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Aitech Defense Systems has released the 6U VME C160 single-board computer (SBC) designed for mobile applications requiring low power and high processing throughput.

The SBC uses the latest Intel T7400 low-power, high-performance Merom Core 2 Duo dual core processors.

The rugged, single-slot C160 also uses Intel’s Virtualisation Technology (VT), so the board can run different applications simultaneously using multiple virtual partitions.

The C160 draws only 25W and incorporates a custom metal thermal management frame supporting an array of integral stiffeners for increased resistance against high shock and vibration.

This makes the board ideal for a number of rugged and harsh military environments, including radar and sonar communications processors, autonomous vehicle IED and RPG protection subsystems, mission management computers and heads-up display controllers.

The C160 offers 2eSST and 2eVME functionality as well as VME and PCI legacy support via a Tundra Tsi148 bridge.

The bridge’s decoupled architecture can handle simultaneous transactions and the large FIFOs (first in first out) to prevent PCI/X to VME deadlock conditions for better, more reliable data throughput.

The board’s large memory arrays provide volatile and non-volatile memory resources including up to 2GB fast DDR2 SDRAM operating at 667 MHz and up to 8GB of onboard Flash disk (NAND Flash) with IDE controller eliminating the need for externally attached mass-storage media.

Additional onboard, non-volatile mass storage for convenient, local program and data file storage is provided by a solid-state disk (SSD) with up to 16GB of memory as well as auto-wear levelling to ensure long media life.

For man-machine interface applications, the C160 also provides an integrated GM965 graphics engine with 2D and 3D graphics outputting in CRT (RGBHV) or composite NTSC, PAL or RS-170 video formats.

Graphics language support includes Microsoft DirectX 10 and SGI OpenGL 1.5/2.0.

The C160 offers a set of I/O resources including two Gigabit Ethernet ports, two SATA II interfaces and two USB 2.0 interfaces as well as legacy interfaces consisting of two 16C550-compatible RS232/422/485 serial ports and eight discrete I/O lines.

For local onboard I/O expansion, the C160 provides two industry standard PMC sites capable of up to 133 MHz PCI-X operation for expanded flexibility and integration.

All PMC I/O is routed to the backplane’s P0 and P2 connectors per ANSI/VITA-35.

Additional board features include high-definition audio interface, on-board/on-chip temperature sensors, an on-board SuperCap and Li-Ion battery-backed real-time clock, 32/64-bit and two 32-bit timers/counters as well as an avionics-style, windowed Watchdog timer are provided for real-time, hard deadline, mission critical applications.

BIT (Built-in Test) and POST (Power-On Self Test) firmware are supported in BIOS to allow the C160’s easy integration with other Aitech VME and PMC I/O products, enabling flexible configuration of reliable subsystems.

Operating system support includes Microsoft XP Pro, XP Embedded, Linux and Wind River’s VxWorks and others by request.

The C160 is available in two basic processor configurations, optimised for either maximum performance (2.2 GHz) or for lowest power consumption (1.67 GHz).

The board comes in either air-cooled or conduction-cooled versions, per ANSI/VITA 1-1994 and IEEE 1101.2, respectively.

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