• Up to 200GB of HDD Network Attached Storage (NAS)
• Up to 128GB of Flash Network Attached Storage (NAS)
• Ultra-low power requirements and ultra-fast transfer rates
• Conduction-cooled, -40°C to +85°C
• Can be configured as Fiber-GigE, upgradeable Pentium-M® SBC (VC266)
Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., September 1, 2006 – General Micro Systems, Inc., (GMS) a leader in the design and manufacture of embedded computing products for defense, aerospace and compute-intensive applications, has introduced the industry’s first conduction-cooled Network Attached Storage (NAS) system that will operate in environments where typical NAS devices cannot.
While standard NAS devices provide optimized data storage with tightly integrated components, hardware and software for superior reliability, GMS has taken NAS engineering to the next level. The company’s new “INDEX” VCNAS supports up to 200GB of rotating media, or for the most secure or severe applications, up to 128GB of Flash Drive in a single slot (4HP) VME form factor.
Because of the solid-state technology of VCNAS, temperature, shock and vibration are no longer a concern for a storage system designer. With operating temperatures ranging from -40°C to +85°C and with compliance to MIL-STD-810-F shock and vibration specifications, this device is an obvious choice for data storage in harsh environments.
VCNAS is especially ideal for military applications where security is paramount. To ensure the integrity of the data written to the Solid State drive, embedded error correction and detection algorithms (EDC/EC) are employed, yielding a data error rate of less than 1 bit in 1014 bits read. Three unique technologies – Rapid Purge, MilPurge and Intelligent Destructive Purge – are also utilized to provide advanced content protection.
Unlike traditional mass storage sub-systems, VCNAS can be cascaded to increase the storage capacities of a system to any capacity desired, yet still look like single drive or multiple drives regardless of the disks’ capacities. The device also allows multiple computers to boot from the VCNAS as well as use the VCNAS just for storage.
All this versatility is possible because the building block of VCNAS is GMS’s “STRONGHOLD” VC266 VME Single Board Computer (SBC). The V266 is powered by a 1.8 GHz Intel Pentium®-M processor with up to 2GB of memory for protocol and packet work, and up to 266MHz DDR SDRAM and ECC. The conduction-cooled 6U board is equipped with dual GigE ports, which may be configured as Fiber on the front panel, or via rear I/O or VITA 31.1, and comes with dual video for RGB or LCD monitors. The VC266 STRONGHOLD is available without the VNAS configuration as a powerful SBC.
Support for INDEX VCNAS and STRONGHOLD VC266 is available under Windows® XP/2000, VxWorks®-Tornado II®, Solaris®x86, QNX® and Linux®.
Pricing for the INDEX starts at $4,200; and STRONGHOLD starts at $3,150, both in quantities of 100 units and ship 60 days ARO.
About General Micro Systems
Established in 1979, GMS operates from its corporate headquarters in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. GMS has become an industry leader in the design and manufacture of computing engines for VME, CompactPCI, custom and small form factor boards and systems for the embedded real-time markets. With an extensive standard line of computing engines based on Intel Pentium® and PowerPC® processors (IBM® and Motorola®), GMS has a 25-year reputation of bringing to market the most advanced technologies with many innovations such as mezzanine boards and CPU carriers. Although GMS’s base products center around VME and CompactPCI bus architectures, most of the company’s revenue comes from custom to semi-custom products. GMS’s large array of products — from the lowest-priced and smallest SBC to super-performing SBCs for critical applications — leverage custom ASIC design, FPGA and other base technologies to bring the highest performance at the lowest cost possible.