Achieve advanced sensor processing with 3U VPX GPGPU

28th November 2013
Staff Reporter

Combining exceptional processing and high data throughput capabilities, the new 3U VPX GPGPU from Aitech has a rugged design ideal for C4ISR and advanced sensor processing. The C530 GPGPU carries the latest industry-standard MXM modules with the ability to easily upgrade to newer modules as they become available.

These state-of-the-art MXM modules enable one module to be utilised across multiple platforms, providing expanded graphics and teraflop processing options for each system.  The C530 GPGPU board is currently offered with one of two state-of-the-art MXM modules: the 600 MHz NVIDIA GeForce GTX 675MX with 4 GB of GDDR5 memory at 1800 MHz, and the 850 MHz AMD Radeon HD 7970M with 2 GB of GDDR5 memory at 1200 MHz.

Multiple format video output channels come as standard and enable the board to be used in a variety of rugged signal processing and high resolution graphics requirements.  The C530 connects to any Intel-based VPX SBC via a high speed PCIe Gen 2.0 link using up to 16 lanes over the VPX backplane. This makes for easy integration into VPX-based systems, while meeting the high performance requirements of graphics-based applications. 

Aitech's Doug Patterson commented, “GPGPUs are ideal for performing parallel processing and high-bandwidth image processing, serving as dedicated math co-processors for advanced digital signal processing and embedded computing subsystems. Major hurdles in processing and analysing sensor information from data-intensive applications include combining multiple wavelength, optical and radar image frames to create instantly recognisable information immediately actionable by the mission operator.  Aitech’s C530 GPGPU addresses these challenges by providing a COTS-based, open architecture product framework to synchronise and integrate large arrays of disparate sensors.”

The new C530 GPGPU meets the critical task of effectively processing sensor data and situational awareness information in defence and aerospace applications. For example, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) with multiple independent sensors must remain aloft and on-station for extended periods of time, performing continuous reconnaissance and surveillance. 

Today’s advanced systems must combine these independent sources of sensor data – called Sensor Fusion – and form the data into complex images for immediate action and post mission analysis. The C530 aids in that process. In manned vehicles, to offload vehicle operators, advanced manned vehicle data fusion systems must perform more autonomous operator functions, such as complex target and Red/Blue force tracking.  These new data sensor applications include border security and patrol using sensor fusion with data manipulation that push the limits of advanced optical and infrared sensor processing on remote controlled unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) platforms.  These applications demand an SBC that can collect, process, analyse and immediately act upon very large quantities of data. The new C530 GPGPU comes in commercial and rugged air-cooled as well as conduction-cooled configurations for severe and harsh environments per VITA 46. 

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