General Micro Systems Wins Three ‘Best of Show’ Awards at AUSA

The four-star winners in the Embedded Computing and Rugged Computing categories are built on GMS’s innovative new X9 Spider distributed computing architecture (DCA).

WASHINGTON, October 11, 2023—(BUSINESS WIRE)–STEAM 2023 “Three new ones.” General Micro Systems (GMS) innovations won Best of Show from Military embedded systems magazine at the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) Annual Meeting and Exposition in Washington this week. The X9 Spider Smart Switch earned four stars in the Embedded Computing category and the X9 Spider Rugged Thunderbolt™ Display, and the X9 Manpack, GMS’s portable mission computer, earned four stars in the Rugged Computing category.

All three products are built on X9 Spider a family of robust, open, small form factor distributed computing architecture (DCA) systems designed to lower development barriers to robust high-performance computing, high-definition video, sensor processing, artificial intelligence (AI), battle-edge processing field, storage, display and intelligent I/O.

“When we introduced our X9 Spider distributed computing architecture at AUSA last year, we knew we had a winning and innovative concept – and these awards, combined with strong customer interest, confirm it,” said Ben Sharfi, CEO and Chief Architect, GMS . “Working together or individually, on the body, in the air, on ships or on the ground, the X9 Manpack, X9 Spider Intelligent Switch and X9 Spider Rugged Thunderbolt Display provide the computing power, I/O and connectivity of a distributed architecture to support the demanding needs of warfighting next generation in the smallest and lightest palm-sized devices that can fit anywhere.”

Award winning products include:

  • X9 Spider Man Pack: Powered by a standard military battery, the most powerful full-featured wearable mobile computer is designed for dismounted soldiers and marines who need high-performance processing, communications, video, database access and AI on the go. Designed from the ground up to offer the most computing power and I/O in the smallest, lightest battery-powered package, X9 Spider Man Pack can drive up to four displays on the body, such as the X9 Rugged Thunderbolt Display; connecting to wireless LANs and personal area networks (PANs); uplink to mounted assets such as vehicles or command posts; store up to 20TB of on-board data and connect to high-speed body sensors while processing embedded AI algorithms such as image/face recognition, target tracking or sensor fusion. See more details here.

  • X9 Spider Rugged Thunderbolt Display
    Available in 12-inch, 17-inch, 24-inch, or 36-inch sizes in both aluminum and carbon fiber, the handheld display provides meaningful solid information from moving maps, call-to-fire menus, sensor constellation, EW / SIGINT testimony, and even face-to-face (F2F) videoconferencing. The display uses the Thunderbolt 4 technology developed by Apple® and Intel to connect via an ultra-thin single copper or fiber optic cable up to 50m to any X9 host computer, including the Manpack. It receives data and power via Thunderbolt – including via a GMS LightBolt optical cable – and can act as a multi-functional Manpack peripheral by adding radios, GPS, APNT, removable drive, voice activation and audio, and even high brightness and NVIS stealth. The display can be daisy-chained to expand to multiple independent displays, while acting as an additional peripheral to the main host computer by adding COTS M.2 add-on I/O such as a Software Defined Radio (SDR) or GPS, or replaceable SSD storage device. For more information read on here.

  • X9 Spider Smart Switch
    The X9 Spider Smart Switch is an accelerated network module designed to improve the performance of Ethernet-based military applications without compromising size, weight and power (SWaP) requirements. This fully sealed, rugged, fanless, and battlefield-ready switch—with eight 10 GBase-TX Ethernet ports and four 100 Gb Ethernet ports—provides acquisition and modernization programs with industry-leading bandwidth and efficiency in a palm-sized package , built to carry applications forward for decades to come. See data sheet for details here.

About General Micro Systems:
For more than 45 years, General Micro Systems (GMS) has built a reputation as an industry expert in modular, compute-intensive and rugged small-form-factor embedded computing systems, servers and switches. These powerful systems, all built in America, are ideal for demanding C5ISR defense, space, medical, industrial and energy applications. GMS is an IEC, ISO, AS9100, NIST-800-171, and MIL-SPEC provider of infrastructure and operations for long-life, specification-controlled, configuration-driven programs. For more information visit

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