By Paul Parkinson
In my previous post I mentioned that I was heading off to Amsterdam for the Avionics 2007 event, so I thought I should post some comments on the exhibition and conference. The exhibition was pretty focused, with a good mix of COTS hardware and software suppliers, and systems integrators. Walking around the exhibition a couple of things struck me.
Firstly, that there seems to have been a significant amount of consolidation amongst the COTS hardware suppliers recently, with companies such as Curtiss Wright Embedded and GE Fanuc Embedded now able to supply not only rugged single board computers (SBCs), but a vast range of building blocks needed to build a complete avionics hardware platform, including sensor I/O modules, avionics databuses and even graphics displays.