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April 23

GE’s New Rugged Single Board Computers Enable C4-ISR Systems to Process Data Quicker and in Less Space

Keywords: 3rd Generation, Quad Core-Based, Airborne Command, 3D Graphics, SIGINT, SSEE

GE Intelligent Platforms announced three new rugged single board computers (SBCs) based on 3rd Generation Intel Core processors.  The SBC625, XVR15 and XCR15 bring increased processing power, graphics capability, I/O bandwidth and functional density to customers developing and deploying industrial and mil/aero applications. These include command/control, ISR (intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance), radar/sonar and signal processing.

Previous generations of GE's Intel Core processor-based boards have been deployed in a range of applications.  An example is the Ships Signal Exploitation System (SSEE) developed by Argon ST, which provides data acquisition as part of a shipboard signals intelligence (SIGINT) subsystem for the US Navy.  Others include a display driver that processes ISR data from cameras mounted on a patrol vehicle; an airborne command and communications relay; and astronomical imaging and hyper spectral imaging applications.

The new platforms, which are 100 percent compatible with their predecessors to enable a straightforward upgrade path for existing users, will deliver up to 15 percent greater computational horsepower, and up to 50 percent improved 3D graphics performance.  Some of these new COTS boards offer support for USB 3.0 and provide up to 10x the data transfer throughput of USB 2.0.  Power consumption/heat dissipation are identical to those of preceding products, providing suitable performance/watt ratios and making the new boards applicable for environments that are SWaP (size, weight and power) constrained.

The SBC625, XCR15 and XVR15, designed for 6U VPX, CompactPCI and VME systems respectively, are available in five build levels, from benign (air cooled) to rugged (conduction cooled) to provide customers with appropriate price/performance options. 

Besides these quad core-based SBCs, GE expects to announce a range of new products based on 3rd Generation Intel Core technology in the coming months; these will feature a range of capabilities, form factors and processor options.

The SBC625, XVR15 and XCR15 are offered initially with the 2.3GHz Intel Core i7-3615QE processor featuring Intel Advanced Vector Extensions (Intel AVX), up to 16GBytes of DDR3 memory and a solid state disk drive of 16GBytes capacity.  These capabilities are offered together with a range of I/O options including Gigabit Ethernet, SATA, DVI, VGA and audio.  Provision of two mezzanine XMC/PMC sites enables added flexibility and expandability.  Supported operating systems include Windows 7, Open Linux, Wind River Linux and VxWorks.



















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