Latest 3U VPX System Features High-Speed Optical Links

Published: 15 Nov 2018

X-ES XPand6215 embedded system

Extreme Engineering Solutions (X-ES) has announced the launch of its latest 3U VPX embedded system, designed for high-bandwidth data acquisition and signal processing in harsh environments such as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and other unmanned systems. With multiple high-speed optical links, an Intel Xeon D-1500 processor, and a Xilinx Kintex UltraScale FPGA, the XPand6215 offers high performance and reliability in a SWaP-optimized two-slot system.

The XPand6215 is a commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) rugged chassis hosting two conduction-cooled 3U VPX modules. One slot contains the XPedite2570, a reconfigurable fiber-optic I/O module based on the Xilinx Kintex UltraScale family of FPGAs. The XPedite2570 supplies 12 protocol-independent optical transceivers operating at up to 10.3125 Gb/s, along with 8 GB of DDR4 ECC SDRAM in two channels capable of up to 38 GB/s aggregate bandwidth. The transceivers utilize 50/125 μm multi-mode fiber with MT connectors and are qualified over the full -40°C to +85°C industrial temperature range for reliable performance in extreme environments.

These optical links are paired with a user-programmable Xilinx Kintex UltraScale FPGA, which provides a blend of performance and cost-effectiveness that is ideal for packet processing and DSP- intensive processing in embedded applications.

The other slot of the XPand6215 contains the XPedite7670, a 3U VPX Single Board Computer based on the Intel Xeon D-1500 family of processors (formerly Broadwell-DE). Available with up to 16 Xeon- class cores in a single, power-efficient System-on-Chip (SoC) package, this processor provides the XPand6215 with enhanced embedded system performance. Xeon D processors with up to 12 cores offer native extended temperature support with an operating temperature range of -40 degrees C to +85 degrees C.

The XPedite7670 also provides up to 16 GB of DDR4-2133 ECC SDRAM, while an XPort3305 10 Gigabit Ethernet XMC module installed on the XPedite7670 provides a rugged 10GBASE-SR Ethernet port. The XPand6215’s integrated 28 VDC power supply eliminates the need for an additional power supply slot. It also includes a memory bay for a removable 2.5 in. solid-state drive (SSD), adding the option for up to 1 TB of storage. Fully loaded, the system weighs approximately 9.11 lbs. (with an SSD) or 8.75 lbs. (without an SSD), making it ideal for cutting-edge military and industrial applications that require small, lightweight solutions.

Qualified to the MIL-STD-461E/F, MIL-STD-810, and MIL-STD-704F standards, the XPand6215 has passed a battery of tests to ensure reliable operation in challenging environments.

Posted by Mike Ball Mike is our resident technical editor here at Unmanned Systems Technology. Combining his passions for teaching, advanced engineering and all things unmanned, Mike keeps a watchful eye over everything related to the unmanned technical sector. With over 10 years’ experience in the unmanned field and a degree in engineering, Mike’s been heading up our technical team here for the last 8 years.

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