High-performance embedded computer for battlefield uses introduced by Kontron

POWAY, Calif., 2 July 2013. Kontron in Poway, Calif., is introducing the StarVX high performance embedded computer (HPEC) system to bring supercomputing I/O bandwidth and performance, previously only achieved in IT data centers, to the battlefield.

Posted by John Keller
Posted by John Keller

POWAY, Calif., 2 July 2013.Kontron in Poway, Calif., is introducing the StarVX high-performance embedded computer (HPEC) system to bring supercomputing I/O bandwidth and performance, previously only achieved in IT data centers, to the battlefield.

Based on TCP/IP, PCI Express, and Intel processors for platform support and assured longevity, the 3U VPX StarVX enables military systems developers to reduce the process from design to field deployment of radar, sonar, autonomous vehicles, and other 3D reconstruction-based systems, company officials say.

Co-developed with PLX Technology, the Kontron StarVX integrates 3rd generation Intel Core processors that provide sustained 16 gigabytes speeds to and from the memory subsystem, while the Kontron 3U VPX platform architecture provides as much as six gigabytes per second sustained bandwidth on the data plane through TCP/IP and 4 gigabytes per second on the PCI Express backplane via the Kontron VXFabric.

The result is an application-ready platform that delivers as much as ten times more I/O data bandwidth that can enhance existing TCP/IP-based unmodified applications.

The Kontron StarVX is a rugged, air or conduction-cooled 3U VPX-based system that has PCI Express centralized backplane interconnect at as much as gen3 speed.

VXFabric provides the required software between a PLX Technology PCI Express Gen 3 switch and the bottom of the standard TCP/IP stack to enable boards to run existing TCP/IP-based applications without modification.

Computer health management is enabled through Kontron VXControl that provides extensive status information, control and monitoring at the board and subtrack level via a flexible SNMP or HTTP interface. Airflow temperature is controlled on each slot, and payload boards can be held in standby mode to meet low-energy surveillance requirements.

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

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