September 2, 2014 – Rigel Engineering Announces Altair Family of SFF Systems

Tactical Mission Computer for Harsh Environments

Merritt Island, FL. – September 2, 2014 – Rigel Engineering is pleased to introduce the Altair family of rugged small form factor processor systems. They are loaded with open standard I/O interfaces and utilize the latest high performance and low-power embedded processors. The rugged enclosure is small, with a footprint of only 9.181” x 5.3” x 3.525”, which makes it ideal for use in size constrained and rugged environments.
Altair SFF System
“In rugged airborne and ground mobile environments SWaP-C dominates design criteria”, says Lee Stevens, CEO of Rigel Engineering. Therefore we have purposely designed in open standard interfaces as the backbone of the Altair design, which also makes your system easier to upgrade to boost performance and manage lifecycle concerns”.

The Altair system provides access to a wide range of I/O through two MIL-DTL-38999 connectors. The I/O is expanded from Rigel’s CB2603 COM Express carrier card via built-in native I/O and module support through the following mezzanine expansion sites. 1 COM Express, 1 PMC/XMC, and 2 MiniPCIe. The 38999 connectors are routed to the processing elements via the GB1300 interface card that is easily customizable to meet the system I/O pinout requirements. This also provides a cleaner, more rugged design with no custom internal cable harness.

The mezzanine expansion sites allow the system to be custom configured to use any available COTS module to meet the processing requirement, such as Intel, Freescale or ARM based processors. I/O and Communication requirements such as MIL-STD-1553B, ARINC 429/717, CAN bus, ADCs, and custom FPGA cards can be easily integrated into the system through the available mezzanine sites.

The Altair comes with a rich selection of native I/O already built into the system which includes Gigabit Ethernet, High Definition Audio CODEC, eight serial interfaces, two internal embedded SATA devices that support either 32 or 64GB each, 2x SATA ports for external access, GPIO, USB, VGA and DVI support.

For more information, please download the Altair Datasheet or contact

About Rigel Engineering, LLC
Rigel Engineering is an embedded computing company that provides custom electronics, small form factor systems and carrier cards for military and commercial applications.  We have a proven track record of designing and manufacturing custom cards quickly and reliably with little to no NRE.  We are your Commercial Off The Shelf (COTS) development house. Building cards to your specification all the while leveraging the benefits of the COTS life cycle model.

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