GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms Debuts DSP220 6U VXS Quad Multicomputer

Setting a new standard in price/performance for demanding signal and data processing applications, GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms announced the DSP220 6U VXS (VITA 41.2) quad 8641/8641D multicomputer. Featuring four single or dual core Freescale(TM) PowerPC® 8641 system-on-chip nodes and a VITA 42.2-compliant XMC slot, the DSP220 is available in six ruggedization levels including air-, spray- and conduction-cooled for extended temperature operation as well as resistance to shock and vibration. It has already been selected for several major international military programs.

GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms DSP220 6U VXS Quad MulticomputerDesigned for a broad range of applications such as land-mobile, airborne fixed- and rotary wing, and naval surface- and underwater platforms that require high performance COTS multiprocessors, and providing the optimum platform for GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms’ AXIS (Advanced Multiprocessor Integrated Software) environment, DSP220-based solutions can be scaled up to eighty 8641 nodes per chassis for the most demanding environments.

“We believe the DSP220 to be the highest performance, VXS switched fabric-enabled, PowerPC-based multiprocessor for VXS applications yet designed,” said Peter Cavill, General Manager, Military and Aerospace Products at GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms. “Combining it with our AXIS software environment allows customers to achieve the substantial cost of ownership benefits and shorter time to market of a COTS DSP solution while delivering the performance of a proprietary system.”

The DSP220 derives its high performance from a number of key features. Each PowerPC e600 core is clocked at 1 GHz, and each 8641 node supports two banks of DDR2 SDRAM with 256MBytes per bank, 2Gigabytes total per card, as standard. Up to 8 GBytes SDRAM per board is optionally available. PowerPC AltiVec(TM) support for advanced vector and floating point operations is provided by each processor core. The multi fabric data plane interfaces include Tundra Serial RapidIO to all 8641 nodes, XMC site and the system backplane along with two Gigabit Ethernet ports to all nodes and off board for optimum system throughput. System management and additional data movement options are supported over the VME64 2eSST interface.

For long term programs that require the assurance of product continuity and compatibility, GE Fanuc Intelligent Systems offers customers, as part of the company’s Product Lifecycle Management program, a range of services including revision control, design freeze and obsolescence management.

VxWorks and LynxOS board support packages are available.

About GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms
GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms, a joint venture between General Electric (NYSE: GE) and FANUC LTD of Japan, is a high-performance technology company and a global provider of hardware, software, services, expertise and experience in automation and embedded computing, with products employed in virtually every industry, including manufacturing automation, defense, automotive, telecommunications, healthcare and aerospace. GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms is a worldwide company head-quartered in Charlottesville, VA, and is part of GE Enterprise Solutions.

About GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms
GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms, a joint venture between General Electric (NYSE: GE) and FANUC LTD of Japan, is a high-performance technology company and a global provider of hardware, software, services, expertise and experience in automation and embedded computing, with products employed in virtually every industry, including manufacturing automation, defense, automotive, telecommunications, healthcare and aerospace. GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms is a worldwide company head-quartered in Charlottesville, VA, and is part of GE Enterprise Solutions.