September 1, 2013 – Rigel Engineering Introduces COM Express Open VPX carrier

6U Open VPX COM Express Carrier with PMC/XMC, dual MiniPCIe sockets and Integrated 5-Port GbE Switch

Merritt Island, FL. – September 1, 2013 – Rigel Engineering introduces the VP2601 Open VPX 6U COM Express carrier card. The VP2601 is a highly advanced and feature filled computing solution that offers PMC/XMC expansion and two MiniPCIe sockets. “The VP2601 allows system designers to choose the processing power and system I/O functionality required, all on a single board”, says Lee Stevens, CEO of Rigel Engineering. “This greatly expands system I/O capacity while reducing overall board count and system cost”.
The VP2601 comes equipped with a full complement of COM Express Module supported I/O such as 4x SATA, VGA, DDI[1] (Display Port, HDMI/DVI and SDVO), 8x USB 2.0, 4x USB 3.0, 2x configurable serial ports, GPIO and two Gigabit Ethernet ports. All models bring these interfaces to the VPX backplane and may be accessed using a Rear Transition Module or a custom backplane solution.

A pluggable I/O module allows for standard PMC/XMC differential and single-ended I/O routing (Vita 46.9) plus offers the flexibility for custom routing options to the backplane. Additionally, a MiniPCIe I/O adapter card can interface practically any MiniPCIe card’s I/O to the VPX backplane. MiniPCIe I/O is also available on the front panel.

What sets the VP2601 apart is its integrated 5-port Gigabit Ethernet switch. The switch is configured with VPX standard Vita 46.6 routing to the backplane. It supports two 1000BASE-T and two 1000BASE-BX ports. The 5th port is routed to the backplane on user I/O pins and may be used as a maintenance port.

The on-board management microcontroller allows continuous communication between the system boards and the VP2601. The microcontroller configures the VP2601 options and monitors the on-board power supplies as well as ambient board temperature.

For more information, please download the VP2601 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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