Abaco Partners with AMERGINT to Develop Electronic Warfare Communications Capability

Abaco Systems, a leader in modular, open architecture, standards-based rugged embedded computing, has announced its partnership with AMERGINT Technologies, a partner in the evolution of space and defense industries that focuses on mission-critical communication and data paths, to develop lab-tested electronic warfare (EW) communications capability that can be quickly configured for warfighters. Combining Abaco's ruggedized VP430 RFSoC hardware platform with AMERGINT's SOFTLINK™️ architecture, which moves signal and data processing into software, the companies have created a lower cost, rapidly available technology that reduces RF signal chain complexity, integration and field timing from weeks to days.

Designed for advanced EW applications, the VP430 is a major step forward in performance and density. It enables the use of fewer boards and much less power while delivering increased processing throughput. SOFTLINK provides the ability to rapidly build software applications from an early prototype through to full operational capability, bringing a mature software implementation ecosystem to agile development methodologies.

Modern militaries are increasingly relying on communication and weapons systems that utilize the entire RF spectrum, from microwaves, radars and satellites to infrared and lasers. And in today's contested environment, where new threats are proliferating and multiplying in number and complexity, it has never been more important to reduce time to market and time to deployment for new EW technologies. Customers’ valuable time, as well as reducing cost and program risk is achieved by pre-integrating AMERGINT's SOFTLINK libraries with Abaco’s leading-edge hardware platforms.

A document from the U.S. Department of the Army, U.S. Army Concept for Cyberspace and Electronic Warfare Operation 2025-2040, underscores how today's adversaries have developed sophisticated capabilities that contest U.S. operations—by land, sea, air, space, cyberspace—across the electromagnetic spectrum. Experts in the domain caution that the future operational environment will become increasingly more unpredictable, complex and potentially more dangerous, with the physical structure of cyberspace vulnerable to attack "by an array of destructive weapons, including high-power microwave munitions and laser systems, which are increasingly effective against digitized and miniaturized integrated circuits." While the Department of Defense is moving closer to buying commercially available products, most have not been tested for rugged environments that include extreme temperatures, high vibration, and shock, high moisture or dryness—until now.

With U.S. military reliance on electronic communications and GPS navigation, even a short interruption can be disastrous to an operation. Using proven modular software devices, nearly any signal, data processing, or network transport capability can be designed, configured, and deployed with AMERGINT’s SOFTLINK technology. Customers using advanced Abaco Systems' platforms can now validate and deploy new capabilities without enduring complex software development cycles.