GE Expands Range of Off-The-Shelf Rugged Systems Designed to Reduce Cost, Risk and Time-to-Market

New systems feature Intel® Core™ processors for outstanding performance


CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA  April 12 2011 GE Intelligent Platforms today announced a further expansion in its growing range of rugged systems.  Designed for control applications in challenging environments such as unmanned vehicles, launch vehicles, and commercial helicopters and aircraft, the CRS-C2I-3CC1 and CRS-C3I-3CB1 2-slot and 3-slot rugged CompactPCI® systems are a highly cost-effective alternative to in-house development – eliminating costly NRE – and provide off-the-shelf, packaged, self-contained solutions that shorten design, development, integration and testing time. They also provide a quicker path to a higher Technology Readiness Level (TRL), giving system developers a superior capability at lower cost, in less time and with reduced risk.

The CRS-C2I-3CC1 and CRS-C3I-3CB1 feature Intel® Core™ processors. GE had earlier announced the CRS-C2P-3CC1 and CRS-C3P-3CB1 2-slot and 3-slot pre-validated, application-ready, CompactPCI®-based computer systems based on the Freescale™ MPC7448 processor. All are available in a wide range of application-specific configurations that can be delivered in a rugged, convection- or base plate cooled 3U chassis. Further GE rugged systems announcements are expected in the coming months.

“In the current economic environment, our customers are clear in what they’re telling us,” said Paul Scanlon, General Manager, Military & Aerospace Systems, GE Intelligent Platforms.  “They need competitive pricing. They need to minimize program risk.  And they need the shortest possible lead-times.  GE’s expanding family of rugged system solutions is designed to provide them with the inexpensive, proven system they need, allowing them to achieve sustainable competitive advantage by coming to market faster with robust systems at lower prices.” 

The CRS-C2I-3CC1 and CRS-C3I-3CB1 integrate GE Intelligent Platforms boards and mod­ules, drawn from GE’s wide selection of COTS boards, into open modular systems  that are tested and qualified for rugged systems deployment. They are configured with a single board computer featuring Intel® Core™ processors, together with 1 Gbyte of RAM and 4 GBytes of Flash memory.  These computers are supplied as standard with Linux®, Windows® or the VxWorks® real-time operating system and feature I/O capabilities including Ethernet, serial, USB, CANbus, MIL-STD-1553 and ARINC 429 as well as discrete I/O.

The CRS-C2I-3CC1 has dimensions of (H x W x D) 3.96” x 7.15” x 9.03” (excluding connectors) and weighs only 11 pounds; and the CRS-C3I-3CB1 has dimensions of (H x W x D) 5.60” x 4.25” x 8.76” (excluding connectors) and weighs only 9 pounds.

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