New SOSA-Aligned SBC Features Advanced Cybersecurity

By Mike Ball / 21 Oct 2020
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Aitech U-C8770 Single Board ComputerAitech Systems has launched the U-C8770, a single board computer (SBC) designed in accordance with the Modular Open Systems Approach (MOSA) outlined by the US Department of Defense (DoD) and featuring advanced hardware-based cybersecurity features.

Based on Aitech’s high performance rugged C877 SBC, the new board retains the same key technical features and benefits and is also aligned with the Open Group SOSA Technical Standard. It is ideal for I/O-intensive UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) and unmanned systems data processing applications, including radar, signal intelligence (SIGINT), electronic warfare (EW) and sensor signal processing. The SBC is fully compatible with the SOSA 3U I/O-intensive SBC Slot Profile, supporting both PCIe 4x and 40GE data plane options for fast transport of large amounts of uncompressed video and sensor data.

The scalable system combines an Intel Xeon-D processor and up to 1 terabyte of onboard security-protected SATA SSD, and also employs a high-bandwidth bus architecture with versatile onboard I/O interfaces including an XMC site for additional I/O options. The U-C8770 includes 32 GB of DDR4 SDRAM in a dual channel configuration with ECC, operating at 2133 MT/s.

The new SBC also features AiSecure, Aitech’s proprietary cybersecurity framework that increases survivability and level of confidence by detecting and preventing unexpected attacks. AiSecure provides both firmware and data protection, as well as prevention of reverse engineering and tampering with system integrity, while allowing secure transmission and storage of sensitive data.

The board incorporates a distributed Boot Guard mechanism, based on a combination of trusted hardware and firmware that utilizes TPM 2.0, Intel TXT, enhanced Secure Boot and FPGA-based firmware protection and integrity checks. The onboard SSD supports write protection, secure and quick erase in addition to disk data encryption using AES 256. A battery-backed tamper detection signal ensures system level protection.

An optional onboard tamper-resistant Xilinx Zync UltraScale+ FPGA provides bit stream authentication and readback protection. The FPGA allows users to integrate value-added features onto the SBC in a power- and cost-efficient manner. Aitech plans to offer several optional add-on FPGA IP cores in the areas of networking and security in the future.

Pratish M. Shah, General Manager US for Aitech, commented: “The emerging SOSA standard is designed to facilitate interoperability as well as simplify integration and innovation. By ensuring our proven SBC technology aligns with the standard guidelines, we are able to quickly offer solutions that help our military and defense customers build and deploy their products faster and more efficiently.”

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