Ampex Data Systems has developed a new Common Architecture Recorder (CAR) to provide a low-cost option for data acquisition, recording, and network-attached storage. The unit, weighing just two pounds and with a volume of 62 cu in, can be used for applications such as unmanned aerial or ground vehicles.
Ampex (Booth R100) is keeping costs down by eliminating what it says are costly upgrades, while retaining the necessary features. The CAR, which can store up to two terabytes of data, uses a non-proprietary, modular, Linux-based open architecture operating system, which enables efficient addition of third-party applications.
A variety of data options are possible, including video with H.264 encoding, MIL-STD 1553, and fiber and dual copper gigabit ethernet, among others. The CAR is equipped with a USB Type C interface to enable direct download and carries a five-gigabyte USB 3.1 link with power delivery (USB-PD3) that enables the unit to automatically switch roles between USB storage or as a host computer.
Noting the company’s history for rugged storage, Jim Orahood, v-p and general manager of Ampex, said, “The CAR now offers the industry a similar capability at lower costs.”