Rugged GPGPU for high-end graphics processing in harsh environments

November 29, 2013 // By Graham Prophet
This scalable 3U VPX C530 accommodates current MXM modules with upgrade options

Aitech – Aitech Defense Systems, maker of rugged embedded and mission-critical computing technologies, has released a 3U VPX GPGPU that combines processing and high data throughput capabilities with a rugged design suitable for C4ISR and advanced sensor processing.

C530 carries the latest industry-standard MXM modules with the ability to easily upgrade to newer modules as they become available. These 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:

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 675MX at 600 MHz; 4 GB of GDDR5 memory at 1800 MHz

AMD Radeon HD 7970M at 850 MHz; 2 GB of GDDR5 memory at 1200 MHz

The multiple format video output channels included as standard on the new C530 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 says that 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.... processing and analysing sensor information from data-intensive applications includes combining multiple wavelength, optical and radar image frames to create instantly recognisable information immediately actionable by the mission operator. The 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, Aitech adds, 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,