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HARDWARE TOOLS: Preconfigured OpenVPX development systems speed design


LONDON — Concurrent Technologies (Colchester, UK) has developed two off the shelf, 3U OpenVPX development systems to complement its growing OpenVPX family of boards.

The SY VPX/3×3 systems are intended to speed the development of applications such as software development, board prototyping and system performance testing prior to the commissioning of a fully ruggedized target.

Each development system is a free-standing 3U VPX chassis with a backplane supporting a controller slot and two peripheral slots. The SY VPX/3×3 systems come preconfigured with commercial grade OpenVPX boards ” either an Intel Atom or an Intel Core 2 Duo processor board, each with a x4 PCI Express fabric to the two peripheral slots.

Both systems include a 3U VPX mass storage module, which leaves the third VPX slot available for an additional board.

Each slot is 8HP (1.6 inches) which has the benefit of accommodating 0.8-inch, 0.85-inch or 1.0-inch boards while leaving easy access for test probes via the front of the chassis.

The system includes a 250W universal power supply and cooling, and is compatible with the VITA 46 VPX and VITA 65 OpenVPX specifications.

The installed processor boards are either the TR 501/36x with a 1.86 GHz Intel Core2 Duo processor fitted with 4 Gbytes of DDR3-1066 SDRAM (used in the SY VPX/313) or the TR A40/30x ” 1.6 GHz Intel Atom processor board fitted with 2 Gbytes of DDR2-533 SDRAM (used in the SY VPX/303).

The TR MS1/321 mass storage module is used in both systems and is fitted with a 2.5-inch SATA300 storage drive and a CompactFlash site accessed via the two SATA channels connected to the system's processor board.

The processor boards are able to support an XMC module as well as provide a range of off-board functions: dual Fat-Pipes (dual x4 PCI Express) plus dual SATA300 channels on the backplane and rear I/O functions including XMC I/O, GPIO signals, Gigabit Ethernet, RS232/422/485, USB ports and graphics interfaces.

To ease connectivity to external devices during the development phase, the system also includes a rear transition module to provide access via standard connectors. The SY VPX/313, which uses the TR 501/36x processor board, provides further flexibility at the development phase by supporting an easy to access front panel with analog graphics, USB, Fast Ethernet and RS232 connectors.

An optional 3U OpenVPX XMC/PMC carrier with full front and rear I/O, the TR XMC/301, is also available to enable installation, testing and development of XMC or PMC modules.

The development systems use Concurrent Technologies' commercial off the shelf boards which are also available as rugged conduction cooled, VPX-REDI boards ensuring that applications which are produced on the development Systems can be easily progressed to a ruggedized implementation.

Concurrent Technologies

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