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GE has secured a contract to define high-performance embedded computing architectures of the future generations of radar processor installed onboard the US Air Force (USAF) platforms.

Under the contract, the company’s Intelligent Platforms business will undertake a six-month research programme to benchmark and optimise synthetic aperture radar and ground moving target indicator radar modes on multiprocessor high performance embedded computing (HPEC) systems.

The HPEC systems consist of conventional central processing units (CPUs) and graphics processing units interconnected by high-speed fabric.

GE Intelligent Platforms business HPEC Systems engineering manager David Tetley said: "This contract award acknowledges GE’s experience and leadership in the development of high-performance embedded computing solutions.

"The HPEC systems consist of conventional central processing units (CPUs) and graphics processing units interconnected by high-speed fabric."

"This includes those using general-purpose computing on graphics processing units (GPGPU) technology for the most demanding applications, and the application expertise with which we are able to support our customers.

"It is an exciting project to be working on as it will help create the radar processor architectures of the future, and can have a significant bearing on the operational efficiency and effectiveness of the US Air Force in the years to come."

The contract also covers the development of a lab-based processor system that has a clear path to rugged deployment on USAF platforms.

GE claims that the lab-based processor platform will embrace the open system architecture approach based on open and existing industry standards and interfaces in both hardware and software.

The research programme is scheduled to be undertaken at the company’s HPEC Center of Excellence in Massachusetts, US, which provides a focus for the future development of an array of powerful, flexible products and solutions for military / aerospace embedded computing.


Image: GE will undertake a six-month study to help define future generations of radar processors onboard USAF platforms. Photo: courtesy of © 2015 GE Intelligent Platforms.