in the electronics industry, he has authored hundreds of articles and has delivered thousands of technical presentations focused on radar, communications, software radio and digital signal processing.

Dan Markoff


Annapolis Micro Systems

Dan Markoff is VP of Hardware Engineering at Annapolis Micro Systems. During his 20+ years developing world-class hardware with Annapolis, he has worked on nearly every facet of product design including PCB Design; Schematic Design; and Mechanical Packaging, Thermal Optimization & Rugged Environment Endurance. He holds a BS in Computer Engineering from Georgia Tech.

Luis Esparza

Product Manager - System Solutions

Abaco Systems

Luis Esparza is a Product Manager with Abaco Systems, specializing in bringing Rugged Small and Large Form Factor Systems to market. Luis has 20 years dedicated to Military and Defense electronics covering Airborne, Maritime, Missile and Ground Vehicle applications. Luis has developed and deployed enhanced Countermeasures, Security Features and Cutting-edge Situational Awareness enhancements for a diverse range of EW systems and overseen design and production of strategic Missile and Night Vision Sensors prior to joining Abaco Systems. Luis has a master’s degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

John Plunkett

West Regional Sales Manager


John Plunkett is West Regional Sales Manager at DFI America. He has over 25 years of experience in the embedded computing industry in roles including Sales and Sales Management, Product Management and Channel Sales Management. He holds a BSME in Mechanical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

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