4 Slot 3U small form factor harsh military environment VPX CUBE supports OpenVPX, VPX REDI

FREMONT, Calif. – September 21, 2010 – Dawn VME Products, a leading designer and manufacturer of high performance and reliable embedded packaging technology products based on the VITATM and PICMG® architectures, announces its CCE-3VX4 ruggedized 4 slot conduction cooled enclosure for VPX 3U modules, the VPX CUBE.

Dawn’s CCE-3VX4 VPX CUBE is designed to MIL-STD-810F, DO-160E and MIL-STD-461E standards, and compliant with applicable VITA 46 (VPX), VITA 48 (REDI) and VITA 65 (OpenVPX) specifications. The VPX CUBE features 4 slots of 3U VPX on a 1″ pitch high bandwidth backplane and an integrated, wide temperature range 400 Watt power supply.

The chassis is cold plate base coupled conduction cooled. Its short and efficient thermal conductivity path provides for robust cooling performance and maximum power dissipation. Operating temperature range is -40°C to +85°C. Full environmental sealing insures reliable, all-conditions operation.

The backplane is Fabric Mapping Module (FMM) overlay ready and configurable to meet any data plane connection fabric. Front I/O mapping overlay enables signal path customization from card I/O, such as PMC and XMC, to front panel I/O interface connectors. Dawn has filed for a provisional patent for this revolutionary interconnect technology.

The I/O panel to backplane is interfaced via shielded differential connectors for applications from 3.125 Gb/s to 10+ Gb/s. The I/O panel connectors can be linked to optical as well as SMA and other RF connectors for application enhancement.

Dawn’s popular RuSHTM System Health Monitor technology for intelligent, precision monitoring and control of critical system performance parameters is embedded in the integrated Power Supply in the standard  VPX CUBE configuration. Temperature, power supply voltage and current on all VS(n) and AUX rails are real-time monitored, with optional humidity monitoring available.

“The conduction cooled 3U VPX CUBE is extremely rugged and reliable for military and aerospace applications where system size, weight, and power are critical, and high performance capability is demanded,” says Barry Burnsides, Dawn VME Products Founder and CEO. “With its optimized cooling path and quick turn customization of the data plane connection fabric, the VPX CUBE is an exciting addition to our family of products.”

Summary of Features:

• 4 slots of 3U VPX on 1″ pitch.
• VPX, VPX-REDI and OpenVPX compliant.
• MIL-STD-810F, DO-160E and MIL-STD-461E compliant.
• 3U VPX and Open VPX card compatible.
• Accepts VPX-REDI card widths of 0.8” or 1”.
• Cold plate base coupled conduction cooled.
• Mission-critical rugged and reliable.
• All-conditions environmental sealing.
• Integrated 400W power supply.
• Embedded RuSHTM technology.
• Quick custom fabric mapping.
• Front I/O mapping overlay.
• 7″L x 6″W x 7.62″H, ~ 13.5 lbs. without cards.
• Operating temperature range -40°C to +85°C.
Options complementing the VPX CUBE are Dawn’s PSC-6629 3U 400 Watt conduction cooled power supply with its 6 channel design that meets OpenVPX requirements, and the ITM-6973 3U VPX test module/system monitor/load board, designed by Dawn specifically for OpenVPX and VPX-REDI architectures.


The highly configurable small form factor 3U VPX CUBE is fully ruggedized for difficult Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), land, sea and airborne mission-critical conditions. Flexible backplane fabric and I/O mapping supports virtually any application. Dawn can modify its VPX CUBE platform to suit customer unique requirements.

Pricing and Availability

The Dawn VME Products CCE-3VX4 VPX CUBE is available now. Contact Dawn for more information, including options and pricing.

Dawn’s Expanding VPX Products Line

Dawn VME Products offers a comprehensive family of chassis and backplanes that are VPX, VPX-REDI and OpenVPX compliant. Chassis offerings range from development platforms to deployable rack mount systems including shock isolated systems. Deployable mission critical VPX systems are available for both convection and conduction cooled modules. VPX backplane configurations support maximum bandwidth data rates, and are available in a wide selection of profiles and topologies.

About Dawn VME Products

Founded in 1985, Dawn VME Products designs and manufactures high performance and reliable embedded packaging technology products for the embedded systems market. Service and support is provided from its design and manufacturing headquarters in Fremont, California.

A founding member of VITATM, Dawn VME Products is dedicated to maximizing customer satisfaction through on-time delivery of zero-defect products. Dawn’s product line features highly configurable backplanes and powered enclosures, in addition to multi-function accessories, sub-racks, card cages, test boards, panels and system health monitors.

Dawn engineering supports a wide range of custom requirements, and modifies its products to meet specific military/aerospace, telecommunication, medical, industrial and commercial applications.

Contact Dawn VME Products for consultation on VPX compliant enclosure, backplane, and thermal management systems to enable military rugged, high performance computing applications.

Phone: 1-510-657-4444; Fax: 1-510-657-3274; Website: www.dawnvme.com; Email: sales@dawnvme.com.