CHATSWORTH, Calif., 2 Feb. 2009 Aitech Defense Systems Inc., released a new 6U VME C160 single-board computer (SBC) that uses the latest Intel T7400 low power, high performance Merom Core 2 Duo dual core processors. It is designed for mobile applications requiring exceptionally low power and high processing throughput.
The rugged, single-slot C160 also uses Intel's Virtualization Technology (VT), so the board can run different applications simultaneously using multiple virtual partitions.
The new C160 draws only 25 Watts and incorporates a custom metal thermal management frame supporting an array of integral stiffeners for increased resistance against high shock and vibration. This makes the board ideal for a number of rugged and harsh military environments including mission management computers, heads-up display controllers, radar and sonar communications processors, autonomous IED, and rocket-propelled grenade (RPG) protection subsystems.
The C160, the newest addition to Aitech's extensive family of high performance SBCs, 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's large memory arrays provide extensive volatile and non-volatile memory resources including as much as 2 gigabytes fast DDR2 SDRAM operating at 667 MHz and up to 8 gigabytes of onboard Flash disk (NAND Flash) with IDE controller eliminating the need for externally attached mass-storage media. Additional onboard, non-volatile mass storage for convenient, local program, and data file storage is provided by a solid state disk (SSD) with up to 16 gigabytes of memory as well as auto-wear leveling to ensure long media life.
For man-machine interface applications, the C160 also provides an integrated GM965 graphics engine with 2D and 3D graphics outputting in either CRT (RGBHV) or composite NTSC, PAL or RS-170 video formats. Graphics language support includes Microsoft DirectX 10 and SGI OpenGL 1.5/2.0.
The C160 offers a set of I/O resources including two Gigabit Ethernet ports, two SATA II interfaces, and two USB 2.0 interfaces as well as legacy interfaces consisting of two 16C550-compatible RS232/422/485 serial ports and eight discrete I/O lines.
For local onboard I/O expansion, the C160 provides two industry standard PMC sites capable of as fast as 133 MHz PCI-X operation for expanded flexibility and integration. All PMC I/O is routed to the backplane's P0 and P2 connectors per ANSI/VITA-35.
Additional board features include high definition audio interface, onboard/on-chip temperature sensors, an onboard SuperCap and Li-Ion battery-backed real-time clock, 32/64-bit and two 32-bit timers/counters as well as an avionics-style, windowed Watchdog timer are provided for real-time, hard deadline, mission critical applications.
BIT (Built-in Test) and POST (Power-On Self Test) firmware are supported in BIOS to allow the C160's easy integration with other Aitech VME and PMC I/O products, enabling flexible configuration of reliable subsystems. Operating system support includes Microsoft XP Pro, XP Embedded, Linux, and Wind River's VxWorks as well as others by request.
The C160 is available in two basic processor configurations, optimized for either maximum performance (2.2 GHz) or for lowest power consumption (1.67 GHz). The board comes in either air-cooled or conduction-cooled versions, per ANSI/VITA 1-1994 and IEEE 1101.2, respectively.
OEM pricing for the C160 6U VME SBC starts at $6,050. Delivery is from stock to 20 weeks ARO.