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Aitech Applies Three Decades of Reliable Computing toIndustrial Marketplace

After 30 years serving the military computing market, Aitech Defense Systems Inc. is bringing its expertise in rugged, high performance embedded boards and systems to the industrial market.

The new industrial line-up includes two 6U VME SBCs, one based on the Intel Haswell processor and one that is Freescale QorIQ-based.

Doug Patterson, VP, Military & Aerospace Business Sector for Aitech, noted, “When planning this expansion, we made a conscious decision to focus on our more popular VME SBCs.  With major suppliers providing less support, and with EOL announcements increasing for this platform, Aitech is positioned to offer VME products for up to 12 years, through our obsolescence management program.”

Aitech’s new rugged, industrial SBCs offer a wide range of memory storage options and I/O, making them ideal for a variety of embedded commercial, industrial and Naval applications. Operating temperature for the boards is up to -20°C to +60°C.

The Ai-VM163S, with an Intel 4th gen Core i7 quad core processor running at 2.4 GHz, is a high-performance board with 32 GB of onboard SATA flash to efficiently process video and graphics.

Geared more for real-time control system applications, the Ai-VM111S incorporates Freescale’s newest QorlQ T4 quad core, dual-threaded, Altivec-enabled T4080 processer with a speed of up to 1.5 GHz. It includes 128 MB of NOR Flash for mass data and code storage operations.

For higher reliability, the two boards each provide ECC-protected SDRAM memory and come with two standard mezzanine slots, one PMC and one XMC.  The addition of these two mezzanine sites offers added design flexibility as well as onboard resources to ensure reliable, real-time operation.

To support real-time process control, the boards also include eight counter/timers, a multi-function watchdog timer, temperature sensors and a real-time clock with on-board power back-up.

Supported software for both includes VxWorks and Linux, with the Ai-VM163S supporting Windows and the Ai-VM111S supporting INTEGRITY, as well.  The 6U VME SBCs are air-cooled per IEEE 1101.10-1996.

Industrial customers can expect the same high-quality products that Aitech continues to provide to the military and aerospace markets. The only difference is that these products have been adapted to fit less rigorous, air-cooled environments, offering those customers with lower pricing advantages.

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