June 14, 2015
June 14, 2015
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Modular Integrated Stackable Layer (MISL): An Academic-Public Sector Partnership for Rapid Prototyping and DevelopmentThe rapid product development process continues to increase demands on hardware prototypingtools. These tools need to create prototypes with higher levels of functional integration toaccommodate a diverse selection of embedded intelligence, sensors, actuators, communicationsand data storage technologies. In addition, the turn-around time from prototype tocommercialized product continues to decrease so that companies can be first to market necessaryto gain important market share. Although there are a number of hardware development toolsavailable, none of these fully meets the demanding requirements of the aerospace, automotive,communications, medical, petrochemical industries. Based on a number of successful appliedresearch and capstone design projects, the Controls and Data Handling Branch at NationalAeronautics and Space Administration - Johnson Space Center (NASA-JSC) recently formed adevelopment partnership for its unique Modular Integrated Stackable Layer (MISL) architecturewith the XXXXX Program at XXXXX University. The MISL architecture encompasses a seriesof layers (printed circuit boards) that can be quickly “stacked” into a small form factor footprintthat provides a wide range of technologies. Developers can quickly configure a application-specific configuration by selecting from multiple options for power, microcontroller,communications, sensors and other signal conditioning circuitry. The XXXX Program has threeprimary responsibilities to the newly formed partnership: 1) New layer design, 2) Educationalcourse and laboratory material development, 3) Establishment of an open developmentcommunity environment. This paper provides an overview of the MISL partnership, theeducational and research activities that have been successfully conducted to date, the lessonslearned, and the move forward plans for the space qualified rack-and-stack hardwaredevelopment platform.
Morgan, J. A., & Porter, J. R. (2015, June), Modular Integrated Stackable Layer (MISL): An Academic–Public Sector Partnership for Rapid Prototyping and Development Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.24504
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