GE Takes Advantage of Latest Intel Processor to Deliver Leading Edge Performance from New Rugged 3U VPX Single Board Computer

• SBC328 delivers significantly higher performance than predecessor • Provides advanced support for data integrity, security • Straightforward, cost-effective upgrade from previous generation

GE's SBC328 3U VPX SBC features Intel "Skylake" technology

HUNTSVILLE, AL.— SEPTEMBER 01, 2015— GE Energy Management’s Intelligent Platforms  business (NYSE: GE) today announced the SBC328 GE Rugged 3U VPX single board computer (SBC). Based on the latest Intel® Xeon® processor (“Skylake”), it is designed to deliver optimum performance in a range of demanding high performance embedded computing (HPEC) applications in harsh military/aerospace environments such as electronic warfare, radar/sonar, command and control, ISR and signal processing. The SBC328 also offers an outstanding solution in challenging industrial and commercial deployments such as energy exploration and transportation. 

The new SBC features the Intel Xeon E3-V5 Series processor operating at 2.8GHz which delivers substantially higher performance than previous-generation processors. With integrated graphics and memory controller all in one device, and coupled with the CM236 chipset, this provides an upgraded level of I/O bandwidth for both on-board and off-board functions.

Also notable is the enhanced support the SBC328 provides to enable customers to implement advanced security capabilities such as anti-tamper and information assurance. This support includes an inherently secure FPGA solution, and support for Intel’s Trusted Execution Technology.

In line with GE’s strategy of maximizing the long term value of customer investments, the SBC328 offers board level compatibility with its predecessor, the SBC326, enabling a straightforward, cost-effective upgrade path that will deliver increased processing power, I/O bandwidth and functionality.

The SBC328 benefits from its support for GE’s AXIS Advanced Multiprocessor Integrated Software development environment which enables the rapid creation and testing of sophisticated HPEC applications, reducing risk, cost and time-to-market.

“A significant proportion of new programs in the defense and aerospace market are choosing 3U VPX because of its ability to deliver significant processing power in environments that are highly constrained in terms of size, weight and power,” said Richard Kirk, Director of Core Computing at GE Intelligent Platforms. “The SBC328 is the optimum response to that requirement with its unmatched combination of performance - enabled by Intel’s latest processors - functionality and GE Rugged robust reliability.”

“The Intel Xeon E3 V5 Series processor is enabling companies like GE to develop exciting new products, such as the SBC328, that deliver the levels of processing performance that demanding customers need for their most challenging applications," said Samuel Cravatta, product line director, Internet of Things Group, Intel. "Beyond that, the Intel Xeon E3 V5 Series processor integrates new functionalities that enable new generations of smaller and lighter embedded computing solutions that can be deployed in environments that were previously unthinkable."

In addition to a comprehensive range of onboard I/O features, the SBC328 also offers an on-board mezzanine expansion site for enhanced system flexibility. Memory resources include 16 GB DDR4 SDRAM, up to 32 GB NAND Flash (SSD), 32 MB BIOS Flash and 16 MB BIOS backup Flash.

About GE Energy Management

GE Energy Management provides customers with electrical solutions that enable local utilities and energy-intensive industries to more efficiently manage electricity from the point of generation to consumption. For more information, visit

About GE’s Intelligent Platforms business

GE’s Intelligent Platforms business, part of GE Energy Management, is headquartered in Charlottesville, VA. The company’s embedded computing segment, headquartered in Huntsville, AL, and Towcester, England, provides one of the industry’s broadest ranges of high performance, rugged, SWaP-optimized embedded computing platforms for a broad range of industries – both commercial and military/aerospace – where harsh environments need GE’s expertise in robust, reliable, rugged solutions. Backed by programs that provide  responsive customer support and minimize long term cost of ownership for multi-year programs, GE’s solutions are designed to help customers minimize program risk and cost, and speed time-to-market. For more information, visit

About the Intel Internet of Things Solutions Alliance

GE’s Intelligent Platforms business is an associate member of the Intel Internet of Things Solutions Alliance.  From modular components to market-ready systems, Intel and the 350+ global member companies of the Alliance provide scalable, interoperable solutions that accelerate deployment of intelligent devices and end-to-end analytics. Close collaboration with Intel and each other enables Alliance members to innovate with the latest technologies, helping developers deliver first-in-market solutions.


For more information, contact:

Ian McMurray

Communications Manager

GE Intelligent Platform

+44 (0) 1327 322821

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