25 May 2022

OpenVPX systems integrate edge computing and military sensors

Edge computing specialist Adlink Technology is partnering with Pixus Technologies to develop highly integrated, OpenVPX systems for deployment in mission-critical aerospace and defence applications using SOSA (Sensor Open Systems Architecture).

The two companies will build proof-of-concept (PoC) demonstration units with their integrated offerings in the coming months and engage with global system integrators to develop advanced C4ISR applications.

The partnership builds on Adlink’s more than two decades of experience in rugged embedded computing for mission-critical applications and Pixus’ deep expertise in military standards-compliant design for system backplanes and chassis platforms. Together, the two companies will deliver non-proprietary, open-architecture embedded computing capabilities, enabling system integrators to focus on differentiating their end applications while making them easily reconfigurable and upgradable, highly cost-effective, and quick to develop and deploy.

Adlink is an active member of the SOSA Consortium, which develops non-proprietary open systems architectures based on the latest Department of Defense (DoD) Modular Open Systems Approach (MOSA) and/or commercially available open standards. SOSA also produces guidelines for Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C4ISR) systems. Being an active contributing member of the Future Airborne Capability Environment (FACE) Consortium is another testament to Adlink’s adherence to DoD MOSA principles.

“Advancements in C4ISR capabilities and complexities are changing the nature of aerospace and defense systems, and when complexity increases, so does cost. SOSA has the backing of all three entities (air, land and sea) with wide industry engagement to enable, enhance and accelerate the deployment of affordable, capable, interoperable and upgradeable systems,” says Elizabeth Campbell, CEO of America’s, Adlink. “Adlink’s experience and expertise in military-standards compliant, rugged solutions spans over 40 years, and being an active member of key industry consortia further demonstrates our commitment to this market. With Pixus Technologies as our strategic partner, Adlink will deliver system integrators fully-integrated, SOSA-aligned OpenVPX system solutions that help speed time-to-market and lower development costs.”

“The emerging SOSA and VITA profiles present an ideal opportunity for Pixus to leverage our expertise in high-performance OpenVPX backplane design and unmatched thermal management capabilities for chassis platforms,” says Justin Moll, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Pixus Technologies.  “Combined with Adlink’s embedding computing and processor ecxpertise, the two companies will be able to develop pre-tested and integrated designs for a wide range of SOSA aligned ATR and rackmount system requirements.”

Through its cooperation with SOSA and FACE, Adlink delivers cutting-edge systems that meet open standards, such as OpenVPX. Adlink’s VPX portfolio of COTS components is built with interoperability in mind, letting systems integrators meet fast deployment times and minimize development challenges, especially in hostile environments where size, weight, and power (SWaP) are vital. By partnering with Pixus Technologies, Adlink strengthens its position as the leading global manufacturer of rugged, advanced COTS and ODM computers and peripherals for mission-critical aerospace and defence applications.