Kontron (Augsburg, Germany) introduced its next-generation StarVX high performance embedded computing (HPEC) system based on the company’s VX3058 3U VPX single board computer (SBC). Leveraging the processing power of the advanced 8-core version Intel® Xeon® D-1540 (Broadwell DE), the StarVX packs server-class silicon and highly ruggedized technologies in a compact 3U blade footprint. Each blade is connected to two 10 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) and high bandwidth PCI Express (PCIe) 3.0 through the system backplane, while the processor uses high speed DDR4 memory to meet increased sensor data processing needs. Kontron’s VXFabric™ API provides a TCP/IP protocol over the PCI Express infrastructure.

Ruggedized for harsh environments, the OpenVPX-based air and conduction cooled StarVX offers extended operating temperature and is shock, vibration, humidity and altitude tested. It is also optimized for reduced size, weight, power and cost (SWaP-C) requirements and offers central health and power management capabilities. The StarVX also offers a 24 port 10 Gigabit Ethernet switch as well as a PCIe switch.

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