VMETRO Announces Rugged 6U VME, CompactPCI VMDRIVE Solid State Drive

VMETRO, Inc. in Houston TX introduced a solid state drive for 6U VME and CompactPCI systems, the VMDRIVE. Designed to meet demanding military and aerospace applications, the VMDRIVE deploys 80GB solid state storage in rugged conduction-cooled or commercial air-cooled environments. The VMDRIVE’s dual channel 2Gbps fibre channel interfaces store data up to 70 MegaBytes per second. The dual fibre channel ports allow the VMDRIVE to connect to Fibre Channel Storage Area Networks (FC SAN) for use in data recording applications.

Lockheed Martin will utilize the VMDRIVE in the Longbow(TM) system. The Longbow system is fielded on the U.S. Army’s Apache AH-64D attack helicopter.


  • 40 or 80 GB Storage
  • 70 MBytes/s bandwidth
  • 6U VME or CompactPCI form factors
  • Extended temperature air-cooled or rugged conduction-cooled build options
  • Shock and Vibration Tested to MIL-STD810F for use in helicopters including gunfire

VMETRO [OSE: VME] provide integrators of high-end embedded computer systems with products and services from development through deployment, with the highest levels of performance, innovation and reliability. Main product areas include 1) Embedded Computing – high-performance I/O and Digital Signal Processing boards and systems based on FPGAs and PowerPCs, 2) Data Recording and Storage – high-performance long endurance Recording / Playback systems and Rugged Storage solutions, and 3) Bus and Protocol Analyzers – advanced tools used to debug, optimize, validate and test computer based systems. All products are based on open standards like VME/VXS and PCI/cPCI/PMC/XMC, with strong focus on high-speed serial interconnects such as Fibre Channel, Serial FPDP, Aurora and PCI Express.