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Radstone releases 'first' VPX board based on 3U form factor

Posted: 12 Jun 2006     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Radstone  VPX  boards  3U  Intel Pentium 

Rugged 3U VPX boards

Radstone Embedded Computing has announced the release of a range of rugged VPX boards based on the 3U form factor, adding that it is the first company to release this type of product.

The company also said that the VPX board family—comprised of an Intel Pentium-based single board computer, a graphics accelerator platform and a GbE switch—is the first of numerous VPX products Radstone expects to be announced in the coming months.

"The more we look at what VPX is and what it can do for our customers, the more we are convinced that the major commitment we have made to this exciting new technology is the right decision," said Peter Cavill, president of Radstone Embedded Computing. "We're particularly compelled by the opportunity for VPX in the 3U form factor, which is why we've chosen to make these platforms available first." The company also confirmed its intention to announce later this year a family of rugged VPX boards based on the 6U form factor.

Radstone expects substantial acceptance of its 3U VPX products among military and aerospace companies. Small size and low weight are becoming increasingly important in the platforms of the future, such as unmanned vehicles, with growth expected to be driven by programs such as future combat systems, the company explained. Likewise, higher integration levels mean that performance is not compromised by the smaller form factor, and heat/power dissipation remains within today's thermal performance envelope.

Radstone said its initial VPX product offering includes a range of platforms. The SBC340 is based on the 65nm 2GHz Core Duo T2500 processor, the successor to Intel's Pentium M, and is specifically designed for minimal power consumption. It features the 945GM Northbridge chipset, and takes full advantage of PCI Express's 16x throughput. The GRA110 graphics board also features x16 PCIe, and supports dual channel video output. The GBX410 GbE switch is based on Radstone's CPX24, and features 12 GbE channels and one 10GbE channel to the backplane.

All three boards are expected to ship in Q3 this year.

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