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3U VPX Graphics Card with AMD Embedded Radeon for GPGPU Applications
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A new 3U VPX graphics card with an AMD Embedded Radeon E6760 GPU is designed to meet the latest demands in avionics and military technology. With its 480 computing cores, the VX3327 from Kontron delivers a parallel data processing performance of up to 576 GFLOPs. Equipped with this processing power, the VX3327 is optimized for compute-intense general purpose graphics processing unit (GPGPU) applications deployed in avionics and military technology that require superior situational awareness. Size, weight, power and cooling (SWAP-C)-critical applications benefit from the board’s lightweight construction, along with minimal power consumption of just 35 watts, plus conduction-cooling—withstanding extreme temperatures of -40° to +85°C. Additionally, the board supports real-time graphic data transmission of up to three independently controlled displays, so that users can extend their field of vision across three high-performance screens.
The OpenVPX-compliant VX3327 has been designed for long-term available GPGPU applications in avionics and military technology. It supports the OpenCL programming language as well as AMD’s Accelerated Parallel Processing (APP) technology for supercomputing capabilities. The AMD APP technology allows OpenCL code to be compiled into external libraries to embed highly parallel algorithms into conventional code, such as C++. It is fitted with an AMD Embedded Radeon E6760 GPU-based MXM 3.0 module, which is connected via 8 PCI Express Gen2 lanes.
A link-data rate per lane from 1.62 GHz to 5.4 GHz is supported and fast graphic memory of 1 Gbyte GDDR5 with 128 bits and 800 MHz are also featured. The Unified Video Decoder of the GPU supports H.264, VC-1, MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 videostream decoding and effectively unburdens the host-processor system. The Kontron VX3327 supports up to three independent displays through one VGA interface and two DisplayPorts, available as front or rear I/Os. Up to 2560 × 1600 @ 60 Hz, 24 bpp with a 2.7 GHz link or up to 2560 × 2048 @ 60 Hz, 30 bpp with a 5.4 GHz link are further supported. With Kontron’s 3U VPX graphics card VX3327, users and product developers benefit from its efficient exploitation of system resources and its robust architecture, which is expressly designed for the environmental conditions in avionics and military. The VPX graphics card is available either in air-cooled (0° to +55°C) one-inch (5HP) or in conduction-cooled (-40° to +85°C) 0.8-inch (4HP) variants.