New 3U VPX Single Board Computer From GE Features 8-Core Processor For Optimum Performance/Watt


CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA  OCTOBER 20, 2010  GE Intelligent Platforms today announced the rugged, OpenVPX-compliant SBC312 3U VPX single board computer (SBC). Designed for demanding space- and weight-constrained environments such as unmanned vehicles and based on the 8-core Freescale™ QorIQ™ P4080 processor, the SBC312 delivers substantial processing performance while maintaining power consumption and heat dissipation at the level of earlier dual core 3U VPX single board computers.  The sixth 3U VPX  SBC platform announced by GE, the SBC312 – which is also available with the QorIQ 4-core P4040 processor - provides an optimum technology insertion opportunity for existing users of the SBC310 and SBC330, further enhancing their sustainable competitive advantage. 

“The SBC312’s support for eight processor cores will allow many legacy applications to be re-implemented in enclosures that are smaller, lighter and more cost-effective, reducing multi-slot configurations to a single slot,” said Rob McKeel, President, Military & Aerospace at GE Intelligent Platforms. “For new applications, it supports the development of very compact, high throughput solutions with optimum performance/watt characteristics.”

The SBC312 is available in five air- and conduction-cooled ruggedization levels for maximum reliability in military/aerospace applications, and is also available in VITA-48 format for 2-level maintenance.  It features up to 4 GBytes of dual channel DDR3 memory, and provides significant flexibility, allowing the SBC312 to be configured to precisely meet the demands of a broad range of applications and environments.  Two x4 PCI Express® Gen2 links are provided, each of which can be configured as four x1 PCI Express links.  One link can be optionally configured as 10 Gigabit Ethernet.  Two 1000BaseT ports are provided, together with two serial ports, two USB 2.0 ports, two SATA ports and up to eight GPIO ports. A PMC/XMC mezzanine site is also provided to enable application-specific functionality to be added.

The SBC312 will benefit from GE’s broad software roll-out for QorIQ platforms, including GE Intelligent Platforms’ innovative P2P software, which provides PCI Express peer-to-peer connectivity, together with BSPs for VxWorks® 6.x; SDKs for Linux® (Open Embedded) and Wind River Linux; a full Deployed Test suite; Wind River Hypervisor support; and Integrity™ from Green Hills Software. 

The QorIQ system on chip (SoC) processor family from Freescale Semiconductor implements one or more high-performance e500 Power Architecture cores running at up to 1.5GHz, and is designed with networking applications in mind.  QorIQ is an evolutionary step from earlier Power Architecture® Freescale processors, allowing upgrade and technology insertion while maximizing customer investment in software, applications and expertise.

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