The VITA standards group has existed for many years now, developing the VME, VXS, XMC, VPX, and VNX standards as common physical and electrical formats to enable the development of modular systems. In military systems, the need for using open-architecture systems approaches became a priority, so the HOST, FACE, CMOSS, MORA, RedHawk and other initiatives were formed by various branches of the US army.

The Over time, the participants of these groups joined with the SOSA (Sensor Open Systems Architecture) Consortium to collaborate under the SOSA initiative, preferring the VPX standard as the workhorse for military embedded systems. This was later formalized under the MOSA Tri-Service Memorandum where all new programs across the branches must be designed under the open systems architecture approach delineated in SOSA.

The SOSA Consortium is responsible for creating a common framework for transitioning sensor systems to an open systems architecture and establishes guidelines for Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C4ISR) systems. The objective is to allow flexibility in the selection and acquisition of sensors and subsystems that provide sensor data collection, processing, exploitation, communication, and related functions over the full life cycle of the C4ISR system.

SOSA members now participate heavily in the VITA committees to align and drive the VPX standards to better consistency, as they are now the largest collective customer for VITA standards. Vigorous discussions are being held among defense contractors and equipment suppliers that represent different applications across the branches, finding common needs for interoperability and security in common VITA interfaces. This allows all suppliers to focus on bringing technical solutions in a common format, allowing quicker development of new systems and a faster upgrade cycle for military platforms.

Milpower Source actively participates in SOSA and the VITA committees which allows us to develop power and networking systems that meet the demand of new military markets much more quickly than before, allowing us to deliver higher-valued solutions at a faster pace than ever. Milpower SOSA Aligned / VITA62 MilVPX are designed by SOSA electromechanical guidelines and SOSA 3U and 6U Outputs and pinout. The MilVPX Power supplies are taking the new SOSA output configuration of “Heavy 12V” to the edge by delivering up to 800W in a 3U formfactor and 1.4KW in a 6U form factor, all at full temperature and input range. Our solutions also feature VITA 46.11 Tier II system management. The units are ruggedizing, design for durability and high thermal cycling.
You can find the power supplies in CC, AFB and AFT versions.

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