Alpha Data delivers SoM ADM-VPX3-9Z5 for high altitude ops

Posted on 25 June, 2021 by Advance 

Alpha Data has announced the first shipment of the System on a Module (SoM) ADM-VPX3-9Z5 product to customers, a rugged, military specification product designed for challenging environments, including high altitude operations.

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The Defense-Grade ADM-VPX3-9Z5 has been produced by Alpha Data in collaboration with Xilinx and Texas Instruments, and features Mil-temp range (-55C to +125C) components throughout, for utilisation in challenging environments.

The ADM-VPX3-9Z5 delivers high-performance in demanding environments and is especially designed to accelerate digital signal processing — making it particularly useful for remote sensing and Earth Observation.

Built by Alpha Data, the ADM-VPX3-9Z5 is a SOSA-aligned OpenVPX standard System on Module (SoM) that utilizes the Xilinx Defense-Grade Zynq UltraScale+ XQZU19EG FPGA. The board features Mil-temp Enhanced Plastic components from Texas Instruments for System Monitoring, Power and Temperature Sensing. The ADM-VPX3-9Z5 is also compliant with the auxiliary I/O in low-voltage (LVAUX) mode for Single Event Effects (SEE) mitigation.

The ADM-VPX3-9Z5 provides a hard-wearing module in a 3U-VPX form factor, which can be used for everything from early lab development to test, qualification and deployment in rugged environments.

“We built the Defense-Grade ADM-VPX3-9Z5 as an off-the-shelf product designed to military specifications throughout and suitable for all stages of a project, from development to deployment,” elaborated David Miller, managing director of Alpha Data. “The stringent specification of the 9Z5 means the product is intrinsically resilient and rugged — making it the perfect choice for high-altitude sensor processing as well as offering the potential for NewSpace applications.”

The ADM-VPX3-9Z5 is part of Alpha Data’s ever growing product range for 'Extreme Environments' - which also includes the new ADA-SDEV-KIT3 Space Development Kit. This builds on the company’s strong technical heritage and the experience of providing products to aerospace primes and research organisations.