New SOSA-Aligned PowerPC SBC for Military and Defense Applications

The SBC is designed for real-time data processing applications such as UAV mission computers and SIGINT By Mike Ball / 10 Jun 2022

Aitech SOSA-aligned PowerPC SBCAitech Systems has introduced the U-C9140, a PowerPC-based 3U VPX single board computer (SBC) that is aligned to The Open Group Sensor Open Systems Architecture (SOSA) Technical Standard, Edition 1.0. The low-SWaP (size, weight and power) SBC is designed to provide fast integration, improved time-to-market and lower risk for real-time data processing designs in military and defense applications.

The SOSA-aligned U-C9140 is Aitech’s latest-generation 3U VPX PowerPC SBC, based on NXP’s QorIQ T1/T2 Series SoC multi-core, multi-thread processors. For improved security assurance and protection against cyber-attacks, the U-C9140 also includes the latest QorIQ Secure Boot and Trust Architecture 2.0.

The wide variety of on-board I/O and large memory resources, including up to 8 GB of DDR3L and 64 GB of eMMC flash on-board mass storage, in combination with the powerful SoC processor, make the U-C9140 an ideal SBC for many real-time, rugged applications requiring superior SWaP-C optimization. An industry standard XMC slot provides flexibility and expandability, along with the availability, convenience and cost benefits of COTS.

Military and defense suited to the SBC include UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) and unmanned systems mission computers, sensor signal processing, signal intelligence and electronic warfare. In addition, the SBC’s FACE compliance (and future conformance) facilitates especially fast integration into airborne mission computers and applications.

Alex Trigoub, Director of the Board Level Product Line for Aitech, commented: “This unique combination of the PowerPC CPU architecture and alignment to the SOSA Technical Standard provides excellent performance in open standards-based real-time applications. It will also be Aitech’s first SOSA-aligned SBC supporting FACETM conformant Wind River VxWorks 653 OS and a compliant BSP. It fulfills a market need for designers looking for lower power consumption or who may want to reuse the widely-available existing PowerPC application code.”

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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