LONDON Radstone Embedded Computing is setting up a Systems Applications Integration business unit which joins its Processing, ICS Sensor Processing and Octec Image Processing units and is aimed at developing customer solutions from technology, expertise and services that exists within the company.
The Applications Center will be located at Radstone’s North American headquarters in Billerica, MA, and will comprise a cross-functional team of application-focused engineers and support staff. It will be the primary point of contact for all U.S., customers requiring Radstone solutions which cannot readily be provided from the Radstone standard product catalog, especially solutions in mission computing, radar and sonar.
The Billerica office, which has grown substantially since it was opened late in 2004, is already base to a group of engineers tasked with the development of AXIS (Advanced Multiprocessor Integrated Software), a software tool designed to enable complex, powerful multiprocessor systems to be designed and deployed.
Radstone expects the Systems Applications Integration business unit will be fully operational by the end of the first quarter 2006 and for international customers, applications centers will be located in Radstone’s Towcester, U.K. office, and in Ottawa, Canada which will provide a focus towards the data acquisition, data recording and software defined radio markets.
Peter Cavill, President of Radstone Embedded Computing, said, “This new business unit is our response to the growing demand from our customers for their suppliers to deliver more value. It is especially true that the arrival of VPX-based products later in the year will present our customers with both opportunities and challenges with respect to the underlying infrastructure, and our Systems Applications Integration business will be ideally placed to help them leverage the benefits of VPX (VITA 46) technology. Our plan is that we will help them focus on higher level integration issues, allowing them to rely on us to provide complete, integrated subsystems rather than products that need to be integrated.”
Radstone has previously announced its strategic commitment to developing both VME and VPX (VITA 46) products, to integrated bridge processor architectures such as the MPC 8641 and to the 3U form factor. The company expects to announce, nearer the date of planned shipment, a range of VPX single board computers – including multiprocessor products – graphics processors, Ethernet switches and Software Defined Radio blades based on the 3U form factor.
The company expects that the 3U form factor will become increasingly important in the future as a result of the rapidly increasing demand for systems that are smaller, lighter and consume less power.
Ken Armitage, Director of Radstone’s Systems Applications Integration business, said, “We are uniquely capable of integrating software radio platforms, image capture platforms, communications platforms, video tracking platforms, graphics platforms and digital signal processing platforms to provide complete ‘plug and play’ subsystems that will allow our customers to focus on their own, higher level added value.”