Rugged single-board computer for trusted computing in mission-critical applications introduced by Aitech

June 16, 2020
The C878 uses a trusted computing architecture to provide secure transmission of sensitive data, including Trusted Platform, Secure Boot, and BIOS Guard.

CHATSWORTH, Calif. – Aitech Defense Systems Inc. in Chatsworth, Calif., is introducing the C878 3U VPX security-enabled single-board computer for compute-intensive mission critical applications found in harsh environments.

The rugged C878 has as many as 16 lanes of PCI Express to handle data processing, while protecting the board from data attacks and cyber threats, and provides Intel Xeon D processing.

The embedded computing board for mission-critical applications was designed using a high-bandwidth bus architecture and can accommodate a heavy amount of backplane traffic. The board includes a graphics processing unit (GPU) to provide an intuitive interface via a 128-bit 2D graphics engine.

These interface capabilities enable the user to interact and control the application graphically or display pertinent data, video, or other information on a monitor. The hardware video decoder in the GPU supports MPEG-2, MPEG-4, VC-1, H.264 MVC/AVS+ and JPEG/MJPEG.

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The C878 uses a trusted-computing architecture to provide secure transmission of sensitive data. Intel security includes Trusted Platform and Secure Boot as well as a BIOS Guard based on TXT TPM 2.0 and BIOS security.

The onboard SATA solid-state drive has as much as one terabyte of data storage, and supports write protection, secure and quick erase, disk data encryption using AES 256 keys, and a battery-backed tamper-detection signal.

An optional onboard Xilinx Zynq UltraScale+ field-programmable gate array (FPGA) offers protection tools, customizable security features, and data encryption.

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Onboard I/O interfaces include USB 3.0/2.0, SATA III, PCI Express Gen2, serial, discrete, DVI out, Ethernet, and custom I/O via the FPGA. The board also offers as much as 32 gigabytes of DDR4 SDRAM.

The C878 comes in conduction- and air-cooled versions and features watchdog timers, a real-time clock, temperature sensors, an elapsed time recorder, and VITA 46.11 Tier 1 and Tier 2 IPMI. Supported operating systems are Windows, Wind River VxWorks, and Linux.

For more information contact Aitech online at

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