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High-speed Performance in Legacy VME with 5th Gen Intel Core i7 in 6U SBC from Aitech
Versatile I/O enables multiple interfaces and configurations for custom-tailored designs

CHATSWORTH, Calif., April 5, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Aitech Defense Systems Inc. has integrated the latest Intel 5th generation Core i7 processor (Broadwell) into a rugged 6U VME SBC (single board computer) that allows existing, legacy platforms access to the latest in high performance data processing.   The new C164 features quad-core processing at up to 2.6 GHz and 6 MB of last level cache.

High-speed Performance in Legacy VME with 5th Gen Intel Core i7 in 6U SBC from Aitech

The new SBC combines extensive onboard memory resources, such as a large DDR3L memory, SATA Flash mass storage and dual BIOS Boot Flash, with multiple I/O interfaces to meet a wide range of system requirements.

Designed for system flexibility, the board's unmatched I/O includes up to eight USB 2.0/3.0 interfaces, two each of SATA 2.0 and CANBus ports, up to four GbE ports as well as four RS-232/422/485 serial interfaces and a total of eight discrete S.E. or differential I/Os. The C164 also features two DVI/HDMI and RGBHV video outputs and a stereo audio in + out interface.

Applications include user interface command and control, process control, missile launch control, command and data handling computers as well as ground and air-based remotely piloted vehicle platforms.

The Core i7 CPU features a Lynx Point QM87 Platform Controller Hub (PCH), coupled with an HD Graphics 5600 and an integrated 2D/3D graphics controller that provides RGBHV and HDMI/DVI outputs.  This sophisticated, high level of on-chip integration provides users with faster, real-time systems with lower power and lower overall systems costs.

Adding to its impressive set of on-board I/O functionality, the new SBC offers two industry standard PMC/XMC slots that provide added flexibility.  The C164 is also pinout compatible with Aitech's C163 (Haswell platform) and earlier Core2 Duo-based C160 SBCs for easy, plug-and-play technology insertion upgrades.

The SBC's advanced mechanical and electrical configuration adheres to VITA 47, guaranteeing operation in harsh environments across temperatures from -40°C to +85°C and altitudes up to 70,000 ft.  Conduction- and air-cooled versions are available, as are commercial, rugged and military configurations that withstand the most severe VITA 47 V3 vibration and operational shock to OS2 (40g).

On-board windowed and standard watchdog timers, a real-time clock, a temperature sensor and elapsed time recorder all help monitor board functions. 

For secure data encryption, the C164 can be equipped with Intel's Trusted Platform Module (TPM), a hardware-based security device that addresses the growing concern of boot process integrity and offers improved data protection. 

TPM protects the system at start-up by ensuring it is tamper-free before releasing system control to the operating system.  A TPM device provides secured data storage, such as encryption security keys and related passwords as well as data encryption and hash functions.

The C164 is the newest addition to Aitech's family of high performance, Intel-based rugged SBCs, which provide exceptional processing and reliable operation in harsh conditions. 

Technical Specifications:

  • Rugged 6U VME single-slot SBC
  • Trusted Platform Module (TPM) data encryption option
  • 5th gen quad core Intel Core i7 (Broadwell) with HD Graphics 5600
  • Dual BIOS Flash devices support primary and alternate BIOS backup
  • Up to 128 GB on-board Flash; 8 GB DDR3L with ECC
  • Versatile I/O:
    • Up to eight USB 2.0/3.0 ports
    • Two SATA 2.0 ports
    • Up to four GbE ports
    • Four RS-232/422/485 serial ports
    • Up to eight discrete S.E. or differential I/Os
    • Two CANBus ports
    • Two DVI/HDMI and RGBHV video outputs
    • Stereo audio in + out
    • Two PMC/XMC expansion slots
  • WWDT, ETR, temperature sensors for on-board monitoring (TPM optional)

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Established in 1983, Aitech offers military and space-qualified, commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) embedded computing products for rugged defense, aerospace and astronautics (space) applications as well as provides radiation tolerant and full MIL-SPEC solutions. 

The company provides industry-standard, open architecture VMEbus, CompactPCI and high speed serial fabric-based boards, power subsystems, mass memory, enclosures and hardware subsystem integration along with logistics, configuration control, component obsolescence and earned-value management services.

Having pioneered the development of true military VMEbus products for use in mainstream defense and aerospace applications, Aitech utilizes its broad base of off-the-shelf products and technologies to also develop customer-specific solutions, deliver superior cost-performance and reliability, and expedite time to market. 

Applications for its products range from mission processors, fire control, mission control and autonomous robotic subsystems for ground vehicles as well as surface and subsurface naval platforms to tactical and strategic fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft, and low- to high-earth orbit and deep space vehicles.

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