First PowerPC SoSa VPX board

First PowerPC SoSa VPX board

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By Nick Flaherty

Aitech Systems has launched a 3U VPX board that allows legacy designs based on the PowerPC processor to be updated for the latest SOSA open sensor specification.

The U-C9140 single board computer uses chips from NXP and QorIQ to to The Open Group Sensor Open Systems Architecture (SOSA) Technical Standard, Edition 1.0 for fast integration, improved time-to-market and lower risk.

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The board is based on NXP’s QorIQ T1/T2 Series SoC multi-core, multi-thread PowerPC processors, acquired with Freescale and Motorola Semiconductors. For improved security assurance and protection against cyber-attacks, the U-C9140 also includes the latest QorIQ Secure Boot and Trust Architecture 2.0. The T1/T2 QorIQ family ranges from a four core device with eight threads and a power envelope of 6W down to a single core device at 3W.

Military and defence applications can use the SBC for mission computers, sensor signal processing, signal intelligence and electronic warfare with improved performance per Watt.  In addition, the SBC’s FACE compliance (and future conformance) enables fast integration into airborne mission computers and applications.

“This unique combination of the PowerPC CPU architecture and alignment to the SOSA Technical Standard provides excellent performance in open standards-based real-time applications,” said Alex Trigoub, Director, Board Level Product Line for Aitech. “It will also be Aitech’s first SOSA aligned SBC supporting FACE conformant Wind River VxWorks 653 OS and a compliant BSP. It fulfills a market need for designers looking for lower power consumption or who may want to reuse the widely-available existing PowerPC application code.”

 The wide variety of on-board I/O and large memory resources include up to 8 GB of DDR3L and 64 GB of eMMC flash on-board mass storage, an XMC expansion connector and a PCI Express Gen3.0 interface.

The board complies with the OpenVPX specification with and conduction and Air-Cooled versions and supports FACE conformant Wind River VxWorks OS and a compliant board support package with Linux.

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