VNX-based small-form-factor mission computer for avionics uses introduced by CES

GENEVA, Switzerland, 30 March 2015. CES-Creative Electronic Systems SA in Geneva, Switzerland, is introducing the ROCK-3210 rugged VNX small-form-factor mission computer for deployed avionics and aerospace applications.

By Intelligent Aerospace staff
By Intelligent Aerospace staff

GENEVA, Switzerland, 30 March 2015. CES-Creative Electronic Systems SA in Geneva, Switzerland, is introducing the ROCK-3210 rugged VITA-74 VNX small-form-factor mission computer for deployed avionics and aerospace applications.

The base VNX 2+1 ROCK-3210 mission computer consists of a chassis supporting two double-wide 19-millimeter and one single-wide 12.5-millimeter VNX modules. Based on VPX technologies, VNX represents a small-form-factor standard for conduction-cooled modules.

"VNX provides a straightforward path from VPX when a smaller system is required," says CES CEO Herve Garchette. "The ROCK-3 mission computer family extends the ability of the system architect to deploy the right compute power at the right size, weight, and power [SWaP] for any deployment."

The rugged mission computer has one 19-millimeter site that hosts a single-board computer based on the AMD G-series SoC quad-core processor with two independent graphics processing units (GPUs). The second 19-millimeter site can host either another single-board computer, an image processor, or a video conversion module.

The 12.5-millimeter site is configured to hold either an inertial measurement unit (IMU) with GPS and optional SAASM capability, or a dual Mini PCI Express I/O carrier with a variety of mezzanine modules for data bus, discrete and analog I/O functions including MIL-STD-1553, CAN, and ARINC-429.

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An I/O transition panel supports the MIL connectors for power and I/O connectivity. A rear transition panel supports mSATA storage, as well as optional external high-speed optical interfaces.

Internal to the chassis, all modules are conduction cooled. External chassis options include convection, conduction, and forced-air conduction cooling, as well as various mounting features. Linux is provided as initial operating system. Support for ARINC 653 operating systems is planned.

For application development CES offers a four slot VNX chassis with two 19-millimeter slots, two 12.5-millimeter slots and an I/O transition panel provisioned with commercial connectors.

For more information contact CES-Creative Electronic Systems online at www.ces-swap.com.

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