GE Fanuc VME rugged computer boards power Navy Q-70 ship computer sensor processing

Ship computer systems designers from Lockheed Martin Corp. in Eagan, Minn., needed VME embedded computer hardware for the AN/UYQ-70 shipboard computer that Lockheed Martin provides to the U.S. Navy.

Ship computer systems designers from Lockheed Martin Corp. in Eagan, Minn., needed VME embedded computer hardware for the AN/UYQ-70 shipboard computer that Lockheed Martin provides to the U.S. Navy. They found their computer boards solution at GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms in Charlottesville, Va.

GE Fanuc won computer board orders valued at $2.25 million from Lockheed Martin for GE Fanuc’s VME-7809 VMEbus single-board computer and NETernity RM921 Ethernet switches for the AN/UYQ-70 rugged computer system with rugged display.

The Navy uses Lockheed Martin Q-70 shipboard computer servers, workstations, and network systems on surface warships, aircraft, and shore stations for sensor processing, battle management, and other mission-critical applications. They also are deployed on naval systems in Australia, Germany, Japan, Norway, and Spain.

The Q-70 was the first standard combat computer system using open system architecture and COTS hardware, according to a company representative.

The VME-7809 6U VMEbus single-board computer features an Intel Pentium processor and as much as two gigabytes of memory. Support for dual Gigabit Ethernet controllers, two USB 2.0 ports, and dual Ultra320 SCSI controllers is provided, together with two high-performance, 16550-compatible serial ports.

The NETernity RM921 is a VMEbus-managed Gigabit Ethernet switch that supports IPv6. It is available with 12 (single slot) or 24 (dual slot) front-panel Gigabit Ethernet ports, copper and/or fiber connectivity options, conformal coating, and an optional 10 Gigabit Ethernet uplink port.

For more information, visit GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms online at www.gefanuc.com.

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