Rugged, High-Performance 3U OpenVPX SBC with Intel® Xeon® D

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Computing Features
- Intel® Xeon® processor D with up to 16 Cores (12-core standard); up to 12MB of Cache (D-15xx)
- Up to 64GB of DDR4 memory with ECC
- Optional fixed mSATA SSD for OS boot (optional encrypt/secure erase/write-protect)
- Intel® Virtualization Technology (VT-x/VT-d) and Trusted Execution Technology (TXT)
- Intel Enhanced SpeedStep Technology and configurable TDP (cTDP) for improved thermal management
- Encryption and security via Intel® AES-NI encryption and Trusted Platform Module 2.0 (TPM)

I/O and Expansion Options
- Two 10Gigabit Ethernet ports with TCP/IP Offloading Engine (TOE)
- Two Gigabit Ethernet ports with TCP/IP Offloading Engine (TOE)
- One buffered eSATA port
- One DVI/VGA output
- Two USB 3.0 ports
- Two USB 2.0 ports
- Two Serial Ports with RS-232/422/485 options
- Four buffered GPIO lines with interrupt capabilities
- One USB port to front for diagnostics and configuration
- One SAM™ site for custom I/O (MIL-STD-1553, Wi-Fi/BT, GPS, etc.)
- 32MB of BIOS Flash for system parameters and user data
- Real Time Clock (RTC) with internal or no battery operation
- CPU temperature and voltage monitoring for safe operation
- Two x4 PCIe lanes to VPX-P1, configurable as transparent or blocking
- Two x1 PCIe lanes to VPX-P2 for additional system I/O
- Fully compliant to OpenVPX™ 3U, VITA 46/47/48 standards
- +3.3V, +5V and +12V operation

SWaP-E (Size, Weight and Power – Efficiency)
- Greatest computing density, cores and RAM in one 3U OpenVPX card
- Ultra-low SWaP for 3U, 5 lbs. and as low as 60W
- MIL-STD-810G, MIL-S-901D, DO-160D, MIL-STD-461E compliant
- Operates up to extended temp -40°C to +85°C (Optional)
- Available in ruggedization levels R1-R5


The Sparrow II is designed to provide the ultimate and first-of-its-kind server class OpenVPX embedded server replacement of multiple legacy OpenVPX SBCs (x86 or PowerPC™) with a single module utilizing Intel’s Virtualization Technology (VT-x/VT-d2). Furthermore, with the Trusted Execution Technology (TXT), the module is secure from unauthorized boot devices and unauthorized replications of the system. The VPXC200 is ideal for defense applications, where investments have been made on an OpenVPX platform and where true hard “Real Time” is required. The Sparrow II may be ordered from the factory with operating systems such as Windows® or Linux® pre-installed.

General Description

The VPXC200 "Sparrow II" is a sixth-generation 3U OpenVPX embedded server module based on GMS's upgradable CPU "computing engine" technology. It is designed to provide the highest level of multi-core server performance possible in a condution-cooled, single-slot OpenVPX slot. It may be operated in all OpenVPX backplanes compliant to VITA 46/47/48 backplanes/chassis with 0.8 pitch. Sparrow II is targeted for applications where ultra-high-speed processing power is required for upgrading legacy hardware or for applications where hard Real Time is required. The Sparrow II is the highest performance OpenVPX SBC in the market with vast I/O and upgradable CPU for extended life cycle.
Sparrow II supports the latest, most power-efficient Intel® Xeon® processor D with Hyper-Threading for a total of up to 16 physical cores (32 logical cores) operating up to 1.5GHz and having the ability to Turbo Boost up to 2.1GHz. To harvest this incredible performance, the CPU is coupled with up to 64GB of DDR4 RAM organized in two banks with ECC support (2-bit error detection and 1-bit error correction). All these Xeon® D cores coupled with Sparrow II’s I/O can be used to create multiple virtual machines (VMs) allowing a single Sparrow II system to replace up to 32 separate single-processor systems.
The I/O subsystem for the Sparrow II is designed to support a wide array of standard and custom I/O functions. The VPXC200 standard configuration supports two 10 Gigabit Ethernet ports, two one Gigabit Ethernet channels with TCP/IP offloading engine (TOE), two USB 3.0 and two USB 2.0 ports, two COM ports with RS-232/422/485 options, one eSATA, four buffered GPIO, two x1 PCIe lanes and two x4 PCIe lanes for additional system I/O. There’s also VGA and DVI ports, used for console video since Intel’s Xeon® D is intended for servers where VMs route via via network connections. Expansion options include one SAM™ I/O site (Special Application Module) for custom I/O such as Wi-Fi/Bluetooth, GPS, Quad Video capture, CANbus, MIL-STD-1553, ARINC-429, and more. SAM I/O offers legacy system interfaces as well as the ability to add future upgrades.
Sparrow II also offers the most secure storage subsystem possible. It supports up to 32MB BIOS Flash with hardware-write protect and secure erase. The onboard fixed mSATA boot device provides optional hardware write-protect, ATA Secure Erase and encryption functions. The VPXC200 can optionally support FIPS-140-2 and FIPS-197 encryption standards for ultra-secure data storage. These data security functions, along with Intel’s AES-NI encryption and the onboard the Trusted Platform Module (TPM) 2.0 plus Intel’s Trusted Execution Technology (TXT), make Sparrow II the smallest and most secure embedded server system on the market.

Technology Used

The Sparrow II utilizes the latest Intel® Xeon® processor D CPU, which Intel® slots between the Xeon® E3 and Xeon® E5 server processors. Xeon® processor D is ideal for microservers and embedded platforms, boasting up to 12 cores/24 threads (16 cores in commercial temperature) and advanced thermal management. The Xeon® D supports Hyper-Threading for a total of 24 logical cores (32 logical cores in commercial temperature) and supports 18MB of cache shared among the cores. The processor clocks up to 1.5GHz per core (12-core version) with Turbo Boosting up to 2.1GHz. On Sparrow II, the Xeon® D CPU also supports 64GB of DDR4 RAM with ECC. The Xeon® D processor is considered the most powerful per-watt server class processor on the market, with many added power-saving features. It also boasts Xeon® E5 server class RAS features like PCIe hot-plug and CMCI. Xeon® processor D also contains security functions such as Intel’s second-generation Virtualization Technology VT-x and Trusted Execution Technology (TXT). The Xeon® D platform supports PCI Express Gen3, USB 3.0 and SATA 3 for the highest performance possible on a server platform.

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