GE Intelligent Platforms introduced the new 3U OpenVPX-REDI GFG500 Gigabit Ethernet video processor and the 3U OpenVPX-REDI MCP500 processor at the AUVSI recently in Washington DC.
Based on the Tilera TILEPro64 many-core processor, these rugged boards are designed for demanding video processing and network processing applications for deployment in harsh environments such as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and ground vehicles.
The GFG500 video processors are pre-loaded with GE’s powerful algorithms for capturing and processing multiple simultaneous video streams from Gigabit Ethernet-compliant video sources, providing optimum speed of implementation and time to market.
Operating in conjunction with a single board computer and graphics processing unit, such as GE’s SBC340 and GRA111, the GFG500 video processing equipment has been successfully integrated into multi sensor vision systems, capable of simultaneously processing ten 1392 x 1024 GigE Vision video streams at 30Hz.
The MCP500 network processors are general purpose, many core processor platforms, providing customers with a powerful, flexible engine that can accelerate software applications through multiprocessing.
The MCP500 is suitable for network processing applications such as packet processing, intrusion detection/deep packet inspection, unified threat management, network monitoring and forensics in tactical wireline and wireless environments.
Both processors also include four banks of 512MBytes DDR2 800 SDRAM together with two 10 Gigabit Ethernet XAUI interfaces and two 4-lane PCI Express interfaces to enable the building of complex systems.
According to Chris Jobling, Product Manager, GE Intelligent Platforms, the two new processors respond to the requirement of unmanned vehicles to capture, process and distribute highly detailed video information for the communication of intelligence by delivering superior video and networking performance within the compact, lightweight footprint of the 3U VPX format.
The Tilera TILEPro64 700MHz processor at the heart of the GFG500 and MCP500 features an 8 x 8 grid of 64 general purpose processor cores for compute-intensive applications.
This processor delivers high performance processing for demanding applications in image processing and networking by exploiting the natural parallelism inherent in applications such as video (pixel and frame parallel), network (session and packet parallel), and wireless (channel parallel).