General Micro Systems, Inc. (GMS), designer and manufacturer of embedded computing products for defense, aerospace and compute-intensive applications, and the leader in high-end Pentium® processors since 1986, has introduced the “Raider” (S705) a new rugged, ultra-small, Core 2 Duo®-based system. During contract bids for an undisclosed UAV contract, the S705 was chosen over competing rugged systems as delivering the highest processing power per cubic inch, per watt in the world.
“Raider” is based on the GMS P70x module, a Core 2 Duo processor providing up to 2.16 GHz of power and 4 MB of L2 Cache, and up to 2 GB of 667 MHz DDR-2SDRAM. The S705 is available in a variety of configurations to be completely upgradeable and compatible along the Intel® migration path. Due to its power and expandability, “Raider” provides performance levels equal to full-size ATR systems.
An almost limitless range of application possibilities comes from “Raider’s” capacity to support five different expansion buses, a vast array of I/O, and numerous video and audio options. Adding to the system’s versatility is its super-small envelope (single drive is 4.6 x 4.6 x 1.6 inches, weighing only 2 lbs.) and dramatically low power requirements (as low as 15 watts total).
“Raider” has the ability to support up to six wireless radios on four to six antennae feeds. This built-in functionality enables simultaneous monitoring and tracking of phone, wireless, CDMA, TDMA, WiFi, GPS, Bluetooth or others. Other key features are Dual GigE with TCP/IP offloading engine, high-performance video, Dual Com ports with 232/422, four USB ports, full audio for VOIP applications, full BIT and EBIT testing, and thermal management for safe thermal operation.
Additionally, “Raider’s” facility for rugged environments (-40°C to +85°C, MIL-STD 810F), along with its ability to operate from a single voltage source (+16 to +28VDC), makes the S705 ideal for demanding applications such as the UAV contract for which it was originally designed. Two optional 256 GB solid-state disks can be fixed or removable, offering the ability to store ½ Terabyte of acquired data for security purposes in sensitive operations.
”Although developed for the demanding requirements of a specific UAV, the Raider is now being considered as an upgrade in several existing programs that are exploring weight and power reduction while needing increased performance,” said Ben Sharfi, president of GMS. “The large number of I/Os, along with the system’s enormous storage capacity, has put it in consideration for command and control applications in UAVs and non-aerial autonomous vehicles,” he adds. “Its half terabyte of storage accommodates vast amounts of mapping and guidance data, along with a large number of ‘what if’ scenarios in case the vehicle encounters unanticipated situations.”
Pricing for the conduction-cooled version of “Raider” (S705) starts at $8300, in single quantities and ship 60 days ARO.
About General Micro Systems
Established in 1979, GMS operates from its corporate headquarters in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. GMS has become an industry leader in the design and manufacture of computing engines for VME, CompactPCI, custom and small form factor boards and systems for the embedded real-time markets. With an extensive standard line of computing engines based on Intel® Pentium® and PowerPC® processors (IBM® and Motorola®), GMS has a 25-year reputation of bringing to market the most advanced technologies with many innovations such as mezzanine boards and CPU carriers. Although GMS’s base products center around VME and CompactPCI bus architectures, most of the company’s revenue comes from custom to semi-custom products. GMS’s large array of products – from the lowest-priced and smallest SBC to super-performing SBCs for critical applications – leverage custom ASIC design, FPGA and other base technologies to bring the highest performance at the lowest cost possible.