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X-ES Unveils XPand6212 & XPand6211 Rugged Embedded Systems Offering Unparalleled, High-Performance Networking & Communications

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Middleton, WI – May 23, 2018

About X-ES
Extreme Engineering Solutions, Inc. (X-ES), a 100% U.S.A.-based company, designs and builds single board computers, I/O boards, power supplies, backplanes, chassis, and system-level solutions for embedded computing customers. X-ES offers cutting-edge performance and flexibility in design, plus an unparalleled level of customer support and service. For further information on X-ES products or services, please visit our website at or call (608) 833-1155.


X-ES Unveils XPand6212 & XPand6211 Rugged Embedded Systems Offering Unparalleled, High-Performance Networking & Communications

The XPand6211 and XPand6212, a pair of Small Form Factor (SFF) rugged embedded systems, are now available from Extreme Engineering Solutions (X-ES). With their high-performance networking and communications capabilities, these systems are ideal for deployed applications where connectivity is key to mission success.

Best-in-Class 3U VPX Rugged Systems
The XPand6212 and XPand6211 are commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) rugged chassis, each supporting two conduction-cooled 3U VPX modules. Featuring a lightweight design with an integrated 28 VDC power supply, these are best-in-class embedded systems for programs that demand high performance while minimising size, weight, and power (SWaP).

The XPand6211 and XPand6212 are qualified to the rigorous MIL-STD-810 and DO-160 standards, ensuring that they can withstand punishing environmental conditions in a wide range of military and industrial applications.

Secure, High-Performance Communications
Both the XPand6211 and XPand6212 support mission-critical communications with an integrated XPedite5205 XMC/PMC Embedded Services Router (ESR). The XPedite5205 runs Cisco IOS® software with Cisco Mobile Ready Net capabilities, providing highly secure data, voice, and video communications to stationary and mobile network nodes across wired and wireless links. System integrators can combine the XPedite5205 with UHF, VHF, Wi-Fi, and other radio platforms to create mobile ad hoc networks (MANETs) without needing a connection to central infrastructure for military and emergency response.

The XPedite5205 is certified to NIST FIPS 140-2 Overall Level 1 (certificate #2242) and NIAP Common Criteria (CC) validated.

XPand6212 Amps Up the Processing Power
The XPand6212 optimises both processing and networking performance, with the XPedite7670 3U VPX single board computer in one slot and the XChange3013 Gigabit Ethernet switch in the other. The XPedite7670 is a high-performance embedded computer based on the Intel® Xeon® D-1500 family of processors, which provide up to 16 Xeon®-class cores in a single, power-efficient System-on-Chip (SoC) package.
The XChange3013 hosts the XPedite5205 router and supplies ample connectivity to this system, with a total of 14 Gigabit Ethernet ports between the switch and the router.

XPand6211 Provides Superior Connectivity
The XPand6211 contains an XChange3013 3U VPX Gigabit Ethernet switch in each slot, one of which hosts the XPedite5205 router. This system maximises connectivity with a total of 24 Gigabit Ethernet ports. The XChange3013 provides excellent network speed and efficiency, delivering full wire speed across all of its ports and supporting jumbo frames of up to 12 kB.

The second XChange3013 hosts the XPedite8103 XMC module, a general-purpose processing unit offering the best-in-class performance-per-watt of the Intel® Atom™ E3800 family of processors.

Alternate Configurations Possible
The XPand6211 and XPand6212 have a modular design that can easily be adapted to program requirements. For example:
  • In the XPand6211, replace the XPedite8103 with the XPort3200 XMC/PMC IEEE 1588v2 grandmaster clock module to provide nanosecond-level time and frequency synchronisation.
  • In the XPand6212, pair the XPedite7670 with the XPort6105 XMC secure solid-state drive (SSD) for 512 GB of storage with self-encrypting drive (SED) technology.
  • In the XPand6212, replace the XPedite7670 with the XPedite7672 3U VPX single board computer to support applications that require maximum data and information protection.

The Sarsen Technology engineering team can help determine which alternate configurations are viable based on program requirements.

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