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Abaco Intros OpenVPX Single-board Computer

April 03, 2017

Abaco Systems has come out with a new 3U OpenVPX single-board computer called the SBC367D.

The SBC367D employs an Intel Xeon D-1500 processor, supports up to 16 cores, offers up to 32 gigabytes of DDR4 SDRAM memory, and features a 10/40 gigabyte Ethernet backplane. Security on this solution comes in the form of SmartFusion2 FPGA technology from Microsemi and Intel’s Trusted Execution Technology.

It is now possible to develop high-performance embedded computing systems in the 3U VPX form factor because of this solution’s 40 gigabit Ethernet support, Abaco Systems says.

“This new 40 Gigabit-capable single board computer strengthens our mission-ready systems capability, and also responds to our customers’ growing preference for Ethernet as their backplane technology of choice in developing high-performance systems,” says Mrinal Iyengar, vice president of product management at Abaco Systems. “The Ethernet programming model is widely understood; it is an open, non-proprietary technology; and it provides inherent and simple scalability.”

Speaking of openness, OpenVPX is a consortium of 28 defense contractors that have created standards to replace VME and VXS, the former of which has long been used in mission-critical embedded systems but had system-level interoperability challenges. Ethernet, PCI Express, and Serial RapidIO are the major fabric protocols supported by OpenVPX. It also defines backplane and board-level profiles from COTS vendors to allow for interoperability.

“OpenVPX’s goal is to provide a framework for system-level interoperability for COTS-based VPX Line Replaceable Units,” Brian Roberts, senior designer of Dawn VME Products, explains in this blog. “LRUs’ main plus is that they are Two-Level Maintenance compatible. The ultimate goal of two-level maintenance in all complex defense systems, including OpenVPX, is to enable a field technician without special maintenance tools to quickly identify a faulty board and swap it in a harsh and hostile environment – and therefore quickly return the system to operation.”

Edited by Maurice Nagle

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