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VMEbus in Military Systems

Start Date:8/26/2021

Start Time:11:00 AM EDT

Duration:60 minutes


The VMEbus technical standard has enjoyed a very long life supporting military systems. At almost 40 years old, it’s probably the longest lasting single standard in the history of computing; it has kept up with technology by supporting backwards compatibility while enabling technology upgrades and is still in use across a broad range of applications. 

This webcast will address a brief history of VMEbus, why and how it remains the reliable stalwart of critical systems used across multiple defense platforms. The speakers will discuss how legacy and EOL issues are dealt with, addressing security issues, support for existing and newer operating systems, and how having a healthy ecosystem with wide vendor support has enabled the standard to such enjoy long-lasting technology refreshes and migration. 

Use case will be presented along with a sneak-peek at how some platforms are examining next-gen platform migration from VME to OpenVPX and SOSA.

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Nigel Forrester

Director of Product Strategy

Concurrent Technologies

Nigel Forrester is Director of Product Strategy for Concurrent Technologies and is based at their UK headquarters. He has responsibility for product strategy and partner relationships to augment the value of the company’s strong processor board portfolio. Nigel has previously held technical product and vertical marketing roles in the embedded computer industry and is an accomplished speaker and author. He has a B.Sc. (Hons.) in Computer Science and Statistics from Reading University and can be contacted at

Robert Persons

Senior Presales Architect

SMART Embedded Computing

Robert Persons applies his extensive knowledge of embedded real-time systems, open standards hardware, and real-time software to help SMART Embedded Computing customers accelerate their projects. His 30-year career has included avionics software development and field support of military, aerospace, telecom, and rail customers. He has also represented SMART EC on standards bodies and conference advisory boards, and holds a dual Bachelor of Science Degrees in Computer Science and Zoology

Ken Grob

Director of Embedded Computing Architectures

Elma Electronic

Ken Grob is Director of Embedded Computing Architectures for Elma Electronic and is responsible for driving the company’s integrated solutions. He is a regular contributor to both SOSA and VITA standards development. He holds a BSEE from Drexel University and has been in the embedded computing open architectures industry since 1985.

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