3U VPX SBC Serves Up Xilinx Zynq Ultrascale+ SoC

PanaTeQ has introduced the VPX3-ZU1, an expandable SBC a 3U (100 x 160mm) OpenVPX compatible board. The VPX3-ZU1 owes its performance. In a single device, the Zynq UltraScale+ integrates a Quad-core 1.5GHz 32/64-bit ARM Cortex-A53 based Application Processing Unit (APU), a Dual-core ARM Cortex-R5 based Real-Time Processing Unit (RPU), an ARM MALI-400 based GPU and a large Programmable Logic (PL) Array. The device also includes on-chip memory, external memory interfaces, and a rich set of peripheral connectivity interfaces.

The VPX3-ZU1 includes an FMC connector allowing the board to be targeted to specific applications by fitting it with any compatible front end I/O interfaces, such as ultra-high speed Analog to Digital Converters, Video Adapters, or high speed networking ports. The FMC site is compliant to the Vita 57.1 HPC standard and includes 90 Single Ended IO (45 Differential Pairs) and 10 Multi Gbit Transceivers.

The multiple Cores and Programmable Logic can operate together to resolve today’s and tomorrow’s most demanding embedded computing challenges, in applications ranging from Software Defined Radio, Image Processing, Target Detection, EW / ISR, advanced Multi-Axes Motors controller, Multi-Gigabit Ethernet Communications, to LIDAR / RADAR / SONAR. Using Xilinx’s powerful SDSoC Development Environment, the User Application Code can easily be partitioned between the Zynq’s available Cores, and the Programmable Logic. The air cooled PanaTeQ System Development Kit VPX3-ZU1-PSDK is available for the developers and includes a lab chassis with 3-slots OpenVPX CEN03-15-2-9 backplane, the VPX3-ZU1-B1-AC and RTM-ZU1-A1 boards, a PentaLinux BSP, the PanateQ FPGA Design Kit (PAN-FDK) and cables.

Scottsdale AZ


High-Brightness Monitors are Designed for Direct, Bright Sunlight

TRU-Vu Monitors has released a new high-brightness monitor with over 1,500 nits of brightness, ideal for use in direct, bright sunlight. The new SRMH-24R features a 24 screen inch with 1920 x 1080 full HD resolution. The 1,500 nits brightness means the SRMH-24R is 7 times brighter than a typical desktop monitor. It will produce clear, sharp video images even when used in direct, bright sunlight. The ALS (Ambient Light Sensor) automatically adjusts monitor brightness depending upon ambient light conditions. The SRMH-24R is also available with optional touch screens, NEMA 4X waterproof enclosures, and more.

TRU-Vu Monitors
Arlington Heights, IL
(847) 259-2344


E3800 Atom-Based Embedded PC Boasts Ultra Compact Size

ADL Embedded Solutions has announced its ultra-compact ADLEPC-1500 Embedded PC. At 3.4- x 3.2-inches, the ADLEPC-1500 is a full-feature embedded PC targeted for unmanned, Industrial controls, robotics, traffic management and surveillance. Its wide voltage and temperature range make it ideal for a variety of applications and environments. The ADLEPC-1500 is based on the compact ADLE3800SEC E3800-series Atom SBC with onboard DisplayPort, USB3.0, USB2.0, M.2 KeyB 2242 SATA and two LAN ports. Quad and dual-core E3800 processor options also support DirectX 11, Open GL 4.0, and full HD video playback.

ADL Embedded Solutions
San Diego, CA
(858) 490-0597


PXIe Test Instruments Provide 126 MHz Digitizer and AWG Solutions

Astronics Test Systems has introduced two new test instruments: the PXIe-1802 Arbitrary Waveform Generator and the new PXIe-1803 Digitizer. The PXIe-1802 Arbitrary Waveform Generator (AWG) offers both speed and performance for output frequencies of up to 125 MHz. With built-in waveforms, high signal quality, high density and modularity, and a host of other convenient features, this AWG delivers dual 14/16-bit waveform generator channels, bandwidths of 90-140 MHz, synchronization, and 250 μV measurement accuracy.

The PXIe-1803 is a 130/180 MS/s dual-channel digitizer providing industry-leading speed and performance for input frequencies up to 175 MHz. With exceptional signal integrity, high density, and modularity, this new digitizer provides a dual-channel 14/16-bit digitizer configurable as separate or fully synchronized channels. Other features include waveform bandwidths of 65-175 MHz (typical), 64M of waveform memory per channel, and relative accuracy of up to 0.006 percent.

East Aurora, NY
(716) 805-1599


Compact 35 Amp, 24 V SSPC Delivers Power System Flexibility

Data Device Corp. (DDC) has introduced a highly versatile 35A, 28V Single Channel Remote Solid-State Power Controller (SSPC) module, offering advanced programmability, power optimization, and system health diagnostic and prognostic data in a compact and reliable module. The RP-20011601S0 programmable remote power controller can be readily configured for a wide range of power requirements, making it ideal for advanced electrical management systems, as demonstrated by its selection for use on the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV).

DDC SSPCs enable network control, programmability, and autonomous operation—simplifying vehicle control and freeing crew members’ time, so they can concentrate on mission critical tasks. They also provide controlled rise/fall times, and I2t trip protection, to deliver accurate load protection and flexible power distribution. DDC’s SSPCs also offer flexible control options, including CANbus and RS-485 interfaces, and a range of discrete controls.

Highly efficient, DDC’s SSPCs enable significant SWaP-C savings compared with mechanical switches, breakers, and relays, saving space for other components and expanded functionality. These compact, high density power control solutions enable a 7X power-to-volume and 5X power-to-weight savings, compared with larger mechanical alternatives, enabling reduced space consumption and fuel costs, while extending mission range. DDC SSPCs have a 25X improved MTBF compared with mechanical switches, breakers, and relays, with moving parts which are more prone to failure. They also provide real-time health and diagnostic data, enabling improved mission uptime, safety and longevity through preventative and automated maintenance.

Data Device Corp.
Bohemia, NY
(631) 567-5600


COM Express Basic Module Sports Intel Kaby Lake Processors

Congatec has extended its COM Express Basic portfolio with the conga-TS175 Computer-on-Module. Equipped with the dual chip versions of the new Intel Xeon and Gen 7 Intel Core processors (codename Kaby Lake), the board boards an embedded power envelope of up to 45 Watts and up to 32 Gbytes of DDR4 memory. Also featured is the new Intel HD630 graphics supporting up to three independent displays with up to 4k at 60 Hz via DisplayPort 1.4 and HDMI 2.0—both with HDCP 2.2, and eDP 1.4 support. The modules offer all the common I/O interfaces of the Type 6 pinout. Powerful system extensions including Intel Optane memory can be connected via PCI Express Gen 3.0 Lanes.

San Diego, CA
(858) 457-2600


Low Profile Power Supplies Require Less Space on DIN Rail

TDK has announced the TDK-Lambda brand DRL AC-DC DIN Rail mount power supplies. With efficiencies of up to 90 percent, waste heat has been reduced, allowing the use of very narrow width package sizes ranging from 18mm for the 10W, to 72mm for the 100W model. Less space on the rail provides additional room for other components or the use of smaller enclosures. The DRL series has an operating input range of 85 to 264 VAC, and can withstand 300 VAC for 5 seconds. The units have a Class II construction (double insulation) and do not require an earth ground connection. Four power levels and case sizes are offered: 10W, 30W, 60W and 100W.

TDK-Lambda Americas
San Diego, CA
(619) 628 2885


500W AC-DC Power Supplies Target Shipboard Applications

Behlman Electronics’ latest shipboard power supply, P/N 94088, is a reconfiguration of their proven DCS1000D Series of COTS power solutions. Designated DCS1000D-8-(15, 33.3)- (15, 33.3), to identify its special ability to provide redundant 500 Watt outputs of 15 VDC at 33.3 A, this AC-DC power supply is both rugged and compact. It can support the special requirements of military shipboard systems, and is designed to meet the input power requirements of MIL-STD-1399, Section 300, Type II.

This unit accepts 3-phase Delta 115 VAC input from 360 Hz to 440 Hz, and has protection from short circuit, over current, over voltage, and over temperature. It is designed to meet MIL-S-901 and MIL-STD-810 for shock; MIL-STD-167 and MIL-STD-810 for vibration and humidity, plus MIL-STD-461C/D and RE102 (with proper shielding) for EMC/EMC. At only 9.75- x 5- x 2.5-inches, this compact unit is readily accommodated in tight spaces.

Behlman Electronics
Hauppauge, NY
(631) 435-0410


8-Channel A/D XMC Serves Radar Phased-Array Applications

Pentek has introduced the newest member of the Jade family of high-performance data converter XMC modules based on the Xilinx Kintex Ultrascale FPGA. The Model 71131 is an eight-channel, 250 MHz XMC module featuring 16-bit A/Ds with programmable multiband digital down converters (DDCs). The Model 71131 is suitable for connection to HF or IF ports of a communications or radar system. Its built-in data capture feature offers an ideal turnkey solution as well as a platform for developing and deploying custom FPGA-processing IP. The eight channels make it especially beneficial for multi-channel phased array platforms in defense and weather radar applications where the cost per channel can be substantially reduced.

The front end accepts eight analog HF or IF inputs on front panel MMCX connectors with transformer coupling into four Texas Instruments ADS42LB69 dual 250 MHz, 16-bit A/D converters. The Model 71131 features eight A/D Acquisition IP Modules for easily capturing and moving data.

Pentek’s Navigator Design Suite was designed from the ground up to work with Pentek’s Jade architecture and Xilinx’s Vivado Design Suite. The Navigator Design Suite consists of two components: Navigator FDK (FPGA Design Kit) for integrating custom IP into Pentek sourced designs and Navigator BSP (Board Support Package) for creating host applications. Designed for air-cooled, conduction-cooled, and rugged operating environments, the Model 71131 XMC module with 5 Gbytes of DDR4 SDRAM starts at $13,495. Additional FPGA options are available. The Navigator Design Suite consists of two packages. The Navigator BSP is $2,500 and the Navigator FDK is $3,500.

Upper Saddle River, NJ
(201) 818-5900


Maker Transition Kit Helps Bring Prototypes to Market

Critical Link has announced the MitySOM-335x Maker Transition Kit. Users can now convert prototypes based on the BeagleBone Black with Texas Instruments AM335x ARM processor to production-suitable designs leveraging Critical Link’s proven MitySOM platform. The Maker Transition Kit has been designed to minimize changes required for those transitioning from the BeagleBone Black, and in many cases is a drop-in replacement. The BeagleBone Black continues to be one of the most popular maker development platforms. It follows the community-supported model which provides numerous advantages in initial hardware costs, open source design documentation, and a large user base of talented developers willing to lend support.

Critical Link
Syracuse, NY
(315) 425-4045


3.5-Inch Form Factor Board Sports Atom Apollo Lake SoC

American Portwell Technology has announced the release of the PEB-2773 (146mm x 102mm) 3.5-inch embedded system board based on the Intel Atom processor E3900 series. The processors integrate the Intel Gen 9 3D graphics engine with up to 18 EUs (Execution Units) that improves the performance and supports 4K codec encoding/decoding. It also supports one dual-channel 24bit LVDS connection, one DisplayPort (DP) and HDMI on rear I/O with resolution up to 4096×2160. The 204-pin non-ECC SODIMM provides maximum memory, making it capable of supporting up to 8Gbytes of DDR3L. PEB-2773 supports a total of six COM ports, six USB 3.0 ports and dual Gbit Ethernet.

American Portwell Technology
Fremont, CA
(510) 403-3399


Xeon-Based Server-Class Systems Offer Extended Life Cycle Support

Corvalent has announced its CorServer 2600 server-class product family. Integrating the Intel® Xeon E5-2600 v3/v4 processor family, CorServer enables high performance storage and data processing at the edge, while server-class design reduces cost by eliminating unnecessary third-party software certifications. Data-intensive applications gain an operational advantage with data management close to the source, for example reducing challenges of latency and bandwidth by transmitting processed, encrypted files rather than massive amounts of raw data. More reliable and functional than a commercial controller typically deployed at the source, CorServer enables dual-processor performance for Internet of Things (IoT) and number crunching applications such as Big Data analytics, medical imaging, or security and surveillance in critical infrastructure environments.

The CorServer 2600 family is available in 1U and 2U configurations, with design and layout informed by Corvalent’s expertise supporting OEMs and application developers with custom designs. Server board and chassis are optimized to work together, while cabling layout enables airflow supported by low-noise internal fans. The CorServer product family features both server-class and workstation-class systems, offering up to eight channels of 16 DDR4 DIMM memory support, extended temperature operation from 5 to 35 degrees C, and redundant power supplies and fans to assure rugged reliability.

Cedar Park, TX
(512) 456-2400


Altivec-Enabled VPX SBC Features a Quad-core T2080 processor

Curtiss-Wright’s Defense Solutions has introduced the VPX6-197, its newest Power Architecture-based 6U VPX SBC. The board features NXP Semiconductors’ quad-core dual threaded 64-bit AltiVec-enabled T2080 processor. It delivers up to 1.8 GHz non-throttling processing performance yet only requires 42 W of power dissipation. The new SBC extends Curtiss-Wright’s ongoing commitment to lead the industry in delivering Power Architecture based embedded processing solutions. The VPX6-197 provides system designers with a backwards compatible solution for upgrading previous generation PowerPC/Power Architecture modules based on the P4080 processor, such as Curtiss-Wright’s VPX6-187 SBC.

Its quad-core T2080 CPU, each core featuring AltiVec support, delivers the high performance processing needed to handle the acquisition, processing, and distribution of sensor data for demanding video, radar, and sonar applications. It’s equally well suited for use as a mission computer, display computer, or in SIGINT and motor control applications deployed on space-constrained tactical aircraft, armored vehicles and harsh environment naval systems.

For retrofit and technology insertion applications, the new SBC delivers the same complement of I/O, including includes four Gigabit Ethernet ports (2 x 1000BASE-KX and 2 x 1000BASE-T), EIA-232/422 serial channels, discrete and differential digital I/O, Universal Serial Bus (USB) 2.0 ports, and SATA interfaces as the earlier design, yet is cost competitive. For mezzanine support, the VPX6-197 provides one XMC site and one PMC/XMC site. The SBC provides PCI Express expansion plane capability to support a variety of port widths. In addition the SBC features an updated OpenVPX dataplane that supports the 10Ge-KR profile natively from the T2080 processor.

Curtiss-Wright Defense Solutions
Ashburn, VA.
(703) 779-7800.


High-Voltage Contactor is Suited for Harsh Environments

TE Connectivity (TE) has released its KILOVAC K1K high-voltage contactor. Designed for harsh environments, these contactors offer exceptional performance in new-technology higher voltage and current battery systems and energy storage systems. This contactor is among the smallest and lowest cost in the industry while maintaining high-voltage switching capabilities. The KILOVAC K1K contactors are constructed to support up to 1000 V/1000 A in harsh and explosive environments, and are compact and lightweight for optimal performance without oxidation or contamination of contacts, even over periods of non-use. In addition to being hermetically sealed for long-lasting performance, the contactors feature bidirectional switching and can mount in any position.

TE Connectivity
Berwyn, PA
(610) 893-9800


Low Profile, Rugged Core i7 Tablet Weighs Only 3 Pounds

MilDef has introduced the Intel Core i7-based DS11 rugged tablet, featuring a low profile, lightweight design. The DS11 features a high-brightness, anti-glare, anti-reflective 10.1-inch capacitive multi-touch display and a CNC milled lightweight aluminum chassis. A wide selection of customization options ranges from various military connectors to a resistive touchscreen and several wireless connectivity options. This tablet includes an mSATA SSD and up to 8 Gbytes of DDR-lll RAM. The DS11 is compliant with IP65, MIL-STD-810 and MIL-STD-461 and can operate in temperatures from -20 to +55 degrees C. The compact tablet measures 11.0- x 7.3- x 0.7-inches and weighs only 3 lbs.

Alexandria, VA
(703) 224-8835


VME Xeon Kaby Lake SBCs Target Low Risk Upgrades

Abaco Systems has announced the XVB603 and XVR19 6U VME SBCs based on the latest 7th generation Intel technology (codenamed “Kaby Lake”). The XVB603 and XVR19 provide straightforward, cost-effective and low risk upgrades for users of previous XVB and XVR products, bringing enhanced processor performance, enhanced storage and improved protection against obsolescence. Long term availability is assured as a result of utilizing CPUs from Intel’s long term-supported roadmap, and Abaco’s new Vivo FPGA-based VME interface which abstracts these products from potential obsolescence issues.

The XVB603 is specifically targeted at air-cooled, front I/O application in relatively benign environments typically found in industrial or sheltered defense settings. The XVR19 is a fully rugged offering, with both rugged air-cooled and conduction-cooled versions, targeted at command and control applications typical of the defense and aerospace markets on land, sea and air. In addition to a comprehensive range of onboard I/O features, the XVB603 and XVR19 also offer on-board mezzanine expansion sites for enhanced system flexibility. Memory resources include up to 16 Gbytes of soldered DDR4 SDRAM.

Abaco Systems
Huntsville, AL
(866) 652-2226


Space-Qualified 3U cPCI SBC Boost Speed and Memory Size

Memory Enhancements Double Performance on Space-qualified 3U SBC from Aitech

Aitech Defense Systems has created its new SP0-S space-qualified 3U CompactPCI SBC with additional on-board memory, as well as voltage and temperature monitoring resources. This radiation-hardened board now provides 1 Gbyte of DDR2 ECC SDRAM, doubling the previous version’s processing performance and increasing performance. 1 Gbyte of user flash is standard; adding up to 8 Gbytes of user flash as a future option that will be qualified and available early this year.

The SP0-S still features a low overall power consumption of only 10 W. Its solid functionality, large memory arrays and exceptional operating characteristics in the harsh, remote environment of space make the new SBC ideal for high performance, in-orbit systems for LEO (Low), MEO (Medium) and GEO (Geostationary Earth) Orbits. The board has been fully tested and characterized at NASA-approved cyclotrons at both UC Davis (proton) and Texas A&M (heavy ion) to over 100 kRad (Si). The SBC is latch-up immune to greater than 65 MeV-cm2/mg for reliable operation in either of the three main orbits, or anywhere in between.

A rad-tolerant NXP SOI MPC8548E PowerQUICC-III 1 GHz processor provides 400 MHz of CCB (Core Complex Bus) and an e500 SoC, which integrates an L1 cache with 32 Kbytes each of on-chip instruction and data, and a 512 Kbytes L2 cache. Extensive on-board I/O potentially reduces the number of additional peripheral cards needed to implement a fully functional C&DH or other subsystems, simplifying system integration.

Aitech Defense Systems
Chatsworth, CA
(888) 248-3248


AMC Board Sports Virtex UltraScale FPGA and 8 GB of DRAM

Vadatech has announced the AMC596, an FPGA module based on the Virtex UltraScale XCVU440 FPGA. This is the largest of the UltraScale FPGAs, here supported by 8 Gbytes of 64-bit wide DDR4 and an on-board Power PC P2040. The additional connectivity provided by PinoutPlus—over 250 Gbps between neighboring modules—makes the product ideal for ASIC emulation and demanding sensor processing applications. The AMC596 extends a rich product line of Virtex-7 and UltraScale products covering PCIe edge, VPX and AMC form factors. With common architecture and supporting VHDL, users can easily port applications from one form factor to another to meet different environmental and market requirements.

Henderson, NV
(702) 896-3337


1U MicroTCA Chassis Adds Advanced Power Management

Pixus Technologies has announced that its 1U MicroTCA Chassis has new versatile power options. The 1U high unit offers a mix-and-match approach for the MicroTCA Carrier Hub (MCH), power, and payload modules. There are options for 1 or 2 MCHs, single or dual power supplies, and multiple size variants of AMCs. Further, the chassis now has advanced power management features. The previous version had only basic, active power management across the backplane. The upgraded PXS0108 has full power module functionality including failover, remote management, power sequencing, and more. The 6-slot MicroTCA system platform has backplane options up to PCIe Gen3 speeds.

Pixus Technologies
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
(519) 885-5775


Socket for 14x10mm BGA Device Supports Extreme Temperatures

Ironwood Electronics has introduced a new Stamped spring pin socket addressing high performance requirements for testing BGA208 – CBT-BGA-7041. The contactor is a stamped spring pin with 31 gram actuation force per ball and cycle life of 125,000 insertions. The self inductance of the contactor is 0.88 nH, insertion loss less than 1 dB at 15.7 GHz and capacitance 0.097pF. The current capacity of each contactor is 4 amps at 40 degrees C temperature rise. Socket temperature range is -55 to +180 degrees C. Socket features a clamshell lid design for ease of chip replacement in production environment. It also has an integrated compression plate for vertical force without distorting device position.

The specific configuration of the package to be tested in the CBT-BGA-7041 is a BGA, 14x10mm, 0.75mm pitch 16×13 array with 208 balls. The socket is mounted using supplied hardware on the target PCB with no soldering, and uses the smallest footprint in the industry. The smallest footprint allows inductors, resistors and decoupling capacitors to be placed very close to the device for impedance tuning. Pricing for the CBT-BGA-7041 is $863 at qty 1 with reduced pricing available depending on quantity required.

Ironwood Electronics
Eagan, MN
(800) 404-0204


Rugged NVMe SSD Module Rides OpenVPX

The VP1-250-eSSD from Phoenix International Systems is a 3U VPX SSD storage module that delivers extremely high performance via a single Fat Pipe (PICe 4x). It is designed from the ground up to remove legacy layers of hard drive interfaces such as SATA and SAS. Data is delivered fast and efficiently with minimal burden on the host CPU. NVM Express (NVMe) is an industry-standard registered interface designed to accelerate the performance of nonvolatile PCI Express (PCIe) SSDs. The NVMe protocol was established in collaboration by server industry leaders to standardize a scalable PCIe interface, making it easier for designers to unlock the full potential of PCIe.

Phoenix International Systems
Orange, CA.
(714) 283-4800