AcQ Inducom debuts OpenVPX 3U single-board computer with Freescale QorIQ T4240 processor

March 15, 2014
OSS, The Netherlands, 15 March 2014. AcQ Inducom is introducing its Medusa VPX3424, a 3U OpenVPX (VITA 65) single-board computer (SBC) featuring the T4240 QorIQ Processor from Freescale Semiconductor.

OSS, The Netherlands, 15 March 2014. AcQ Inducom is introducing its Medusa VPX3424, a 3U OpenVPX (VITA 65) single-board computer (SBC) featuring the T4240 QorIQ Processor from Freescale Semiconductor.

Freescale’s new T4240 12-core, 24-thread processor running at up to 1.8GHz is based on the e6500 core with AltiVec technology and offers up to 216 GFlops performance and power efficiency. With up to 12GB DDR3 RAM with ECC and a range of fast interconnects, it forms the heart of this new board to bring unparalleled performance.

Medusa has a Xilinx Kintex-7, user-programmable FPGA and dozens of customizable OpenVPX user I/O pins, allowing you to add support for application-specific interfaces or offload specialized tasks to the FPGA. The user-programmable FPGA adds great flexibility to meet your design needs and opportunities for a single-board solution. Due to a fast communication interface (PCIe 4x) between the T4240 and the FPGA, the FPGA can be used for pre-processing, video/image processing or adding extra functionality.

Support for VxWorks, Integrity, PikeOS, and Linux is planned for the Medusa, as well as an OS-less BSP. Other Operating Systems are available on request. Each supported software environment comes with extensive documentation, example software, compiler, and IDE. A development kit will be available for the on-board user-programmable FPGA with code examples and documentation to kick-start your firmware development.

A conduction-cooled ruggedized REDI (VITA 48) variant of the Medusa is available as part of the upcoming AcQ Inducom OpenVPX-based small-form-factor (SFF) system (VITA 75), a modular and extendable platform for a range of embedded applications. This system brings together an optimized combination of performance and size, weight, and power (SWaP). AcQ Inducom offers a wide range of boards for this system using the OpenVPX (VITA 65) architecture. These boards include I/O, networking, and audio functionality. A PMC/XMC carrier (VPX3001) is also available.


  • Freescale T4240 with 12 dual-threaded e6500 cores up to 1.8GHz
  • Built-in AltiVec technology accelerators
  • Up to 12GB of DDR3 RAM ECC up to 1866MT/s
  • User-programmable Xilinx Kintex-7 FPGA
  • Board Management Control on IPMC bus (VITA 46.11)
  • Extensive on-board monitoring
  • Multicore-debugging over AURORA and JTAG
  • Configurable data plane: 2x PCIe x4 or 1x PCIe x8 or 1x PCIe x4 and 1x Serial RapidIO x4
  • Control plane: 4x 1Gb Ethernet (1000BASE-T or 1000BASE-KX)
  • 4x 10 Gb Ethernet (10GBase-KR)
  • 2x SATA 2.0 ports
  • Real-time clock and elapsed time interval
  • Air-cooled and conduction cooled available and REDI
  • Compatible with many OpenVPX slot profiles

AcQ Inducom is a company founded in 1985 which has evolved to a successful and modern organization with a team of enthusiastic specialists willing to go deep to achieve their goal; successful completion of projects, says a representative. Our company develops, produces and provides solutions for a wide range of embedded systems, applied in the aerospace, defence, transport and industrial sectors. Often this includes the whole process of design, development and delivery of embedded real-time hard- and software components/solutions. AcQ Inducom specializes in developing safety-critical, real-time, rugged, and high-performance applications. AcQ Inducom also participates in large European innovation projects with partners such as Airbus, Thales, Cassidian, Diehl, and others to apply cutting-edge technologies.

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