Extending VMEbus shipments beyond 2020
October 2015 - Concurrent Technologies announces VP F1x/msd, a 6U processor board extending the choice of long-life VMEbus products designed to be available beyond 2020 without significant end of life component issues. In particular, VP F1x/msd uses the same tried and tested VME64 bridge device as the two other new VME boards announced in 2015 by Concurrent Technologies. VP F1x/msd offers the ability to host two local PMC/XMC modules plus two additional PMC modules mounted on an expansion carrier. PMC modules are still widely used to provide simple I/O connectivity and VP F1x/msd enables customers in the military, aerospace and other similar markets with long life-cycle programs to more easily transition to a newer generation of processor.
Two processor variants are offered: a low power consumption 2-core Intel® Core™ i5-4422E processor (3M cache, up to 2.9GHz) for simple technology transitions; a 4-core Intel® Core™ i7-4700EQ processor (6M cache, up to 3.4GHz) for higher performance applications. To enable upgrades, configurations are offered with backwards compatible rear I/O pinouts for VP 717/x8x and VP 91x/x1x boards, introduced in 2010 and 2012 respectively. In addition, Concurrent Technologies enhanced VME device drivers provide a consistent Application Programming Interface (API) to simplify the upgrade process.
Glen Fawcett, CEO, Concurrent Technologies, commented "Having announced three new VMEbus boards in 2015, we have demonstrated our commitment to support VME customers needing long-life cycle boards based on Intel processors. We continue to enhance our portfolio with dependable hardware products that can be deployed in a range of environmental conditions, complimented with software and firmware packages to enhance security, speed up boot times and simplify integration”.
Air-cooled VP F1x/msd boards are available for customer shipment in Q4 2015 with rugged conduction-cooled variants in 2016.