GE Intelligent Platforms has launched the first in a new family of VME multifunction I/O boards designed specifically to address the problems caused by the growing constraints on size, weight and power in today’s military platforms. It is also targeted for commercial applications that are similarly challenged. Using only a single chassis slot, he VME-6500 6U VME Multifunction I/O Board can deliver the analog and digital I/O capabilities that previously would have occupied four slots, making a significant contribution to substantially enhanced performance and functional density.
With data acquisition becoming an increasingly common requirement in military applications such as radar, image capture and processing, and video tracking, the rugged VME-6500 meets the requirement to place data acquisition hardware as close as possible to the sensors due to its ability to operate over wide temperature ranges and to withstand shock and vibration. The VME-6500 provides a cost-effective, off-the-shelf alternative to a custom-built solution.
The VME-6500 features eight analog input channels, eight analog output channels, 16 digital input channels and 16 digital output channels. Each analog input channel is equipped with a 16-bit ADC (analog-to-digital converter), and each analog output channel with a 16-bit DAC (digital-to-analog converter). Analog inputs are software-programmable to provide exceptional flexibility in sample rates, gains, filters and current ranges, while analog outputs are similarly flexible with programmable voltage and current rates, together with waveform generation.
Digital input channels are capable of multiple voltages and current ranges, and feature programmable input thresholds and de-bounce times. Digital outputs support high voltage and current drivers, and are protected for short circuit, over current and over temperature conditions.
“Modern military embedded computing platforms are being deployed in an increasingly diverse and challenging range of scenarios – such as unmanned vehicles - that require them to be as compact and light weight as possible,” said Rob McKeel, Vice President, Military & Aerospace Embedded Computing at GE Intelligent Platforms. “Systems designers need to pack the maximum functionality and maximum computing performance into the smallest space possible – and the VME-6500 is designed to enable them to do that. Expect to see further, similar multifunction products from GE in the near future that will continue to offer our customers a sustainable competitive advantage.”
The VME-6500 is supported by Windows, Linux and VxWorks.
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