Three new rugged single board computers (SBCs) from GE Intelligent Platforms, the SBC625, XVR15 and XCR15, are based on 3rd Generation Inte Core processors. The new SBCs are designed to bring substantially increased processing power, graphics capability, I/O bandwidth and functional density to customers developing and deploying demanding industrial and mil/aero applications. These include command/control, ISR (intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance), radar/sonar and signal processing.
The new platforms are 100% compatible with their predecessors but will deliver up to 15% greater computational horsepower, and up to 50% 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 attractive performance/watt and making the new boards ideal 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 fully rugged (conduction cooled) to provide customers with optimum price/performance.
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 enhanced capabilities are offered together with a broad range of I/O options including Gigabit Ethernet, SATA, DVI, VGA and audio. Provision of two mezzanine XMC/PMC sites enables optimum flexibility and expandability. Supported operating systems include Windows 7, Open Linux, Wind River Linux and VxWorks.
David Patterson, known for his pioneering research that led to RAID, clusters and more, is part of a team at UC Berkeley that recently made its RISC-V processor architecture an open source hardware offering. We talk with Patterson and one of his colleagues behind the effort about the opportunities they see, what new kinds of designs they hope to enable and what it means for today’s commercial processor giants such as Intel, ARM and Imagination Technologies.