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Mercury Computer Systems has launched the Ensemble 6000 Series 6U OpenVPX Intel Core i7 LDS6520 Module, which combines Intel’s Core i7 processor range with the POET fabric interconnect.

Together with POET (Protocol Offload Engine Technology), the module enables high subsystem application performance for ISR applications.

ISR subsystems utilising multiple Mercury LDS6520 modules will benefit from fast, low-latency data communications between Intel Core i7 devices.

Empowered by POET, Mercury’s protocol offload technology, the LDS6520 enables a serial RapidIO or low-latency 10 Gigabit Ethernet data plane to connect a number of Intel Core i7 processors and FPGAs.

This embedded POET capability on the LDS6520 module facilitates very high-speed data connections and system scaling for Intel devices in defence applications.

In addition to providing high-speed data-plane connectivity, the LDS6520 is one of the first OpenVPX Intel products to provide high-speed communication links to general-purpose GPU modules (GPGPU), providing a typical 10x gain in system performance for many ISR applications compared with previous-generation designs.

The linkage to the GPGPUs is enabled by the PCI Express expansion plane, a component of the 6U OpenVPX multiplane architecture.

The additional physically independent expansion planes, which carry traffic between the GPU and Intel processors, greatly increase overall system throughput, creating a well-balanced ISR subsystem.

The Intel Core i7 based LDS6520 module is designed to simplify ISR subsystem architectures and accelerate development utilising fully validated and tested XMC products, such as 10 Gigabit Ethernet sensor interfaces for radar and the Echotek Series of FPGA-based digital receivers and transceivers for signals intelligence/electronic warfare applications.

The module also operates in validated configurations with other 6U OpenVPX boards, such as the Mercury’s GSC6200 GPU module for EO/IR applications.

The LDS6520 supports two XMCs and a dual-core Intel Core i7 Processor.

It is available in air-cooled and conduction-cooled rugged versions.

The initial configurations of the LDS6520 support both serial RapidIO 1.3 and serial RapidIO 2.1 to the backplane.

Mercury’s POET technology enables future configurations with 10 Gigabit Ethernet.

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