3U OpenVPX ARM Cortex-A9

3U OpenVPX ARM Cortex-A9

Model Single Board Computer 68ARM1

3U OpenVPX ARM Cortex-A9

3U OpenVPX ARM SBC with three I/O and communications function module slots—
Over 70 different modules to choose from

Customer-configurable 3U ARM Cortex A-9 SBC

NAI’s 68ARM1 is a 3U VPX ARM® Cortex®-A9-based, Single Board Computer (SBC) that can be configured with up to three smart function modules. Ideally suited for rugged defense, commercial aerospace, and industrial applications, the 68ARM1 delivers off-the-shelf solutions that accelerate deployment of SWaP-optimized systems.

Adaptable Architecture

NAI’s Configurable Open Systems Architecture™ (COSA®) offers a choice of over 70 smart I/O, communications, and Ethernet switch functions, providing the highest packaging density and greatest flexibility of any 3U SBC in the industry. Preexisting, fully-tested functions can be combined in an unlimited number of ways quickly and easily. Each I/O function has dedicated processing, unburdening the SBC from unnecessary data management overhead.

The ARM® Cortex®-A9 processor is a low power, cost-sensitive, multi-core processor delivering exceptional levels of performance and power efficiency with all the functionality required in rugged, embedded SWaP-optimized programs for the Defense and Aerospace industries.

68ARM1 Block Diagram

Background Built-In-Test (BIT)

BIT continuously monitors the status of all I/O during normal operations and is totally transparent to the user. SBC resources are not consumed while executing BIT routines. This simplifies maintenance, assures operational readiness, reduces life-cycle costs and—keeps your systems mission ready.

Board Support Package (BSP) and Software Support Kit (SSK)

The 68ARM1 includes BSP and SSK support for Wind River® VxWorks®, and for Xilinx® PetaLinux and DDC-I Deos. In addition, SSKs are supplied with source code and board-specific library I/O APIs to facilitate system integration.


  • VPX / OpenVPX (ANSI / VITA 46 & VITA 65) Profile:
           - Data plane: 4x1 PCIe
           - Control plane: 2x 10/100/1000Base-T, or 2x 1000Base-KX 
  • ARM® Cortex®-A9 Dual Core 800 MHz Processor
  • 512 MB DDR3L SDRAM
  • 32 GB On-Board SATA II NAND Flash
  • Expansion SATA II Flash support available
            - On-board module 3 (pending) or
            - External SATA II port access (pending)
  • < 10 W motherboard power dissipation
  • Up to 3 independent intelligent I/O function modules supported
  • Front and/or rear I/O
  • 70+ modules to choose from
  • Commercial or rugged applications
  • Independent x1 SerDes interface to each function module slot
  • 2x 10/100/1000 Base-T Ethernet; 2 to rear or 1 to rear and 1 to front I/O; or 2x 1000Base-KX to rear I/O
  • IPMC to rear I/O
  • 1x USB 2.0 port to rear or front I/O
  • 1x RS232 to front or rear I/O
  • Designed to meet ANSI / VITA 47 environmental requirements
    • Operating temperature: 0° C to 70° C commercial, -40° C to +85° C rugged
  • Wind River® Linux, VxWorks® and Xilinx® PetaLinux and DDC-I Deos™ OS support
  • Continuous Background Built-In-Test (BIT) (as applicable)
  • Intelligent I/O library support included
  • COSA® architecture
  • VICTORY Interface Services (Contact factory)


Document DownloadsDate
68ARM1 Data Sheet
68ARM1 Manual
Complete manual that includes all available function modules.
68ARM1 Custom Manual
Abbreviated manual that includes only function modules selected in the part number.
68ARM1 Part Number Designation
Quick Start Programmers Guide VxWorks

Note: Linux Driver(s): All Linux driver / source code are provided as is without change support.