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Alpha Data delivers new FPGA-based solution for high altitude environments

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 utilization 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. Alpha Data engineers support customers looking to quickly leverage the very best in off-the-shelf reconfigurable computing.


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