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Featuring Intel T7400 low power, high performance Merom Core 2 Duo dual core processors, 6U VME C160 draws only 25 W of power for operation. It offers 2eSST and 2eVME functionality, and VME and PCI legacy support via Tundra Tsi148 bridge. Unit includes up to 2 GB of fast DDR2 SDRAM operating at 667 MHz, up to 8 GB of onboard Flash disk with IDE controller, and SSD with up to 16 GB of memory. Other features included are 2 Gigabit Ethernet ports, 2 SATA II interfaces and 2 USB 2.0 interfaces.

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Aitech's New Core2 Duo-based Computing Board Combines Low Power and Rugged Design for Exceptional Design Flexibility

Chatsworth, Calif. January 2009 - Aitech Defense Systems Inc., the world's first and largest independent manufacturer of open architecture board and subsystem level products for harsh environment defense, aerospace and astronautics applications, has released the new 6U VME C160 single board computer (SBC) using the latest Intel T7400 low power, high performance Merom Core 2 Duo dual core processors, designed for mobile applications requiring exceptionally low power and high processing throughput. The rugged, single-slot C160 also uses Intel's Virtualization Technology (VT), so the board can run different applications simultaneously using multiple virtual partitions.

The new, fully featured C160 draws only 25 W and incorporates a custom metal thermal management frame supporting an array of integral stiffeners for increased resistance against high shock and vibration. This makes the board ideal for a number of rugged and harsh military environments including radar and sonar communications processors, autonomous vehicle IED and RPG protection subsystems, mission management computers and heads-up display controllers.

The C160, the newest addition to Aitech's extensive family of high performance SBCs, offers 2eSST and 2eVME functionality as well as VME and PCI legacy support via a Tundra Tsi148 bridge. The bridge's decoupled architecture can handle simultaneous transactions and the large FIFOs (first in first out) to prevent PCI/X to VME deadlock conditions for better, more reliable data throughput.

The board's large memory arrays provide extensive volatile and non-volatile memory resources including up to 2 GB fast DDR2 SDRAM operating at 667 MHz and up to 8 GB of onboard Flash disk (NAND Flash) with IDE controller eliminating the need for externally attached mass-storage media. Additional onboard, non-volatile mass storage for convenient, local program and data file storage is provided by a solid state disk (SSD) with up to 16 GB of memory as well as auto-wear leveling to ensure long media life.

For man-machine interface applications, the C160 also provides an integrated GM965 graphics engine with 2D and 3D graphics outputting in either CRT (RGBHV) or composite NTSC, PAL or RS-170 video formats. Graphics language support includes Microsoft DirectX 10 and SGI OpenGL 1.5/2.0.

The C160 offers a rich set of I/O resources including two Gigabit Ethernet ports, two SATA II interfaces and two USB 2.0 interfaces as well as legacy interfaces consisting of two 16C550-compatible RS232/422/485 serial ports and eight discrete I/O lines.

For local onboard I/O expansion, the C160 provides two industry standard PMC sites capable of up to 133 MHz PCI-X operation for expanded flexibility and integration. All PMC I/O is routed to the backplane's P0 and P2 connectors per ANSI/VITA-35.

Additional board features include high definition audio interface, onboard/on-chip temperature sensors, an onboard SuperCap and Li-Ion battery-backed real-time clock, 32/64-bit and two 32-bit timers/counters as well as an avionics-style, windowed Watchdog timer are provided for real-time, hard deadline, mission critical applications.

BIT (Built-in Test) and POST (Power-On Self Test) firmware are supported in BIOS to allow the C160's easy integration with other Aitech VME and PMC I/O products, enabling flexible configuration of reliable subsystems. Operating system support includes Microsoft XP Pro, XP Embedded, Linux and Wind River's VxWorks and others by request.

The C160 is available in two basic processor configurations, optimized for either maximum performance (2.2 GHz) or for lowest power consumption (1.67 GHz).

The board comes in either air-cooled or conduction-cooled versions, per ANSI/VITA 1-1994 and IEEE 1101.2, respectively.

OEM pricing for the C160 6U VME SBC starts at $6,050. Delivery is from stock to 20 weeks ARO.

For more information please call 888-Aitech-8 (248-3248), visit - or, or e-mail


Established in 1983, Aitech offers military and space-qualified, commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) embedded computing products for rugged defense, aerospace and astronautics (space) applications as well as provides radiation tolerant and full MIL-SPEC solutions. The company provides industry-standard, open architecture VMEbus, CompactPCI and high speed serial fabric-based boards, power subsystems, mass memory, enclosures and hardware subsystem integration along with logistics, configuration control, component obsolescence and earned-value management services.

Having pioneered the development of true military VMEbus products for use in mainstream COTS applications, Aitech utilizes its broad base of off-the-shelf products and technologies to also develop customer-specific solutions, deliver superior cost-performance and reliability, and expedite time to market. Applications for its products range from mission processors, fire control, mission control and autonomous robotic subsystems for ground vehicles as well as surface and subsurface naval platforms to tactical and strategic fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft, and low- to high-earth orbit and deep space vehicles.


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