Thanks to its flexibility, performance, and suitability for harsh and varied environments, VPX - especially the size, weight, and power-cost (SWaP-C)-friendly 3U VPX - has rapidly established itself as the form factor of choice for aerospace and defense programs. The majority of new opportunities are in the 3U VPX VITA 48.2 (conduction cooled) form factor, housed in an ARINC 404 enclosure, commonly called Air Transport Rack (ATR). ATR enclosures are notorious for restrictive I/O limitations.
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NanoATR shrinks VPX into byte-sized cubes - Interview with Bill Kehret, president and CEO of Themis Computer
Editor’s note: From 6U down to 3U and from VME to VPX, the military’s venerable standard for rugged, deployable LRUs continues to evolve. And if Themis Computer’s NanoATR concept gains traction, 3U VPX could further be reduced to cigarette box-sized modules and packaged in cubes. Edited excerpts of our recent interview with Bill Kehret, Themis Computer president and CEO, follow.