Military Embedded Systems

Rugged single board computers by Abaco chosen for Navy destroyers


September 17, 2020

Emma Helfrich

Technology Editor

Military Embedded Systems

U.S. Navy photo.

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. Abaco announced that it has received orders from a major U.S. prime contractor that will see the company's XVR19 rugged 6U VME single board computers deployed on board several of the U.S. Navy's highest profile destroyers as part of a comprehensive upgrade of the ships' computing capability. The value of the program to Abaco is more than $4 million.

According to officials, a key factor in Abaco being awarded the contract was the company's ability to modify an off-the-shelf product such that the customer's specific operational needs would be met. It was also important that Abaco was able to pre-test the single board computer and associated network interface card as an integrated pair, guaranteeing reliable operation and easing installation.

The XVR19 6U VME single board computer is based on the Intel Xeon E3-1505M v6 Intel processor which offers integrated graphics and memory controller together with quad core processing up to 3.0GHz all in one device.

The XVR19 also offers on-board mezzanine expansion sites for enhanced system flexibility. Memory resources include up to 16 GB of soldered DDR4 SDRAM for optimum performance and reliability.

With both rugged air-cooled and conduction-cooled versions, and targeted at command and control applications typical of the defense and aerospace markets on land, sea, and air, the XVR19 is designed for deployment in environments such as destroyers that are subject to extremes of heat and vibration.

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