Rugged, Ultra-Secure, Open VPX 3U Module


Computing Features
- Up to 2.4GHz Intel® Core™ i7 Haswell processor with 6MB of L2 Cache
- Up to 32GB of 1600MHz DDR3 memory with ECC
- Up to 1TB mSATA for OS boot with write-protect (optional)

System I/O
- Four independent Gigabit Ethernet ports with TCP/IP Offloading Engine (TOE)
- Up to three DisplayPorts
- Two USB 3.0 ports with power
- Two USB 2.0 ports with power
- Up to two COM ports with CTS/RTS
- One eSATA port 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
- Tamper & security module (TSM)
- Intel® Virtualization Technology (VT-x/VT-d2) and Trusted Execution Technology (TXT)
- Trusted Platform Module (TPM) for secure operation (optional)
- Tamper-proof logic to prevent unauthorized access to NVRAM and hardware
- 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
- Support for Windows®, VMware® and Linux®
- 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


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  • Application

    The Sparrow is designed to provide the ultimate rugged computer 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 VPXCB1002 supports the most popular Hypervisors offered by VMware®, WindRiver® and Microsoft® and may be ordered from the factory with operating systems such as VMware®, Windows ® and Linux® pre-installed. The VPXCB1002 is fully compliant to MIL-STD 810G, MIL-S-901D and DO-160D.
  • General Description

    The VPXCB1002 "Sparrow" is an Intel® fourth-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 are combined 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 processor with up to four physical CPU cores with Hyper-Threading for total of 8 logical cores, each operating at up to 2.4GHz 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 Sparrow is designed to support a wide array of standard and custom I/O functions. The VPXCB1002 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 DisplayPort for video. The Sparrow provides up to 1TB of ultra-fast NVRAM (100MB/s write and 200MB/s read) with write-protect and secure-erase capabilities and can be used as a boot device. Additional I/O, such as Quad Video capture, CANbus, MIL-STD-1553, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, FireWire, GPS for data time stamping, and many other I/O functions, may be added via the one SAM™ site onboard with I/O to VPX-P2.
  • Technology Used

    The Sparrow utilizes the most powerful Intel® Core™ i7 Haswell CPU, which is the newest and most powerful, efficient processor from Intel® with advanced thermal management and graphics. The Haswell Core™ i7 processor supports Hyper-Threading for a total of eight logical cores and supports 6MB of L2 cache shared among the cores. Haswell supports up to 32GB of DDR3 RAM with error correcting code (ECC) and 1600 mega-transfers per second (MTS) between the CPU and RAM. Another major improvement of the Haswell processor over the Ivy Bridge Core™ i7 is the graphics performance. The Haswell processor provides three independent video outputs and better-than-40% improvement in 3D acceleration. Haswell is also coupled with Lynx Point™ and is a fourth-generation Core™ i7 with a fully integrated memory controller for the best memory performance possible. This CPU is considered the workhorse of the workstation market with many added power-saving features and peak performance with controlled thermals, as well as security functions such as Intel’s second-generation Virtualization Technology VT-x, Trusted Execution Technology (TXT), and Active Management Technology (AMT) for remote KVM functionality. The Haswell platform also supports PCIExpress Gen3, USB 3.0 and SATA 3 for the highest performance possible on a workstation platform.
  • Cooling

    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 VPXCB1002 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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