GE Receives Order from BAE Systems for 3U VPX Rugged Systems That Deliver High Performance Embedded Computing (HPEC) Capability

HUNTSVILLE, AL.—October 13, 2014—GE’s Intelligent Platforms business  (NYSE: GE) today announced at AUSA  (October 13-15, Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington DC) that it had received a $2.6 million order from BAE Systems Platforms and Services for a quantity of its latest generation 3U VPX COTS Rugged Systems that deliver an advanced HPEC (High Performance Embedded Computing) capability. The COTS Rugged Systems will be deployed as part of the US Army’s CETU (Common Embedded Training Unit) which sees in-vehicle training and simulation incorporated into the Bradley Fighting Vehicle.   

GE’s solution is notable for its small size, weight and power (SWaP) characteristics which means that it can provide all the functionality required within the confined environment of the Bradley vehicle.

Housed in a rugged, 5-slot enclosure, the system includes a GE 3U VPX single board computer featuring an Intel® Core™ i7 processor and a rugged graphics board that takes advantage of the performance of an NVIDIA® 384-core ‘Kepler™’ GPU. The graphics board is a result of GE’s close working relationship with NVIDIA which has allowed GE to incorporate truly rugged technology rather than commercial/benign environment technology. GE’s expertise in developing sophisticated GPU-based solutions also allows the system to support non-standard and legacy display formats.

“Many defense organizations are looking for a solution that minimizes cost, reduces program risk and delivers proven performance and reliability,” said Chris Lever, General Manager, Military & Aerospace Products at GE’s Intelligent Platforms business. “Beyond these criteria, they are looking for immediate availability in order to shorten time to deployment. The CRS-D5I delivers on all these requirements.”

The GE Intelligent Platforms CRS-D5I-3VC1 Rugged COTS System on which the CETU product is based is a packaged, pre-validated 5-slot video processing, display and control computer system fully integrated and ready to be deployed. It allows the elimination of non-recurring engineering expense to lower program cost, while the fact that it is pre-configured and pre-tested  minimizes program risk. It is designed for deployment in civilian and military unmanned vehicles, manned commercial and military aircraft, ground combat vehicles, helicopters, over- and underwater research vessels and locomotives. Typical applications include 360°situational awareness, embedded training, radar and sonar processing and hyper-spectral analysis.

About GE Intelligent Platforms

GE's Intelligent Platforms business (NYSE: GE) is headquartered in Charlottesville, VA and part of GE Energy Management. The company’s Military/Aerospace business, headquartered in Huntsville, AL, and Towcester, England, provides one of the industry’s broadest ranges of high performance, rugged, SWaP-optimized embedded computing platforms. Backed by programs that provide  responsive customer support and minimize long term cost of ownership for multi-year programs, GE’s solutions are designed to help customers minimize program risk and cost, and to speed time-to-market. For more information, visit


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