3U VPX PowerPC-based embedded computer for aerospace and defense introduced by Kontron

ECHING, Germany, 18 June 2013. Kontron in Eching, Germany ins introducing the VX3240 3U VPX PowerPC processor board to meet challenges of size, weight & power and cooling (SWaP-C) requirements for constrained environments in military, aerospace, and transportation embedded computing applications.

Posted by John Keller
Posted by John Keller

ECHING, Germany, 18 June 2013.Kontron in Eching, Germany ins introducing the VX3240 3U VPX PowerPC processor board to meet challenges of size, weight & power and cooling (SWaP-C) requirements for constrained environments in military, aerospace, and transportation embedded computing applications.

Applications for the Kontron 3U VPX processor board VX3240 include, C4ISR, software defined radio and networked applications that require rugged OpenVPX designs to operate in the most demanding environments. Safety-critical railway applications also benefit from this architecture.

The multi-core processor also is designed to execute application code written for legacy PowerPC versions, enabling simple upgrades of existing installations without the need to change the code basis.

The Kontron VX3240 has the power-optimized Freescale P2041 QorIQ quad-core processor. The headless VPX design has four 1.2 GHz Power Architecture e500mc cores, and integrated hypervisor support enabling the use of low-level, safety-critical virtualization technologies from companies such as Wind River, RTS or Sysgo.

Network-centric applications also benefit from the data path acceleration architecture (DPAA), which offloads packet handling tasks from the core, providing increased processor performance for critical tasks while the secure boot have of the CPU can be used for trusted boot implementation, allowing only authenticated code to run on the board.

I/O support includes Gigabit Ethernet, GPIOs, USB, SATA and serial interfaces. An on-board PMC/XMC slot helps integrate dedicated I/O, field bus or storage modules without occupying an additional VPX system slot.

For more information contact Kontron online at www.kontron.com.

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