Evaluate the latest VPX technologies

    Evaluate the performance elements of your VPX-based applications.
    Get the current CPU and data transfer performance.
  • Access KFRLABS VPX air-cooled systems populated with the latest CPU boards
  • Log into Pre-Installed Linux or VxWorks
  • Benchmarks critical code sections of the future application
  • Monitor the board power consumption thanks to Kontron CBIT (Visit the GROUP tab and see the Voltage section)

40 Gbit Ethernet is disrupting the ecosystem

  • The Ethernet protocol at 40 Gigabits/s speed is now available natively in modern CPUs and peripherals, even those designed to operate in severe environments.
  • The VITA65 group, defining the VPX systems interoperability rules, has released a new version of the specifications in 2019, focused on a limited addition of new profiles optimized for defining Ethernet 40G as the main primary data plane. These profiles are promised to become the new architecture baseline for the next 5 or 10 years.

Typical evolution for the 3U form factor pin assignment: legacy and new generation 40G Ethernet I/O intensive

current 3U payload profile
next gen 3U payload profile

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Learn how new profiles can overcome proliferation of VPX profiles and how VPX is ready to support embedded systems of the future with higher interconnect speed and other features.

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3U OpenVPX Open Systems Architecture (OSA) SBCs featuring 40G Ethernet

VX305C-40G - I/O Intensive SBC profile

Intel® Xeon® D Processor VPX computing module featuring 40 Gigabit Ethernet, based on a new I/O Intensive SBC OpenVPX profile

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VX305H-40G - Compute Intensive SBC profile

High-performance Xeon-D based computing and 40/10 Gigabit Ethernet networking, designed to the Compute Intensive SBC profile

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  • Open Systems Architecture (OSA): developed in alignment with the SOSA™ technical standard
  • VITA 46.11 Health Management: featuring Kontron-designed VITA 46.11 compatible Intelligent Platform Management Controller (IPMC) to provide system-wide health management, sequenced system power-up, and Temperature/Power/Performance management
  • Health Monitoring: continuous flow of health data from customizable test points with CMON-Line.
Video: VX305C-40G and VX305H-40G with 40G Ethernet

Kontron continues to raise the bar for high performance computing architectures for defense systems with the VX305C-40G based on a new I/O Intensive SBC OpenVPX profile and the VX305H-40G based on the Compute Intensive SBC profile.

40G/100G Ethernet connectivity enabling powerful HPEC architectures


Arm®-based High End VPX Computing Node with NXP Layerscape® LX2160A processor

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6U VPX 100/40/10/1 GETH SWITCH

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Kontron VPX ecosystem

A comprehensive modular open systems architecture product line leveraged by key layered products

Video: Kontron VPX solutions

Learn more about TRACe™ product line of EN50155-certified railway computers for rolling stock applications. Watch our video.

VPX suits various applications needs, from streamlined technology upgrade in general purpose missions to rich standard-based communication fabrics and I/O connectivity in compute intensive applications or redundant architecture for critical applications.

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Access information on all VPX building blocks

Layered products

SEC-Line Security Products:
System Management and Health:
  • PBIT – Power-on Built-In Test (Expert mode using Learn/Compare approach)
  • CMON-Line – Runtime Health Monitoring and Management (M2M data oriented, heavily customisable)
  • FAST BOOT – The Fast Boot development kit is used to build a complete payload based on a fast firmware stack (FSP+CoreBoot+Grub or Linux image)
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Use cases

With its field-proven know-how in VPX, Kontron supports its customers in designing architectures with the right balance of computing performance, power efficiency and level of security. Here are some examples within defense and transportation applications

Defense radar system

VX6090 successfully integrated and tested by Thales in a radar application

  • Deliver high performance blade computers
  • Provide rich standards-based 10 Gigabit Ethernet communication fabrics and I/O connectivity
  • Ensure high level of quality, both for the products and the long-term services
C4ISR Demonstrator

Herrick Technologies Labs is integrating Kontron’s new I/O Intensive VX305C-40G SBC

  • Designed specifically to meet the needs of the U.S. defense community in their drive for Open System Architecture computing platforms.
  • Developed in alignment with the SOSA™ Technical Standard
Railway signalling program

Kontron 3U VPX computer certified by Alstom at the SIL-4 level for safe railway applications

  • Extractable Line Replacement Units (LRU) in order to provide a low maintenance time and repair (MTTR)
  • Computing unit featuring SBCs and an ethernet switch card
  • Versatility and modularity of a 3U VITA46 VPX standard architecture to offer a SIL-4 certifiable and long-term maintainable solution.