Mercury has extensive experience in building and promoting standardized solutions in the world of embedded computing. Mercury helped establish the now widely adopted embedded computing standard, OpenVPX. We helped establish and lead the working group that was formed behind OpenVPX in January 2009. In June 2010, ANSI, the standards governing body, formally ratified OpenVPX as a true open architecture and standard in embedded computing.
Within the RF and Microwave domain, much of the technology supporting EW, EA, and SIGINT applications require much the same standardized, modular, open systems architecture approach applied in embedded computing. On top of this consideration, the US Department of Defense has issued directives for some time asking that the defense industrial base employ open system architectures (OSA) wherever possible.
In short, Mercury Systems has announced OpenRFM as a first step in building a standardized, open system architecture that customers and the DoD has been asking for. This OSA can and will be applied to key EW, EA, and SIGINT applications.