6U VPX single-board computer with NVIDIA graphics processing introduced by GE

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va., 14 March 2010. GE Intelligent Platforms in Charlottesville, Va., is introducing the IPN250 rugged 6U VPX single-board computer with integrated general purpose computing on a graphics processing unit (GPGPU) for size-, weight-, and power- (SWaP) constrained applications such as digital signal processing and graphics/video processing.

Mar 14th, 2010

Posted by John Keller

Editor's note: GE Intelligent Platforms changed its name to Abaco Systems on 23 Nov. 2015 as a result of the company's acquisition last September by New York-based private equity firm Veritas Capital.

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va., 14 March 2010. GE Intelligent Platforms in Charlottesville, Va., is introducing the IPN250 rugged 6U VPXsingle-board computer with integrated general purpose computing on a graphics processing unit (GPGPU) for size-, weight-, and power- (SWaP) constrained applications such as digital signal processing and graphics/video processing.

The IPN250 computer board combines the NVIDIA GT240 96-core graphics-processing unit (GPU) with an Intel Core2 Duo processor operating at 2.26 GHz and 8 gigabytes of DDR3 SDRAM to deliver power as strong as 390 billion floating point operations per second per card slot, depending on the application.

The CPU board complies with the OpenVPX standard, ensuring interoperability with a broad range of other OpenVPX boards. Providing a computationally-dense platform, the IPN250 embedded computer also is VITA 48/REDI-compliant for deployment in harsh environments. Options for air-, spray- and conduction cooling are available.

The IPN250 has two primary data plane, 10 Gigabit Ethernet ports supporting multi-board switched fabric OpenVPX architectures. A 16-lane PCI Express gen2 interface on the P2 expansion plane provides high speed interconnect for multi-board GPGPU clusters as well as system I/O to PCI Express-enabled sensor modules.

Two 1000Base-T and two 1000Base-Bx control plane ports are available, together with additional PCI Express, USB 2.0 , SATA, COM ports, GPIO , audio and TV input. Video and multimedia is supported via the dual link DVI, HDMI and VGA ports directly into the NVIDIA GT240 device to cater for a wide range of interfaces.

GE Intelligent Platforms' AXISLib advanced multiprocessor software development VSIPL, DSP and math libraries for CUDA and INTEL SSE4 facilitate application development and code portability for the IPN250 and future GPGPU platforms. In addition to NVIDIA's CUDA environment, supported software includes Linux, Windows, Microsoft DirectX, OpenCL, OpenGL and MATLAB, together with NVIDIA's PureVideo Technology and PhysX.

For more information contact GE Intelligent Platforms online at www.ge-ip.com.

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