New Single Board Computer From GE Takes Advantage Of 2nd Generation Intel® Core™ i7 Processors To Transform 3U VPX Performance


CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA  January 25 2011  GE Intelligent Platforms today announced the second in its planned family of new products that take advantage of the compelling potential of the 2nd Generation Intel® Core™ i7 processors – formerly codenamed ‘Sandy Bridge’. The SBC324 3U OpenVPX rugged single board computer features a quad core processor operating at up to 2.1GHz, coupled with up to 8GBytes of DDR3 1,333MHz memory for exceptional performance in size-, weight- and power-constrained applications in harsh environments such as unmanned vehicles.

Supported by GE’s extensive ecosystem of 3U VPX capabilities – which includes NVIDIA® CUDA-based GPGPU functionality, advanced graphics, high performance switches, high density storage and rugged chassis – the SBC324 is expected to be deployed not only in traditional 3U VPX applications such as command/control, but also in ISR (intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance), radar/sonar and signal processing. 

“The SBC324 brings superior processing performance as well as a range of other new functionalities such as integrated graphics and memory controller, Intel’s AVX technology for demanding signal processing applications and second generation PCI Express for faster interconnect,” said Rob McKeel, President, Military & Aerospace, GE Intelligent Platforms. “These add up to a solution that will deliver significantly more capabilities than have historically been possible with the 3U VPX architecture.”

The SBC324 also provides an upgrade for GE’s MAGIC1 Rugged Display Computer which combines the throughput of a second generation Intel Core i7 processor with the advanced parallel processing of an NVIDIA CUDA-enabled GPGPU. 

The SBC324 benefits from a range of PCI Express backplane configurations; an XMC site with I/O; two 10/100/1000BaseT Gigabit Ethernet interfaces; VGA graphics; HD audio; two SATA channels; four USB 2.0 ports; a PS/2 keyboard/mouse port; and two RS-232/422 COM ports.

A rich software choice is planned for the SBC324, including comprehensive Deployed Test Software (BIT and BCS) plus operating system support for Windows® 7, Open Linux®, VxWorks®, LynxOS® and LynxOS-SE®.

GE’s SBC624 6U OpenVPX rugged single board computer, based on the 2nd Generation Intel Core i7 processors, was announced on January 5.  Three further additions to the family are planned for the near future, which will bring latest generation Core i7 performance to CompactPCI® and VMEbus systems, as well as to a new digital signal processing platform. 

More information can be found at:

About GE Intelligent Platforms

GE Intelligent Platforms is an experienced high-performance technology company and a global provider of software, hardware, services, and expertise in automation and embedded computing. We offer a unique foundation of agile and reliable technology providing customers a sustainable competitive advantage in the industries they serve, including energy, water, consumer packaged goods, oil & gas, government & defense, and telecommunications. GE Intelligent Platforms is headquartered in Charlottesville, VA. For more information, visit


For more information:

A high resolution image to illustrate this release can be found at:



Ian McMurray, GE Intelligent Platforms

+44 (0) 1327 322821


Intel is a registered trademark, and Core is a trademark, of Intel Corporation.  Windows is a registered trademark of Microsoft Corporation. VxWorks is a registered trademark of Wind River Systems.  Linux is the registered trademark of Linus Torvalds.  LynxOS is a registered trademark of LynuxWorks.  NVIDIA is a registered trademark of NVIDIA Corporation. PCI Express is a registered trademark of PCI-SIG.  CompactPCI is a registered trademark of the PCI Industrial Computer Manufacturers All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.