TuffServ 640 Ten Gigabit Recorder / Server

One Gigabyte of Usable Payload Every Second, for Hours on End

  • More than 1000MB/s read or write throughput
  • Storage of 4 to 32TB and up
  • Dual 10GigE Optical Interfaces
  • Multiple Expansion sites for additional I/O
  • Standards Based: VPX, XMC and commodity SSDs
  • Maximum Capacity in excess of 80TB
  • Internal Architecture provides 8GB/s bandwidth throughout
  • Built for Rugged, MIL-STD-810 environments with MIL-STD power and MIL-STD connectors

Designed with a scalable architecture, the recorder / reproducer supports a range of applications, from vehicle and weapons testing to intelligence gathering.

Designed for Speed

Uncompromising performance, unmatched expandability: the TuffServ 640 delivers well over 1000 Megabytes per second of write throughput for hours, with read performance that saturates a 10 gigabit Ethernet link. That performance is delivered over NFS, after all the network and protocol overhead is accommodated.

Designed for Capacity

Writing data at over 1000MB/s requires huge amounts of storage: nearly 4 terabytes per hour, every hour. The TS 640 has a high capacity Removable Storage Array (RSA-2) that comfortably supports up to 32TB of storage now, with an option for 80TB. Each RSA-2 contains two storage controllers and up to 16 solid-state devices; 256 bit AES encryption is available on request.

Designed For Growth

Everything in the TS 640 has been designed to provide a flexible platform for current and future requirements. The interface between the system components including the RSA-2 storage module runs at a massive 8000MB/s, so as the storage price/performance curve shifts, so can the TS 640’s. Internal XMC and two miniPCIe slots provide opportunities to expand and adapt the platform for new or unique requirements, as well as provide options such as MIL-STD-1553 control and GPS time synchronization.

Designed For Control

In addition to the standard dual 10 gigabit/s optical Ethernet interfaces, the TS 640 offers a standard gigabit Ethernet connection for lower bandwidth tasks, and a 100Base-T Ethernet for control and monitoring. Serial ports are also available, as are GPIO signals for embedded applications, such as unmanned vehicles and pods.

Designed For Use

The TS 640 is a truly open system, running mainstream COTS software, including the AMPEX TuffServ recording application; it can also capture raw 10 gigabit Ethernet at line rate. This architecture delivers a solution that is accessible to third-party developers, so that application-specific software can be added to the system by integrators and/or end users.

Information assurance and cyber threat prevention strategies are available on the TuffServ platform, facilitating its acceptance in critical or sensitive environments.

Video & Imagery

SPEED! That’s what separates the TuffServ 640 (TS-640) when it comes to video and imagery data management. As the fastest, rugged network file server in the industry, the TS-640 is optimized for quick access to the video and imagery it stores during operations (1.9 gigabytes per second), making it ideal for onboard processing and analysis. For extremely fast downloading, the TS-640’s removable memory modules are coupled with the TS-641 Mission Download Station for customers needing video and image files quickly after a mission.

The TS-640 is also ideal for long duration missions requiring multiple channels of recording with its storage capacity now over 100 terabytes and up to 4, 10 gigabit Ethernet interfaces

UNCOMPRESSED VIDEO STORAGE. The TS-640’s large capacity sets the stage for the future of video capture and recording:  uncompressed video.  Although wirelessly transmitting uncompressed video is not on the near horizon, capturing, storing, and analyzing uncompressed video onboard is made possible by Ampex’s network file servers, led by the TS-640. The TS-640 easily handles compressed video, but uncompressed video has become increasingly more desired for precision video analysis and real-time decision-making because it offers distinct advantages.


As the Ampex system with the highest speed and largest capacity, the TuffServ 640 (TS-640) has the horsepower to meet the demands of any radar data ecosystem in the air, in the lab, and on the ground.  The TS-640’s “FP” (front panel) models are equipped with a serial front panel data port (sFPDP) interface common to radar manufactures. The Japanese Navy uses TS-640s to record radar data from the P-1 maritime patrol aircraft.


As the Ampex system with the highest speed and largest capacity, the TuffServ 640 (TS-640) has the horsepower to meet the demands of the EW systems of today and tomorrow (multiple 10GigE interfaces). The TS-640’s “FP” (front panel) models are also equipped with a serial front panel data port (sFPDP) interface common to many EW system manufactures.

Mission Computers & Bus Data

The TuffServ 640 (TS-640) stands alone in its class as the most powerful, ruggedized mission computer in the industry. With multiple 10 gigabit Ethernet interfaces, 100 TB of storage capacity, and an internal data rate of 1.9 gigabytes per second, the TS-640 can tackle almost any onboard mission computing challenge.  Its removable memory module also allows greater flexibility for classified operations and changes to a platform’s mission computing profile or configuration.  Like all Ampex systems, the TS-640 can also be configured to capture and record military and commercial standard bus data (e.g. MIL-STD 1553, 1760, ARINC-429).  the P-3 Orion maritime patrol aircraft uses the TS-640 to support mission computing.

Flight Test

More complex data types associated with advanced technology platforms means customers need the most powerful flight test data acquisition and storage system available, the TuffServ 640 (TS-640). The TS-640 is optimized to quickly store data during operations (1.9 gigabytes per second), and has the capacity to service multiple test flights before having to download (over 100 terabytes or storage).