New single board computer combines advanced security and high performance

13-06-2019 | Abaco Systems | Subs & Systems

Abaco Systems has released an upgrade to the SBC3511 3U VPX single board computer, which now provides the 9th generation i7 6-core Intel Xeon E-2276ME processor (‘Coffee Lake Refresh’) operating at 2.8GHz (with turbo mode up to 4.4GHz). The processor is particularly designed for the distinct demands of embedded applications.


The device provides a 40GigE data plane for alignment with the SOSA 3U I/O-intensive SBC plug-in card profile.


The device is distinguished by its large provision for secure computing with a security hub based on the Xilinx Ultrascale+ FPGA. This has built-in security capabilities comprising a PUF, user-accessible hardened cryptographic blocks, side channel attack protection, asymmetric authentication, and other silicon-based AT features. It can optionally be utilised to harden the Chain of Trust, which includes Intel Trusted Execution technology. The company is developing a security toolkit which will provide users with optional security features.


The new single board computer is also distinguished by its advanced cooling architecture for conduction cooled boards.


The device is the first of a number of new SBCs – 3U and 6U VPX - based on Intel’s latest processor that is going to be launched in the coming months.


“The SBC3511 provides a unique combination of very high performance, leading-edge security provision and advanced cooling,” said Peter Thompson, vice president, Product Management at Abaco Systems. “Importantly, it is also aligned with the SOSA open system reference architecture that many new programs demand and that will bring to market an exciting new generation of affordable, agile systems capable of responding to the rapidly changing electronic warfare landscape.”


The device also profits from its support for the company’s AXIS Advanced Multiprocessor Integrated Software development environment. The environment allows for the rapid creation and testing of sophisticated HPEC applications, which lessens risk, cost and time-to-market.

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