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Metromatics offers PowerXtreme PPC9B Rugged Single Board Computer from GE Intelligent Platforms

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Metromatics  offers the PowerXtreme PPC9B rugged 6U VME bus single board computer from GE Intelligent Platforms.  

The PPC9B single board computer is the ideal upgrade for low power, thermally-constrained applications that require more processing ability.  

Based on Freescale’s QorIQ™ P2020 dual core processor with 2GB DDR3 ECC memory, it is designed to provide a compelling upgrade path for PowerXtreme users by maintaining the power envelope of previous family members such as the PPC4A and PPC7A while delivering around 10 times the processing performance (depending on the application).  

More than 15,000 PowerXtreme single board computers are deployed in demanding military/ aerospace applications.  

The performance/watt profile of the PPC9B will be equally attractive to customers to whom it can deliver a distinct advantage in environments such as unmanned vehicle control systems.  

The PPC9B’s power dissipation of only 20-25 watts makes it ideal for rugged, deployed applications where minimal heat dispersion is essential such as sensor fusion and processing, tracking, weapon guidance and electronic support subsystems.  

The Freescale QorIQ P2020 achieves its 10x performance increase (compared with the 7410 processor that was the heart of the PPC4A) through its dual core architecture, faster clock speed (1.2GHz), higher degree of silicon integration, faster memory interface and implementation of PCI Express® and RapidIO®.  

In addition, the PPC9B offers substantial configuration flexibility allowing customers to create a solution precisely tailored to the requirements of the application.  

Connectivity for the PPC9B is provided via a dual Gigabit Ethernet, two UART ports, four fast serial COM ports, two USB ports, two SATA ports and 24 GPIO ports with an additional Gigabit Ethernet, USB and UART port available via front I/O for air-cooled versions.  

Keyboard/mouse PS/2 ports are provided for legacy applications that require them and these can be substituted by two additional USB ports.  

Available in five rugged air-and conduction-cooled build levels for optimum cost effectiveness, the PPC9B is fully supported by comprehensive Deployed Test Software (BIT and BCS) while operating system support for VxWorks®, lynxOS® and Linux® gives customers the choices they require.  

GE Intelligent Platforms is an experienced high-performance technology company and global provider of software, hardware, services and expertise in automation and embedded computing.  

GE Intelligent Platforms is represented in Australia and New Zealand by Metromatics.

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