GE Adds 6U VME Single Board Computer Featuring 4th generation Intel® Core™ i7 architecture

HUNTSVILLE, AL —AUGUST 8, 2013—GE Intelligent Platforms (NYSE: GE) today increased the number of products it offers based on the quad-core 4th generation Intel® Core™ i7 architecture (‘Haswell’) with the announcement of the XVR16 6U VME rugged single board computer.

The improved capabilities of the XVR16 will allow it not only to address existing command/control applications, but also to be deployed in more demanding High Performance Embedded Computing (HPEC) signal processing applications such as ISR (intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance), sonar and radar.

While the price/performance of the XVR16 is expected to be attractive to new users, it was designed in line with GE’s commitment to maximizing the value of customer investments by continuously providing a frequent, straightforward, cost-effective upgrade/technology insertion path. The XVR16 offers existing users of the XVR14 and XVR15 significantly more processing power, graphics performance, functionality and I/O capability. Importantly, it does this within the same power envelope as its predecessors, enabling simple ‘drop in’ replacement.

“Customers are developing more complex applications than ever before, and SWaP – size, weight and power – is a recurring issue,” said Rod Rice, General Manager, Military & Aerospace Products at GE Intelligent Platforms. “The XVR16 takes advantage of the latest processors from Intel and addresses that issue by providing significantly more capability – but without any penalty in terms of size, weight, power consumption or heat dissipation.”

4th generation Intel Core i7 architecture brings with it numerous improvements when compared with predecessor generations. These include Intel Advance Vector Extensions (Intel AVX 2.0) enhancements which provide a significant performance improvement in floating-point-intensive computations which are a key part of digital signal and image processing applications. Media and graphics performance is also greatly enhanced, capable of delivering 2D/3D graphics with high quality playback enabling a compelling visual experience. Improved security comes in the form of Intel AES New Instructions (Intel AES-NI) enhancements which use hardware to accelerate data encryption and decryption.

The XVR16 features up to 16GBytes of memory and benefits from the 4th generation Intel Core i7 processor’s support of PCI Express® Gen3 technology and USB3.0, providing even greater bandwidth for on-board and off-board connectivity and enabling the high bandwidths required by today’s applications. It supports two onboard PMC/XMC expansion sites.

The XVR16 is available in five build versions from air-cooled to fully rugged, providing cost-effective solutions in environments from benign to extremely harsh.

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