Military Embedded Systems

VME120 SBCs providing tech refresh to naval systems


February 26, 2020

Emma Helfrich

Technology Editor

Military Embedded Systems

RANCHO CUCAMONGA, Calif. General Micro Systems (GMS) announced that it's new VME120 single-board computer (SBC) family is compatible with multiple generations of currently deployed VME boards. This enables U.S. Navy platforms to be upgraded to include the latest Intel processing and graphics performance while maintaining backward compatibility with long-running legacy programs.

The Aegis combat system, DDGx, and other Navy programs have utilized GMS VME SBCs for critical applications such as fire control, engine control, machinery control, and operator console displays, but the Navy's evolving software requirements and program enhancements mandate performance higher than that provided by the original VME boards.

The VME120 versions are designed to mitigate those inconsistencies by maintaining backward compatibility with legacy systems and adding latest-generation Intel Kaby Lake Core i7 processors and modern graphics features. GMS VME SBCs are designed for technology refresh/insertion and pre-planned product improvement (P3I) using the same backplane, signal positions, and front panel connections.

The VME120 is available in a single-slot version that replaces fourth generation Intel "Haswell" processors, and two dual-slot versions. One of the dual-slot versions replaces an earlier fourth generation Intel processor and the other replaces an earlier Motorola PowerPC CPU. The VME120 replaces either two or three earlier generations of previously deployed GMS Intel- or Motorola-based SBCs.



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