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XPONENTIAL 2023
May 8 – 11, 2023
Colorado Convention Center
Denver
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General Digital Corporation  

East Hartford,  CT 
United States
http://www.generaldigital.com
  • Booth: 2944


Engineering What's Next

General Digital Corporation is the industry leader in software development, verification, and validation of autonomous flight systems, having worked on over 70 aircraft in the past few decades. We provide a full range of engineering services, including rugged hardware and display systems such as drone controllers. AS9100D Certification on track for Summer '22.


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  • Back in November, our very own Mike Mendoza earned the title of Certified IPC Specialist by completing the Application Specialist course on IPC J-STD-001: Requirements for Soldered Electrical and Electronic Assemblies. 

    An impressive achievement in its own right, Mike has built on this by completing the Space Applications Electronic Hardware Addendum to IPC J-STD-001. Mike’s new certification, coupled with our upcoming AS9100D certification, gives our facility the power to produce hardware for space applications, which we are currently designing in support of an upcoming NASA program.

    “Mike’s one of our best employees, but he’s an even better guy,” noted Anthony Picone, our Production Manager. “He really went above and beyond to support this program, and I’m really excited to see the cool stuff that we’re going to work on in the next few years.”

    Our team is honored to work on the space program. For more information about this announcement, or to speak with someone about your engineering requirements on or off Earth, Contact Us or call (860) 282-2900 today

  • In 1973, our company was founded by Len Lazar, a Software Engineer, and Russ Reiss, an Electrical Engineer. As the business grew, the two divisions found success in different markets (avionics for software, defense for hardware), though occasionally collaborated on projects as necessary (e.g., our GenStar). In recent years, as technology continues to advance, we’ve seen increased demand for products requiring customization in hardware as well as embedded firmware.

    To best manage these exciting new projects, we’ve organized a team of Embedded Systems Engineers. Our Embedded Systems Engineering team is a diverse group of focused, experienced electrical, software development, and IV&V test engineers who possess the flexibility to tackle almost any engineering project—from product conceptualization to production delivery, and anywhere in between.

    “I couldn’t be more excited about the future of our organization,” remarked General Digital President Bryan Gudrian. “Although our hardware and software teams have collaborated on a number of projects in the past, the formation of this group will break down some internal barriers and allow for better cross-departmental collaboration to improve speed and quality.”

    What is ESE?

    Our Embedded Systems Engineering function consists of the following elements:

    • Software Development including requirements development, retrofitting tools into legacy systems, project coordination, updating software to be agency compatible, reverse engineering software to existing hardware, and documentation
    • Electrical Engineering including circuit design and analysis, PCB layout, fabrication, and assembly, and EMI design and confidence testing
    • Independent Verification & Validation (IV&V) Services including tool validation and qualification, test planning and execution (code reviews, unit/module testing, regression testing, systems testing, and integration testing), discrepancy reporting and resolution, and results reporting

    Combined with the robust mechanical, optical, and production engineering expertise of our Display Systems group, the creation of ESE furthers our ability to become a true one-stop shop for any engineering requirement.

    Along with the formation of this group, we are also in the process of pursuing AS9100 and ISO 13485 certifications to complement our existing ISO 9001:2015 certification. This effort, on track for completion later this year, will expand our capabilities in the design, development, prototyping, independent verification and validation, and serial production of aerospace, avionic, and medical devices.

    Some recent examples of products developed by our Embedded Systems Engineering team include:

    • Photo of portable computer with displayAlta Series SUDS Mobile 10.4" Secure Upload/Download System, a highly-configurable intelligent computer embedded in a Pelican™ case with a 10.4” sunlight readable smart display, with custom firmware developed and independently verified and validated by our in-house software engineers.
    • VuePoint IIIa ruggedized touch-interactive serial terminal emulator with custom firmware specific to the application (U.S. Navy’s Central Atmospheric Monitoring System). Our team is currently redesigning the hardware with contemporary electronics and redeveloping GDC’s original MS DOS code to ensure a form, fit, and functional replacement.
    • Tactical TwoView (as seen at AUSA 2021), a revolutionary MIL-Certified dual-head display workstation with an integrated COM Express processing module and video controller designed and customized by GDC’s engineers to meet specific customer and military requirements.
    • Nociometera turnkey medical device (hardware + embedded firmware) capable of objectively measuring pain. The device utilizes sensors to scan a patient’s retina, while the firmware analyzes the data to determine pain level. This was developed in collaboration with our partners at AlgometRx and certified by GDC’s IV&V team.

    We’re thrilled to share this news with you, and believe that the formation of this group alongside our new certifications will continue to allow our organization to reach new heights by continuing to do what we do best—turn problems into solutions.

    For more information about our new capabilities, or to speak with someone regarding an engineering requirement, Contact Us or call (860) 282-2900 today.

  • Photo of Ribbon Cutting

    This July, East Hartford Mayor Marica Leclerc stopped by to celebrate our company’s recent move back to East Hartford, our original hometown.

    While we hoped to have an event like this when we moved in June ’20, the dangers of the COVID-19 pandemic prohibited us from doing so. We originally scheduled the event for the end of June ’21, but a contractor knocked out power to our building while repairing a nearby line, forcing us to again reschedule.

    As critical suppliers for essential industries, including defense, medical, and heavy industrial/nuclear, we remained fully operational even during the worst of the pandemic with a split of on-site production staff and a remote office staff. Thankfully, our COVID protocols (and extra 20,000 sq. ft.) helped prevent any outbreaks within our employee ranks.

    This ceremony served as a celebration of moving into the new facility, successfully navigating through the pandemic with minimal impacts, and a re-opening of our facility to visitors.

    Photo of East Hartford Mayor with General Digital employees

    About the Move

    When the lease for our previous location in South Windsor came up for renewal, we made a strategic decision to find a newer and larger building to accommodate our growing business. By staying local, we were able to retain all our employees while still being able to attract top talent from the region’s diverse manufacturing pool.

    Our tenured employees appreciate that the new building is just a few miles down the road from our old one, while our customers appreciate the more modern facility. We also made a significant investment in capital equipment coinciding with the move, which has seen us optimize processes and greatly increase our production capacity since moving last year.

    We look forward to continuing to serve you from our new home at 60 Prestige Park Rd in East Hartford, CT.

    To schedule a visit, or to speak to someone about your engineering requirements, Contact Us or call (860) 282-2900.

  • ISO 9001:2015 labelSouth Windsor, CT (July 2, 2019) – General Digital Corporation (General Digital) today announced that the company has earned certification to ISO 9001:2015 for its Quality Management System.

    General Digital is an engineering services company that:

    • Designs and manufactures contemporary engineered solutions
    • Specializes in designing and manufacturing industrial- and military-grade monitors, smart displays, computers, control electronics, systems integration and more
    • Enhances performance of display systems through integration of overlays, surface coatings, optical film management, backlight redesign, and in-house optical bonding
    • Provides safety-critical software development and testing services to aerospace, avionic, medical, transportation, industrial and other applications

    Graphic of GDC ISO certificateThe ISO 9001:2015 QMS certificate recognizes that General Digital’s quality management system is in conformance with the International Quality System Standard and was awarded by American Systems Registrar, an ANAB- and IATF -approved global registration services company.

    On this award, Bryan Gudrian, president of General Digital said, “Achieving certification to ISO 9001:2015 QMS was a meticulous, company-wide process secured by third-party approval. This accomplishment highlights General Digital’s deep-rooted and unwavering commitment of excellence in providing our customers with the highest quality products and services across our three business units: Display Systems, Optical Bonding Laboratories, and Software Services.”

    General Digital is committed to continuous improvement, constant focus on customer satisfaction, and advancing the efficiency of company processes to exceed customer and regulatory requirements. Achieving ISO 9001:2015 QMS certification demonstrates that General Digital quality processes and continuous improvement methodologies meet the highest industry standards.

    About ISO 9001:2015 QMS         
    ISO 9001:2015 QMS obtained global recognition as the leading standard for Quality Management Systems (QMS) and can be implemented by companies regardless of their size and industry. Published by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), the foundation of the ISO 9001:2015 QMS standard is grounded in effective quality management precepts. These precepts include increased focus on customer satisfaction, increased management, and the organization and advancement regarding the efficiency of processes. The recognition of and compliance with this certification culminates in the continuous improvement and production of products and services within an organization to exceed customer and regulatory requirements.

  • Photo of Tactical TwoView

    General Digital Corporation, the innovator of flat panel displays, is thrilled to introduce the Tactical TwoView™ (TTV) as the warfighter’s choice for their next generation of rugged workstations.

    Slated for deployment in major defense programs, the TTV family of workstations is one of the first commercially available dual monitor solutions certified to MIL-STD 810-G and is designed so that all major components are field-replaceable in under ten minutes using only common hand tools, minimizing any potential downtime of this mission-critical workstation.

    “General Digital has been at the forefront of technological innovation for defense applications for nearly 50 years,” noted Bryan Dunn, VP of Business Development, Display Systems Division at General Digital. “As technology rapidly changes, so do the needs of our warfighters. We’ve listened closely to our military and prime contractor customers and developed what I feel is one of our most innovative products since our SlimLine series revolutionized compact workstations all the way back in 1992. The Tactical TwoView fits seamlessly into the DoD’s modernization strategy of using open systems architecture to support the next-generation warfighter.”

    The Tactical TwoView’s modular design allows for highly customizable configurations to suit your specific requirements and comes in three primary variations:

    The TTV Shelter™ variant bolts directly onto the workstation surface of any mobile command shelter, providing a dual monitor solution in the same footprint as the existing single monitor set up.  During transit, the TTV folds and locks in place making suitable for high-shock environments.

    The TTV Mobile™ variant, which is field-deployable, is stable enough to work on any horizontal surface such as command tent folding tables and is stored inside its own integrated transit case. This unique self-contained case provides an IP65 (ingress protection) rating against dust and water.

    The TTV RackMount™ variant features an identical interface and computer to the other two variants, making it ideal for compact areas that require a rugged rack mounted workstation. The standard unit currently fits into a 24" rack but is customizable to suit your application.

    All TTVs use a series of locking mechanisms to allow users to set the display to their preferred viewing angle while securing the large LCD panels against high-shock events.

    By utilizing video over USB-C, the TTV sends power, video, and communication over a single cable instead of several which reduces complexity and maintenance time. General Digital developed a custom video controller to support the TTV family which helps futureproof the system by allowing in service updates as customers adjust to new requirements or technological innovations.

    The TTV’s integrated computer system connects to its host server through a gigabit ethernet or wireless connection, reducing operator vulnerability by allowing the entire workstation to be remote from the rest of the computing equipment. The integrated computer supports two independent video feeds on the displays while allowing the keyboard and trackball to provide inputs to the host server.

    The Tactical TwoView is available in a variety of display sizes from 15" to 24" and is fully customizable to meet your exact specifications.

    Photo of Tactical TwoView Shelter

    MIL-STD-810G Certified for:
     

    • Operating temperature
    • Storage temperature
    • Temperature shock
    • Operating altitude
    • Non-operating altitude
    • Transit vibration
    • Transit drop
    • Bench handle & shock
    • Salt Fog

    Other key features include high-resolution, 5+ USB connections, audio input/output, and a variety of keyboard/trackball/mouse options.

    Visit our Product Page for more information or Contact Us to order your system today.


 Products

  • Independent Verification & Validation
    IV&V is an FAA-mandated process for any equipment that wishes to be deemed flightworthy. Our team has provided software testing for avionic applications for over 4 decades....

  • Independent Verification and Validation (IV&V) is more than just quality assurance—it’s about ensuring your software systems do exactly what you need them to do, every single time.

    Our IV&V process includes:

    • Thumbnail of IV&V white paperRequirements Development
    • Tool Validation/Qualification
    • Test Planning and Execution
      • System Level Testing
      • Regression Testing
      • Integration Testing (HSIT, SSIT)
      • Unit Testing for Safety-critical Embedded Systems
    • Project Coordination
    • Discrepancy Resolution
    • Results Reporting
  • Software Development
    Custom software development for safety-critical applications, specializing in embedded firmware and autonomous flight systems....

  • Our software development team offers a full suite of support for every stage of implementation, including embedded firmware development and software development in many technologies.

    • C/C++, C#, Assembly
    • Ada, LabVIEW, Perl, Python
    • SGL, Ruby, Qt
    • Freescale/NXP, ARM, Renesas
    • WCF, WPF
    • Xamarin, Mono, XAML
    • MS-Windows, Embedded Linux
    • Bare Metal Environments
    • Proprietary RTOS
    • Android, IOS
    • TCP-based protocols, CAN, Bluetooth
    • Many more

    In addition to custom development, our team is also experienced in reverse engineering existing products to implement changes to embedded systems.

  • Agency Documentation & Compliance
    Streamline your DO-178 certification with our industry-leading documentation & compliance team....

  • 1) We can do all of the work and take over the complete Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC)—or parts of it—and use the systems at our facility as an arm of your company.

    2) We draw up a Facility Software Maintenance Agreement (FSMA) and set up remote systems at our clients’ facilities. This allows us to implement the proper systems, by installing and testing various applications including bug tracking, upgrade tracking, and overall quality tracking. All of which is customized around the particular needs of the customer.

    3) A hybrid of 1 and 2. We can start one of the two processes mentioned above and then hand it over to the customer when they are ready. This is great for startups, or large, tenured companies dealing with the detailed paperwork, reporting, checks and balances that are expected for certification in medical and pharma by FDA accepted standard IEC 62304 and CGMP requirements part 820 (21 CFR part 820). It’s also great for the avionics indsutry, as the FAA will be expecting the same certifications to DO-178 standards.


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