Embedded systems supplier Aitech introduces rugged VME single board computer

CHATSWORTH, Calif., 7 May 2009. Aitech Defense Systems Inc. in Chatsworth, Calif., is introducing the C160 rugged 6U VME single board computer for harsh environment military embedded systems like radar and sonar, military communications processors, autonomous vehicle IED protection and RPG protection subsystems, mission management computers, and heads up display controllers.

The embedded computer board uses the Intel T7500 low power, high performance Merom Core 2 Duo dual core embedded processor. The C160 is for rugged, mission critical military embedded systems that require low power and high processing throughput.

The single-slot C160 VME card offers clock frequencies as fast as 2.2 GHz for the high performance version and 1.67 GHz for the low power version, which draws 25 Watts. The board also uses Intel's Virtualization Technology (VT), enabling the board to run different applications simultaneously using several virtual partitions.

The C160 VME board incorporates a custom metal thermal management frame supporting an array of stiffeners for increased resistance against high shock and vibration.

The C160 offers 2eSST and 2eVME functionality as well as VME and PCI legacy support via a Tundra Tsi148 bridge. The bridge's decoupled architecture can handle simultaneous transactions and the large FIFOs (first in first out) to prevent PCI/X to VME deadlock conditions for better, more reliable data throughput.

The board offers large memory arrays providing volatile and non-volatile memory resources. These include as much as 2 gigabytes fast DDR2 SDRAM operating at 667 MHz and as much as eight gigabytes of onboard Flash disk (NAND Flash) with IDE controller eliminating the need for externally attached mass-storage media.

The computer board also has non-volatile mass storage for local program and data file storage. The board comes in either air-cooled or conduction-cooled versions, per ANSI/VITA 1-1994 and IEEE 1101.2, respectively.

For more information contact Aitech online at www.rugged.com.

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