GPGPU-based 6U OpenVPX embedded computing board introduced by Mercury for radar, EW, and image processing

CHELMSFORD, Mass., 13 June 2012. Mercury Computer Systems Inc. in Chelmsford, Mass., is introducing the Ensemble series 6000 Dual AMD general-purpose graphics processing unit (GPGPU) 6U OpenVPX GSC6201 module for military embedded systems such as high-end radar, electronic warfare (EW), and image processing.

The single-board computer blends AMD's latest generation Radeon HD 7970M embedded GPGPU processor with high-bandwidth I/O interfaces, and uses several open software and hardware technologies, such as OpenCL, OpenVPX, and MXM. The GSC6201 embedded computing module can be configured in air-cooled or conduction-cooled rugged versions (story continues below).

"With AMD's latest Radeon HD 7970M embedded GPGPU and Mercury's StreamDirect and Imaging Toolkit, our customers can gain a performance improvement of over 5X compared with previous AMD solutions, greatly reducing the size, weight, and power (SWaP) required for real-time on-board, says Mercury Technical Director Scott Thieret.

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"We are thrilled that Mercury has selected the Radeon HD 7970M for their fourth-generation GPGPU module, and that Mercury has extended the Radeon HD 7970M's performance capabilities with StreamDirect technology for direct sensor-to-GPGPU processing, enabling outstanding performance," says Richard Jaenicke, director of embedded client solutions at AMD. Jaenicke formerly was director of product marketing at Mercury.

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