GPGPU Boosts Graphics Processing In Harsh Environments

GPGPU Boosts Graphics Processing In Harsh Environments

A ruggedized 3U VPX general-purpose graphics processing unit (GPGPU) incorporates Mobile PCI Express Modules (MXMs) to handle sensor data processing and situational awareness information in defense and aerospace applications, such as UAVs. MXMs make it possible to leverage one module across multiple platforms, providing expanded graphics and teraFLOP processing options for each system. They can be easily upgraded to newer modules as they arrive. The scalable C530, from Aitech Defense Systems, comes with one of two MXM modules: the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 675MX at 600 MHz (4-Gbyte GDDR5 memory at 1800 MHz), or the AMD Radeon HD 7970M at 850 MHz (2-Gbyte GDDR5 memory at 1200 MHz). Multiple-format video-output channels are included as standard, which gears the board toward various rugged signal-processing and high-resolution graphics requirements. The C530 connects to any Intel-based VPX single-board computer (SBC) via a high-speed PCI Express Gen 2.0 link, using up to 16 lanes over the VPX backplane. Air- and conduction-cooled configurations are available.


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