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Advanced Fusion Technologies Selects RTI Middleware to Enable Open-Architecture Solutions

The Real-Time Middleware Experts, to develop the industry’s first product suite designed to modernize legacy U.S. military applications by enabling them to use a modern open-system architecture.

Sunnyvale, CA, November 12, 2008 --( Advanced Fusion Technologies, a product-oriented engineering design and services company, announced today that it will seamlessly integrate with middleware from Real-Time Innovations (RTI), The Real-Time Middleware Experts, to develop the industry’s first product suite designed to modernize legacy U.S. military applications by enabling them to use a modern open-system architecture.

The U.S. military aims to improve its competitiveness by reducing costs and integration cycle times for delivering capabilities to warfighters. Key to this strategy is the adoption of commercial-off-the-shelf-solutions based on standards such as those defined by the U.S. Navy Open Architecture.

Advanced Fusion Technologies is developing a solution that will ease the challenge of modernizing legacy fleets by using a small appliance called the Open Systems Interface Converter (OSIC) to translate legacy communication protocols into a universal, industry-standard format.

”The integration of OSIC with RTI Data Distribution Service enables multiple applications to receive consistent, synchronized data in real time, greatly improving overall system integration. Additionally, OSIC removes I/O conversion from the embedded-computing plant and redistributes it to the vicinity of legacy equipment, resulting in significant platform weight reductions,” said Dave McKean, Advanced Fusion Technologies’ chief technology officer.

The OSIC will fully integrate with RTI Data Distribution Service, which provides high-performance messaging middleware based on the Object Management Group (OMG) Data Distribution Service for Real-Time Systems (DDS) standard. In addition to the DDS application programming interface, RTI middleware also implements Real-Time Publish-Subscribe (RTPS) wire-transfer protocol for sending and receiving equipment data, events and commands among the nodes.

In many current systems, equipment data is required by multiple applications and is usually received by one application, transformed and then forwarded to all other applications needing that data. Typically, systems must implement complex software that synchronizes equipment data and resolves inconsistencies across multiple applications. Using the RTPS protocol, the OSIC will be able to provide consistent equipment data to all subscribing applications, resolving data-consistency issues and thus improving system integration.

Computer architectures for many legacy military manned and unmanned applications—such as E-2C Hawkeye, F/A-18 Hornet, Apache AH-64D, Aegis and more—connect point-to-point interfaces from platform equipment located in different geographic regions to an embedded-computing plant. Each interface has dedicated cabling from the equipment to one or more interface converters in the embedded-computing plant and associated connectors and wiring contained within the plant. This architecture produces heavy, complex, space-constrained systems such as those designed for mission-system and avionics-system applications.

From an architecture standpoint, the OSIC allows the decoupling of the embedded-computing plant from resident interface converters to improve efficiency and performance. The OSIC is co-located with legacy equipment such as radar devices. These devices are often connected to the equipment via native interfaces such as NTDS or MIL-STD-1553. On the embedded-computing plant side, the OSIC provides four copper gigabit Ethernet network interfaces or four fiber 100-Mbit Fiber Distributed Data Interface (FDDI) network interfaces.

RTI, Real-Time Innovations, The Real-Time Middleware Company and RTI Data Distribution Service are registered trademarks or trademarks of Real-Time Innovations, Inc. All other trademarks used in this document are the property of their respective owners.

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Beverly Wykoff

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