VME and CompactPCI Thrive in Tech Refresh Roles

For situations where a military platform needs upgraded computing technology, VME and CompactPCI SBCs remain the leading slot-card solutions.


VME and CompactPCI do extremely well in technology refresh programs. A new board with the latest and greatest processor, memory and I/O can easily be dropped into a slot that could be decades old. Many vendors roll out new VME SBCs each year. In contrast, the rate of new product roll outs for CompactPCI SBCs has dropped off, so this year we’ve merged them into this VME roundup.

A consequence of the lack of many “new start” defense programs in recent years has been a proliferation of contracts involving tech upgrades and tech insertions kinds of contracts. The embedded computing has taken good advantage of those opportunities to add new technology to existing military platforms. Each in their own ways, VME and CompactPCI are both popular technologies for upgrade situations. Some complications have arisen on the VME side as the some VMEbus interface chips have gone end-of-life. But there again, vendors are providing solutions to keep that functionality available using FPGAs.

With the emergence of OpenVPX, there’s been a natural positioning of VPX as replacing VME. But that’s not as straightforward a comparison as it would seem. VPX is certainly better suited for high-bandwidth, data intensive military applications, while VME is suited for applications that are event-driven. Event driven functions like controlling motors and actuators, moving gun turrets and missile launch-frames into position, fall into the event driven category.

In contrast technologies based on switch fabrics and parallel PCI bus-based systems (like CompactPCI) aren’t suited to meet those requirements. As a result, VME is expected to remain the primary architecture in these platforms for many years to come. VME for example is used in the Navy’s AN/UPX-29(V) Interrogator System Mode 5 shipboard identification-friend-or-foe (IFF) system aboard Navy Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyers (Figure 1).

Figure 1. VME is used in the AN/UPX-29(V) Interrogator System Mode 5 shipboard identification-friend-or-foe (IFF) system aboard Navy Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyers like the USS William P. Lawrence (DDG 110).

CompactPCI for its part will never rival VME’s legacy in the defense market. But CompactPCI has certainly secured its position as a trusted and mature technology for military systems. Based on the same proven Eurocard form factor as VME, CompactPCI has enjoyed success over the years in industrial control, transportation and defense applications. And while new start defense programs seem to be giving it less consideration in recent years, it still remains strong as a for tech upgrades of legacy systems.

Because PCI sees a lot broader use than VME, CompactPCI hasn’t faced the same kind of bridge chip interface obsolescence problems that VME has. PCI, and now PCI Express, is inherent on many processors and their support silicon. Enhancements to the spec like called CompactPCI PlusIO and CompactPCI Serial add new levels of functionality. CompactPCI Serial offers some advantages in simplicity in comparison to OpenVPX. CompactPCI Serial doesn’t require any switches or bridges in systems with up to nine slots. Systems with up to 21 slots can be implemented with a bridge. And pin assignments of all peripheral slots are identical


VME Xeon Kaby Lake SBC Targets Low Risk Upgrades

Abaco Systems’ XVR19 is a 6U VME SBC based on the latest 7th generation Intel technology (codenamed “Kaby Lake”). It provides a straightforward, cost-effective and low-risk upgrade for users of previous XVR products. 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.

• Intel Xeon E3-1505M, E3-1505L v5.
• 32 Gbytes of DDR4 SDRAM soldered with ECC.
• Supports 2eSST VME, DisplayPort, DVI, Gigabit Ethernet, GPIO, SATA, Serial, USB and VGA.
• 2x PMC/XMC.
• 4x USB 3.0, 4x USB 2.0, 4x COM, 2x SATA III.
• Up to 256 Gbytes of M.2 on-board storage.
• Front and Rear I/O.

XVR19 Data Sheet:.. Click Here Registration required

Abaco Systems
Huntsville, AL
(866) 652-2226



Celeron-based 6U VME Board Features Locked-Down SODIMM

The XVME-6700 from Acromag adds is a high-performance SBC that features a FPGA-based VME to PCIe-bridge that solves the end of life issue with the TSI148 VME interface chip. It has ruggedized SODIMM removable memory that is surrounded by heat sink material to provide a robust hold-down mechanism. The SODIMM is secured with four screws so it is easy to replace faulty memory.

• Celeron 2002E Processor with 2M cache, 1.50 GHz.
• FPGA-based VME to PCIe bridge.
• Intel 8-Series QM87 PCH chipset.
• Up to 16 Gbytes of high-speed DDR3L memory with SODIMM lock-down mechanism.
• Front panel I/O includes dual USB 2.0 ports, VGA, dual Gbit Ethernet and RS-232 port.
• Backplane I/O includes dual Gbit Ethernet, dual SATA ports, dual USB ports, DVI-D, RS-232/422/485 and VGA.

XVME-6700 Data Sheet:.. Click Here

Wixom, MI
(248) 295-0310


6U CompactPCI Processor Blade Serves up 6th Gen Intel Core i7

The ADLINK Technology’s cPCI-6630 Series is a 6U 4/8 HP CompactPCI processor blade featuring a 6th generation Intel Core i7/Celeron processor and Mobile Intel HM170 PCH with DDR4-2133 non ECC memory up to 32 Gbytes via 2 SODIMM sockets. The cPCI-6630 Series provides additional flexibility by supporting operation in peripheral slots without CompactPCI bus communication (Satellite mode).

• Quad-core 6th Gen Intel Core i7/Celeron processor.
• Up to 32 Gbytes of DDR4-2133 memory via two SO-DIMMs.
• 5V power input only.
• Front panel I/O including 1x DVI-I, 1x DVI-D, 3x GbE, 3x USB 3.0, 1x USB 2.0, 1x RJ-45 COM port and 1x PS/2 KB/MS.
• 2.5-inch SATA drive space and 7-pin SATA connector.
• Legacy IO supported: PS/2, PMC, CompactFlash.
• Optional SEMA 3.0 support.

cPCI-6630 Data Sheet:.. Click Here

ADLINK Technology
San Jose, CA
(408) 360-0200


Aitech Defense Systems

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

Aitech’s newly updated Space-rated SP0-S for LEO, MEO or GEO missions features NXP’s (formally Freescale) PowerQUICC III MPC8548E – e500 System on Chip. This further enhanced SP0-S 3U CompactPCI SBC represents an evolution from the previous generation of Space COTS SP0 SBC.

• Space-qualified 3U CompactPCI SBC tested to over 100 kRad (Si) TID.
• Latch-up immune to >65 MeV-cm2/mg, ideal for GEO Missions.
• 1 GB of fast DDR2 SDRAM; 1-8 GB user flash and 2 MB EEPROM boot memory.
• 10 W overall consumption.
• Space-rated onboard temp sensors for Series 500 Flight Units.
• Onboard space-rated µC with A/D to monitor all onboard voltage supplies.
• Unlimited design flexibility with extensive I/O interfaces.
• Versions available for lab development, engineering prototype and flight units.

SP0-S Data Sheet:.. Click Here Registration required

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


Artesyn Embedded Technologies

VME Single Board Computer Features 1.2 GHz NXP QorIQ P5010

The Artesyn Embedded Technologies MVME8110 is a high performance 6U VME SBC featuring the NXP QorIQ P5010 processor supporting high speed DDR3-1200 MHz with ECC. It offers multiple USB, Serial and Ethernet ports. Memory includes up to 4 Gbytes of DDR3, 512 Kbytes MRAM non-volatile memory, and 8 Gbytes of eMMC NAND flash. it is designed for a range of high end industrial control such as SPE and photo lithography and C4ISR, including Radar/Sonar.

• NXP QorIQ P5010 1.2 GHz.
• Up to 4 Gbytes of DDR3-1200 MHz ECC memory.
• 512 Kbytes MRAM.
• 2PMC/XMC sites.
• Embedded NAND Flash (8GB eMMC).
• Up to 3 USB 2.0 ports.
• Up to 3 Ethernet ports.
• Up to 5 Serial ports.
• 2 GPIO.

MVME8110 Data Sheet:.. Click Here

Artesyn Embedded Technologies
Tempe, AZ
(888) 412-7832


Concurrent Technologies

VME SBC Serves up 32 GB of DRAM and 3 External SATA300 Links

The VP F1x/msd from Concurrent Technologies is a 6U VME board based on a 4th generation Intel Core processor for high performance applications with enhanced graphics capabilities. It offers the maximum level of backwards compatibility given the component changes to enable continued manufacture. For reliable storage, there are customer selectable options including on-board CFast, application flash and a 2.5-inch drive mounting kit as well as SATA based storage via the rear connectors.

• 4th generation Intel Core processor—2 or 4 cores.
• Up to 32 Gbytes of soldered DDR3L-1600 DRAM with ECC.
• Dual PMC/XMC module sites.
• Up to 3 x 10/100/1000 Mbps Ethernet interfaces.
• Up to 3 x external SATA300 interfaces.
• Option for an on-board SATA300 drive and option for on-board CFast or SATA flash module.
• 3 x serial interfaces and up to 7 x USB interfaces.

VP F1x/msd Data Sheet:.. Click Here

Concurrent Technologies
Woburn, MA
(781) 933 5900


Curtiss Wright

SBC Features an NXP Power T2080 and FPGA-based VME Interface

Curtiss-Wright Defense Solutions’ VME-196 combines the performance and the advanced I/O capabilities of the NXP Power Architecture quad-core AltiVec enabled T2080 processor. The board is available in a range of ruggedization levels, both air- and conduction-cooled. The VME-196 is pin and feature compatible to previous generation SBCs from Curtiss-Wright including the VME-182, 183, 184, 186, and 194.

• NXP Power Architecture T2080 quad-core SoC running 1.8 GHz with AltiVec.
• 3 Gbit Ethernet ports; up to 6 serial channels; discrete and differential digital I/O, SATA, USB 2.0 ports and two PMC/ XMC sites.
• Supported by Curtiss-Wright’s U-Boot, Green Hills INTEGRITY, Lynx Software Technologies LynxOS, Yocto NXP SDK based Linux and Wind River VxWorks 6.9 and 7 BSPs.
• NXP Secure BOOT.
• Optional on-card integrated MIL-STD-1553B interfaces.

VME-196 Data Sheet:.. Click Here Registration required

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



6U Core i7 VME SBC Eases Upgrades to VXS Enhancement

The CPU-71-17 from Dynatem, a Eurotech subsidiary, is a VXS/VME bus CPU board based on the Intel 4th generation Core processors. Thanks to the VXS P0 connector VMEbus users can enjoy high-speed serial communication capability without modifying their existing assets. The VXS serial bus standard improves the speed of the parallel VMEbus allowing transfers up to 6.25 times faster.

• Intel Core i7 or Core i5.
• Mobile IntelQM87 chipset.
• 8 Gbytes DDR3-1333 soldered DRAM.
• Advanced Vector Extensions AVX2.0 and enhanced security with AES-NI.
• Legacy VME or VME64 compatible.
• Extended temperature operation is an option.
• VXS P0 connector with 2 ports of Serial RapidIO Gen2 4x.
• x1 mSATA and 1x eUSB ports available.
• Dual PMC/XMC slots.

CPU-71-17 Data Sheet:.. Click Here

Mission Viejo, CA
(949) 855-3235


EKF Elektronik

4th Gen Core cPCI Board Provides Multiple Security Configurations

EKF Elektronik’s PC4-PRESTO is a 3U CompactPCI PlusIO CPU board with a 4th Generation Intel Core mobile processor (Haswell dual- or quad-core) including the i3, i5 and i7. The front panel has two Gbit Ethernet, two USB 3.0 and two Mini DisplayPort ports.

• 3U CompactPCI PlusIO CPU board.
• 4th Gen Intel Core mobile processor i3, i5 or i7.
• Front panel: 2 Gbit Ethernet, two USB 3.0 and two Mini DisplayPort ports.
• Local expansion mezzanine boards (side cards) available.
• Up to 16 Gbytes of RAM with ECC support.
• Low profile SSD mezzanine modules available.
• Connectors comply with the PICMG CompactPCI PlusIO system slot spec.
• Multiple security configurations are available including TPM 2.0 and TCG 2.0.

PC4-PRESTO Data Sheet:.. Click Here

EKF Elektronik
Hamm, Germany
+49 (0)2381/6890-0


Extreme Engineering

6U SBC Blends QorIQ T2080 Processor-and 8 Gbit Ethernet Ports

The XCalibur1931 from Extreme Engineering is a high-performance, 6U VME, multiprocessing, single board computer that is ideal for systems requiring high bandwidth processing and low power consumption. With four dual-threaded e6500 cores running at up to 1.8 GHz, each with a 128-bit AltiVec SIMD unit, the T2080 is welled suited for the performance and efficiency demands of military embedded computing applications.

• NXP QorIQ T2080 processor with four dual-threaded e6500 cores at up to 1.8 GHz.
• Conduction or air cooling.
• Up to 8 Gbytes of DDR3-1866 ECC SDRAM; Up to 512 Mbytes of NOR flash; Up to 32 Gbytes of CPU NAND flash.
• Up to eight Gigabit Ethernet ports.
• One USB 2.0 port out the front panel (optional); Two RS-232 serial ports out the front/back panel; Two RS-232/422/485 serial ports out the back panel.
• Two PrPMC interfaces.

XCalibur1931 Data Sheet:.. Click Here

Extreme Engineering Solutions
Middleton, WI
(608) 833-1155


General Micro Systems

3 GHz Kaby Lake-Based VME SBC Boasts 64 GB of DRAM

General Micro Systems’ VME120 “Royal Albatross” is a ninth-generation 6U VME SBC module based on GMS’s upgradable CPU “computing engine” technology. It may be operated in all VME backplanes in VME64 or VME64x form factors with 3-row or 5-row connectors with or an optional P0 interconnect. Based on Intel’s newest Kaby Lake Xeon E3 CPU, the board is targeted for applications where high-speed processing power is required for upgrading legacy hardware or for new applications where hard real time is required.

• 3.0 GHz Intel Xeon E3 (Kaby Lake, 7th Generation Core) processor with 4 Cores.
• Up to 64 Gbytes of DDR4 memory with ECC.
• Supports Two 10 Gbit Ethernet ports and Two Gbit Ethernet ports all with TCP/IP offloading engine (TOE).
• 1 USB 3.0 and 2 USB 2.0 to front panel, 4 USB 2.0 to rear P2.
• MIL-STD-810G, MIL-S-901D, DO-160D, MIL-STD-461F compliant.
• Operates up to -20 to 75 degrees C.

VME120 Data Sheet:.. Click Here

General Micro Systems
Rancho Cucamonga, CA
(909) 980-4863


Interface Concept

VME SBC Sports an 8-Core Xeon D-15xx Processor

The IC-INT-VMEb from Interface Concept is an Intel Xeon processor D-15xx-based VME board. With as many as 8 processor cores, combined with 2 banks of 8 Gbyte DDR4, 4 Gbit Ethernet ports and 4 SATA interfaces among others, the board is capable of meeting compute-intensive needs, in industrial and harsh environments (available in standard and rugged variants). This board integrates a Kintex-7 FPGA, that is dedicated to customers’ application requirements.

• 2.2 GHz (or 2.2 GHz) Intel Xeon Processor D-1548 (or D-1527).
• DDR4 with ECC up to 2 x 8 Gbytes.
• On-board SATA SSD (up to 16 Gbytes); Up to 4 SATA ports on P0.
• 4 Gbit Ethernet ports; 4 USB ports; 1 console port; 3 multimode serial ports.
• Two PMC/XMC slots.
• Xilinx Kintex-7 FPGA on board.
• Optional HDMI/DVI video link.

IC-INT-VMEb Data Sheet:.. Click Here Registration required

Interface Concept
Quimper, France
+33 (0)2 98 57 30 30



3U CompactPCI Board Meets Graphics and Network Needs

The CP3004-SA adds the fifth Generation of Intel Core technology to Kontron’s CompactPCI product portfolio. The high-density design offers extraordinary performance-per-watt values, based on the 14-nanometer technology, and is an ideal backbone for powerful network-intensive applications providing virtualization (VT-X, VT-D) and highest graphics performance. The new-generation graphics controller has up to 40 execution units providing OpenCL 1.2 / OpenGL 4 and triple independent display support.

• High performance range, high-end graphics, high connectivity, rugged.
• Core i7 quadcore and dual core (4th gen) versions.
• Up to 16 Gbytes of DDR3L 1600 MHz (2x SODIMM’s), with ECC.
• DirectX 11, OpenGL 4, three independent outputs.
• USB 3.0, SATA 6 Gbit/s, 3x Gbit Ethernet/WOL, PCI Express.
• Extended temperature and VITA47 EAC3.

CP3004-SA Data Sheet:.. Click Here

Kontron America
Poway, CA
(858) 677-0877


MEN Micro

CompactPCI PlusIO SBC Sports Intel Atom Apollo Lake-I

The F26L from MEN Micro is based on Intel’s latest Apollo Lake-I platform with either two or four cores, and improved graphics options. The CompactPCI PlusIO board is backward compatible to all predecessors of this family. The CompactPCI PlusIO specification allows the board to be used as a mere CompactPCI card, or in a hybrid system for control of both CompactPCI and CompactPCI Serial peripheral boards.

• Intel 1.6 GHz E3900 series CPU with up to four cores.
• Up to 8 Gbytes of DDR3 RAM soldered, ECC.
• For CompactPCI 2.0 systems or CompactPCI PlusIO 2.30 hybrid systems.
• CPU TDP 6.5 W to 12 W.
• Front I/O: 2 Gbit Ethernet, 2 USB 3.0, 1 VGA; Rear I/O: 2 Gbit Ethernet, 4 PCIe x1, 4 USB 2.0.
• microSD card and mSATA slots.
• Up to -40 to +85 degrees C screened.

F26L Data Sheet:.. Click Here Registration required

MEN Micro
Ambler, PA
(215) 542-9575


North Atlantic Industries

3U cPCI QorIQ P2041 SBC Offers 1553B and ARINC 429/575 Links

North Atlantic Industries’ 75PPC1-FT3-is a Quad Core Power PC, 3U cPCI SBC solution targeted at military and avionics platforms that require high density communications and performance in SWaP-constrained environments. The board is configured with quad channel, dual redundant, MIL-STD-1553B, and 12-channel ARINC 429/575 Tx/Rx communications bus ports.

• NXP QorIQ P2041 Quad-Core e500mc Processor 1.2 GHz.
• Up to 8 GB DDR3L SDRAM; Up to 32 GB SATA II NAND Flash.
• Less than 25 Watts MB power dissipation.
• Front and/or rear I/O.
• 2x 10/100/1000 Base-T Ethernet; 2x USB 2.0; 1x RS232; 8x TTL I/O; I2C bus.
• Intelligent I/O library support available
• VICTORY Interface Services.
• Operating temperature: 0 C to +70 degrees C (commercial version), or -40 to +85 degrees C (rugged).

75PPC1-FT3 Data Sheet:.. Click Here Registration required

North Atlantic Industries
Bohemia, NY
(631) 567-1100