Posted by John McHale
FREMONT, Calif. 8 May 2010. Themis Computer launches its Mission and Payload Systems Initiative (MPSI), which is aimed at providing integrated system solutions and value-added services to Themis military and aerospace engineers.
Themis' MPSI will focus on specific market platforms including unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), helicopters, fixed wing aircraft, ground vehicles, and military robotics. The MPSI target applications include UAV sensor processors, data processing, and recording units, mission computers, display processors and EW/SIGINT suite controllers for new platforms as well as platform upgrades.
As a part of the MPSI, Themis assembled a suite of 3U VPX conduction-cooled hardware to use as building block solutions for these applications. The new Themis hardware includes a five-slot conduction cooled chassis and an eight-slot one quarter ATR conduction cooled chassis with universal cooling and configuration options.
Complementing Themis' new 3U VPX rugged chassis products are an Intel Core i7 based single board computer, an ATI E4690 based general purpose graphics processing unit (GPGPU), an 8 channel SATA/SAS RAID controller with PMC/XMC mezzanine site, and a general purpose PMC/XMC carrier card for miscellaneous I/O.
Themis will also provide integration services and support for third party partner companies that will provide software defined radio (SDR) functionality, FPGA, and Power PC processing, as well as avionics data bus interfaces, including MIL-STD-1553 and ARINC 429. Themis' approach to providing integrated system solutions utilizing this 3U VPX hardware includes being able to deliver a variety of off-the-shelf system configurations in a very short period of time, often in 60 to 90 days.