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First COTS 100Gb Ethernet 3U VPX Chassis for SOSA-Aligned System Development Is Introduced

Annapolis, MD (September 9, 2020) – In another first, Annapolis Micro Systems has developed a next-generation 3U OpenVPX Chassis that is both SOSA™-aligned and 40/100Gb Ethernet capable. The COTS benchtop Chassis (WC3170) is designed from the ground up to economically speed development of 40/100GbE Systems that are aligned with the Sensor Open Systems Architecture (SOSA) Technical Standard.

“We are uniquely positioned to bring this new chassis to market,” said Noah Donaldson, Annapolis Micro Systems Chief Technology Officer. “No one has more experience combining 100Gb Ethernet performance with SOSA alignment.”

The front-loading air-cooled Chassis with backplane has seven conduction-cooled slots:

  • 4 Payload
  • 1 I/O-intensive SBC
  • 1 40/100GbE Switch
  • 1 VITA 62 Power Supply delivering 700W

Payload slots feature VITA 66.5C and VITA 67.3C connectivity, and optional MIL-DTL-38999 SOSA-aligned circular connectors with 19 RF connections (shown in photo). Other cabling options are also available, including fiber optic.

Included is an Annapolis-designed and manufactured Chassis Manager. It is SOSA-aligned and VITA 46.11 compliant, and is powered by a Xilinx UltraScale+ ZU5EG MPSoC.

With SOSA Version 1.0 anticipated to publish in 2021, this stock Chassis is timed to facilitate the rapid development and testing of boards and systems that are aligned with this super-standard.

“SOSA is making it easier to support technology upgrades to 100Gb Ethernet and denser RF interfaces. It’s a winning approach that has facilitated our incorporation of cutting-edge technology into this WC3170 Chassis,” said Jay Grandin, Annapolis Micro Systems VP Product Development.

In January, at the invitation of the United States Armed Services (Army, Navy and Air Force), Annapolis conducted the first public demonstration of a SOSA-aligned 100Gb Ethernet-capable VPX Switch and FPGA Processing Board at the Tri-Service Open Architecture Interoperability Demonstration (TSOA-ID).

Annapolis maintains a full WILD100 EcoSystem of 100GbE products that are SOSA-aligned and proven in the field.

The following 3U OpenVPX products are optimized to operate in this new WC3170 Chassis, or are readily integrated into any SOSA-aligned 3U VPX system.

  • Baseboard: WILDSTAR 3XBP Baseboard  (WB3XBP)
  • Storage: WILDSTAR 3SN0 Storage (WS3SN0)
  • Switch: WILDSTAR 3E10 Switch (WP3E10)

The following 6U OpenVPX products are optimized to operate in the WC60G0 Chassis, or are readily integrated into any SOSA-aligned 6U VPX system.

  • Baseboard: WILDSTAR 6XB2 Baseboard (WB6XB2)
  • Baseboard with Integrated I/O: WILDSTAR 6XBU Baseboard (WB6XBU)
  • Storage: WILDSTAR 6SN0 Storage (WS6SN0)
  • Switch: WILDSTAR 6E10 Switch (WP6E10)

Annapolis high-performance products are designed for advanced HPC, ISR, and multi-function EW applications, including phased array radar, cybersecurity network processing, DRFM, beamforming, sensor processing, wireless communication, and radar signal processing.

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