Houston, TexasAre you looking for a VXS processor board that doesn’t require cooling fans? If so, check out this product from board maker VMETRO. It’s offering a conduction-cooled ruggedized version of the company's existing Phoenix VPF1.
The VPF1 is a dual-FPGA (field programmable gate array), dual-PowerPC VME/VXS processing card. The Phoenix family is for applications requiring realtime multi-processors and high-speed serial communications. Air-cooled versions of the VPF1 have been shipping since mid-2004.
With this latest VPF1, you can deploy systems with substantially more compute power in autonomous vehicles such as UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) than could be done previously. Typically, a VPF1 can run WindRiver VxWorks or Linux in such applications.
No More Doubt
According to VMETRO, there's been confusion in the industry regarding the ability to have conduction-cooled VXS boards. That's primarily because some vendors have tried to pit the VITA 46 (VME Bus International Trade Association) and VITA 48 standards against VXS (as defined in VITA 41). In reality, both VXS and VITA 46 boards can be delivered in conduction-cooled versions to meet different application needs.
Even without a VITA spec that addresses conduction-cooled environments for VME or VXS boards, VMETRO contends it's possible to design conduction-cooled VME and VXS boards. The company designed the conduction-cooled VPF1 around industry-standard IEEE-1156.1-1993, IEEE Standard Microcomputer Environmental Specifications for Computer Modules.
Motorola And Xilinx Silicon
The conduction-cooled VPF1 runs dual Motorola AltiVec-based PowerPCs, and uses dual Xilinx Virtex-II Pro XC2VP70 FPGAs. It confers eight 2-Gbit/s to 3.125-Gbit/s off-board serial communications channels, and includes on-board Ethernet, RS-232, and RS-422 I/O. You also get a 64-bit 66-MHz PMC (PCI mezzanine card) site for local I/O.
VMETRO says its conduction-cooled VPF1 is shipping now. Pricing starts at less than $38,000 in single unit quantities. Pricing for air-cooled versions starts at about $30,000 in single unit quantities.
Click here for an engineering datasheeet on the basic VPF1 board (in Adobe Acrobat .PDF format). This will require registration on VMETRO's Web site.
For additional information about this product, contact Nicole Renfro at VMETRO, Inc., 1880 Dairy Ashford, Suite 400, Houston, Texas 77077. Phone: 281-584-0728. Fax: 281-584-9034. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, or info@VMETRO.com.
VMETRO, 281-584-0728, www.vmetro.com