Original Date: 04/28/1995
Revision Date: 01/18/2007
Information : Rapid Prototyping of Application Specific Signal Processors
To reduce manufacturing costs and assembly costs, Lockheed Martin Electronics and Missiles (E&M) began developing concurrent engineering practices in late 1991. Because of the complexity of instant communication with the wide-spread vendors, Lockheed developed a direct communication tool called the Rapid Prototyping of Application Specific Signal Processors (RASSP) that is accessible through Internet. The pilot programs in this effort were Hellfire II and Longbow Missile, and produced manufacturing time reductions of 46.3% and 13.5%, respectively. RASSP maintains objectives to improve design quality by a concurrent design practice, and achieve a four-fold decrease in cycle time.
In 1993, Lockheed Martin formed a RASSP team in partnership with approximately 20 other companies. The partnership will allow members to jointly develop software that each partner and its vendors can use to reduce cycle times and costs. The team is taking the following technical approach:
Integration of Incremental Refinement Methodology (users are involved early and often)
Use of Modular Hardware and Software Architectures (scalable interconnects - Internet)
Development of Comprehensive Supporting Electronic Design Infrastructure (hardware and software re-use libraries)
Use of Engineering Process Improvement Methodology including Concurrent Engineering, Design for Manufacture, Design for Assembly, and Design Cycle Reduction
Applying unifying processes across all engineering disciplines (Design Review, Standard Engineering Processes and Tools, Standard Parts, Engineering/AOD Interface, Central Engineering Services, Design Team Operation, Product Standardization, Design to Cost, Program Management, Requirements Management)
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