Systems integrators might be surprised to meet with South African company Etion Create (Stand C1-03) at IDEX this week when they realise it has a well-established reputation in the global market. Etion Create still provides professional product development and integration services to leading electronics equipment companies and system integrators, as it used to do under its previous name of Parsec.
"Our clients around the world have come to know our expertise in the areas of software, firmware, hardware and CAD design, built up over almost 20 years, as an original design manufacturer," explained business development director Tobie van Loggerenberg. The new name derived from a total restructuring of the entire group, now called Etion Limited.
A flagship board-level product on display, developed at the behest of Saab South Africa and GEW (now part of Hensoldt), is the VF370, a 3U OpenVPX single-board computer module. It offers scalable processing power and flexible IO options for reduced SWaP (size, weight and power) applications. Typical applications include rugged mission computers for aerospace, maritime and land systems, or ultra-HD video and graphic processing and symbology overlay. This makes it ideal for EW and jammer systems, including manpack units.
Etion Create continues to deliver weapon integration solutions, based on its experience on South African systems, such as the missile and rocket launchers for the Rooivalk attack helicopter. This has expanded into international markets, where Etion is collaborating with the Sharjah (UAE)-based AAL Group, which supplies a full spectrum of rotary-wing aviation solutions to a range of customers.
"We have been doing business in the Middle East for more than a decade as a technology partner," van Loggerenberg added.
"This includes joint system and product development with research institutes in Saudi Arabia and establishing manufacturing facilities in that country."