3U VPX Overview

WOLF designs and manufactures 3U VPX video graphics modules that support the VPX REDI and OpenVPX standards. WOLF's 3U VPX boards include advanced NVIDIA GPUs and Xilinx FPGAs, providing video capture, video output, image and data processing, and video encoding to HEVC and AVC.

High speed GPUs and FPGAs provide the processing power required for High Performance Compute (HPC) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) tasks.


WOLF can provide support for virtually any video signal including 12/6/3G-SDI, CoaXPress, ARINC 818-2/3, STANAG-3350 A/B/C, CVBS, RS170, RS343, LVDS, DVI, DisplayPort, Camera/Channel Link, and custom. Contact us to discuss your specific requirements.


WOLF 3U VPX Products Table

Product Name WOLF Number GPU/APU CUDA Cores Memory (GB) Connectivity Video Outputs - DisplayPort/HDMI/DVI Video Outputs - SDI/Digital, Analog, Other Video Inputs
VPX3U-AD5000E-VO  1538 NVIDIA Ada RTX5000E  9728 16 PCIe Gen4 4    
VPX3U-AD5000E-CX7 153L NVIDIA Ada RTX5000E, ConnectX-7 9728 16 40/100 GbE, PCIe Gen4      
VPX3U-AD2000E-FGX2-IO 1570 NVIDIA Ada RTX2000E 3072 8 PCIe Gen4 1 up to 4 12G-SDI or 2 ARINC 818 up to 2 12G-SDI or 4 3G-SDI or 2 ARINC 818, 2 CVBS
VPX3U-AD2000E-VO 1578 NVIDIA Ada RTX2000E 3072 8 PCIe Gen4 3    
VPX3U-A4500E-VO 1448 NVIDIA A4500E 5888 16 PCIe Gen4 4    
VPX3U-A4500E-CX7 144L NVIDIA A4500E, ConnectX-7 5888 16 40/100 GbE, PCIe Gen4      
VPX3U-A4500E-IO 1440 NVIDIA A4500E 5888 16 PCIe Gen4 2 2 3G-SDI, 2 Analog 2 3G-SDI
VPX3U-A2000E-FGX2-COAX 1471 NVIDIA A2000 2560 8 PCIe Gen4   4 12G-SDI 2 12G-SDI, 2 CVBS
14T0 NVIDIA Orin, ConnectX-7, FGX2 2048 64 (LPDDR5) 40/100 GbE, PCIe Gen4, USB 1 MST DisplayPort or HDMI  2 12G-SDI 2 12G-SDI
VPX3U-ORIN-CX7-SBC (WOLF-14T5) "Saber" 14T5 NVIDIA Orin, ConnectX-7 2048 64 (LPDDR5) 40/100 GbE, PCIe Gen4, USB 1 MST DisplayPort or HDMI    
VPX3U-ORIN-CX6-FGX-SBC (WOLF-14T3) "Machete" 14T3 NVIDIA Orin, ConnectX-6, FGX 2048 64 (LPDDR5 40/100 GbE, PCIe Gen4, USB 1 MST DisplayPort or HDMI HD or 3G-SDI, CVBS HD or 3G-SDI, CVBS
14T2 NVIDIA Orin, ConnectX-6 2048 64 (LPDDR5) 40/100 GbE, PCIe Gen4, USB 1 MST DisplayPort or HDMI    
"Pocket Knife"
14T1 NVIDIA Orin 2048 64 (LPDDR5) PCIe Gen4, USB 1 MST DisplayPort or HDMI    
14TZ NVIDIA Orin, ConnectX-7 2048 64 (LPDDR5) 40/100 GbE, PCIe Gen4, USB      
VPX3U-ORIN-CX6-HPC "Bowie" 14TY NVIDIA Orin, ConnectX-6 2048 64 (LPDDR5) 40/100 GbE, PCIe Gen4, USB      
VPX3U-XAVIER-CX6-SBC 12T0 NVIDIA Xavier Industrial, ConnectX-6, FGX 512 32 (LPDDR4) 40/100 GbE, PCIe Gen4, USB 3 2 SDI, 2 Analog 2 SDI
VPX3U-XAVIER-CX6-HPC 12TZ NVIDIA Xavier Industrial, ConnectX-6 512 32 (LPDDR4) 40/100 GbE, PCIe Gen4, USB      
VPX3U-RTX5000E-VO 1348 NVIDIA RTX5000E 3072 16 PCIe Gen3 4    
VPX3U-RTX5000E-COAX-CV 1349 NVIDIA RTX5000E 3072 16 PCIe Gen4 0 2 SDI, 2 Analog  
VPX3U-RTX5000E-16PCIE 134C NVIDIA RTX5000E 3072 16 PCIe Gen4      
VPX3U-RTX5000E-SWITCH 134S NVIDIA RTX5000E 3072 16 10GbE, PCIe Gen4      

See the WOLF 3U Products Grid


3U VPX Information

The VPX base standard defined in VITA 46 is a scalable module and backplane technology designed specifically for high speed, critical embedded systems. WOLF’s 3U VPX modules use the 1" pitch allowed in VITA 48 (VPX REDI). WOLF carrier boards are designed to provide system designers with a flexible, highly configurable PCI Express interface enabling a broad range of switch link configurations.

WOLF 3U VPX modules

WOLF's 3U VPX modules include air cooled and conduction cooled options,
with other advanced cooling solutions available for MCOTS or Custom solutions.

VPX references VITA standards such as:

  • VITA 46 (VPX base, 2007): the VPX base electrical and mechanical specification
  • VITA 48 (VPX REDI, 2010): further support for high-density electronic modules
  • VITA 65 (OpenVPX, 2010): addresses interoperability
  • VITA 66 (Optical Interconnect, 2013): defines a family of blind mate Fiber Optic interconnects
  • VITA 67 (Blind mate analog connectors, 2012): defines a family of interconnects and configurations

VITA 46 defines the 3U VPX dimensions

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 connectors (board interconnects) are high speed MultiGIG RT connectors which support high speed serial buses. The MultiGIG RT 2 supports 10 Gbps, with the RT 2-S supporting 16 Gbps. The recently developed MultiGIG RT 3 connectors can support up to 32 Gbps, allowing support for PCIe Gen 4 and Ethernet 100GBase-KR4.

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 with 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. It was ratified in 2010.

Additional VITA standards have been ratified to support specific types of connectivity and other issues, and new VITA standards are still being actively worked on by their respective VITA committees. 

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






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