Kontron introduced its latest 3U VPX PowerPC processor board, tailored for rugged embedded systems that need to process compute-intensive applications using the lowest possible power consumption. To meet this requirement, the Kontron 3U VPX processor board VX3240 features the new, power optimized Freescale P2041 QorIQ quad-core processor. The headless VPX design has four 1.2 GHz Power Architecture e500mc cores, which helps engineers to successfully meet current and future challenges of Size, Weight & Power and Cooling (SWaP-C) requirements for constrained environments in the military, aerospace and transportation markets. Moreover, the integrated hypervisor support enabling the use of low level safety critical virtualization technologies from companies such as Wind River, RTS or Sysgo, makes the VX3240 the ideal SBC for consolidation of multiple applications into a single platform, further improving the SWaP-C balance.
Network-centric applications also benefit from the data path acceleration architecture (DPAA), which offloads packet handling tasks from the core, providing increased processor performance for critical tasks while the secure boot feature of the CPU can be used for trusted boot implementation, allowing only authenticated code to run on the board. Applications for the new Kontron 3U VPX processor board VX3240 include, C4ISR, software defined radio and networked applications that require rugged OpenVPX designs to operate in the most demanding environments. Safety-critical railway applications also benefit from this architecture.
Its wide range of I/Os, including Gigabit Ethernet, GPIOs, USB, SATA and serial interfaces, simplifies integration in new, data- intensive, low-power system designs.