International design perspective to highlight COTScon West 2000

Defense design experts representing the United Kingdom, Germany, and Canada will detail their views on the role of commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) equipment and standards during the COTScon West 2000 conference and exhibition Dec. 12 and 13 in San Diego.

SAN DIEGO — Defense design experts representing the United Kingdom, Germany, and Canada will detail their views on the role of commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) equipment and standards during the COTScon West 2000 conference and exhibition Dec. 12 and 13 in San Diego.

Speaking on international attitudes toward the use of COTS in military systems will be Peter Cavill of Radstone Technology in Towcester, England; John Shave of Primagraphics Ltd. in Litlington, England; Gerhard Grabowski and Jens Wiese of EADS Deutschland GmbH in Munich, Germany; and Duncan Young of DY 4 Systems in Kanata, Ontario.

Also presenting at COTScon West 2000 will be industry experts who will detail COTS content of the Global Hawk unmanned aerial vehicle; the E-2C Hawkeye carrier-based surveillance aircraft; and the AN/UYQ-70 standard shipboard display console.

Engineers from the prime contractors of these three major system platforms — Northrop Grumman Ryan Aeronautical Systems, Northrop Grumman Corp., and Lockheed Martin Corp. — will explain the level of COTS components that goes into these platforms, will detail the design tradeoffs of using COTS, and will address long-term supportability issues.

A panel of industry and government experts also will debate how COTS hardware and software are influencing technological and policy trends in defensive and offensive information warfare.

Other important presentations at COTScon West 2000 will involve the latest developments on COTS Standards at the U.S. Defense Standardization Office; COTS evaluation tools; approaches to COTS testing; COTS life cycle support; the role of FPGAs in dealing with COTS obsolescence issues; applying industrial-grade components to military systems; and COTS research resources.

The two-day COTScon West 2000 conference will be at the Town and Country Resort and Convention Center in San Diego, Calif. The event is for engineers, engineering managers, and government leaders who are involved in the specification, design, and procurement of military and aerospace electronics systems.

An integral part of the event is the COTS Exhibit Hall, featuring demonstrations and presentations from 100 of the most influential COTS suppliers in the industry. Lunch and a networking reception will be on the exhibit floor.

The cost to attend COTScon West 2000 is $675. The conference proceedings alone cost $195. An exhibits-only pass is available for $50.

For information on registering for COTScon West 2000 contact the COTScon staff by phone at 603-891-9267, by fax at 603-891-9490, by post at 98 Spit Brook Road, Nashua, N.H. 03062, by e-mail at atdregistration@pennwell.com, or on the World Wide Web at http://www.cotscon.com/.

For information on exhibiting at COTScon West contact Maureen Kane by phone at 603-891-9423, by fax at 603-891-9490, or by e-mail at maureenk@pennwell.com/.

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