Aitech Defense Systems debuts 3U CompactPCI single-board computers

CHATSWORTH, Calif., 28 August 2006. Aitech Defense Systems Inc., a supplier of COTS embedded-computing solutions for harsh environments, has announced two power-saving, rugged 3U CompactPCI single-board computers (SBCs) with processing performance of up to 1.4GHz and broader memory and I/O options.

CHATSWORTH, Calif., 28 August 2006. Aitech Defense Systems Inc., a supplier of COTS embedded-computing solutions for harsh environments, has announced two power-saving, rugged 3U CompactPCI single-board computers (SBCs) with processing performance of up to 1.4GHz and broader memory and I/O options.

Available in a choice of ruggedization levels -- including commercial, rugged, and military -- the new SBCs are well suited to applications ranging from mission computers and mission control subsystems, to fire-control processing, platform stabilization, and remotely piloted vehicles.

The new Aitech C901 SBC and its low-power version, the C901L, feature next-generation Freescale 7448 PowerPC processors with on-chip L1 and enhanced L2 caches and AltiVec Technology.

Both models can be used in CompactPCI subsystems as system controllers or as CompactPCI peripheral boards capable of supporting up to six additional cards on the cPCI backplane.

Both also offer a user-programmable Dynamic Frequency Switching mechanism that reduces processor speed when processing demands are low. This permits an optimum balance between processing power and energy conservation.

Both board configurations provide up to 1MB of on-chip cache memory, 200MHz memory buses, and 2GB Flash memory. They also offer six standard variants of I/O capabilities, including multiple choices of GB Ethernet ports, Fast Ethernet ports, USB ports, high-speed serial ports, and up to eight discrete I/O channels. An industry-standard PMC slot allows for installation of additional modules and functionality.

A Discovery III system controller functions as both the memory controller for the processor and as its bridge for the two PCI bus ports. Memory capabilities include up to 1GB of Double Data Rate SDRAM with error-check-and-correction protection, 64MB Boot Flash Memory, 128KB User Flash Memory, 128KB Autostore NVSRAM, and up to 2GB of NAND Flash memory.

The C901 and C901L are available in both rugged conduction-cooled and air-cooled formats.

Pricing for the C901 starts at $5,300.

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