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With a 4th generation Intel processor

Aitech Defense Systems (US) offers the C163, a 6U-VME single board computer based on the 4th generation of the Intel Core i7 (Haswell) processor family. The board also offers two CAN ports.

The SBC is vibration and shock resistant (Photo: Aitech)

WITH UP TO 16 GIB OF DDR3L SDRAM AND 128 GiB of SATA II Flash disk, the board is suitable for applications that require extensive memory resources. The board’s dual redundant BIOS Flash ensures the boot process will redirect to the alternate device should the board fail to boot from the primary device. Various I/O resources include four GbE ports, seven USB 2.0 ports, two SATA II ports and four EIA-232/422/485 serial ports as well as 12 discrete I/O lines, two CAN ports, one HDMI/DVI display port and a high definition audio port.

Based on Intel’s 4th generation Core i5 or Core i7 Haswell multicore processors, the board operates over wide temperature ranges in embedded and harsh environments, including defense, aerospace, and rugged industrial applications. By integrating the low power, dual core (Core i5) or quad core (Core i7) Intel CPU with large memory arrays, the board handles data requirements typical in modern video and graphics processing applications. Intel’s embedded HD graphics 4600 GPU, implemented on the processor, provides 20 execution units and is capable of 2D/3D graphics processing eliminating the need for separate GPU-based mezzanine boards.

An included PCH-QM87 Lynx point platform controller hub integrates the platform I/O interfaces and supports both high-speed and legacy resources. Two industry-standard PMC/XMC slots further enhance the board’s capabilities. Three temperature sensors, a real time clock, an avionics windowed watchdog timer, an elapsed time recorder, a platform management interface, and an optional platform module are also included. The board supports Windows, VxWorks, and Linux. Conduction and air-cooled versions of the product are available.

The board implements a Tundra-to-VMEbus bridge located on the PCI bus that incorporates two FIFOs for operation of the PCI and VME buses. The VME interface supports full master/slave capabilities and legacy VME protocols as well as A64/A32/A24/A16 addressing modes. Two included DMA engines support high data rate transfers. The board is available in four basic I/O configurations: a standard on-board I/O version, arrangements that accommodate the board’s PMC or XMC expansion slots and a C160-compatible (previous generation) configuration. The board can also be customized to meet specific user requirements.

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