Embedded Server for Harsh Environments Announced

By Mike Ball / 07 Feb 2020
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VersaLogic Grizzly embedded serverVersaLogic, a developer of embedded computing products for drones and robotics, has announced the launch of the Grizzly, a server-class product based around an Intel 16-core processor in a compact 110 x 155 x 50 mm form factor. Grizzly has been designed in reponse to the growing need for rugged embedded servers in harsh environments such as unmanned systems.

The Grizzly features up to 128 GB of ECC RAM, high speed 10 Gigabit Ethernet channels, and operation over the full -40º to +85ºC industrial temperature range as well as to MIL-STD-202H for high impact and vibration. Ethernet is supported by two SFP+ interface connectors which accept plug-in adaptors for copper connections, short-reach fiber, and long-reach fiber connections. Other I/O capabilities includePOE Gigabit Ethernet ports, USB 3.0, digital I/O, and SATA 3 ports. Two mini-PCIe sockets support plug-in on-board expansion devices such as GPS modules.

The extensive memory capacity simplifies running larger virtual machines, fully leveraging all 16 cores. Error correction guards against single bit memory errors, which can occur in outer space and high-altitude applications such as UAVs. IPMI out-of-band board management is also supported. On-board data storage is enabled by an M.2 socket that supports up to 2 TB of high-speed solid state storage.

The Grizzly has been designed from the ground up for long-term availability, with a 10+ year typical production lifecycle. Customization services to help customers create unique solutions will be available for the Grizzly, even in low OEM quantities, with options including conformal coating, revision locks, custom labeling, and customized testing and screening.

Bruce McKinnon, Chief Operating Officer at VersaLogic, commented: “When performance and reliability are hard requirements, VersaLogic’s new Grizzly enables high-speed processing and data collection outside the rack and out to the edge, even in harsh environments. From smartgrid, and smart-city applications, to transportation, security and defense operations, VersaLogic’s new rugged and temperature-tolerant, server is the answer.”

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Posted by Mike Ball Mike Ball is our resident technical editor here at Unmanned Systems Technology. Combining his passion 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. Connect & Contact