Presenters sought for COTScon West 2001 conference December 4 and 5

Organizers of the Military & Aerospace Electronics COTScon West 2001 conference and exhibition Dec. 4 and 5 in San Diego are seeking electronic designers who have compelling stories to tell about the use — or avoidance — of commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) components.

Jun 1st, 2001

SAN DIEGO — Organizers of the Military & Aerospace Electronics COTScon West 2001 conference and exhibition Dec. 4 and 5 in San Diego are seeking electronic designers who have compelling stories to tell about the use — or avoidance — of commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) components.

The editors of Military & Aerospace Electronics are looking for presentations about the benefits and drawbacks of COTS equipment at COTScon West 2001, the seventh meeting of leading military and aerospace COTS designers and business leaders.

The Military & Aerospace Electronics COTScon West 2001 conference and trade show will be at the San Diego Concourse and Civic Center in San Diego. The deadline for proposals to present at the show is June 2001.

The theme of the conference and exhibition is "COTS: The Next Generation," and the event will revolve around how the use of commercially developed components, subsystems, and software is influencing the latest designs in military, aviation, and space electronics.

The COTScon West 2001 conference manager is seeking papers on topics that may include, but are not limited to: real-world case studies of projects that use COTS; innovative use of COTS equipment to upgrade old military and aerospace systems; the role of COTS software and software engineering tools in military systems design; major military, commercial aviation, or space platforms that make innovative use of COTS; COTS design costs versus COTS reliability; the legal ramifications of using COTS; the role of custom-designed electronics in the COTS world; the best approaches for mitigating the effects of diminishing manufacturing sources (DMS); the long-term costs of COTS parts obsolescence; the international perspective on COTS design; component upscreening; COTS vs. mil-spec issues; the DOD policy evolution; the DOD perspective on the need for COTS; whether QML and COTS are in conflict; sources of military and aerospace research funding in the COTS world; and the armadillo approach — hard on the outside and soft on the inside — of designing with rugged enclosures, shock-isolation packaging, and commercial-grade components.

Proposals should include a 50-to-100-word synopsis of the presentation, and three to five bullet points on what conference attendees will learn from each presentation. Paper proposal forms are available on the World Wide Web at http://mae.pennnet.com/Events/MAE/cots/call_for_papers.cfm.

Send abstracts to Jennifer Abdulla at PennWell by e-mail at jennifera@pennwell.com, by fax at 603-891-9490, or by post at 98 Spit Brook Road, Nashua, N.H. 03062-2801. To get questions answered, please phone Ms. Abdulla by phone at 603-891-9365. You also may contact John Keller, chief editor of Military & Aerospace Electronics, by phone at 603-891-9117, or by e-mail at jkeller@pennwell.com.

For more information or for registering for COTScon West 2001, contact PennWell's registration staff by phone at 603-891-9267, by fax at 603-891-9490, by e-mail at atdregistration@pennwell.com, or on the World Wide Web at http:// www.cotscon.com/.

To exhibit contact Maureen Kane at 603-891-9423, by fax at 603-891-9490, or by e-mail at maureenk@pennwell.com. Military & Aerospace Electronics.

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