Sarsen Technology Embedded Systems for Military, Defence and Aerospace

Sarsen Technology is an industry-leading distributor of embedded hardware and software technology solutions. We specialise in single board computing, FPGA, digital signal processing, data acquisition, video signal processing and high-speed data recording COTS technology.

Our clients are Europe’s leaders in the military, defence and aerospace markets. The military airborne applications we support include fast-jet radar, UAV control computers, laser systems, electro-optics, electronic warfare, software defined radio, guidance systems, thermal imaging systems, defence aids and ISTAR systems.

Rugged ATR chassis systems and embedded computing systems

We support a wide range of high quality, high reliability products on board formats including AMC, ATCA, COM-Express, CompactPCI, EBX, ETX, Mini-ITX, PCI, PMC, PICMG 1.3, PC/104, VME, VPX, VXS and XMC. Sarsen also supplies and supports complete integrated rugged ATR chassis systems and industrial 19in rackmount embedded computing systems.

Sarsen Technology is a franchised distributor for BittWare, Conduant, Danville Signal Processing, Extreme Engineering Solutions (X-ES), General Standards, Tech Source, Trenton Systems, Trenton Technology, United Electronic Industries (UEI) and VersaLogic.

VPX technology for embedded computing applications

Extreme Engineering Solutions (X-ES) is an industry and technology leader with regard to VPX and OpenVPX. X-ES has been actively involved in the development of the VPX and OpenVPX standardisation efforts. X-ES was one of the first companies to develop VPX products and has been shipping VPX products since 2006.

X-ES provides a comprehensive line of 3U and 6U VPX products, including Intel-based and PowerPC-based single board computers (SBCs), carriers, switches, and I/O cards for embedded computing applications. The X-ES VPX product range includes:

  • Third-generation Intel Core i7 single board computers
  • Freescale PowerPC single board computers
  • PCI Express (PCIe) switches
  • VITA 62-compliant 3U VPX power supplies
  • Removable SATA solid state drive (SSD) carrier boards
  • Sub-½ ATR, natural convection-cooled or conduction-cooled chassis
  • VPX backplanes
  • Rear transition modules
  • Carrier boards

Because the environmental and SWaP constraints associated with rugged, deployed solutions complicate the design and integration of these systems, X-ES provides additional system-level components such as backplanes, power modules, development platforms, and deployable systems.

In addition, X-ES designs and manufactures a range of rugged XMC boards for demanding airborne applications including Xilinx Virtex-6 FPGA solutions.

Altera Stratix FPGA COTS hardware

Defence and aerospace system manufacturers need solutions that can withstand harsh environmental conditions such as heat or cold, humidity, altitude, shock and vibration.

Many of their solutions must be able to fit into space-constrained platforms. They also depend on fast time to market, low risk, flexibility to make changes, and long product life-cycle – as well as the ability to process complex, compute-intensive algorithms. For mission-critical systems, leading defence contractors count on BittWare.

BittWare offers a variety of products specifically designed for its military customers, such as conduction-cooled, ruggedised, and COTS compliant solutions to help them deliver reliable tools that can withstand the extreme conditions of the airborne military market.

VPX was developed by the VME community and retains VME’s existing 3U and 6U form factors, while also maintaining some compatibility with legacy VMEbus, so that ‘old’ VME enclosures can be used with a new or split backplane. These boards are designed for rugged and conduction-cooled environments, but can be air-cooled as well. The boards are often used with existing PMC and/or XMC mezzanines.

The BittWare COTS boards designed for airborne applications include:

  • Rugged Altera Stratix® V GX/GS 6U VPX board with two VITA-57 FMC I/O Sites
  • Rugged Altera Stratix® IV GX 3U VPX board
  • Altera Stratix® IV GX XMC with four SFP transceivers
  • Rugged Hybrid Signal Processing 6U VME/VXS (VITA 41) board
  • Rugged Altera Stratix® IV GX 3U VPX board with four anemone 104 FPGA Co-processors

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30 September 2014

Sarsen Technology is currently looking at a brand-new video capture card from Tech Source, and a video from the latest series of guidelines from the UEI.

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1 September 2014

The last quarter of the year is always busy for Sarsen Technology, and 2014 is no exception.

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1 August 2014

This summer Sarsen is looking forward to a busy couple of months, with a number of exciting visits on the calendar.

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1 July 2014

June saw Sarsen Technology introduce new technologies and attend industry events.

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29 May 2014

Sarsen Technology is pleased to be exhibiting at the Embedded Design Show with our friends from DAVE Embedded Systems.

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30 April 2014

Welcome to the April news round-up from Sarsen Technology.

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17 April 2014

TMC, a global, integrated media company, has named the Ultra5™ ZX2000 platform as a recipient of a 2014 INTERNET TELEPHONY Product of the Year Award.

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3 April 2014

The brand new DNA-MIL and DNR-MIL platforms from United Electronic Industries (UEI) are compliant with many aspects of MIL-STD-461 (including all power-supply requirements) and MIL-STD-810.

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27 March 2014

As this financial year comes to an end Sarsen is looking forward to a period of growth, in terms of both sales and as a company.

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27 February 2014

Despite the rain and wind, February has been a month of optimism and increased activity for the manufacturers we represent, including those who have just introduced some brand new technology at Embedded World 2014.

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19 February 2014

United Electronic Industries (UEI) has announced two new military grade DAQ (data acquisition) and I/O control platforms.

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12 February 2014

Colorado-based Conduant Corporation, a leader in long-duration high-speed recording and playback systems, today introduced the Big River™ DM-8M-3U storage unit, delivering up to 8TB of solid state storage for PXI Express (PXIe) based systems.

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28 January 2014

January has been a busy month for the Sarsen team, with plenty of both new and existing projects seeing a lot of activity. We are also excited by the latest plans from our manufacturers, who are preparing to bring you a host of new products and technology over the next few months.

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27 November 2013

With less than a month to go until Christmas, the Sarsen team are looking forward to a few festive frolics, starting with the Save the Children Christmas Jumper event.

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12 November 2013

As defence electronics continue to advance and be deployed in hostile environments, engineers are increasingly relying on open standards to upgrade their technology.

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31 October 2013

Welcome to the October edition of News Bytes! Sarsen has gone to the dark side - if you follow us on LinkedIn you'll have seen a few of our spooky ads...This month has seen the sales team take part in the final few visits on the Dream Marketing Defence & Aerospace Roadshow, we've hosted ZNYX Networks, and attended the Low Latency Summit in London.

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7 October 2013

Welcome to the September Edition of News Bytes. This month has been a particularly busy one for the Sarsen Team, with a very successful week at DSEi 2013, and the Dream Marketing Defence & Aerospace Roadshow which started on the September 16th and continues through to October 4th.

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28 August 2013

This month has seen a number of staff holidays, but we've been as busy as ever, introducing two new product lines to the ten manufacturers we already represent.

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12 August 2013

Ecrin Systems is pleased to announce the appointment of Sarsen Technology as its distributor in the United Kingdom and Ireland.

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2 August 2013

BORA is the new Dual Cortex-A9 + FPGA CPU module from DAVE, based on the recent Xilinx Zynq XC7Z010/XC7Z020 application processor.

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31 July 2013

Welcome to the July edition of Sarsen Technology's News Bytes. It's that time of year again, and we've actually had the weather to match the season!

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26 June 2013

Welcome to the June edition of Sarsen Technology's News Bytes. This month, we have seen a huge amount of activity from our manufacturers, with new products from UEI, X-ES, Conduant and BittWare.

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5 June 2013

Extreme Engineering Solutions (X-ES) has introduced its new family of single board computers (SBCs) based on the fourth-generation Intel® Core™ i7-4700EQ processor, formerly codenamed 'Haswell'.

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24 May 2013

Welcome to the May edition of Sarsen Technology's News Bytes. It has been a busy month for product releases, with offerings from Trenton, BittWare, Tech Source, VersaLogic and General Standards.

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22 May 2013

BittWare, the leader in Altera-based FPGA COTS boards, has announced that they have begun shipping the industry's first PCI Express COTS board powered by two of Altera's 28-nm Stratix® V FPGAs.

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2 May 2013

The April edition of Sarsen Technology's News Bytes includes information on products from Danville, United Electronic Industries and BittWare, as well as our sponsorship of Debbie Simpson, who completed the Marathon des Sables on behalf of Facing Africa.

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2 April 2013

It has been a busy month for the Sarsen team, with a successful week of customer visits with VersaLogic, a 50th birthday celebration and new opportunities for UEI and BittWare.

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4 March 2013

Welcome to the February edition of Sarsen Technology's News Bytes. It has been a busy month, with visitors and exhibitions, primarily focussing on the financial trading market place. There are also new technology releases from X-ES, Conduant and Trenton, and some important EOL notices from VersaLogic.

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5 February 2013

Sarsen Technology will be at the Low Latency Summit with BittWare, showcasing their OpenCL Development Support and their Altera Stratix V FPGA boards designed for low-latency financial trading applications.

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23 January 2013

UEI's customers come from an extremely broad range of industries and their applications are just as varied. As such, they don't want to be locked into just one programming environment.

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4 December 2012

Extreme Engineering Solutions, Inc. (X-ES) introduces the XCalibur1641, a high-performance, 6U VPX, single board computer supporting Freescale QorIQ P3, P4, and P5 processors.

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16 November 2012

BittWare, the leader in Altera-based FPGA COTS boards, announced today that Polybus has integrated their QDR Infiniband IP cores onto BittWare's Stratix V FPGA PCIe hardware.

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5 November 2012

BittWare's S5-PCIe-HQ (S5PH-Q) is a half-length PCIe x8 card based on the high-bandwidth, power-efficient Altera Stratix V GX or GS FPGA.

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2 November 2012

The natural convection-cooled XPand6104 is an Intel® Core™ i7 processor COM Express system based on the XPedite7450 module.

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30 October 2012

Tech Source, Inc., an independent supplier of high performance embedded video, graphics and high end computing solutions, has partnered with RunTime Computing Solutions (RTCS) to accelerate GPGPU (general purpose graphics processing unit) development on its Condor 3000 XMC video graphics cards.

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30 October 2012

The mini form factor XPedite5650 from Extreme Engineering Solutions (X-ES) is the smallest and among the highest performing COM Express modules available.

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17 October 2012

BittWare, the leader in Altera-based FPGA COTS boards are now offering the industry's first 6U VPX board, powered by Altera's 28-nm Stratix® V FPGAs.

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11 October 2012

The brand new XPedite5650 from Extreme Engineering Solutions (X-ES) is a conduction or air-cooled Mini COM Express module (55 mm x 84 mm) supporting the Freescale QorIQ P2041 quad-core processor.

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9 October 2012

Conduant Corporation specializes in designing and manufacturing digital recording and playback subsystems for scientific research, defense/intelligence, aerospace, and instrumentation applications.

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27 September 2012

The Falcon designed and manufactured in the USA by VersaLogic is an extremely small and rugged embedded computer.

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27 September 2012

INTEGRITY-178B tuMP running on the X-ES rugged XPedite5470 P4080-based 3U VPX SBC has been selected by Rockwell Collins for use in their unmanned air system (UAS) GPC-3000 mission computer.

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12 September 2012

Sarsen Technology is pleased to announce the release of the brand new XCalibur4402 from Extreme Engineering Solutions, Inc. (X-ES).

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30 August 2012

BittWare's S5-PCIe-HQ (S5PH-Q) is a half-length PCIe x8 card based on the high-bandwidth, power-efficient Altera Stratix V GX or GS FPGA.

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30 August 2012

The dspblok a9248 and dspblok a9238 are the latest additions to Danville Signal Processing dspblok family of DSP modules.

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30 August 2012

The XPedite7470 is a high-performance, low-power, 3U VPX-REDI, single board computer based on the 3rd Generation Intel® Core™i7 processor and Intel QM67 chipset.

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8 August 2012

The Falcon is a brand new complete embedded computer from VersaLogic, in an extremely small/rugged format.

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24 July 2012

MIL-STD-1553 is a military standard that defines mechanical, electrical and operating characteristics of a serial data communication bus for integration of aircraft subsystems. It is the most popular serial databus in military avionics today.

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28 June 2012

Sarsen Technology Ltd is pleased to announce a new conduction cooled and rugged version of the Condor 3000x XMC card from Tech Source, Inc.

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12 June 2012

If you visited the Sarsen Technology Ltd stand at the Defence Security and Equipment International (DSEi) exhibition last September, you would have had the opportunity to add your business card to the hat and enter a prize draw to win a brand new iPad 3.

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+44 1672 511166 +44 1672 511177 www.sarsen.net

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