Sensor Open Systems Architecture (SOSA)

Sensor Open Systems Architecture (SOSA)
Sensor Open Systems Architecture (SOSA)

Engineered for Seamless Integration

What is the SOSA Technical Standard?

The SOSA™ Technical Standard 1.0 is a modular open system approach (MOSA) that defines a common framework for transitioning sensor systems to an open systems architecture. The SOSA standard leverages OpenVPX to define card profiles with specifications for features such as pinouts, Ethernet capabilities, and serial ports. 

Exploring Prevailing Defense Interoperability Standards like SOSA, CMOSS, FACE, VICTORY

This white paper examines the 2019 tri-services memo regarding MOSA, and what open standards such as SOSA, FACE, and VICTORY mean for today’s military programs.

What SOSA Delivers

The SOSA approach establishes command, control, communications, computers, cyber, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (C5ISR) systems guidelines. The objective is to allow flexibility in selecting and acquiring sensors and subsystems that provide sensor data collection, processing, exploitation, communication, and related functions over the entire life cycle of the C5ISR system. SOSA achieves this through hardware and interface interoperability, software portability, and technology reuse across platforms and form factors while facilitating the best commercially developed technology for its affordability, performance, and scalability.

MOSA Delivers Overwatch Battlefield Signal Detection and Location on Mobile Platforms

How to add the performance of the latest commercially developed technology for greater situational awareness? Learn how a system integrator quickly added new warfighter capabilities by efficiently augmenting deployed systems through an open system approach. 

Our Differentiated SOSA Ecosystem

Our continued R&D investments, domain experience, and leadership within standard working groups like VITA (VPX) and SOSA have enabled us to create a highly differentiated ecosystem of plug-in cards (PICs) that are SOSA-aligned. We differentiate our ecosystem with the performance of the latest technology from Intel, AMD, and NVIDIA and connect them with our low-latency interconnect technologies. Fabric40™ delivers reliable 40GbE connectivity, and our new Fabric100™ delivers uncompromised 100GbE system and inter-system level connectivity for near-real-time on-platform information extraction, fusion, and cognitive processing of data from the most advanced sensors.


State-of-the-Art Security

We are known for its TrustedCOTS™ and enhancedTCOTS technologies that use an open systems approach for embedding security, enabling customers to leverage the best commercially developed secure-state-of-the-art (S-SOTA) technologies. This adaptable framework is easily augmented with additional security features from our industry-leading security partners and customer IP to deliver customized and refreshable program protection to mitigate cyber and other security threats.

Read the Brochure

MOSA: Why Open Standards Like CMOSS and SOSA Are the New Normal

Your essential guide to all things MOSA. This white paper outlines how and why MOSA is transforming defense systems and discusses, 

  • the MOSA directive and its significance for defense technology.
  • reasons to, and the benefits of adopting a MOSA architecture.
  • important standards including SOSA, CMOSS, VICTORY, GVA, FACE, and OMS/UCI that are driving modern program requirements.

SOSA Aligned Products

By offering a complete and balanced, highly-interoperable ecosystem of PICs aligned to The SOSA Technical Standard, system integrators can operate within a low-risk environment to create application-aligned processing solutions that are not only differentiated but also reduce their program schedule, cost, and risk. As technology is introduced, we maintain pin compatibility enabling our customers to benefit from the latest commercially developed technology keeping their systems relevant in an increasingly competitive global landscape.

Our PICs are available in the 3U and 6U form factors and are specially aligned to size, weight, and power (SWaP)-constrained and ultra-high-performance C5ISR processing applications, respectively.

Read the Brochure
CPU-Based Processing PICs
VPX3-1262 13th Gen Intel Single Board Computer
Highest performance 14-core hybrid SBC with 100 GbE for IOI and Payload profiles.
VPX3-1260 9th Gen Intel Single Board Computer
Highest thread performance with 40 GbE for IOI and Payload profiles.
CHAMP-XD3 High-Performance Processor
Provides Intel Xeon D-1700 processing power for unmatched multi-threading DSP performance in a 3U form factor.
Delivers unmatched processing capabilities for data-intensive applications needing dual Intel Xeon D-2700 processors.
V3-1222 Avionics Processor Board
Designed for DO-254 safety-certifiable applications for DAL A using AC/AMC 20-152A as a means of compliance.
VPX3-1708 3U VPX NXP LX2160A Processor
Designed to reduce the time, cost and risk associated with getting rugged, safety-critical systems to the field.
FPGA and GPU-Based Processing PICs
VPX3-4937 GPU Processor Card
3U VPX GPU processor module with NVIDIA RTX 5000 (AD103) GPU
CHAMP-FX7 6U VPX AMD Versal Processor Card
6U VPX dual AMD Versal Premium Adaptive System-on-Chip processor
Network Switching and Routing PICs
VPX3-687 10G Ethernet Switch
Data/Control plane switch
VPX3-663 PCIe Gen 3 Switch
10G Ethernet hybrid switch
VPX3-6816 100 Gb Ethernet Switch
Versatile, high-performance ethernet switch.
Specialty PICs
VPX3-E320 3U VPX SDR Card
Ruggedized Universal Software-Defined Radio (SDR)
VPX3-673A A-PNT Processor Card
3U CMOSS/SOSA Aligned A-PNT Processor Card
Chassis and Application Ready Systems
CMOSS/SOSA Starter Kit
The SWaP-optimized CMOSS/SOSA Starter Kit features an SBC, a VICTORY Ethernet switch, and a timing module.
8-Slot CMOSS/SOSA Enclosure
This 8-slot, user integration-ready powered enclosure provides the highest functional density available using natural convection cooling
PacStar VPX Smart Chassis
Provides the capability to deploy SOSA aligned systems today or a hybrid MOSA and SOSA system.

Explore the Open Architecture Standards

Modular Open Systems Approach  

An acquisition and design strategy that prioritizes the use of open standards-based technology.

C5ISR/EW Modular Open Suite of Standards  

Enables hardware and software commonality between platforms and command posts.

Future Airborne Capability Environment  

Aims to standardize approaches to bring open standards solutions to avionics systems.

Vehicle Integration for C4ISR/EW  

Promotes the use of open standard physical and logical interfaces between LRU systems.

Modular Open Radio Frequency Architecture  

Developed to offer new capabilities including reducing SWaP as well as interoperability functions.

Generic Vehicle Architecture  

Mandates the use of open, modular, and scalable architectures in the design of new and upgraded ground vehicles.

Assured Positioning, Navigation and Timing  

Ensures accurate positioning, navigation, and timing information is delivered in GPS/GNSS-denied environments.