3U Single Board Computer Test Success

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Aitech U-C8500 SBC for military applications has been put through environmental testing

3U VPX single board computer for military applications successfully passes environmental testing

Aligned with The Open Group Sensor Open Systems Architecture (SOSA) Technical Standard, Aitech’s U-C8500 is based on Intel’s SWaP-C optimised Tiger Lake UP3(TGL-UP3) SoC (System-on-Chip), which combines a high-performing CPU with a strong internal GPU and an advanced Image Processing Unit. The SBC (Single Board Computer) also incorporates highly integrated memory technology (LPDDR4X) for better graphics processing performance as well as high-speed PCIe Gen4 and 10 Gbps Ethernet.

The combination of the U-C8500’s high-performing technologies facilitates artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) processing capabilities in a wide range of rugged military and aerospace data-sensitive applications.

Commenting on the success of the product in its recent test phase, Alex Trigoub, Director of Board Level Product Line for Aitech explains that AI in military electronics is continuing to grow in complexity. Developed specifically with faster memory, PCIe and Ethernet connectivity, as well as to optimise SWaP-C and align with DoD MOSA (Modular Open Systems Approach) initiatives, the U-C8500 is capable of processing large amounts of data without any loss of performance, while staying within an optimised power envelope.

“This combination ensures the SBC can meet the demands of military systems today and makes it capable of handling the needs of next-gen military technology tomorrow,” he says.

Designed from the start with security in mind, the U-C8500 provides a comprehensive cybersecurity framework – AiSecure, which includes both standard and advanced system protection. The inherent security features enable both firmware and data protection as well as prevent reverse engineering and tampering with system integrity, while allowing secure transmission and storage of sensitive data.

Now that the U-C8500 has completed successful environmental qualification testing, the SBC can be effectively incorporated into several harsh military and aerospace applications that need highly integrated functionality and unique SWaP-C optimisation to provide reliable data processing. These environments include unmanned aerial vehicles and unmanned ground vehicles (UAV/UGV), cockpit/display and mission computers, digital signal and image processing as well as signal intelligence (SIGNT) and electronic warfare (EW).

The U-C8500 is part of Aitech’s U-C850X series that combines the three pillars of modern data processing on the same board: CPU, iGPU and optional large FPGA. Potential future enhanced variants include the U-C8501 (with PCIe Switch for enhanced Expansion Plane and XMC connectivity), the U-C8502 (with integrated Xilinx MPSoC FPGA) and the U-C8503 (with integrated TSN Endpoint).

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