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New 3U VPX SBC Features 8-Core Processor

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An OpenVPX-compliant single board computer (SBC) is designed for demanding space- and weight-constrained environments such as unmanned vehicles and is based on the 8-core Freescale QorIQ P4080 processor. The SBC312 from GE Intelligent Platforms 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 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’ 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. 

GE Intelligent Platforms, Charlottesville, VA.   (800) 368-2738. [www.gefanucembedded.com].