DSEI 2015

Expanding capabilities [DSEI15, D4]

18 September 2015

Renowned for its advanced subsystems for the global defence and industrial markets, South African electronics firm Parsec (Stand N3-110) is offering an expanded capability of its VPX commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) module.

‘‘At the time when we entered production of the VF360 to operate as both a system controller and a payload module, Parsec had in mind to create a series of this embedded solution,’’ said Tobie van Loggerenberg, Parsec’s business development director. ‘‘We designated it the VF36X series, which comprise several boards with different functionalities.’’

A combat helicopter or vehicle carries rugged onboard computer boxes which could house a range of modules. Parsec’s VF36X series of open VPX modules typically consist of a system controller module, payload module, I/O module and power supply. It is ideal for rugged defence applications.

According to the company, the system controller is suitable for both host and high-end processing functions by means of a scalable processor and field-programmable gate array options. The module allows for functionalities such as system control, video display processing, symbology generation, ballistic algorithms and EW processing.

‘‘The payload module operates in conjunction with the system controller in large systems with multiple high bandwidth interfaces as required by multichannel array processing systems,’’ van Loggerenberg explained.

He added that the VF36X is ideal for bandwidth-intensive applications, such as radar, networking, SIGINT, EW, SDR and video. It is available in air-cooled and conduction-cooled versions.

As an original design manufacturer, Parsec offers solutions that are tailor-made to customer requirements, where possible provided from its extensive range of COTS products.

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