6U OpenVPX embedded computing blade for digital signal processing introduced by Mercury

CHELMSFORD, Mass., 25 April 2016. Mercury Systems Inc. in Chelmsford, Mass., is introducing the rugged 6U OpenVPX Ensemble LDS6526 embedded computing blade for streaming signal processing applications like next-generation radar, complex image intelligence, electro-optical sensors, and electronic warfare (EW).

By Intelligent Aerospace staff
By Intelligent Aerospace staff

CHELMSFORD, Mass., 25 April 2016. Mercury Systems Inc. in Chelmsford, Mass., is introducing the rugged 6U OpenVPX Ensemble LDS6526 embedded computing blade for streaming digital signal processing applications like next-generation radar, complex image intelligence, electro-optical sensors, and electronic warfare (EW).

The computer board integrates the Intel Xeon Processor D-1500 system-on-a-chip (SoC), software-defined off-load processing, and double-bandwidth sensor I/O capability.

Mercury's software-defined, FPGA-based protocol offload engine technology (POET) combined with Altera's Arria 10 FPGA is switch fabric-agnostic and runs 40 gigabit-per-second Ethernet or many other protocols at full speed, Mercury officials say.

LDS6526 blades capitalize on Arria 10 field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) to bridge an additional four channels of external I/O to the standards-based four-channel OpenVPX data plane.

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The four sensor I/O channels can be used as additional data plane interfaces to increase bandwidth and flexibility of configuration. Further, the LDS6526's built-in sensor I/O preserves standard dual embedded mezzanine sites.

The Xeon D-1500 and Arria 10 FPGA are rugged, extended-temperature devices. The LDS6526 supports open data movement middleware, including OpenMPI and OpenMPI/OFED, next-generation VITA 46.11 system management, and standard optimized math libraries.

Production units will become available later this year for air-cooled, conduction-cooled, Air Flow-By, and Liquid Flow-By systems, with Xeon D-1500 options of up to 16 cores. Additional configurations with fiber optic I/O capability and VITA 66 compliance will come later this year.

For more information contact Mercury Systems online at www.mrcy.com/LDS6526.

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