New Cybersecurity Features Ensure Data Protection in Critical Embedded Military Applications

July 24, 2019

Technical Highlights:

  • 3U VPX SBC using 8th Gen Intel Xeon E 2176M CPU
  • Integrated cybersecurity features for enhanced data protection
  • Versatile onboard I/O and mass storage resources increase design flexibility
  • Backwards-compatibility with Aitech’s C873 and C874 SBCs means cost-effective technology upgrades


Chatsworth, Calif. July 2019 – Designed to secure critical data within embedded military and defense applications, Aitech Group’s C875 uses the new 8th generation Intel Xeon E processor to provide advanced cybersecurity as well as exceptional processing performance.  As the risk of tamper attacks and theft of data continues to increase at all levels of embedded computing, the new 3U VPX SBC incorporates Aitech’s proprietary AiSecure architecture to help protect against data breaches that may occur at the system site itself.


The Intel Xeon E-2176 M 6-core (12-thread) architecture with 12 MB of Smartcache is integrated into the C875, delivering an impressive 2.7 GHz of performance that increases up to 4.4 GHz when Turbo Mode is enabled. 


Further complementing its cybersecurity advantages, the rugged C875 brings with it powerful performance attributes. These include three independent Intel UHD graphics ports, an onboard Microsemi SmartFusion FPGA (with ARM core) as well as exceptional storage capacities and security options. This makes the new board ideal for a variety of harsh environment military and defense applications, including deeply embedded, real-time HPEC processing, intelligent multi-head smart displays.


Emil Kheyfets, director of military & aerospace products at Aitech Group noted, “System requirements in today’s defense applications call for both exceptional levels of performance as well as ensuring that any sensitive data collected is accessible to only those individuals who are cleared for access.  Thanks to powerful processing technologies, coupled with Aitech’s AiSecure architecture, system designers can now easily integrate multiple, cybersecurity attributes into a high performance HPEC embedded system platform.”


Built with up to 1 TB of onboard, security-enable SSD supporting Quick erase, Secure erase and data encryption per DoD AES256 as well as up to 32 GB of DDR4 RAM, the new C875 provides vast storage capacities that meet the growing library of graphics-based data intelligence applications. 


The cybersecurity features on the C875 include Intel’s Trusted Platform architecture, Secure Boot and BIOS Guard based on Intel’s TXT, TPM 2.0 and BIOS security SSD.


The board’s versatile I/O includes a host of popular interfaces that meet a wide range of system requirements, with the ability to expand I/O options using the industry-standard XMC slot.  Standard I/O integrated on the SBC includes USB 3.0 and 2.0, SATA III and HDMI as well as serial and discrete I/O, RGBHV and GbE.


Complete with an 8-lane PCIe Gen 3 VPX data plane, the SBC offers a number of VITA 65 OpenVPX slot profiles to meet different configurations.  Onboard resources include Avionics and standard watchdog timers, temperature sensors, a run time clock and an elapsed time recorder.  A VITA 46.11 IPMI, PCIe NT port support and a general-purpose DMA engine round out these resources.


The board is available in both conduction and convection cooled versions and offers a range of operating temperatures, from -40°C to +85°C, depending on the cooling method.  Shock levels of OS1 and OS2 in addition to vibration levels from V1 to V3 are available, all per VITA 47.


For more information please call 888-Aitech-8 (888-248-3248), visit or e-mail [email protected].


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Established in 1983, Aitech offers military and space-qualified, commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) embedded computing products for rugged defense, aerospace and astronautics (space) applications as well as provides radiation tolerant and full MIL-SPEC solutions. 


The company provides a wide array of high-speed, fabric-based boards and sub-systems using industry-standard, open architectures (VMEbus, VPX and CompactPCI) as well as GPGPU, video/graphics and mass memory boards, Ethernet switches and enclosures. The company also offers complete custom solutions, subsystem integration along with logistics, configuration control, component obsolescence mitigation and earned-value management services.


In the early 1980s, Aitech pioneered the development of true conduction-cooled military VMEbus products for use in mainstream defense, aerospace and space applications, including the ISS.  Since then, the company has utilized its broad base of off-the-shelf products and technologies to develop customer-specific solutions, deliver superior cost-performance and reliability, and expedite time to market. 


Applications for its products range from mission processors, targeting and fire control, platform stabilization, mission control and autonomous robotic subsystems for ground vehicles to surface and subsurface naval platforms, tactical and strategic fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft and low- to high-earth orbit and deep space vehicles.


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