DARPA Wants More Efficient Computing Systems

April 16, 2012

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, the Pentagon venture capital arm, is seeking ideas to develop more power-efficient processes in embedded computing systems, according to a request for proposals. Embedded systems are electronic components that control functionality of computer systems.

The RFP spotlights that existing computer systems don't process data quickly enough for military operations. Intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance systems today have sensors that collect far more information than can be processed in real time, reads the broad agency announcement. "As a result, what could be invaluable real-time intelligence data in the hands of our warfighters is simply discarded, or perhaps recorded and processed hours or days after it was collected," it adds. 

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