Kontron: 3U VPX SBC features Layerscape quad-A72 ARM cores

Kontron announced the VX3106, a 3U VPX SBC featuring an a 64-bit ARM Cortex-v8 A72 based processor with speeds up to 1.8GHz, main memory up to 16GB DDR4 and up to 64GB of eMMC. Its soldered memory, 1Gb FRAM technology for memory retention over power loss, low power consumption and tolerance of temperature ranges from -20 to +65°C makes it well suited for applications in the transportation, avionics, and defense industries.

Depending on configuration, the VX3106 design allows multiple application profiles expanding to high performance networking, command and control, and signal processing. The CPU Neon SIMD vector unit is able to accelerate signal processing algorithms and functions, speeding up applications such as audio and video processing, voice and facial recognition, AR/VR, and deep learning.

The VX3106 firwmare is based on Uboot technology with integrated PBIT. It supports Yocto Linux with a small 30 MB image size. Other Linux distributions for ARM achitecture can be supported using the VX3106 BSP files. The VX3106 board management controller features multiple watchdogs, power sequencing, and LED management. Board control and monitoring registers are available to the system via VPX SMB bus signals.

VX3106 offers the option of fan-less operation. The memory devices are soldered to maximize shock and vibration resistance. In addition to soldered storage, VX3106 offers two sockets (one mPCIe USB/PCIe support, one M.2 SATA/PCIe support) on the top side. It provides 1Gb FRAM to retain data event during power cuts, preserving application context and allowing applications to restart quickly. Unlike classical FLASH devices, it also supports infinite write cycles.

VX3106 operates from a single +12V power rail and dissipates between 10 and 20W according to application code and I/O requirements. It features a 10Gb Ethernet and features multiple SATA, USB, GETH links. A SFP card cage on the front panel allows copper 10GETH Base T and fiber cabling. The VX3106 and provides two 10GBASE-KR ports per processor, with the option of using the latter as two 1Gb Base-KX. 1Gb ETHERNET is also available at the rear with one 1GBaseT (Magnetics on the board). Two more GETH Base-KX on RJ-45 connectors complement the front panel.

The VX3106 supports TPM V2.0 encryption for secure cloud connection. Optionally, the Kontron APPROTECT Security solution can be integrated. Based on an integrated Wibu-Systems security chip combined with a specifically developed software framework, it provides IP and copy/reverse engineering protection.

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