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Abrams tank computer upgrade

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GE Fanuc Embedded Systems
: 22 September, 2009  (Company News)
GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms has secured an order from General Dynamics Land Systems (GDLS) of Sterling Heights, MI for 3U VPX single board computers, graphics processors, disk subsystems and switches in support of GDLS’s work on the Abrams Evolutionary Design (AED) program for the M1A2 tank.
The AED is the design development program for future Abrams tank computer systems and will see the gradual replacement of 6U VME-based systems supplied by GE Fanuc to GDLS for the Abrams Continuous Electronics Enhancement Program (CEEP) and System Enhancement Program (SEP V2). The AED program is expected to be at least equal to the scope and value of the CEEP program.

Importantly, all these GE Fanuc products comply with the REDI (Ruggedized Enhanced Design Implementation) VITA 48 standard. The REDI/VITA 48 standard provides guidelines that enable designers to develop boards that are capable of operation in the harsh environments typical of military operations. They also provide the Army with a Line Replaceable Module (LRM) solution that makes Level Two Maintenance possible, insuring faster, more cost-effective repair and replacement in the field – a key requirement for the armed forces.

“The requirement for the Abrams Evolutionary Design is to provide the tank with significantly greater computing power but with a smaller footprint, allowing even more capabilities to be built in to the Abrams’ confined space,” said Peter Cavill, General Manager, Military & Aerospace at GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms. “Our 3U VPX solution allows this to be possible. We have a long history with GDLS and the highly successful CEEP program, and our hope is that our two companies can continue to work together to make the AED program equally successful.”
The order from GDLS includes the following GE Fanuc products:

SBC310 3U VPX Freescale Power Architecture 8641D single board computer
SBC340 3U VPX Intel Core™2 Duo single board computer
GRA110 3U VPX NVIDIA G73 graphics processor
PEX430 3U VPX PCI Express switch and PMC/XMC carrier
GBX410 3U VPX 16-port Gigabit Ethernet switch
SDD910 3U VPX solid state SATA disk module
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