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open architecture

[′ō·pən ′ar·kə‚tek·chər]
(computer science)
A computer architecture whose specifications are made widely available to allow third parties to develop add-on peripherals for it.

open architecture

A system in which the specifications are made public in order to encourage third-party vendors to develop add-on products. Much of Apple's early success was due to the Apple II's open architecture, which is also called an "open system." The PC is the prime example of an open architecture. See open system.
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A majority of respondents (57 percent) offer a mix of proprietary and open architecture investment products.
Bush believes that an open architecture can help make those upgrades easier and less costly, saving the Navy at least $1 billion a year (about 50 percent of the service's annual expenditures on software upgrades).
Beyond the modernization value to Aegis, we are developing Aegis Open Architecture so that the technology is transportable across all of the Navy's surface force, providing extensive commonality and linkage in a way that reduces acquisition and certification risks and cost.
These successful demonstrations confirm our continuing commitment to the Navy Open Architecture vision for developing reusable application level components," said Orlando Carvalho, vice president of Lockheed Martin Maritime Systems & Sensors' Surface Systems line of business.
A pioneer in voice processing technology, Natural MicroSystems offers VBX, an open architecture family of powerful multi-line voice application development systems used worldwide in numerous applications, and Watson(R), a personal voice management system introduced in 1984.
At the same time, it is a very open architecture allowing us to deliver enhanced packet telephony via VoIP and VoATM to our customers, and it can be easily augmented with enhanced IP applications servers to deliver new and differentiated services.
BIRMINGHAM, United Kingdom -- Aonix[R], the provider of the PERC[R] technologies for embedded Java[TM] developers, announced that Lockheed Martin has selected the Aonix PERC Ultra[R] virtual machine (VM) for the Aegis Weapon System Open Architecture Program.
MDI has been developing IP-based open architecture security systems before most other manufacturers and, because of this foresight, the company leads the industry in all encompassing unified control and operating systems.
We recognize the importance of an open architecture, flexible core data processing platform that will allow us to customize the system and have that system grow with our needs.
ONE delivers an open architecture environment that adapts each individual application and device into its platform -- promoting collaboration as one unified command and control operating system.
This integrated solution combines FundQuest's platform for open architecture investments, integration with third party trust administration services, and FundQuest's web based delivery.
NYSE: ARW) that provides design engineering, manufacturing, system integration, supply chain management and post-manufacturing services to industrial OEMs and intellectual property-based companies, today announced a seminar series designed to educate Arrow's OEM customers in the military sector about the benefits of open architecture (OA) solutions.

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