New 6U SBC Incorporates Intel 9th Gen CPU, Aligns with SOSA Technical Standard

New 6U SBC

HUNTSVILLE, Ala.— September 15, 2020 Abaco Systems today announced the SBC6511, a rugged sixth generation 6U single board computer aligned with The Open Group Sensor Open Systems Architecture™, or SOSA™, technical standard that integrates the newest embedded CPU and FPGA technologies for rugged compute-intensive, heavy-throughput applications and gives users a technology insertion at the data plane, expansion plane, and control plane levels. It demonstrates Abaco’s commitment to continuing innovation with the latest technology and performance standards, while aligning with relevant industry standards.

The innovative design combines the latest Intel® Xeon® E 9th Generation CPU (formerly known as Coffee Lake Refresh) with the Xilinx® Zynq® UltraScale+™ FPGA with advanced security capabilities (ZU7EG) to yield maximum processing performance and security in a rugged, single 6U VPX slot. The FPGA is the root of trust in the new design, giving users advanced security compared to “bolt-on” solutions found in other designs. Additionally, the SBC6511 utilizes Mellanox ConnectX-5, facilitating dual 40 GigE KR4 data plane fat-pipes for increased bandwidth across the system. It supports Linux, Windows and VxWorks operating systems.

In line with Abaco’s commitment to maximizing the value of customer investments and minimizing long term cost of ownership, a full-feature variant of the SBC6511 is available to provide a robust insertion/upgrade solution for users of the SBC627, delivering substantially superior performance with minimal disruption.  In addition to all features of the SOSA aligned variant, the full-feature SBC6511 provides one additional XMC site, one additional DisplayPort™, and four additional USB 3.1 ports through inclusion of rear P3 and P6 connections.

John Muller, Chief Growth Officer at Abaco Systems, said: “The SBC6511 is the foundation of our new 6U SOSA aligned portfolio. It demonstrates Abaco’s commitment to listening to the market and delivering the increased CPU performance, security and data handling new applications need, but within the same SWaP envelope engineers want. It also leverages our highly-valued partnerships to deliver a product that helps our customers to do more with less, thereby lowering overall cost of ownership.”

Technical Overview

The SBC6511 features the Intel Xeon E six core CPU with 64GB DDR4 with ECC and up to 256 GB SSD.  It includes the Xilinx Zynq Ultrascale+ FPGA with its advanced security features, and delivers a multi-fabric architecture on the data, control, and expansion planes. The SBC6511 provides support for the latest DisplayPort™ 1.4 outputs capable of 4K @ 120 Hz or 5K @ 60 Hz, in line with the latest display standards. It also provides a dual 40 GbE data plane, plus dual 10GbE ports on the control plane. Expansion is supported by multiple XMC sites. The SBC6511 is available in SOSA aligned or full-feature variants with expanded I/O and XMC expansion. It supports Linux, Windows and VxWorks operating systems plus Abaco’s AXIS software suite and Health Toolkit. UEFI, BIT and Slim Bootloader are available on request.

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About Abaco Systems

With more than 30 years’ experience, Abaco Systems is a global leader in open architecture computing and electronic systems for aerospace, defense and industrial applications. We create innovative, modular solutions based on open standards that are characterized by outstanding price/performance, ultimate rugged reliability and minimal SWaP. Our goal is to be a significant contributor to our customers’ success, partnering with them to reduce cost, time-to-deployment and risk and supporting them over the long term.  With an active presence in hundreds of national asset platforms on land, sea and in the air, Abaco Systems is trusted where it matters most.

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Alisa Coffey

Head of Marketing

Abaco Systems



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