Tuxera delivers high performance and reliability to rugged embedded devices, boosting throughput while enabling smooth integration

Outfitting avionics and defense for the rigors of space

For over 20 years, Aitech has been building rugged embedded computing solutions for an impressive list of high-profile defense and space research programs. Recently, Aitech joined a ground-breaking space project, the NASA ST8 Mission. The Aitech engineers needed data management software robust enough to withstand the harsh conditions of space and yet simple to integrate into their existing development environment, in order to avoid delays to the tightly constrained project. Aitech knew they needed a development partner that understood their business requirements as well as the project’s stringent performance and reliability standards.

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After reviewing several options, Aitech chose Tuxera software as the data management foundation for the S950 single board computer and the S990 flash memory module. The S950 is designed to be customized to serve one of several critical functions, including a redundant mission computer, flight guidance and navigation computer, command and data handling computer, solid state recorder, video controller, and manipulator controller. The S990 is a high-capacity flash memory module that is radiation tolerant and latchup-protected.

The results

Tuxera products reduce the complexity of data management, offering a high-performance, low-overhead solution. The software allows Aitech customers to access raw memory, both shortening development time and fueling innovation. This enables Aitech products to function at very high throughput rates. The S950 is the fastest SBC that has been qualified and fielded successfully for space applications.

“Datalight* provided a solution that was pre-ported to our RTOS and backed by impeccable technical support, which made integration extremely smooth,” said Anthony Lai, VP of Space Systems at Aitech. “Through our evaluations, we knew that we were getting a high-performance solution, but what we did not expect was that the file system functionality would offer our customers features that they cannot get from our competitors.”

* This customer success story has been updated in 2021. Datalight was originally mentioned as the software provider in this story. As of 2019, Datalight Inc. became a wholly owned subsidiary of Tuxera Inc. Tuxera now owns all of Datalight’s former products, including the ones mentioned in this project. Tuxera is dedicated to providing superior technical know-how in data storage challenges and responsive customer support.

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