OpenVPX™ Draft Specification – V0.8 Completed on Schedule

OpenVPX™ interoperability specification leverages military and telecom system level experience with guidance from key industry system developers

Scottsdale, AZ, August  28, 2009 – The OpenVPX™ Industry Working Group (, an alliance of VITA member defense and aerospace prime contractors and embedded computing systems suppliers focused on addressing VPX (VITA 46) system-level interoperability issues, has announced on schedule the completion of the OpenVPX draft V0.8 specification.

The OpenVPX working group established an aggressive schedule to address interoperability improvements in the VITA 46 specification in a timely manner. The member companies have come together and have been working diligently to meet these goals. As a result of the focused efforts within the OpenVPX Technical Working Group the specification is nearing completion and is on schedule for transition into the VITA 65 working group following submission of the completed OpenVPX V1.0 Specification in October, with the objective of VITA Standards Organization (VSO) ratification before year's end.

The OpenVPX draft defines the VPX Systems Specification, an architecture that manages and constrains module and backplane designs. The VPX Systems Specification includes the definition of pin-outs and sets interoperability points within VPX, while maintaining full compliance with the existing VPX specification. The OpenVPX V1.0 Specification, developed by VITA members is on track to be turned over to the VSO as VITA 65 for final comment, ballot, and ratification as a standard.

For more information on the OpenVPX Industry Working Group, visit, or contact any of the member companies listed below.

About VPX

VPX is an ANSI standard (ANSI/VITA 46.0-2007) defined by the VME bus International Trade Association (VITA). The VPX standard was developed to define a new generation of computing systems that will utilize high-performance switch fabrics over a new high-speed connector, as well as operate in harsh environments.

Member companies who have joined the OpenVPX Industry Working Group.
These companies have signed the OpenVPX operational MOU agreement:

Aitech Defense Systems, Inc.
Agilent Technologies Inc.
BittWare, Inc.
The Boeing Company
Concurrent Technologies
CSP Inc.
Curtiss-Wright Controls Embedded Computing
Diversified Technology, Inc.
DRS Signal Solutions, Inc.
Elma Electronic Inc.
Extreme Engineering Solutions
Foxconn Electronics, Inc.
GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms
General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems
General Dynamics Canada
Hybricon Corp.
Kontron Modular Systems S.A.S.
Lockheed Martin Corporation
Mercury Computer Systems, Inc.
Molex, Inc.
Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems
Pentair Electronic Packaging / Schroff
Pentek, Inc.
Pigeon Point Systems
SIE Computing Solutions
TEK Microsystems, Inc.
Tracewell Systems
Tyco Electronics Corporation

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