Founded in 1982 as the VMEbus Manufacturers Group, becoming the VMEbus International Trade Association (VITA) in 1984, and shortened to VITA in 2005, VITA believes in and champions open system architectures. The functions performed by VITA are technical, promotional and user related, and are aimed at increasing the total market size, providing vendors additional market exposure and providing users with timely technical information around the world.
Today, VITA's mission includes not only promoting VMEbus, but promoting the very concept of open technology as embodied in the many standards currently under development within the VITA Standards Organization (VSO). Virtually all players in all embedded computing markets from the smallest to the largest now use the word "open" in their company and product promotions. The VITA name is now synonymous with open systems. Accredited as an American National Standards Institute (ANSI) developer and a submitter of Industry Trade Agreements to the IEC, the VSO provides its members with the ability to develop and to promote open technology standards.
VITA's continuing goal is to unite manufacturers and users through the acceptance and implementation of open technology standards.
Computing system designers worldwide face significant design challenges: reliability of operation, difficult operating environments, long product life-cycles to manage, demanding performance, system interoperability, data and system security, and ever shortening time-to-market windows. VITA Technologies are a favorite choice in many embedded systems architectures to address these challenges.
Development of new standards improve the utilization of VITA Technologies in complex systems. The VITA Standards Organization is continually working to advance common technology, improve interoperability, and create new and exciting possibilities for the future.
With its rich heritage and bright future, VITA Technologies have found an indispensable place in what are termed Critical Embedded Systems. These are the systems that must be “able” in many dimensions: dependable, supportable, configurable, reliable, serviceable, . . .
These systems must operate flawlessly to protect life, property, equipment, and the environment – and to do that they rely on the durable products of today and tomorrow using VITA Technologies.
New projects are leveraging advancements in state-of-the-art computer technologies, capturing the benefits of performance and life cycle advantages. Today’s VITA Technologies include:
- VME parallel bus performance of over 300 MB/sec using VME 2eSST.
- Serial switch fabric interconnects in XMC, VXS, VPX and new standards that include Gigabit Ethernet, PCI Express, and serial RapidIO.
- Form factors from credit card sized to 6U Eurocard, with new specifications emerging to meet changing and diverging market needs.
- Specifications to help standardize environmental criteria, digitization of radio frequency data, reliability prediction, and other topics important to electronic systems design.