Etion Create launching new controller at AAD 2018


Etion Create, recently rebranded from Parsec, will be launching its new VF370 Single Board Computer (SBC) at the Africa Aerospace and Defence (AAD 2018) exhibition.

Tobie van Loggerenberg, business development director at Etion Create, told defenceWeb that the VF370 is an embedded controller which is ideal as an upgrade for older systems with obsolescence challenges. It features a new Intel E39xx Atom processor and has been designed for applications that are sensitive to Size, Weight and Power (SWaP).

Van Loggerenberg said the first version of the controller will be released in the fourth quarter of this year. Etion has been working with a lead customer and will be supplying the controller as a replacement for obsolete controllers for the next couple of years.

“This is a flagship product that shows our capabilities. We are quite excited about that,” van Loggerenberg said. “We also have a number of other board level products that we supply to defence integrators in South Africa.”

The VF370 module allows for functionalities such as system control, video display processing, symbology generation, ballistic algorithms and electronic warfare processing, amongst others. Applications range from radar, to networking, signals intelligence, and many others.

Van Loggerenberg noted that these embedded products are not only locked into the military market but there is equal potential in industrial applications. For instance, Etion is close to signing a deal with GE Grid in the UK to supply controllers for use in high voltage direct current power conversion systems (HVDC).

Apart from the VF370 controller, Etion will be showcasing cyber security products for the military, aerospace and defence sectors and introducing itself as an original design manufacturer under the Etion Create banner. The product range that will be promoted will include encryption devices, ruggedized sensors and embedded computers, amongst others.

Etion offers subsystems integration, product development and electronic manufacturing services as well as cyber security solutions.

Ian Esterhuizen, business development manager at Etion, said “we are very excited about AAD. We see this as an opportunity to engage with new clients and rekindle old relationships. Our main focus is to get the new brand out there”. Part of this involves presenting at the Aerospace, Maritime and Defence (AMD) conference the day before AAD and at the cyber security symposium at AAD.

Etion will be at stand 4E9, Hanger 4, at Air Force Base Waterkloof from 19 to 23 September.