Military Embedded Systems

Rugged AdvancedTCA for C4ISR applications

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July 19, 2012

John McHale

Editorial Director

Military Embedded Systems

Sharon Hess

Military Embedded Systems

Rugged AdvancedTCA for C4ISR applications

Engineers at SANBlaze Technology?s Defense Solutions Group have come up with a rugged AdvancedTCA solution for C4ISR applications such as shipboard, ground, and airborne battle management and communications systems. They have dubbed it the Rugged Compute Platform for Tactical Ops, or...

Engineers at SANBlaze Technology’s Defense Solutions Group have come up with a rugged AdvancedTCA solution for C4ISR applications such as shipboard, ground, and airborne battle management and communications systems. They have dubbed it the Rugged Compute Platform for Tactical Ops, or RCP-Tactical Ops. The Commercial Off-the-Shelf (COTS) available AdvancedTCA device enables military users to process data collected via various reconnaissance methods in a rugged, lightweight, low-power system.

The RCP-Tactical Ops can be used for frontline field or fixed-mount deployments. The AdvancedTCA platform also supports SIPRNet and NIPRNet. The SANBlaze system is modular with building blocks comprised of storage, networked computing elements, and switch and payload blades that comply with the AdvancedTCA standard. It has payload blades that are multicore 64-bit SMP, with as much as 192 GB. The storage blades are 6 TB per slot and RAID 01, 5, 6. The switch blades are multiport and 10 Gb. The RCP-Tactical Ops works with a variety of rear I/O modules that can work with SPARC and x86 processor blades. I/O options include Fibre Channel, SVGA video, USB, RS-232C 9-pin serial full modem control, networking, and storage drive options.

Each platform features 10 GbE connections that can be used for pipelined packet processing in virtualized operating system environments. It also has AC (120/240 V) and DC (-48/60 V) power supply options cooling capabilities. Other military applications for the AdvancedTCA device include network-centric converged voice, video, and data solutions.

 

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