Rugged 6U VPX single-board computer for radar, sonar, and video processing introduced by Aitech

CHATSWORTH, Calif., 26 Oct. 2010. Embedded computing specialist Aitech Defense Systems Inc. in Chatsworth, Calif., is introducing the Freescale MPC 8640D processor-based C110 6U VPX single-board computer for harsh-environment aerospace and defense applications such as radar system boot computers, sonar processors, video and graphics engines, and single-board process and machine-control applications. The CPU board enables systems designers to choose between PCI Express or Serial Rapid IO (SRIO) switch fabrics, as well as to choose among several on-board I/O ports.

Oct 26th, 2010
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CHATSWORTH, Calif., 26 Oct. 2010.Embedded computing specialist Aitech Defense Systems Inc. in Chatsworth, Calif., is introducing the Freescale MPC 8640D processor-based C110 6U VPXsingle-board computer for harsh-environment aerospace and defense applications such as radar system boot computers, sonar processing, video and graphics engines, and single-board process and machine-control applications.

The CPU board enables systems designers to choose between PCI Express or Serial Rapid IO (SRIO) switch fabrics, as well as to choose among several on-board I/O ports. Using an integrated dual core PowerPC processor, the single-slot C110 combines low power performance with increased memory capabilities, withstands extreme military shock and vibration, and operates in temperatures from -55 to 85 degrees Celsius. Thermal management moves heat across the board and rejects the heat from the card edges in conduction- or convection-cooled applications.

The computer board is built to OpenVPX (VITA 65) and VPX (VITA 46.0) specifications, and works in legacy VME operations, such as VME64 per VITA 46.1, while supporting advanced VME protocols including 2eSST and 2eVME. Four x4 ports, are configurable to either Serial RapidIO (SRIO) or PCI Express (PCI Express). Via the I2C bus, the VPX connectors also provide system level management monitoring of the board's status, including monitoring key rail voltages and temperatures.

The C110's on-board I/O resources include four Gigabit Ethernet ports, four USB 2.0 ports, two SATA 2.0 ports, six asynchronous serial ports, and eight general purpose discrete I/O (GPIO) channels. The board also comes with two PMC/XMC slots and an optional Aitech I/O module (AIOM) slot for the installation of user-customized I/O interfaces.

The MPC 8640D processor has dual e600 cores operating at 1.25 GHz, each with 64 kilobytes of L1 and 1 megabyte of L2 on-chip, high speed cache. Additional memory includes 2 gigabytes of dual-channel DDR2 SDRAM with ECC, 128 megabytes of user Flash for firmware, user application, and data storage functions as well as 8 gigabytes of high density NAND Flash memory for mass storage.

Real time operating systems (RTOS) support includes Wind River VxWorks, Green Hills Integrity, and Linux. For more information contact Aitech online at www.rugged.com.

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