L-3 MAPPS chooses computer boards from GE for naval electrical, damage, and machinery control

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va., 24 Dec. 2009. Control and simulation specialist L-3 MAPPS in Quebec City needed computer boards for the company's marine systems and simulation applications in naval electrical, damage and machinery control. They found their solution in the Intel Pentium-based VME7667 computer board from GE Intelligent Platforms in Charlottesville, Va.

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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., 24 Dec. 2009. Control and simulation specialist L-3 MAPPS in Quebec City needed computer boards for the company's marine systems and simulation applications in naval electrical, damage, and machinery control. They found their solution in the Intel Pentium-based VME7667 computer board from GE Intelligent Platforms in Charlottesville, Va.

The single-board computer order for GE from L-3 MAPPS is for $750,000, GE officials say. L-3 engineers will use the VME7667 to handle digital I/O systems, as well as managing data for graphic user interfaces (GUIs). The VME7667 is a version of the GE V7807 embedded computer customized for L-3 MAPPS, and will be a drop-in replacement for a previous CPU board, which L-3 engineers designed in-house.

The V7807 on which the VME7667 is based is a 6U VMEbusembedded computing module featuring Intel Pentium M processor, 1.5 gigabytes of memory, dual Gigabit Ethernet ports, and a PMC expansion site. It has four serial ports, four USB 2.0 ports, and serial ATA and IDE interfaces.

L-3 MAPPS is supplying its Integrated Platform Management System (IPMS) for the upgrade and modernization of Canada's Halifax-class frigates to help handle damage control, electrical control, and machinery control, as well as link sensors and computers to the vessel's command and control system. All 12 of Canada's Halifax frigates are to be upgraded by 2017.

For more information contact GE online at www.ge-ip.com, or L-3 MAPPS at www.mapps.l-3com.com.

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