Hermes is a rugged 3U VPX I/O Intensive board based on the 13th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-13800HRE Processor for defense and aerospace applications. It is designed in alignment with the SOSA™ Technical Standard for I/O intensive processor boards. It offers 14-cores for high performance compute algorithms that are used in sensor based systems for Electronic Warfare and C4ISR (Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance applications. The main data highway is provided by a high bandwidth Ethernet data plane and augmented with a point to point PCI Express based expansion plane interface for additional accelerator functionality. The board has an XMC Mezzanine site for flexibility and has a direct attached storage module with Opal 2.0 'data at rest' and write protection features for security conscious applications.