A consortium of companies is forming to promote the use of commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) digital signal processors (DSPs) for aerospace applications. Charter members are Lockheed Martin Corp. of Bethesda, Md.; Ixthos Inc. of Leesburg, Va.; BittWare Inc. of Concord, N.H.; Eonic Systems Inc. of Herndon, Va.; Temic Semiconductors of Santa Clara, Calif.; and Dornier Satellite Systems of Munich, Germany. Officials of these companies say they launched the consortium as a result of increased interest in COTS DSP for data processing and spacecraft system management. The group is sponsoring two seminars called "COTS DSP Systems for Space Applications. The first seminar is June 29 at the Center for Innovative Technology Building in Herndon, Va. The second seminar is July 1 at the Marriott Hotel in Manhattan Beach, Calif. For more information, contact Mark Alexander at Ixthos by phone at 703-779-7800, by fax at 703-779-7805, or on the World Wide Web at http://www. ixthos.com/. — J.K.