High-Performance, Upgradeable CPU, VME SBC

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Computing Features
- Up to 2.7GHz Intel® Quad Core™ i7 Broadwell processor with 6MB of L3 Cache
- Up to 32GB of 1600MHz DDR3L memory with ECC
- Up to 1TB fixed, SSD for OS boot (optional encrypt/secure-erase/write-protect)
- Two front panel Gigabit Ethernet ports with TCP/IP Offloading Engine (TOE)
- One PMC-X/16-Lane XMC compliant site with rear I/O or 2.5” SATA drive
- Four buffered SATA ports with RAID support

System I/O
- Line-in, headphone-out, and mic for voice recognition/VoIP
- One USB 3.0 and two USB 2.0 ports to front
- Four USB 2.0 to rear with power
- Four serial ports with RS-232/422/485 options
- Super I/O with COM port to front panel
- Sixteen buffered user I/O with interrupt capabilities
- Work Station I/O (WSI/O) for additional custom I/O (2nd VME Slot)

Additional Features
- Intel® Virtualization Technology (VT-x/VT-d2) and Trusted Execution Technology (TXT)
- Trusted Platform Module (TPM) for secure operation (optional)
- Up to 16MB 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
- Full diagnostics and health reporting with pass/fail indicators
- VME-64 or VME-64x support via Tundra® Universe II™
- Single +5V operation
- Support for Windows®, Linux® and VMware®
- Operates at standard temp 0°C to +55°C or extended temp -20°C to +70°C
- Available in ruggedization levels R1-R2+


The Royal Albatross is designed to provide the ultimate and first-of-its-kind server class VME SBC replacement of multiple legacy VME SBCs (x86 or PPC) with a single SBC utilizing Intel’s Virtualization Technology (VT-x/VT-d2). Furthermore, with the Trusted Execution Technology (TXT), the SBC is secure from unauthorized boot devices and unauthorized replications of the system. The VSB2112 is ideal for data centers, factory automation, medical, and defense applications, where big investments have been made on a VME platform and where true hard “Real Time” is required. No other bus architecture can provide this hard “Real Time” performance like the VME. The Royal Albatross may be ordered from the factory with operating systems such as Windows® or Linux® pre-installed.

General Description

The VSB2112 “Royal Albatross” is an eighth-generation VME SBC module based on GMS’s upgradable CPU technology. It is designed to provide the highest level of workstation performance possible in a fully ruggedized, single-slot VME slot. It may be operated in all VME backplanes in VME-64 or VME-64x form factors with 3-row or 5-row connectors with or without VME P0. The Royal Albatross is targeted for applications where ultra-high-speed processing power is required for upgrading legacy hardware or for new applications where hard Real Time is required. The Royal Albatross is the highest performance VME SBC in the market with vast I/O and upgradable CPU for extended life cycle.
The Royal Albatross supports the latest Quad Core™ i7 Broadwell processor with Hyper-Threading for a total of 8 logical cores, each operating at up to 2.7GHz with the ability to TurboBoost up to 3.4GHz. To harvest this incredible CPU performance, the CPU is coupled with up to 32GB of RAM organized in two banks supporting 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.
The I/O subsystem for the Royal Albatross is designed to support a wide array of standard and custom I/O functions. The VSB2112 standard configuration supports two Gigabit Ethernet front panel ports, two Gigabit Ethernet channels with TCP/IP offloading engine (TOE), one USB 3.0 and two USB 2.0 ports to the front panel, four USB 2.0 to rear, mSATA with writeprotect/ secure-erase / encryption for OS boot up to 1TB, one 2.5” SATA drive (lose PMC/XMC), one VGA port to front panel, four COM ports with RS-232/422/485 options, Super I/O with COM port to front panel, audio headset jack, and sixteen buffered GPI/O lines. Optional additional I/O functions are provided via the 64Bit, 66MHz PMC site or x16 lanes PCI Express XMC site. For additional high-speed I/O, the VSB2112 provides two x1 and one x16 PCI Express lanes to a 2nd-slot VME board mounted directly to the Royal Albatross for an 8HP configuration. This Workstation I/O module supports additional PMC sites and HDD/SDD or maybe a custom user I/O module.

Technology Used

The Royal Albatross 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 Royal Albatross is equipped with GMS’s patent pending RuggedCool™ technology, which is the most unique cooling system in the industry and operating up to -20°C to +70°C at full load (0°C to +55°C Standard). This cooling approach provides the lowest thermal resistance to the case while providing the highest shock specifications known in the industry.

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