Adlink and Pixus Technologies partner for SOSA-aligned OpenVPX systems

Highly integrated, SOSA-aligned OpenVPX systems for aerospace and defence applications will be developed by Adlink Technology and Pixus Technologies. The partnership offers system developers the opportunity to capitalise on the Sensor Open Systems Architecture (SOSA) non-proprietary, open-architecture embedded computing capabilities for ruggedness in harsh operating environments, says Adlink. It will also accelerate time-to-market while achieving cost-effectiveness, says the company.

The two companies will build proof-of-concept (PoC) demonstration units with their integrated offerings and engage with global system integrators to develop advanced C4ISR (command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance) applications. 

The partnership leverages Adlink’s experience in rugged embedded computing for mission-critical applications and Pixus’ expertise in military standards-compliant design for system backplanes and chassis platforms. Systems integrators will be able to focus on differentiating applications and making them easily reconfigurable and upgradable, as well as highly cost-effective and quick to develop and deploy, says Adlink.

The company 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 C4ISR systems. The company is also an active contributing member of the Future Airborne Capability Environment (FACE) Consortium. 

“Advancements in C4ISR capabilities and complexities are changing the nature of aerospace and defence 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 Adlink. 

Pixus will apply its expertise in OpenVPX backplane design and thermal management capabilities for chassis platforms for the emerging SOSA and VITA profiles. “Combined with Adlink’s embedding computing and processor expertise, 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,” commented Justin Moll, vice president of sales and marketing, Pixus Technologies. 

Adlink manufactures rugged, advanced COTS and ODM computers and peripherals for mission-critical aerospace and defence applications. Its VPX portfolio of COTS components is built with interoperability in mind, letting systems integrators meet fast deployment times and minimise development challenges, especially in hostile environments where size, weight, and power (SWaP) are vital, says the company. 

Adlink manufactures edge hardware and develops edge software for embedded, distributed, and intelligent computing – from powering medical PCs in the intensive care unit to building the world’s first high-speed autonomous race car. It holds top-tier edge partnerships with Intel, Nvidia, AWS, and SAS, and also participates on the Intel Board of Advisors, ROS 2 Technical Steering Committee and Autoware Foundation Board. Adlink contributes to open source, robotics, autonomous, IoT and 5G standards initiatives across more than 24 consortia, driving innovation in manufacturing, telecommunications, healthcare, energy, defence, transportation and infotainment.

Pixus Technologies designs and manufactures MIL rugged and commercial enclosure systems for the embedded computing market. The company specialises in COTS for OpenVPX / SOSA, including backplane performance and cooling configurations that optimise size, weight, and power (SWaP). The company also offers other modular open standard architectures including AdvancedTCA, MicroTCA, VME, CompactPCI Serial and PXIe.

Pixus Technologies USA is a SOSA member. 

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