VPX6-1957 6U VPX Intel Core i7 Ivy Bridge SBC

The VPX6-1957 is a rugged, high performance 6U OpenVPX single board computer (SBC) based on the Gen3 Intel Core i7 processor. The VPX6-1957 is fully-featured 6U OpenVPX SBC, designed for harsh environments, and air and conduction-cooled aerospace and defense applications. Each of the processor’s four dual-threading cores delivers 2.1 GHz of performance, providing advanced Intel Architecture processing on the increasingly popular 6U OpenVPX form factor.

With a rich complement of on-board I/O, PCIe Express (PCIe) Gen2, Serial RapidIO (SRIO) Gen2, quad Gigabit Ethernet, dual 10 Gigabit Ethernet and XMC expansion, the VPX6-1957 Intel SBC satisfies the most demanding fielded applications for unmanned aerial and ground vehicles, tactical aircraft, armored vehicles and rugged naval systems.

Available in a full range of air and conduction-cooled configurations, including air-flow through (AFT), the rugged VPX6-1957 combines the floating-point performance of the Intel Core i7 processor with the substantial bandwidth and system-enabling features of the 6U OpenVPX form factor. The board’s Quad-Core processor features Intel AVX floating-point instructions to support math-intensive processing applications. The VPX6-1957 is available with 8 GB or 16 GB of high bandwidth DDR3 SDRAM (1333 MHz) and comes with a rich complement of high-speed I/O, including quad Gigabit Ethernet, dual 10 Gigabit Ethernet, 16 lanes of Gen2 PCIe on the Expansion Plane, 4 x 4-lane Gen2 SRIO ports on the Data Plane, four USB 2.0 ports, one XMC/PMC site, and one XMC site, each supported with eight lanes of Gen2 PCIe. The board’s integral highspeed Gigabit Ethernet, PCIe fabric and XMC/PMC mezzanine module connectivity enables high bandwidth data flows. Data can also flow from the VPX backplane to the XMC site to support demanding high bandwidth applications such as video acquisition, processing and distribution, and radar and sonar. The VPX6-1957 VPX Intel SBC features high bandwidth fabric to the backplane via Gen2 PCIe or Gen2 SRIO to the expansion and data plane connectors. This provides high bandwidth connectivity between the VPX6- 1957 and additional boards in a computing environment.

The VPX6-1957 OpenVPX Intel SBC is supported by a suite of firmware, RTOS board support packages (BSP), communication libraries and signal processing libraries. The Continuum Software Architecture is Curtiss-Wright's suite of firmware and BSP APIs that is common to SBCs (VME, cPCI and VPX) and multiprocessor boards.

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Key Features

  • 6U VPX form factor
  • Gen3 Intel Core i7 Processor 2.1 GHz, Quad-core i7-3612QE CPU, Ivy Bridge
    • 6 MB L3 cache
    • Intel AVX floating-point
    • Intel VT-d and VT-d support
  • 8 or 16 GB DDR3 SDRAM
  • 32 GB NAND flash drive
  • Quad 1 GbE and dual 10 GbE for flexible network connectivity
  • 16-lanes PCIe Gen2 to backplane on Expansion Plane configurable to 4 x 4, 2 x 8, or 1 x 16-lane ports
  • 4x 4-lane SRIO Gen2 ports to backplane on Data Plane
  • 2 x XMC/PMC sites
  • Intel Graphics: 2 x DVI
  • Ruggedized air-cooled, conductioncooled, and AFT cooling
  • Windows WES7, Linux, and VxWorks



  • Unmanned aerial and ground vehicles 
  • Tactical aircraft 
  • Armored vehicles 
  • Rugged naval systems 

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