GE SE 2 very high performance rugged Single Slot Graphics platform for Military

Combines Intel Core 2 Duo processor, NVIDIA G72/G73 GPU

  • Up to 8 GBytes of memory for maximum performance 
  • 10 Gigabit Ethernet maximizes data throughput
  • Optional solid state disk, 1553 interface enhances flexibility
  • VxWorks, Windows, Linux support

GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms, a unit of GE
Enterprise Solutions, today announced the SE 2 very high performance 6U
VME rugged graphics platform.  Combining an Intel Core2 Duo processor
operating at up to 2.26GHz, an NVIDIA graphics processor (G72 or G73)
and a 10 Gigabit Ethernet network interface card, the SE 2 is designed
for demanding graphics-intensive applications that will be deployed in
harsh environments. 

Further leveraging GE Fanuc Intelligent
Platforms’ recently-announced relationship with NVIDIA, the SE 2
provides a complete, self-contained single slot solution, responding to
the need to minimize size and weight in space-constrained

“Graphics processing is assuming an increasingly
vital role in many of today’s military applications,” said Peter
Cavill, General Manager, Military & Aerospace Products at GE Fanuc
Intelligent Platforms, “but this requirement has historically been at
odds with the need to keep board counts to a minimum.  By introducing
the SE 2, we are making it possible for systems developers to
incorporate rugged graphics processing within a system but without
compromising other elements of the design.”

Typical applications
for the SE 2 include digital mapping, where the requirement is to
render significant amounts of graphics data in close to real-time, and
distributed aperture sensors that need to acquire and process
substantial quantities of visual information. 

Use of Intel’s
latest ‘Penryn’ processor maximizes performance/watt and allows support
of larger memory, while the NVIDIA graphics processor is capable of
achieving its maximum rated clock speed throughout the rugged
temperature range, allowing optimum performance to be achieved in the
most challenging conditions.  System throughput is maximized by the
provision of x16 PCI Express between the Intel and NVIDIA processors. 

features of the SE2 include up to 8 GBytes of DDR2 SDRAM, four serial
ports, six USB 2.0 ports and PS/2 mouse and keyboard ports.  The SE2 is
optionally available with a x4 PCI Express interface (replaces the 10
Gigabit Ethernet interface), an on-board solid state SATA disk drive
and a single channel redundant MIL-STF-1553 interface.  Five levels of
ruggedization – from benign to conduction-cooled – are available,
maximizing both flexibility and cost-effectiveness. 

support includes Wind River’s VxWorks 6.6, Windows XP and Windows Vista
as well as Linux.  The availability of OpenGL drivers under VxWorks
means that certification to DO-178B is achievable. 


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