Sarsen Technology

Embedded Systems for Military, Defence and Aerospace

23/24 High Street, Marlborough, SN8 1LW,Wiltshire, United Kingdom



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

Open Architecture Computing in Airborne Platforms

New open architecture advancements are enabling military computer system designers to place an ever increasing amount of computational capability into space and weight optimised airborne platforms.

Sarsen Technology September News Round-up

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.

Sarsen Technology News Round-up: February

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.

Conduant Releases Big River Storage Unit

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.

Sarsen Technology News Round-up January

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.

Sarsen Technology News Round-up November

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.

Sarsen Technology News Round-up October

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.

Sarsen Technology September News Round-Up

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.

Sarsen Technology News Round-Up August

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.

Sarsen Technology News Round-Up July

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!

Sarsen Technology News Round-Up

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.

Sarsen Technology News Round-Up

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.

Sarsen Technology News Round-Up

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.

Sarsen Technology News Round-Up

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.

Sarsen Technology News Round-Up

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.

StreamStor Amazon SATA Disk Controller

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

Sarsen Announces New Condor 3000

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

Sarsen Presents iPad 3 Prize

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.

Sarsen Technology Limited

23/24 High Street

Marlborough

SN8 1LW

Wiltshire

United Kingdom

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