Intel Core i7 based 6U OpenVPX single board computer

Curtiss-Wright Controls Embedded Computing has introduced the new VPX6-1956 high performance rugged 6U OpenVPX single board computer (sbc). The VPX6-1956 is the third recently announced product in its family of boards based on Intel's new Core i7 next generation quad core processor.

It joins the CHAMP-AV8 6U OpenVPX dsp engine and the 3U OpenVPX VPX3-1256 SBC. The VPX6-1956 speeds and simplifies the integration of advanced processor systems for deployed harsh environment military applications. The VPX6-1956 is a full featured 6U OpenVPX sbc, designed for harsh environment, air and conduction cooled aerospace and defence applications. Each of the Core i7's four cores delivers 2.1GHz of performance, providing advanced Intel Architecture processing on the increasingly popular 6U OpenVPX form factor. With a wide complement of on board I/O, Gen2 PCI Express (PCIe), Serial RapidIO (S-RIO) and XMC/PMC expansion, the VPX6-1956 is designed to satisfy fielded applications such as unmanned aerial and ground vehicles, tactical aircraft, armored vehicles and rugged naval systems. Available in a range of air and conduction cooled configurations, the VPX6-1956 is said to combine the significantly improved floating point performance of the i7 processor with the bandwidth and system enabling features of the 6U OpenVPX form factor. The board's quad core processor features Intel's newest 256bit Advanced Vector Extensions floating point instructions, and delivers, what Curtiss-Wright describes as 'unmatched performance'. The VPX6-1956 is available with up to 16GB of high bandwidth DDR3 SDRAM (1333 MHz) and comes with high speed I/O, including dual Gigabit Ethernet, Gen2 PCIe, S-RIO, four USB 2.0 ports, and dual XMC/PMC sites supported with x8 PCIe Gen2. The board's integral high speed GbE, PCIe fabric, S-RIO, and XMC/PMC mezzanine module connectivity enable high bandwidth data flows. Data can also flow from the VPX backplane to the XMC site per Vita 46.9 to support demanding high bandwidth applications such as the acquisition, processing and distribution of video, radar, and sonar sensor data.