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Vehicle Electronics and the U.S. Army’s New VICTORY Standard

By GDCA | April 4, 2012

Imagine, in order to do your daily job, you had Linux for email, an Apple II for web browsing, an old Windows 95 tower for excel spreadsheets, and a DOS machine for word processing. Rotary phones only work for some people you need to call, and you need a cellphone for others. Floppy drives, zip […]

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Condition-Based-Maintenance (CBM): The leading edge of proactive sustainment

By GDCA | March 1, 2012

Defense Maintenance & Sustainment Summit (DMS 2012) February 27-29, 2012, | La Jolla, California It was my first time attending WBR’s Defense Maintenance & Sustainment Summit, and it was fascinating to hear about best practices from the many government attendees and their commercial partners. The focus was CBM (condition-based-maintenance), a sustainment approach that involves installing […]

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What does obsolesence, trains, and Embedded World 2012 have in common?

By GDCA | February 29, 2012

I must admit, I’m looking forward to the upcoming Embedded World 2012 presentation on Model Based Design and Testing of Embedded Systems for the Train & Transportation Industry by Franck Corbier, with Dassault Systèmes. Why? Because I have an old-fashioned side of me that loves nothing more than hours on a train, traveling across country. […]

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Medical Design & Manufacturing West: The conference that was bigger than I even imagined

By GDCA | February 22, 2012

As any business owner knows, you are always going to find new conferences, events, or trade shows you didn’t know about, and are really glad you discovered. Medical Design & Manufacturing West 2012 (affectionately known as MD&M West, or #MDMwest in twitter parlance) took place this past week in Southern California’s Anaheim Convention Center. The […]

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Could Stephen Hawking’s voice go end-of-life (EOL)?

By GDCA | February 8, 2012

Whether  you’re checking out his illuminating talks on the nature of the universe, theoretical cosmology and quantum gravity; watching him play himself on Star Trek: The Next Generation, The Simpsons and Futurama; or geeking out to MC Frontalot’s rap, science, and quotations; chances are you’ve heard Stephen Hawking’s iconic voice. What most people don’t realize is that while […]

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Reflecting on VITA’s Embedded Tech Trends (ETT 2012)

By GDCA | January 18, 2012

Following its development in the late 1970s by Motorola, VME bus continues to see wide use across many different equipment industries today. In fact, the first COTS VME boards to enter the domestic market (c 1983) were the MVME101 CPU and MVME110 CPU, both of which are still supported by GDCA today (though no one’s asked in […]

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GDCA in San Francisco Business Times

By GDCA | November 6, 1999

The end of the line Transforming dead computer designs into a viable business By Michael Hytha – Special to the Business Times Martin Plotkin spent the first half of his high-tech career on the leading edge. Then he jumped back to the trailing edge. Plotkin’s Livermore company, GD California Inc., is thriving and growing in […]

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GDCA Featured in 680 Business Journal

By GDCA | July 6, 1999

GDCA thrives on obsolescence By Loralee Stevens, Staff Reporter LIVERMORE – Shrinking technology cycles are swelling the product Lines of GD California, a supporter of legacy computer components. Despite losing 40%- 60% of its business each year as customers migrate to new products, the company has quietly trebled its revenues since 1996 and continues to […]

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