- September 21, 2017
- Extreme Engineering Solutions (X-ES)
September 22, 2017 - Extreme Engineering Solutions, Inc. (X-ES) introduces the XCalibur4646 and XCalibur4545, a pair of Intel processor-based 6U OpenVPX single board computers (SBCs) each featuring X-ES’ SecureCOTS technology. Both products include a myriad of security features supported by the Microsemi SmartFusio®2 System-on-Chip (SoC) FPGA and VPX-REDI metalwork for complete physical protection.These secure boards are suited to the rigorous demands of modern military applications, and are just two of many X-ES embedded single board computers that excel in extreme environments.
The XCalibur4646 architecture is based on the Intel® Xeon® D-1500 family of processors. With up to 16 Xeon-class cores in a single System-on-Chip (SoC) package and temperature support (up to 12 cores), the Intel Xeon D family of processors are capable of supporting high-bandwidth processing and I/O intensive applications.
The XCalibur4646 is optimized for network performance and power efficiency with two 10GBASE-KR Ethernet interfaces direct from the CPU and two 10/100/1000BASE-T Ethernet interfaces to the VPX backplane. Its overall stripped-down design minimizes power consumption and maximizes the thermal headroom for mezzanine cards. A direct Gen-3 capable x8 PCIe connection from the Xeon D processor to each XMC site, and mezzanine I/O mapped directly to the VPX backplane, makes the XCalibur4646 ideal for hosting XMC graphics cards. It also accommodates up to 32 GB of DDR4-2133 ECC SDRAM in two channels and up to 64 GB of SLC SATA NAND flash in addition to other I/O ports, including USB, SATA, and four configurable RS-232/422/485 serial ports through the backplane connectors.
The XCalibur4545 architecture is based on the 5th generation Intel® Core™ i7 (formerly Broadwell-H) processor. It maximizes network performance with up to four 40 Gigabit or eight 10 Gigabit Ethernet ports, and sixteen lanes of Gen3-capable PCI Express to the VPX backplane. The XCalibur4545 can also leverage the integrated Intel® Iris™ Pro graphics for display or general-purpose GPU applications. Additionally, it accommodates up to 16 GB of DDR3L-1600 ECC SDRAM in two channels and up to 64 GB of SLC SATA NAND flash along with a DisplayPort or HDMI interface, USB, SATA, and four configurable RS-232/422/485 serial ports through the backplane connectors.
At the heart of the XCalibur4646 and the XCalibur4545 is the customizable Microsemi SmartFusion 2 SoC with 1 GB of ECC DDR3 memory to implement SecureCOTS features. The trusted and proven SmartFusion 2 can host many types of custom functions such as data encryption, and supports the ability to control, intercept, and monitor the CPU subsystem, and interface to the system through I/O directly connected to the VPX backplane. Additionally, the SmartFusion 2 SoC includes embedded memory, random number generator, crypto-cores, PUF, and supports complete zeroization. Custom logic may also implement system penalties such as clearing keys or completely erase itself if a compromise is detected. Two-Level Maintenance (2LM) metalwork can also be added to provide an additional layer of security to the physical hardware. Extend System Functionality with XMC Mezzanine Modules Data security can be expanded through the use of the XPort6105, a secure, self-encrypting drive (SED) / Solid-State Drive (SSD) XMC module with up to 512 GB of storage.
The XCalibur4545 and 4646 support side band signals to each XMC site to support additional XPort6105 features such as memory zeroization and select military sanitization protocols. The direct hardware connection of these sideband signals from the SmartFusion2 can provide a fast response time if a compromise is detected.