Brame-Tech was founded by Bill Ripley, a seasoned Electrical Engineer with over 35 years of experience in the avionic / military embedded computer market, and has worked half the time in a major helicopter / tiltrotor manufacturer's system integration organization, and the rest of the time for a COTS board and M-COTS system provider. Throughout the years, he has been a mentor and guru for the supporting technologies that have driven this sector, as well as a visionary of where the rugged embedded market should go. Bill has been active participant in the VITA Standards Organization, Vehicle Integration for C4ISR/EW Interoperability (VICTORY) standards committee, the Future Airborne Capability Environment (FACE™) community, as well as the European analog of VICTORY, the MILVA & NGVA groups.
Bill invested immense time and thought on how to create small embedded rugged computer system for the avionic and military market. After taking everything into consideration and reviewing the available Small Form Factor (SFF) products, Bill concluded that there is a crucial need for a coherent, standards-based, module-centric, small form factor COTS architecture. This started his vision and pioneering the standard called VITA-74, also known by its marketing name, VNX. The goal for the VNX standard is to take the concepts that have made its "big-brother" VPX successful, and apply those concepts to a similarly architected SFF platform. To minimize time-to-market, technical risks and cost, VNX mirrored much of the innovative work done on VITA 46/65 and now offers a respectable performance SFF solution with improved Size, Weight, Power and Cost; better known as SWaP-C.