MIL-HDBK-217 replacement highlights Aprils COTScon East 2000 in Washington

WASHINGTON — COTScon East 2000, the third annual conference and exhibition dedicated to electronic systems design with commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) components and software, will be April 17 to 18 at the Renaissance Washington D.C. Hotel in Washington, D.C.

WASHINGTON — COTScon East 2000, the third annual conference and exhibition dedicated to electronic systems design with commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) components and software, will be April 17 to 18 at the Renaissance Washington D.C. Hotel in Washington, D.C.

The theme of COTScon East 2000 is "COTS: Winning Strategies," and the conference will include content on some of the most recent U.S. system-design lessons learned, and also will look ahead to the use of COTS in the future U.S. Navy Tomahawk Block IV cruise missile, and in a major vetronics upgrade to the U.S. Army M108A6 Paladin self-propelled howitzer.

One of the strongest highlights of COTScon East 2000 is a presentation from experts at the Illinois Institute of Technology, who will detail the latest Defense Department guidelines on predicting the reliability of electronic equipment. Their presentation centers on guidelines that will replace what has been known as MIL-HDBK-217.

COTScon East 2000 is the fourth of PennWell`s highly successful COTScon programs, and the third such event in the Washington area. The COTScon East 2000 show content is entirely different from the COTScon West `99 event last December in San Diego.

COTScon East 2000 is for engineers, engineering managers, program managers, executive managers, prime contractors, subcontractors, platform integrators, and subsystems manufacturers.

The show will be entirely fresh, with new speakers and new topics, in the areas of COTS packaging and upscreening issues, COTS systems integration issues, COTS design lessons learned, the government perspective, and a new approach to COTS — the commercial market perspective.

Registration for COTScon East 2000 costs $650 — or $595 if attendees register before Feb. 28.

For information on registering for COTScon East 2000, contact the COTScon show and exhibition group by phone at 603-891-9267, by fax at 603-891-9490, or by e-mail at atdregistration@ pennwell.com.

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