Military Embedded Systems

3U VPX board first product from GE based on new Intel Core i7


June 07, 2013

John McHale

Editorial Director

Military Embedded Systems

HUNTSVILLE, AL. The first product based on Intel's 4th generation Core i7 processor will be in a rugged 3U VPX form factor and dubbed the SBC326. The single-board computer (SBC) is targeted at constrained-space applications such as manned- and unmanned air and ground vehicles. The product provides enhanced graphics performance, improved processor performance, and better security – all in the same power envelope as previous generations.

GE also will be developing a range of new products based on the 4th generation Intel Core i7 processors such as rugged 6U VPX, 3U and 6U CompactPCI, and 6U VME single board computers and a dual processor multiprocessor. The new products will be able to address existing command/control applications as well as more demanding signal processing applications such as intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR), radar, and sonar. The devices also will be form, fit and function compatible with earlier models and benefit from the new Intel processor's support of PCI Express Gen3 technology and USB 3.0.

“The SBC326, and the products that will follow, address these needs by delivering more computing bandwidth in each chassis slot – enabling subsystems to deliver more capability with the same size, weight and power, or to deliver a level of capability that previously required more size, weight and power,” says Rod Rice, General Manager, Military & Aerospace Products at GE Intelligent Platforms.

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