6U VPX Overview

WOLF designs and manufactures 6U VPX video graphics modules which support the VPX-REDI and OpenVPX standards.  WOLF's 6U VPX modules include advanced NVIDIA Quadro GPUs and Xilinx FPGAs, providing video output, image and data processing, video encoding to HEVC and AVC, and video capture.

High speed GPUs and FPGAs provide the processing power required for GPGPU tasks such as High Performance Compute (HPC) and machine learning inference.

VPX references three VITA standards:

  • VITA 46 (base, 2007): the VPX base electrical and mechanical specification
  • VITA 48 (REDI, 2010): further support for high-density electronic modules
  • VITA 65 (OpenVPX, 2010): addresses interoperability

 The VPX standard defined in VITA 46 is a scalable backplane technology designed specifically for high speed, critical embedded systems.

The VITA 46 working group was first launched in 2003. At that time VMEbus systems (first introduced in 1981) were in wide use. VME systems used a VME parallel bus with a maximum bandwidth of 320 Mbytes/second (as defined in VITA 1.5, released in 2003). The newer VPX standard was defined to use the latest in switch serial fabrics, which provided a much higher maximum bandwidth. VPX board interconnects are high speed MultiGIG RT connectors which support high speed serial buses of 10 Gbps or more. 3U VPX cards use 3 connectors (P0 to P2) while 6U VPX cards use 7 connectors (P0 to P6). P0 is reserved for power and system control signals. P1 and P2 are used for high speed serial bus signals and user I/O. On a 6U VPX the remaining connectors (P3 to P6) are used for user I/O.

The VPX specification was extended in VITA 48 (VITA REDI, Ruggedized Enhanced Design Implementation) to support the increased operating power of high-density electronic modules by defining the mechanical design requirements to support enhanced cooling methods. VPX REDI also sets standards for the use of ESD covers on both sides of boards. WOLF VPX modules comply to the VPX REDI (VITA 48) standard.

OpenVPX (VITA 65) is a system-level VPX specification designed to address interoperability between VPX boards and backplanes from multiple vendors.

For a complete history of these VITA standards see https://www.vita.com/History.


WOLF 6U VPX Products

Product Name WOLF Number GPU Processing Speed (TFLOPS) Memory (GB) GDDR5 Outputs - DisplayPort Outputs - SDI and Analog Inputs
VPX6U-P5000-DUAL-VO 2118 Dual NVIDIA P5000 12.4 32 8 - -
VPX6U-TESLA-P6-DUAL-HPC 2118 Dual NVIDIA Tesla P6 12.4 32 32 vGPU - -
VPX6U-TESLA-M6-DUAL 0297 Dual NVIDIA Tesla M6 5.8 16 16 vGPU - -
VPX6U-P5200E-TRIO-VO 2148 Triple NVIDIA P5200 26 48 12 -  
VPX6U-P5200E-DUAL-VO 2148 Dual NVIDIA P5200 17.4 32 8 - -
VPX6U-P5200E-DUAL-SDI-16IO 2140 Dual NVIDIA P5200 17.4 32 8 16 SDI, Analog 16 SDI, Analog, DisplayPort
VPX6U-QUADRO-M5000SE 0297 NVIDIA Maxwell-2 M5000SE 3 8 4 - -





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