VME

CONTINUED VME PLATFORM ADVANCEMENTS

VME remains a strong solution for a wide variety of tech refresh programs. Applications range from command and control systems to high performance signal-processing radar, sonar and intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) applications. Keeping VME relevant for these applications requires ongoing advancements to achieve processor migration, extending I/O capabilities on the backplane, and supporting higher bandwidth applications.

Understanding its value and proven place in hundreds of defense programs, Kontron will continue its investment in evolving a fully-featured VME product line.

PROCESSOR MIGRATION        

Kontron’s currently available 6U VME SBCs allow a single design to be used with old and new software stacks with the same system building blocks (i.e., identical mezzanine carrier, rear transition modules and front panel I/O layout). Creating systems that span different CPU architectures helps to reduce risk and development time, streamline the process for upgrading existing VME systems and significantly reduce the cost of maintaining multiple versions of the system at the same time.                                                   

FUTURE-PROOFING WITH FPGA TECHNOLOGY          

Over the past 15 years, Kontron has deployed many thousands of boards using its own FPGA-based VME interface controller known as ALMA, eliminating the fear of interface chip obsolescence and ensuring its VME customers are not affected by EOL worries.