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  • Tuesday, August 28, 2018 8:00 AM | Jerry Gipper (Administrator)

    By John Koon, contributing editor

    Today’s military and other users of embedded systems have an endless appetite for greater integration, more autonomous operation, faster connectivity, and increased computing muscle. Especially on the military side, we are seeing new money and new technologies driving new strategies, platforms, and capabilities. That bodes well for our industry, because the electronic content in military platforms is rising dramatically.

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  • Thursday, February 16, 2012 8:00 AM | VITA MarCom (Administrator)

    David Pursley, Kontron

    There are many COTS technologies available for implementing radar and sonar applications, including CompactPCI and VME, and newer switched-serial standards such as VPX and MicroTCA. By using real radar and sonar examples, the author illustrates how the communications topology can point designers toward choosing an optimal COTS architecture, in this case VPX (VITA 46) and CompactPCI

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  • Wednesday, October 12, 2011 8:00 AM | VITA MarCom (Administrator)

    Bob Sullivan, Curtiss-Wright Controls Electronic Systems
    Ivan Straznicky, Curtiss-Wright Controls Embedded

    VPX and OpenVPX structures have the ability to add new protocols if need be, which is great news for investors approaching the fabrics of the future.

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  • Wednesday, October 12, 2011 8:00 AM | VITA MarCom (Administrator)

    Gregory Powers, TE Connectivity

    A trio of VITA standards has emerged to leverage the range of COTS technologies previously hindered by deficiencies in VPX interconnects. Introducing VITA 62, 66, and 67.

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  • Tuesday, April 26, 2011 8:00 AM | VITA MarCom (Administrator)

    Patrick Shaw, General Dynamics

    Though VITA 46 (VPX) and VITA 65 (OpenVPX) systems are rapidly becoming a defense industry mainstay, a system-level interoperability standard for these systems’ power requirements has been a missing ingredient. However, the VITA 62 (Power Supply Modules) working group now aims to fill the void.

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  • Sunday, April 17, 2011 8:00 AM | VITA MarCom (Administrator)

    Greg Bolstad, Critical I/O

    Data storage is an increasingly important component of many OpenVPX (VITA 65) systems. Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) systems, for example, generate large volumes of data that must be recorded in real time for later analysis. These systems require high capacity and performance, often combined with strict Size, Weight, and Power (SWaP) constraints.

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  • Saturday, April 16, 2011 8:00 AM | VITA MarCom (Administrator)

    Gregory Powers, Tyco Electronics

    As rugged embedded computing systems strive for higher operating speeds and densities, adding fiber-optic connectivity to the proliferating VITA 46 (VPX) market space brings benefits in higher bandwidth, longer transmission distances, and lower weight. VITA 66 defines fiber-optic connector modules for VPX using well-established and proven optical termini. Each style of termini offers different benefits in terms of density, ruggedness, repairability, and other characteristics.

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  • Friday, April 15, 2011 8:00 AM | VITA MarCom (Administrator)

    Brian Roberts, Dawn VME Products

    VPX is replacing VME. OpenVPX is that part of VPX that facilitates multivendor COTS system-level interoperability including modules, backplanes, and development chassis. Since embedded defense systems must often be developed and deployed rapidly, it is very important that potential conflicts are eliminated as quickly as possible during the design phase.

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  • Thursday, December 09, 2010 8:00 AM | VITA MarCom (Administrator)

    William Wong, Electronic Design

    The OpenVPX standard from VITA refines existing standards to provide a more streamlined approach to high-speed 3U and 6U VPX (VITA 46) board-based system design. The original set of VPX specifications offered a plethora of options, many of which were rarely used. On the other hand, several configurations were commonly employed, but designers lacked standard choices prior to OpenVPX.

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  • Saturday, October 16, 2010 8:00 AM | VITA MarCom (Administrator)

    Vincent Chuffart, Kontron

    A plethora of VPX (VITA 46) specifications prompted the need to develop a framework for system-level interoperability. Hence, OpenVPX interoperability is now in place, and its ecosystem is already maturing with products such as test backplanes, test equipment, and much more. With an experienced group of suppliers offering a variety of OpenVPX compliant technologies, the question is not if a military system designer will initiate a VPX-based application, but when.

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