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6U module facilitates interoperability for surveillance, reconnaissance systems

Posted: 19 Jul 2010 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:OpenVPX? module? security?

 Ensemble 6000 6U SBC6521

The Ensemble 6000 6U SBC6521 from Mercury Computer Systems is the first module in a new line of Intel-based, multi-plane-enabled 6U modules. The module was specifically designed and optimized for high-density processing, high memory bandwidth, and I/O in a single OpenVPX slot within intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaisance (ISR) subsystems.

Mercury's OpenVPX multi-plane architecture approach creates an extensible architecture that facilitates interoperability among the various subsystem functions. The expansion plane, one of the planes in the OpenVPX multi-plane architecture, provides scalable I/O and high-speed communications between the SBC6521 and the rest of the subsystem. Scalability and intra-system high-speed communications are crucial elements for the embedded signal and image processing applications required by all ISR subsystems; for example, as part of an ISR subsystem, the SBC6521 supports high-powered XMC mezzanine cards for electronic warfare (EW) applications such as high-speed direction finding and signal jamming.

The SBC6521 module also serves as the subsystem host for the previously announced GPU-based Ensemble 6000 Series GSC6200; together these modules form the basis for embedded rugged defense surveillance platforms, performing processing, exploitation, and dissemination (PED). When augmented with Mercury's the SBC6521 and the GSC6200 products, PED applications can achieve 10-60 times greater performance compared to previous generation systems.

- Toni McConnel
EE Times

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