Delivering Compact Solutions Utilizing 3U Architectures
Converting 6U Rugged Systems to 3U VPX Form Factors
3U design is rapidly gaining momentum as the newest trend in electronics technology as a rugged defense application that provides the most efficient solutions possible. This has resulted in a movement of customers converting 6U rugged VME and VPX systems to 3U VPX form factors as well as deploying new systems as 3U instead of 6U. There are several factors driving this change including Moore’s law, power densities, serialization of interfaces, and interface commonality. Relying on 3U systems provide excellent performance and functionality in a small package and manages power density effectively while generally providing all of the required I/O interfaces.
3U VPX: An Efficient Solution
Electronics technology is constantly changing. Rugged defense application packaging, form factors, and specifications have evolved along with it to provide the most efficient solutions possible with the technology currently available. Today, a majority of applications will find that the 3U VPX form factor provides the most efficient solution. It provides excellent performance and functionality in a small package and manages power density effectively while generally providing all of the required I/O interfaces.
6U to 3U Migration Case Study: Sensor Management Processor
Refreshing technology while transitioning from a 6U to 3U VPX architecture can provide increased performance while also delivering significant Size, Weight, and Power (SWaP) improvements. Airborne mission management LRU is just one example of combining a technology update with form factor changes. The baseline features six Power Architecture Single Board Computers (SBCs), two Ethernet switches, and a custom platform-specific I/O card in addition to the required power supplies and a complement of spare payload slots.