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Mistral Solutions has brought out Curtiss Wright’s VPX3-129, a new and rugged power architecture-based 3U VPX (VITA 46) single-board computer (SBC).

The VPX3-129 is a powerful, small form-factor SBC that enhances performance and advanced I/O capabilities of Freescale’s QorIQ P4080 eight-core communications processor with an extensive I/O complement to provide a highly capable 3U VPX SBC.

This makes it ideal for a wide range of embedded harsh-environment applications, including tactical aircraft, armoured vehicles or rugged naval systems.

The VPX3-129 has multi-gigabytes per second data flows from board-to-board via the backplane, and from the backplane to its XMC site to support the acquisition, processing and distribution of high-bandwidth sensor input such as video, radar and sonar data.

The board has been designed to optimise functionality, reduce power dissipation and maximise system flexibility.

The board’s I/O complement includes two Gbit Ethernet ports, four serial channels, up to 8-bits of discrete digital I/O, USB 2.0 ports and an XMC mezzanine site with 64-bits of I/O mapped to the backplane.

It accommodates either dual SRIO high-speed fabric ports to the backplane or up to three PCIe ports to provide plenty of high-speed connectivity for the most demanding applications.

The VPX3-129 comes equipped with a VxWorks 6.x BSP; a driver suite supporting Workbench 3.x IDE and Wind River Linux; plus a firmware set providing a comprehensive suite of system debug, exerciser and update functions, built-in self test and a non-volatile memory-sanitisation function.

Both air and conduction-cooled versions of the VPX3-129 are available.

An optional companion board called the VPX3-215 is also available that provides two PMC sites and an XMC/PMC site.

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