Now more than ever, size, weight, and power (SWaP) must be managed and reduced across virtually all military and aerospace applications to improve operational efficiency and logistics, increase mission life, and reduce the total cost of system ownership. System upgrades are driving added functionality and increased performance, placing additional attention on SWaP. Additionally, markets are expanding as systems become smaller, lighter, and less expensive.

This paper examines the SWaP drivers in military platforms, examines specific applications, and discusses how today’s advanced FPGAs and structured ASICs can be used to effectively address SWaP issues.