In September 2021, the SOSATM (Sensor Open Systems Architecture) Consortium released its Technical Standard for SOSA Reference Architecture, Edition 1.0, which unifies open standards for designing, building, and deploying hardware, software, and firmware components of new military electronic systems for current and future embedded DoD systems for Radar, EO/IR, SIGINT, EW, and communications. Objectives include vendor interoperability, lower procure-ment costs, easier new technology upgrades, quicker reaction to new requirements, and longer life cycles. SOSA members include all three US DoD services as well as key representatives from industry and universities.
Through years of participation in various SOSA technical and business working groups, Mercury Systems contributors have played major roles to help shape the new standard to meet the objectives of the DoD Open Systems Architecture (OSA) mandate. Industry vendors and DoD customers will now benefit from quicker and easier procurement cycles for delivery of new technologies to our war fighters. As further evidence of support, Mercury has also released and begun delivery of several high-performance SOSA aligned products across its organization.
At the TSOA-ID Event, Mercury is demonstrating its Model 8256 development platform to help system integrators speed development of hardware, software, and FPGA configuration for SOSA aligned applications. It consists of an Elma Electronic 3U VPX chassis, a Crossfield Technology IPMI ChassisBerry chassis manager, an Interface Concept ComEth4590a backplane switch, Concurrent Technology TR H4C single-board computers (SBCs), and a Mercury Quartz® Model 5550 Xilinx® Zynq® UltraScale+ RFSoC processor, all aligned to the SOSA Technical Standard.