Aitech Defense Systems, Inc., the world’s first and largest independent manufacturer of open architecture electronic boards and subsystem level products for harsh, environmentally-demanding defense and aerospace applications, has introduced a unique, rugged 6U VPX SBC (single board computer) that offers the selection between PCI Express or Serial Rapid IO (SRIO) and a host of on-board I/O ports. Using an integrated dual core PowerPC processor, the new single-slot C110 combines low power performance with increased memory capabilities, making the board ideal for Radar system boot computers, Sonar processors, Video and Graphics engines and single board process and machine control applications.
Because it is built to OpenVPX (VITA 65) and VPX (VITA 46.0) specifications, the C110 is fully compliant with 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 (PCIe), make up the VPX core backplane fabric. 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 extensive on-board I/O resources include four Gigabit Ethernet, four USB 2.0 ports, two SATA 2.0 ports, six asynchronous serial ports and eight GPIO (general purpose discrete I/O) channels. Additionally, the board 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 features dual e600 cores operating at 1.25 GHz, each with 64 kB of L1 and 1 MB of L2 on-chip, high speed cache. Additional memory includes a large, fast 2 GB bank of dual-channel DDR2 SDRAM with ECC, 128 MB of user Flash for firmware, user application and data storage functions as well as 8 GB of high density NAND Flash memory for mass storage.
Withstanding extreme military shock and vibration over an extended temperature range of -55°C to +85°C (Mil-Spec), the new C110 remains reliable in extreme environmental conditions. A sophisticated thermal management design enables optimal heat dissipation across the board and heat rejection from the card edges, regardless of whether the board is conduction- or convection-cooled.
Real time operating systems (RTOS) available for the C110 include Wind River VxWorks, Green Hills INTEGRITY and Linux.
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Established in 1983, Aitech (rugged.com) 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 industry-standard, open architecture VMEbus, CompactPCI and high speed serial fabric-based boards, power subsystems, mass memory, enclosures and hardware subsystem integration along with logistics, configuration control, component obsolescence and earned-value management services.
Having pioneered the development of true military VMEbus products for use in mainstream defense and aerospace applications, Aitech utilizes its broad base of off-the-shelf products and technologies to also develop customer-specific solutions, deliver superior cost-performance and reliability, and expedite time to market. Applications for its products range from mission processors, fire control, mission control and autonomous robotic subsystems for ground vehicles as well as surface and subsurface naval platforms to tactical and strategic fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft, and low- to high-earth orbit and deep space vehicles.