HUNTSVILLE, Ala.— April 7, 2016 Abaco Systems today announced Vivo, an innovative solution that provides long term support for users of the VME architecture – which celebrates its 35th birthday this year - enabling customers to maximize their return on investment, minimize long term cost of ownership and ensuring the long term viability of VME.
The IDT TSI148 VMEbus bridge, which provides VME users with the ability to interconnect their existing systems to PCI Express® processors and peripherals, has gone end-of-life (EOL). In response, Abaco has developed Vivo, an FPGA-based solution that replicates the functionality of the EOL device and thus mitigates customer concerns about VME obsolescence. Eliminating the need to design, qualify and certify a new system platform based on an alternative architecture also saves customers substantial time and money.
”Many of our customers have made a substantial investment in VME-based systems – and often those are highly complex systems that are deployed in mission-critical environments,” said Chris Lever, VP, Product Management at Abaco Systems. “For those customers, transitioning to an alternative architecture was unthinkable. It was vital for them to be able to see a way forward – and Vivo provides them with the reassurance that they will be able to create, maintain and update VME-based systems well into the future.”
Vivo provides 2eSST support for full VITA 1.5 capability, as well as hardware byte swapping including byte, half-word and word for complete compatibility between big-endian/little-endian architectures. A master/slave interface with A16, A24 and A32 addressing modes is also supported. Vivo is compatible with the TSI148 via Linux® and VxWorks® APIs, meaning a straightforward, disruption-free transition for customers.
As the IP for Vivo is owned by Abaco Systems, long term availability of the device is assured, and it will be incorporated into future generations of Abaco’s VMEbus single board computers based on Intel® and Power Architecture™ technology.
“This announcement demonstrates again Abaco’s commitment to our customers and to the future of VME, which continues to be a significant part of the embedded computing industry,” concluded Lever. “Our customers know that they can count on us for the long term support that is vital to their success.”
About Abaco Systems
Abaco Systems is a global leader in open architecture computing and electronic systems for aerospace, defense and industrial applications. Spun out of General Electric in 2015, we deliver and support open modular solutions developed to upgrade and enhance the growing data, analytics, communications and sensor processing capabilities of our target applications. This, together with our 700+ professionals’ unwavering focus on our customers’ success, reduces program cost and risk, allows technology insertion with affordable readiness and enables platforms to successfully reach deployment sooner and with a lower total cost of ownership. With an active presence in a significant number of national asset platforms on land, sea and in the air, Abaco Systems is trusted where it matters most. www.abaco.com
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