Curtiss-Wright SBC features Freescale QorIQ T2080 processor

October 08, 2013

Toni_McConnel-October 08, 2013

The VPX3-133 is a rugged 3U OpenVPX single board computer (SBC) from Curtiss-Wright Controls Defense Solutions that features Freescale’s quad-core QorIQ T2080 Power Architecture processor. The VPX3-133 combines the performance and the advanced I/O capabilities of Freescale's QorIQ Quad core AltiVec-equipped 64-bit processor with an extensive set of I/O that provides an powerful processing solution for SWaP-constrained environments. It delivers a high level of computing functionality in the small 3U standard form factor with low power (37 Watts) while providing advanced I/O flexibility.


The rugged VPX3-133 is available in either air-cooled or conduction-cooled variants. Its integral high-speed backplane fabrics and XMC mezzanine module connectivity support multi-GB/s data flows from board-to-board, both through the VPX3-133’s backplane interface and from the backplane to its XMC site. The board is designed to deliver the high bandwidth processing needed to handle the acquisition, processing, and distribution of sensor data required by demanding defense and aerospace applications such as video, radar, and sonar. The VPX3-133 is equally well suited for use as a mission computer, display computer, or in SIGINT and motor control applications.

The VPX3-133 is designed for applications in which maximum amounts of compute processing is key. With its T2080 running at 1.5GHz, along with up to 8GB of DDR3 memory, the VPX3-133 provides a platform for consolidating multiple applications onto a single processor. The VPX3-133 is backward pin-compatible with earlier Curtiss-Wright 3U Power Architecture SBCs (such as the VPX3-127) as well as pin-compatible in specific configurations with Curtiss-Wright’s Intel Corei7-based VPX3-1257 SBC, and the Freescale P4080 QorIQ Octal Power Architecture processor-based VPX3-131 SBC.

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