Concurrent Technologies 2019 Recap

2019 has been an eventful year for Concurrent Technologies with a great deal of change and progression. We thought it would be a good idea to recap the year by looking back at some of the key events and success stories that we have been able to share with our followers, customers and partners.

The year got off to a flying start with the publication of a series of new application notes focused around virtualization and workload consolidation on our rugged server boards. We enhanced the integrity of our products by introducing Boot Guard which prevents the operation of new boards if the BIOS firmware is tampered with in any way.  We talked about this and other security enhancements at the Embedded Tech Trends conference in January and showed secure products at the Embedded World Exhibition in February 2019.  The numerous meetings and discussions we had with customers, partners and new opportunities played a significant part in the success of the event for us and we are now actively planning our focus for Embedded World 2020.

One of the most important product releases this year was TR H4x/3sd-RCx, a rugged 3U VPX server board that is designed to align with the SOSA compute intensive profile.  Our US subsidiary, Concurrent Technologies Inc is a member of the Open Group SOSA™ Consortium and is working closely to make sure that we can provide innovative solutions as quickly as possible.  TR H4x/3sd-RCx is a 12-core processor with 64GB DRAM and up to 2TB of storage in a single slot with 40G Ethernet connectivity that aligns with the new profile requirements.  The output from the Open Group SOSA Consortium has been fed back to the VITA standards organization and the underlying OpenVPX profile standard (VITA 65.1) has been updated and ratified for the benefit of everyone.  A tri-service memo was released by the US Secretaries for the Army, Navy and Airforce reinforcing the use of SOSA related equipment for new developments – normally it’s our customers that mandate the use of specific technologies and standards, now it’s our customer’s customers.

Our senior management team has been significantly strengthened this year, firstly with the appointment of George Dickey as Chief Technology Officer.  George joined the team at the start of May and is introducing improvement plans based on future technologies and capabilities.  Following the sad death of Glen Fawcett, Jane Annear transitioned to the position of Managing Director and has been busy reorganizing the company to prepare for the future.  In June, she appointed Jason Wilkes to the role of Director of Sales.  Jason has responsibility for all sales except for the USA, which remains the responsibility of Brent Salgat, President of Concurrent Technologies Inc.

In June we released TR E8x/msd.  This is a 3U VPX processor board based on the Intel® Xeon® E-2200 processor family (previously known as Coffee Lake Refresh).  This processor chipset was just launched by Intel® for use in embedded applications and, by launching coincident with Intel, we are maximizing the life-cycle to our customers.

In September we attended two events and made two significant announcements.  Both events were defense focused, firstly MSPO in Poland where we had a stand in the UK Pavilion. The event enabled us to make contact with local integrators and to learn about the defense market in Poland.  The following week we exhibited at DSEI, in London. With DSEI only occurring once every two years, we had a large company presence and were kept extremely busy with pre-arranged customer, partner and opportunity meetings.  At the show we announced that one of our 3U VPX rugged server boards, TR G4x/msd, had achieved VMware Ready status.  We have been working hard to provide highly rugged solutions that are capable of workload consolidation driven by key customer needs and this is a proof point that we are making excellent progress.  We also made an interesting announcement around our development of Artificial Intelligence (AI) compatible rugged solutions to perform Inference at the Edge deployments. AI seems to be a good solution to solve real time applications in many of the sectors that we support including defense, oil and gas exploration and transportation.

We have delivered many other positive achievements and are ending 2019 in a position that sets us up for 2020.  We’d like to take the opportunity to extend our gratitude to everyone who has shared the journey with us.  Season’s Greetings from all of us.

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