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Extreme Engineering Satisfies Demanding Military SWaP Requirements with 8.8 Pound XPand4200 ½ ATR System

Extreme Engineering Solutions (X-ES) is shipping the 8.8 pound XPand4200 Series, a sub-½ ATR, forced air-cooled enclosure for conduction-cooled modules. The XPand4200 Series is designed to reduce the Size, Weight, and Power (SWaP) of deployed military systems. A fully populated XPand4200 weighs less than 15 pounds and is ideal for C4ISR applications in vehicles such as UAVs, helicopters, planes, tanks and light armored vehicles, HMMWVs, and UGVs.

The XPand4200 conducts heat from conduction-cooled modules to heat exchangers, where the heat is dissipated to the ambient environment by forced-air cooling. Compared to similar systems, the cooling capability of the XPand4200 Series is significantly higher due to a heat exchanger integrated into the top of the unit. Since the design supports conduction-cooled boards in an air tight enclosure, the XPand4200 Series provides enhanced shock and vibration protection and isolation of the boards from the outside environment.

The system measures 4.88″ (W) x 6.0″ (H) x 13.5″ (D) and weighs only 8.8 pounds. The XPand4200 has an optional removable memory module attachment that supports the XPort6191 Solid State Disk (SSD) Removable Storage Module, with 64 GB of storage capacity. With the memory module attachment the height increases to 7.62″ and the weight to 11.1 pounds. Up to six conduction-cooled, 0.8″ pitch 3U VPX, 3U cPCI, or power supply modules can be configured into the XPand4200 Series. Additionally, the XPand4200 Series can be configured to meet custom I/O requirements with conduction-cooled XMC/PMC modules available from X-ES or third parties.

The XPand4200 can be populated with 3U VPX or cPCI X-ES single board computers, such as:

  • XPedite7370 Intel® Core™ i7 processor 3U OpenVPX™ SBC
  • XPedite5470 NXP (formerly Freescale) eight-core P4080 processor 3U OpenVPX™ SBC
  • XPedite7130 Intel® Core™2 Duo processor 3U cPCI SBC
  • XPedite5370 NXP (formerly Freescale) MPC8572E PowerQUICC™ III processor 3U VPX SBC
  • XPedite5170 NXP (formerly Freescale) MPC8640D processor 3U OpenVPX™ SBC

“Initial customers are very excited because they recognize that the small footprint and volume of the XPand4200 Series, coupled with the increased compute- and I/O-density of our 3U VPX offerings, saves them 50-67% in SWaP over a 6U system,” said Jeff Porter, Senior Systems Engineer at Extreme Engineering Solutions. “One customer said the XPand4200 Series has allowed them to decrease a 35 pound two chassis solution to a single chassis weighing less than 15 pounds while increasing both functionality and performance.”

The XPand4200 Series supports Gigabit Ethernet, graphics, RS-232/422/485 serial, MIL-STD-1553, ARINC 429, as well as custom conduction-cooled XMC/PMC I/O through D38999 circular connectors. An optional front panel USB port provides system monitoring and maintenance capabilities. There are several power supply options, supporting up to 200 W from a MIL-STD-704 28 V DC or 115 V AC input, as well as internal EMI filtering and hold-up for up to 60 ms at 200 W.

The XPand4200 Series has design flexibility to accommodate unique I/O requirements with standards-based products. Please contact X-ES sales to discuss your unique application and hardware requirements because each system has a unique combination of processing, I/O, power, and storage components.

About X-ES

Extreme Engineering Solutions, Inc. (X-ES), a 100% U.S.A.-based company, designs and builds single board computers, I/O boards, power supplies, backplanes, chassis, and system-level solutions for embedded computing customers. X-ES offers cutting-edge performance and flexibility in design, plus an unparalleled level of customer support and service.

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