Military Embedded Systems

Unmanned - Connectors

sFPDP: optimized data transport, an alternative to Ethernet

By Patrick Mechin and Philippe Marvin

Today’s sensors can collect and generate huge amounts of data, all of which must be moved somewhere for processing. There are several alternatives for communication links between sensors and processing elements. Designers want to benefit from the highest-speed protocols available to design or upgrade their systems. A popular choice is Ethernet, but there are alternatives: One of those choices is serial Front Panel Data Port (sFPDP) – as defined by VITA 17.1 – which presents a low-latency protocol for sensor data interconnection that is widely used by the military embedded industry.