GE Expands Range of Application-Ready COTS Rugged Systems that Reduce Program Risk, Cost and Time-to-Market
GE Intelligent Platforms 2-slot 3U VPX COTS Rugged System (CRS)
June 13, 2012
• 2-board 3U VPX chassis
• Pre-configured, pre-validated, ready-to-run
• Broad range of I/O for optimum flexibility
HUNTSVILLE, AL— June 20, 2012—GE Intelligent Platforms (NYSE: GE) today announced an addition to its
rapidly-expanding range of COTS
Rugged Systems (CRS).
Designed to reduce program risk, cost and time-to market, GE’s CRS family
now comprises eight packaged, pre-validated, ready-to-run rugged data/processing control computer systems for a broad range
of military and commercial applications.
Typical use examples include civilian and military unmanned vehicles, manned commercial and military aircraft, helicopters,
over- and underwater research vessels, ground vehicles, locomotives and oil and gas applications.
The application-ready CRS-C2I-3VB1 includes a single board computer featuring a 2.2GHz Intel Core i7 processor
housed in a rugged, base-plate cooled 2-slot 3U
chassis featuring MIL-DTL-38999 connectors. Solid state storage
is optionally available.
I/O capabilities include Ethernet, serial, USB, MIL-STD-153, CANbus and VGA. Provision of these extensive I/O capabilities
delivers significant flexibility in an off-the-shelf system, while high performance is assured by the combination of a powerful
Intel® Core™ i7 processor and VPX technology. The system can be used for both application development and application deployment.
“In a tough economic environment, our customers are focusing more than ever on how to reduce cost, risk and lead-time,”
said Rod Rice, General Manager, Military & Aerospace Products at GE Intelligent Platforms. “GE’s range of COTS Rugged Systems
helps them by eliminating costly NRE investment, the arduous task of selecting, integrating and testing off-the-shelf boards
and the complexities of dealing with multiple points of support. That adds up to a solution that is not only less costly,
but also that carries minimal risk and that can be delivered more quickly, shortening the time to revenue.”
Minimization of program risk and cost is further enhanced by GE’s
competencies, together with extensive
experience and expertise in the AS9100-compliant analysis, design, manufacturing and testing of systems in accordance with
the relevant MIL and industry standards such as MIL-STD-810, 704, 461, and DO-160.
Software development cycle time is minimized through the provision of Board Support Packages (BSPs) and drivers that
can be used to aid integration of the application.
Other members of GE’s COTS Rugged System family offer a range of choices using the 3U VPX and CompactPCI
architecture in 2-, 3-, 4- and 5-slot chassis and featuring processors from Intel and Freescale.
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