Kontron Launches Rugged VPX Mission Computer

Kontron’s DARC VX208 is designed for deployment in a wide range of harsh military and aerospace environments, such as mission computing, command/control, electronic warfare and vetronics By DA Reporter / 30 May 2022
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Global provider of Internet of Things (IoT)/Embedded Computing Technology (ECT) Kontron has released the DARC VX208, a very high-performance, ruggedized and secure Size, Weight and Power (SWaP)-constrained mission computer system.

Kontron’s DARC VX208 is designed for deployment in a wide range of harsh military and aerospace environments, such as mission computing, command/control, electronic warfare and vetronics.

Ideal for radars and other high definition video processing applications requiring high bandwidth to transmit large data volumes, the DARC VX208 combines two Optical 10 GbE ports with server-class processing and MIL-DTL38999 I/O performance. 

Its powerful graphics capabilities, with support for optional NVIDIA or AMD GPU modules, enable networked video streaming and processing including image fusion for real-time situational awareness. 

For added convenience and security, the external SSD can be removed in less than 30 seconds and the multiple expansion slots allow easy customization of the platform interfaces.

“The DARC VX208 system’s rugged, compact design and modular open architecture makes it ideal as a flexible and powerful compute solution for integrators looking to deploy high-performance GPU-based technologies on-board SWaP-constrained vehicle and aircraft platforms,” said Alain Spors, General Manager Kontron France. “Furthermore, designed and technically supported in France means it is free of International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) restrictions.”

Based on the low power Intel Core i7-1185GRE quad-core processor, the fanless system’s fully sealed enclosure measures 272 x 230 x 100 mm (housing only) and weighs under 7 kg. Capable of operation over extended temperature ranges, the DARC VX208 is highly certified including MIL-STD-1275E for 28 VDC power supply, MIL-STD 810G shock/vibration resistance, and MIL-STD-461 F electromagnetic compatibility.

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