GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms wins $2.25 million Lockheed Martin orders for COTS defense systems

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va., 4 Sept. 2009. GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms, a unit of GE Enterprise Solutions, has secured $2.25 million in orders from Lockheed Martin's facility in Eagan, Minn. The orders call for quantities of GE Fanuc's VME-7809 VMEbus single-board computer and NETernity RM921 Ethernet switches for deployment in the Lockheed Martin AN/UYQ-70 C4 (command, control, communications and computer) system.

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va., 4 Sept. 2009. GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms, a unit of GE Enterprise Solutions, has secured $2.25 million in orders from Lockheed Martin's facility in Eagan, Minn. The orders call for quantities of GE Fanuc's VME-7809 VMEbus single-board computer and NETernity RM921 Ethernet switches for deployment in the Lockheed Martin AN/UYQ-70 C4 (command, control, communications and computer) system.

This order brings the total orders received by GE Fanuc from Lockheed Martin for the Q-70 program to more than $5 million.

Lockheed Martin Q-70 servers, workstations, and network systems are used by the U.S. Navy on a variety of ships, aircraft, and shore stations. They also are deployed on naval systems in Australia, Germany, Japan, Norway, and Spain.

The Q-70 was the first fully implemented standard combat computer system using an open system architecture, says a company representative. The Q-70 team continues to upgrade these units with the latest commercial technologies. Through use of COTS (commercial off-the-shelf) equipment and a technology refresh program, Lockheed Martin has saved the U.S. Navy more than $1.5 billion over 15 years, says a representative.

The Q-70 program brings high performance and reliability to improve communications and reduce complex network systems, providing a safer environment for the system operators.

"The U.S. Navy benefits from the performance, robust reliability, and cost-effectiveness of solutions that GE Fanuc brings to programs like the Q-70," says Peter Cavill, general manager, Military & Aerospace Products, GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms. "Our products are built on technologies and standard architectures that are well-proven in the harshest and most demanding environments...maximizing both the effectiveness and safety of military personnel around the world."

The VME-7809 6U VMEbus single-board computer features an Intel Pentium processor and up to 2 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 VMEbus managed gigabit Ethernet switch supports IPv6.

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