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Enhanced Data Security Achieved Via Integrated Hardware and Software Resources on New 3U VPX SBC

Xeon D-based board accommodates optional UltraScale+ FPGA for fast, custom-tailored performance and deeper data security

Technical Highlights:

  • Intel Xeon-D processor and 1 TB on-board security-protected SATA SSD
  • Optional Xilinx UltraScale+ FPGA with custom I/O and security features
  • Rugged 3U VPX SBC with versatile on-board I/O
  • Vast on board I/O resources including 10Gb, USB3, SATA3,
  • XMC site that supports PCIe Gen 3

Chatsworth, Calif. January 2019 – Aitech’s new C877 provides one of the most powerful combinations of data processing and cyber security available in a 3U VPX single board computer (SBC).  Based on independent research and data analysis, it was specifically designed for rugged, high reliability, mission-critical environments that need high levels of data security and peak processing performance.

The rugged C877 combines the latest generation 12-core Intel Xeon processor and up to 1 terabyte of on-board security-protected SATA SSD with an optional, large on-board Xilinx UltraScale+ FPGA.  It also employs a high-bandwidth bus architecture and offers versatile on-board I/O interfaces, with an XMC site for additional I/O options.

The board’s inherent security features enable secure transmission of sensitive data. Intel security includes Trusted Platform and Secure Boot as well as a BIOS Guard based on TXT TPM 2.0 and BIOS security. The on-board SSD supports write protection, secure and quick erase in addition to disk data encryption using AES 256 keys.  A battery-backed tamper detection signal ensures system level protection.

The optional FPGA is also tamper-resistant, with bit stream authentication and readback limits. Provided with basic design project data, the FPGA is generic, but powerful enough to serve as an on-board resource platform for tailoring of the end-user’s specific application.  It’s high-speed memory cascading removes bottlenecks in DSP and packet processing and an innovative IP interconnect optimization technology provides up to 30% more performance per watt.

The highly scalable C877 easily handles rugged environmental factors as well as reliability and security concerns, while utilizing generationally-stable Intel architecture. The board include 32 GB of DDR4 SDRAM in dual channels with ECC operating at 2133 MT/s.

A windowed watchdog timer, real-time clock, temperature sensors and elapsed time recorder combine with a VITA 46.11 Tier 1 and Tier 2 IPMI, implemented in a SmartFusion FPGA.  The C877 also accommodates two standard OpenVPX slot configurations with PCIe ports that can accommodate Gen3 speeds, depending on configuration. Windows, VxWorks and Linux are all supported.

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

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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 a wide array of high-speed, fabric-based boards and sub-systems using industry-standard, open architectures (VMEbus, VPX and CompactPCI) as well as GPGPU, video/graphics and mass memory boards, Ethernet switches and enclosures. The company offers complete subsystem integration along with logistics, configuration control, component obsolescence mitigation and earned-value management services.

In the early 1980s, Aitech pioneered the development of true conduction-cooled military VMEbus products for use in mainstream defense and aerospace applications. Since then, the company has utilized its broad base of off-the-shelf products and technologies to develop customer-specific solutions, deliver superior cost-performance and reliability, and expedite time to market.

Applications for its products range from mission processors, targeting and fire control, platform stabilization, mission control and autonomous robotic subsystems for ground vehicles to surface and subsurface naval platforms, tactical and strategic fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft and low- to high-earth orbit and deep space vehicles.

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