computers to move away from decades of parallel bus architectures on the
backplane, with a little help from 1Gigabit Ethernet, and implement high speed
serial link point-to-point connections between boards. Now that the ecosystem
is defined for board sizes, connectors and signaling for 10 to 20 years, let's take
a closer look into building the next generation board computers and understand
how data will flow in this new architecture.
With VPX connectors and backplanes, multi-gigahertz signals allow building
computers where the full data plane bandwidth is no longer shared between
boards. Amongst serial link technologies available today, Peripheral Component
Interconnect Express (PCIe) is poised to bring many military applications to a
new level. High Performance Computing is the first domain to benefit from the
tenfold increase in I/O bandwidth between computing boards that VPX offers.
This enables a new breed of unparalleled applications for sensor data processing
platforms used in radar, sonar, and general imaging.
But now, as hardware guidelines are set, OEMs and developers have to search
for the ideal communication protocols. With all the advantages of current standards
such as PCI Express, Gigabit Ethernet, Serial Rapid IO and many others that can
be used for intra-system communications, this is not an easy task. The challenge
for OEMs is to find an easy to use, yet fast and low latency communication protocol.
To learn more about High Performance Embedded Computing and Kontron
VXFabric™download the Whitepaper below or visit www.kontron.com/vpx