GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms Announces New Rugged 3U VPX Single Board Computer For Applications that are Size-, Weight- and Power Constrained

Next generation SBC341 offers 13% higher clock speed and 20% lower thermal design power than SBC340


·         Intel® Penryn processor enables high throughput, low power consumption
·         Extensive I/O capability allows building of complex systems
·         8 GBytes of memory supports concurrent sophisticated applications
·         Five ruggedization levels maximize cost-effectiveness
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA   July 23, 2009   GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms, a unit of GE Enterprise Solutions, today announced the VPXcel3 SBC341 3U VPX rugged single board computer.  Taking advantage of the latest Penryn processor technology from Intel® with its 2.26GHz SP9300 Core™2 Duo processor and 25 watts thermal design power (TDP), the SBC341 responds to the growing requirement for maximum throughput with minimum power dissipation. 
The SBC341 processor features a 13% higher clock speed and a 20% lower TDP than the SBC340 it supersedes: it also features 50% more on-cache memory and a 50% faster front side bus for even more significant performance gains. For applications that are even more sensitive to power dissipation, the SBC341 is alternatively available with the SL9400 1.86GHz Core™2 Duo processor with a TDP of just 17 watts. As well as being highly attractive to new customers, the SBC341 offers existing SBC340 customers simple, seamless access to a solution that delivers even better performance/watt than its predecessor in demanding applications including sophisticated processing, communications and graphics. 
 “The SBC341 is evidence of the maturity of our VPX product family as well as our commitment to extending our price/performance leadership in a technology that is redefining what is possible in military embedded computing,” said Peter Cavill, General Manager, Military & Aerospace at GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms.   “The 3U VPX form factor is an ideal fit for applications that demand leading edge throughput but that are size-, weight- and power-constrained – and the announcement of the SBC341 further extends the range of 3U VPX solutions we can offer.”
The SBC341 is available in five ruggedization levels, enabling it to provide the most cost-effective solution whether it is deployed in a benign development environment or in a harsh operational environment.
Other key features of the SBC341 include support for up to 8 GBytes of DDR3 memory (twice as much as the SBC340), allowing multiple demanding applications to be run concurrently. Extensive I/O flexibility allows complex systems to be built, with Gigabit Ethernet, x16 PCI Express™ for high-speed communication with an external graphics processor (x4 PCI Express and x1 PCI Express also provided), four USB ports, COM1 and COM2 ports and two SATA interfaces. 
Supported software environments include Windows® XP, XP Embedded, Windows Vista® and Linux®. GE Fanuc also provides support for VxWorks® 6.6 from Wind River Systems.
The SBC341 will also feature in GE Fanuc’s MAGIC1 Rugged Display Computer, where it will combine latest generation Core™2 Duo processor technology with an advanced NVIDIA® G73 GPU to deliver a complete, self-contained solution for demanding video and graphics applications in harsh environments. 
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