Aerial Reconfigurable Embedded System (ARES) and NAI's Rugged Sensor Interface Unit (Photo: Business Wire)
As part of the ARES navigation system, the SIU6 sensor interface unit enables Lockheed Martin to populate each board with function specific modules. This unique modular architecture offers a selection of up to 10 different or same functions from a broad assortment of low-power, high density modules. Functions include: programmable discretes, analog I/O (A/D, D/A & RTD), communications (RS-232/422/485 &
Utilizing the 64EP3 6U VME single board computer with configurable multi-function I/O, combined with the U3 PowerPC Processor, ARES’ VMC is triple redundant and controls actuators and various I/O for advanced autonomous flight control. The VMC also communicates with the AIU, which has redundancy by using two AIUs in the system.
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s (DARPA) ARES program is currently in its third and final phase. “Transporting and resupplying troops in rugged, austere terrain has become a major challenge, especially as the U.S. military shifts to using smaller and more distributed combat units,” said
The ARES program is an example of how NAI’s modular and adaptive Custom-On-Standard Architecture delivers SWaP-C efficient, I/O-intensive boards and systems with more processing power in less time at a lower system cost. “Our ability to mix and match functions gives customers a solution without the high costs typically associated with other vendors’ custom box designs,” explained
For more information about the ARES program, visit http://www.darpa.mil/Our_Work/TTO/Programs/Aerial_Reconfigurable_Embedded_System_(ARES).aspx
For more information about North Atlantic Industries’ rugged systems,
SBCs and multi-function I/O modules, visit http://www.naii.com
NAI is a specialized provider of embedded electronics and computing for sense & response-intensive, Mil-Aero applications. We accelerate our clients’ time-to-mission with a unique approach based on a Custom-on-Standard Architecture™ (COSA™) that delivers the best of both worlds: custom solutions from standard COTS components. For over 50 years, major defense systems integrators have leveraged our capabilities to meet the demanding requirements of a wide range of I/O- and communication-centric applications, with uncompromising quality, efficiency and responsiveness.