Editors single out new Kontron VX3020 VPX CPU board

Kontron today announced that its new 3U VPX board has been selected as an Editors Choice Product by VME and Critical Systems Magazine. Kontron introduced the Kontron VX3020 in March 2009 as one of two CPU boards to support the VPX standard by providing scalable performance with high bandwidth over the backplane for ultra rugged defense and aerospace applications. The editors from VME and Critical Systems Magazine continually review embedded VME-related products to make their Editors Choice selections. Kontrons new VPX CPU board is ramped up to meet todays stringent data and signal processing necessities for real-time, net-centric defense and aerospace applications, said Chris A. Ciufo, OpenSystems Media, Group Editorial Director, Military and Aerospace Group. Plentiful I/O variants bring the Kontron VX3020 into the same realm as cutting-edge laptop PCs, including two Gigabit Ethernet network interfaces, plus 3x SATA-150 interfaces and a smattering of USB 2.0 ports.

Having our latest VPX board selected as an Editors Choice Product spotlights Kontrons continued commitment to deliver cutting-edge, high performance computing solutions for a wide range of network-centric defense and aerospace communication applications, said Norbert Hauser, Vice President of Marketing at Kontron. Our goal is to give customers a competitive lead with the high-bandwidth benefits afforded by VITA 46 VPX standard in designing their next generation products.

Based on the latest dual-core 1.5 GHz Intel Core2 Duo LV processor the Kontron VX3020 VPX CPU board offers high-end processing performance to meet a wide range of demanding signal and data processing requirements. With the Intel 3100 chipset the Kontron VX3020 supports up to 2GB of DDR2 SDRAM and features all the high performance I/Os that are available on the latest laptop PCs such as the UXGA graphics controller with PCI-Express, two Gigabit Ethernet network interfaces, 3 x SATA II interfaces and multiple USB 2.0 ports. An onboard USB connector is able to support a standard USB Flash disk module. The Kontron VX3020 can also easily run high demanding PCI-based applications with support for high-performance and PCI software backwards compatible PCI-Express which is configurable either as x4 or quad x1 over the backplane. Dedicated to harsh environments applications, the Kontron VX3020 is available in Rugged Conduction Cooled (-40C, +85C at cold wall)