Abaco Systems provides leading-edge solutions to process and securely move data, providing intelligence to military and first-responders worldwide. We provide advanced technologies in rugged packaging to drive applications in ISR Visualization, High Definition Video Transport for Situational Awareness, Secure Battlefield Communications and applications requiring high-speed, multiprocessor interconnects such as radar and signal processing.

  • Combines acclaimed Juniper Network® Junos® operating system with Abaco expertise in developing solutions for harsh environments
  • Gives military/aerospace organizations access to leading commercial networking technologies
  • Supports growing demand for mobile device deployment

10/29/2012 HUNTSVILLE, AL —October 29, 2012—Abaco Systems today extended its family of high performance, rugged, routing and network security appliances designed for military/aerospace deployment in harsh environments. The RTR2GE and RTR4GE feature two- and four Gigabit Ethernet ports respectively, complementing the 8-port RTR8GE and allowing customers to choose the optimum configuration for a wide range of network topologies.

All three rugged, security-focused network routers feature the comprehensive field-tested Junos® operating system from Juniper Networks®, a recognized leader in providing secure network solutions to the commercial, industrial and military/aerospace markets. The firewall, intrusion prevention and detection, and extensive quality of service (QoS) capabilities of Junos enable secure IPv4/IPv6 connectivity for military vehicles, aircraft and forward operating bases supporting net-centric operations. The RTR2GE, RTR4GE and RTR8GE are integrated in a SWaP-optimized enclosure that meets the demanding environmental requirements of military/aerospace applications.

“A key challenge in today’s network-centric military is ensuring networks are secure and able to fight off cyber threats that can compromise data and communications,” said Rod Rice, General Manager, Military/Aerospace Products at Abaco Systems. “The military requires similar technology to what is available in the commercial world - but the unique requirements of battlefield networking means that it cannot deploy readily available commercial solutions. The combination of industry-leading commercial networking technology from Juniper Networks with Abaco knowledge and expertise in building solutions for rugged environments is a perfect solution.”

Abaco’s range of rugged routers is differentiated not only by its use of the acclaimed and widely-deployed Junos operating system, but also by its support for the radio router protocols which are increasingly needed to support communications on the move. The radio router protocols provide real-time monitoring of radio hop efficiency and effective available bandwidth so that traffic QoS can be maintained to help overcome difficult communications issues associated with Line of Sight (LoS), weather or environmental interference that affects transmission.

The family is also certified to FIPS-140-2 (Federal Information Processing Standard) and is in process to meet Common Criteria EAL4 (the international Evaluation Assurance Level standard) certification, demonstrating its compliance with the highest standards of security, including encryption/decryption.

About Abaco

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Communications electronics & subsystems that enable & secure the connected warfighter

Military operations around the world are developing increasing reliance on the ability to send and receive secure voice, video and data communications in real time. This 8-page brochure discusses Abaco Systems’ leadership in the design and manufacture of communications electronics and subsystems. Whether it is the delivery of raw bandwidth through 10 and 40Gig Ethernet, or the application of MANET protocols for the airborne networking layer or even the firewalls used to protect battlefield networks, we continue to expand what is possible in communications technologies. Our unique portfolio of products, coupled with the depth of our experience in providing communications solutions for military and aerospace customers, enables us to deliver solutions that help to enable and secure the connected warfighter.

Reduce cost, time & risk with our new HPEC Starter System

  • MOSA (Modular Open Systems Architecture) compliant
  • Scalable, deployable systems feature AXIS for reduced development time, cost
  • Accelerates time-to-solution

09/12/2012 HUNTSVILLE, AL.—September 12, 2012—Abaco Systems (NYSE: Abaco) today announced its HPEC Application Ready Platforms (HARP) product family at the IEEE HPEC Conference (Westin Hotel, Waltham, MA). These new systems respond to government and defense organization demands to acquire and deploy high performance, open architecture, embedded computing solutions at lower cost in shorter timeframes. They deliver application-ready, COTS (commercial off-the-shelf) platforms that can reduce development time from months to weeks or days.

System integrators can develop, test and demonstrate this platform confident that its constituent elements – single board computers, multiprocessors, GPGPU, switched fabric modules, etc. - can be re-packaged in a range of rugged build levels for airborne, ground and naval applications. Abaco’s platforms provide modular open system architectures (MOSA) platforms based on industry standard high performance computing (HPC) hardware and software building blocks to accelerate time to solution and time to deployment. The first member of the new family is the 6U OpenVPX HPEC Starter System.

Included with each system is Abaco’s AXIS application development framework, which shortens time to solution and reduces risk and cost by providing a user friendly interface to the scalable multi-processor platform. Application developers can become productive faster by using preconfigured DSP examples and performance libraries to harness the full potential of the underlying hardware. In addition, customers can move blade server or HPC desk top applications onto the systems with minimal risk and delay.

Development time is also reduced by the availability of support and training from Abaco’s recently-opened HPEC Center of Excellence, which provides in-depth expertise in supporting customers in the design and testing of advanced, high performance systems.

“High performance embedded computing systems are key to expanding Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) capabilities across a broad spectrum of deployed systems and across multiple government agencies,” said Rod Rice, General Manager, Military & Aerospace Products at Abaco Systems. “ISR systems need to be highly flexible and adaptable. MOSA systems harness a wide and diverse talent pool of software developers, data processing skill sets and data analysis techniques to respond to these fast moving landscapes, allowing new applications to be developed, demonstrated and deployed at lower cost and in shorter timeframes.”

The new HARP systems can be used to demonstrate technology readiness to Level 6 when integrated into the end user system environment prior to full integration, test and qualification of the production platforms. They are capable of meeting the most demanding size, weight and power (SWaP) targets for the deployed platform.

The fully integrated and tested 6U OpenVPX HPEC Starter Systems feature 2nd- and 3rd generation Intel® Core™ i7 processors; CUDA™ GPGPU processors from NVIDIA®; 10 Gigabit Ethernet and PCI Express fabric support; multiple hard disk drives; full user I/O via the rear panel; the AXIS Advanced Multiprocessor Integrated Software development environment; and 64-bit Linux.

About Abaco

Abaco (NYSE: Abaco) works on things that matter. The best people and the best technologies taking on the toughest challenges. Finding solutions in energy, health and home, transportation and finance. Building, powering, moving and curing the world. Not just imagining. Doing. Abaco works. For more information, visit the company's website at

NETernity GBX460 provides low latency communications for deployed defense & aerospace applications

NETernity GBX460 is a fully managed rugged 6U OpenVPX data plane switch module featuring Abaco’s OpenWare switch management software. The GBX460 is a high- density 10GigE solution targeted at demanding high performance computing (HPC) and networking applications such as communications, ISR and radar. Abaco now offers customers a choice between the fully managed GBX460 with the flexibility, versatility and functionality provided by the OpenWare suite of protocols and switch management software, or the outstanding time-to-operation of the unmanaged version.

The GBX460 delivers full wire-speed 10GigE Ethernet switching that can be fully managed via our OpenWare software. Based on a PowerPC management processor and a high performance switch fabric, the GBX460 has integrated Layer -2/3 switching capabilities including support for IPv6 (improved security, reliability and flexibility) as well as the ability to support higher Layer 4-7 functionality when required.

GBX460 delivers any node to any node connectivity between multiple computer nodes to support the very latest (HPC) Intel and NVIDIA GPGPU high performance computing cluster architectures (designed to support Abaco’s rugged 6U OpenVPX SBC’s & GPGPU processors).

Abaco’s OpenWare™ is available for the GBX460. Comprehensive and powerful, this switch management environment provides integrated management services including configuration, monitoring, switching control, addressing, routing and all supported protocols. Configuration and monitoring functions are accessible from a serial console or via a network. Supported access methods include Telnet, SSH and SNMP.

Communications networks are the backbone of the modern world – everything comes back to the network, whether you are in telecommunications, medicine, manufacturing or the military market. Our role is to provide you with the solutions you need to deploy and manage your network securely, quickly and cost effectively; and to ensure that it complies with the quality and requirement of the markets in which it will be used.

High-speed networking is critical in today's military and homeland defense systems. We offer a portfolio of Ethernet switches, available in fully managed layer 2/3, managed layer 2 and unmanaged versions designed to meet a wide range of requirements. Our SWaP-optimized rugged switch line enables network deployment in platforms ranging from military ground vehicles, weapons systems, naval and aerial vehicles and are designed to survive and perform reliably in the harshest of environments.

Abaco's rugged, secure routers feature a high technology readiness level (TRL) and are designed for battlefield and homeland defense deployment. They implement the specialized protocol, management and security features these sensitive applications demand, such as advanced QOS, firewalls & hardware-assisted IDS/IPS.

We also offer a range of Embedded board-level network solutions that enable you to build your own advanced network-centric platforms. With dozens of Embedded Ethernet Switches in multiple form factors, our NETernity Ethernet Switches fit just about any application. Available in various open modular configurations of VPX, CompactPCI, PMC, and VME; NETernity switches have the ports, speeds and configurations to handle the most demanding switching applications.

Our wide range of Ethernet Network Interface Cards provide an easy to add network connectivity to any system. They support a flexible array of media types including 10Gigabit, Gigabit and 100Mbit Fiber in AMC, XMC, PMC and PCI edge form factors. The list of supported drivers is extensive, including: Solaris, VxWorks, Windows, Linux and others.

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