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Monday, March 10, 2008
  Now it's not just talk: VPX embedded computing starts racking up design wins

Posted by John Keller

For more than a year now we've been hearing about the latest flavor of VME embedded computing. The newest incarnation is called VPX, and relies on a variety of high-speed serial fabric networking approaches, rather than the traditional parallel VME databus.

Until now, VPX, formerly known as VITA-46, largely has been a technology in search of an application. It had been criticized for being a bleeding-edge technology that had more industry enthusiasm than real markets, and some in the embedded computing industry thought it might never really take off.

That was then, this is now.

VPX is starting to rack up what many believe will be a long string of design wins. This technology is no longer just marketing talk; it's a validated technology with real military customers.

Just today, Curtiss-Wright Embedded Computing in Leesburg, Va., announced that it is providing VPX-based radar signal processing for the U.S. Marine Corps Ground/Air Task Oriented Radar (G/ATOR) program. Other design-ins are expected to be announced soon.

Stay tuned for more on VPX.
 
Comments:
With technologies such as VPX and Time-Triggered Ethernet (SAE AS6802) combined with VPXs Gigabit-Ethenret interconnect, there are very few limits for modular system-of-systems integration.

It is possible to design fault-tolerant distributed system which handle mixed criticality functions, video/audio, critical controls and non-critical open networking in one system. Very useful for design of mixed criticality systems based on COTS.
 
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