GE Intelligent Platforms is to develop and manufacture rugged high performance embedded computing (HPEC) and graphics solutions based on the NVIDIA Tegra K1 mobile processor.
GE will be NVIDIA’s preferred provider of the new technology to serve applications in harsh environments, most notably to customers in the military/aerospace market.
This is because the mobile processor features reductions in heat dissipation and weight.
It makes GPU technology available to classes of application for which it was not previously feasible – notably in the highly SWaP (size, weight and power) constrained environments.
These environments increasingly characterise military/aerospace deployments such as man-wearable and portable systems.
“We are working with customers for whom GPU technology is an ideal fit for their sophisticated but SWaP-constrained applications – but who have been precluded from using it because of its power consumption and heat dissipation,” said Simon Collins, product manager, GE Intelligent Platforms.
According to Collins, the Tegra K1 also enhances GE’s HPEC capability.
“Previously, our HPEC offering ranged in power consumption from around 2,000 watts at the high end to 100 watts at the entry level,” he said. “In future, we will be able to offer HPEC solutions that consume as little as 10 watts, allowing CUDA algorithms to be easily ported across an even broader range of platforms.”
The announcement was made at NVIDIA’s GPU Technology Conference.
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