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New usage models for OpenVPX ratified by ANSI

May 10, 2012

Bernard Cole-May 10, 2012

Scottsdale, Az. - According to the VITA trade association for standard computing, the second edition of its OpenVPX system specification has been ratified by ANSI.

The ANSI/VITA 65.0-2012 specification is a planned update to the architecture framework that defines system-level VPX interoperability for multivendor, multi-module, integrated system environments. This release adds several profiles for payload, peripheral, and switch slots, plus profiles for backplanes to accommodate the InfiniBand protocol and the VITA 67 coaxial connector type.

Valerie Andrew, Chair of the VPX Marketing Alliance said the VITA 65 working group is continually reviewing profile candidates for inclusion in the OpenVPX specification as part of their mission to support it as a living document that adapts to changing technology. The working group also clarified and reorganized several existing sections to improve consistency and usability of the specification.

“As planned in the original OpenVPX effort, we knew that the specification would need room to grow the technology and meet future industry needs without impacting current projects,” she said. “This revision has taken steps to make additions possible without disturbing existing content.”

Example applications in which VPX systems are expected to be deployed in the coming year include signal and video processing, radar, communications, transportation, and control and management. As new applications for VPX emerge, new requirements sometimes mean that new profiles must be defined to help guide the interoperability points necessary for integrating module to module, module to backplane, and chassis.

She said that companies that develop VPX products are encouraged to contact VITA to join the VPX Marketing Alliance. To learn more, go to www.vita.com/vpx.

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