Rugged, Ultra-Secure, Open VPX 3U Module

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Computing Features
- Up to 2.7GHz Intel® Quad Core™ i7 Broadwell processor with 6MB of L3 Smart Cache
- Supports ultra-low power mode to 1.9GHz with Intel’s Configurable TDP-down (cTDP)
- Up to 32GB of 1600MHz DDR3L memory with ECC
- Up to 1TB of fixed, SSD for OS boot (optional encrypt/secure-erase/write-protect)
- High performance, embedded Iris™ Pro Graphics 6200 (2x improvement from Haswell)

System I/O
- Four independent Gigabit Ethernet ports with TCP/IP Offloading Engine (TOE)
- Up to three Display Ports
- Two USB 3.0 ports and two USB 2.0 ports with power
- Up to two COM ports with CTS/RTS
- PCIe Multi-root switch with configurable PCIe lanes
- One eSATA ports at 6Gb/s and two x1 lane PCI Express
- One SAM™ site for custom I/O (MIL-STD-1553, Wi-Fi/BT, GPS, etc.)

Additional Features
- Intel® Virtualization Technology (VT-x/VT-d2)
- Trusted Execution Technology (TXT)
- Trusted Platform Module (TPM) for secure operation (Optional)
- Four buffered General Purpose I/O lines with interrupt capabilities
- System Health Management Controller for health monitoring/reporting
- Front panel Pass/Fail, Power, and POST LEDs,
- Up to 16MB of BIOS Flash for system parameters and user data
- 2Kb of EEPROM for FRU parameters
- One USB port to front for diagnostics and configuration
- 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
- Fully compliant to MIL-STD-810G, MIL-S-901D and DO-160D
- Operates at standard temp 0°C to +55°C or extended temp -40°C to +85°C
- Available in ruggedization levels R1-R5


The Sparrow is designed to provide the ultimate rugged SBC for rugged ATR chassis for defense and UAV applications. The Sparrow is widely deployed in Army vehicles, robots for hazardous applications where the computer is exposed to harsh environments, and UAVs, where power, weight, and size are the main considerations. The VPXCB1102 supplementary to the ATR chassis is fully compliant to MIL-STD 810G, MIL-STD 1275D, MIL-S-901D, DO-160D and MIL-STD 461E. This system may also be ordered from the factory with operating systems such as Windows® or Linux® pre-installed.

General Description

The VPXCB1102 "Sparrow" is an Intel® fifth-generation Core™ i7 OpenVPX™ SBC module from GMS. It is designed to provide the highest security and performance possible in a fully ruggedized and conduction-cooled VPX module, operating up to -40°C to +85°C (0°C to +55°C Standard). The Sparrow is targeted for applications where data security and an ultra-rugged computer is needed to provide the highest possible performance per dollar and per watt, utilizing OpenVPX™ 3U specifications, and fully compliant to VITA 46/47/48. 
The Sparrow supports the latest Intel® Core™ i7 Broadwell-H processor with Hyper-Threading for a total of 8 logical cores, each operating up to 2.7GHz and having the ability to TurboBoost up to 3.4GHz. In addition, with Intel’s configurable TDP (cTDP), users have the ability to decrease the clock speed to as low as 1.9GHz. To harvest this incredible CPU performance, the CPU is coupled with up to 32GB of DDR3L RAM organized in two banks with support for Error Correcting Code (ECC). The ECC RAM provides 2-bit error detection and 1-bit error correction and supports up to 1600 Mega Transfers per Second (MTS) between CPU and memory. In addition, the embedded Intel® Iris™ Pro Graphics 6200 offers 2x graphics performance improvement over the Haswell graphics.
The I/O subsystem for the Sparrow is designed to support a wide array of standard and custom I/O functions. The VPXCB1102 standard configuration supports four independent Gigabit Ethernet channels with MAC/PHY/Magnetics with TCP/IP Offloading Engine (TOE) to VPX-P1, two USB 3.0 and two USB 2.0 with power, up to two COM ports with Handshaking, one 6Gb/s eSATA port, two x1 lane PCI Express, four buffered digital I/O lines with interrupt capabilities, and three Display Port interfaces for video. Additional functions include one SAM™ Site for custom I/O such as Wi-Fi/Bluetooth, GPS, Quad Video capture, dual channel CANbus, MIL-STD-1553, ARINC-429, FireWire, and many more.
The Sparrow also supports the most secure storage subsystem possible. The system supports dual redundant 8MB BIOS Flash with optional hardware-write protect and a fixed mSATA boot device up to 1TB with hardware write-protect, secure-erase and encryption functions. The VPXCB1102 can optionally support FIPS-140-2 and FIPS-197 encryption standards for ultra-secure data storage. These data security functions along with the Trusted Platform Module (TPM) and the Trusted Execution Technology (TXT), make the Sparrow the most secure VPX system on the market.

Technology Used

The Sparrow utilizes the latest fifth generation Intel® Core™ i7 Broadwell-H CPU, which is the most powerful, efficient processor from Intel® with advanced thermal management and graphics. The Broadwell Quad Core™ i7 processor supports Hyper-Threading for a total of eight logical cores and supports 6MB of L3 Smart Cache shared among the cores. Operating at a base 2.7GHz per core, the Broadwell processor is capable of TurboBoosting up to 3.4GHz and is configurable down to 1.9GHz for ultra-low power mode. Broadwell also supports 32GB of DDR3L RAM with ECC and 1600 Mega Transfers per Second (MTS) between the CPU and RAM. A major improvement of Broadwell over the Haswell Core™ i7 is the Intel® Iris™ Pro Graphics 6200, which offers 2x improvement in embedded graphics performance - comparable performance to that of a stand-alone GPU! In addition, the embedded graphics are capable of supporting DirectX 11.2, OpenGL 4.3 and displaying UHD resolutions with three independent video outputs. The Broadwell processor is also coupled with a Lynx Point™ chipset for a wide variety of I/O support. This CPU is considered the workhorse of the workstation market, with many added power saving features and peak performance with controlled thermals; also containing security functions such as Intel’s second-generation Virtualization Technology VT-x and Trusted Execution Technology (TXT). The Broadwell platform supports PCIExpress Gen3, USB 3.0 and SATA 3 for the highest performance possible on a workstation platform.


The Sparrow is equipped with GMS' patent pending RuggedCool™ technology, which is the most unique cooling system in the industry and is the only VPX board with a Quad Core™ i7 processor with 32GB of RAM that operates up to -40°C to +85°C at full load (0°C to +55°C Standard) This cooling approach provides the lowest thermal resistance to the rail while providing the highest shock specifications known in the industry. In addition, the VPXCB1102 is furnished with a GMS designed wedge lock that gives over 8x surface area for increased heat transfer compared to standard wedge lock designs.

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