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COM Express Module Brings Performance to Applications Constrained by Power Consumption and Size

mCOM10K1GE’s Intelligent Platforms  business has announced the mCOM10K1 Type 10 Mini COM Express Module. Based on the NVIDIA Tegra K1 system-on-chip (SOC), enabling it to deliver 326 GFLOPS of performance. It is well suited for applications where very high performance in data-intensive applications, rugged reliability in harsh environments and very compact size need to be combined.

As well as extending GE’s COM Express offering still further, the mCOM10K1  also brings GE’s powerful GPGPU (general purpose processing on a graphics processor) capability within reach of the significant number of applications where power consumption needs to be 10 watts or less.

In the commercial environment, devices with the level of capability of the mCOM10K1 will be key enablers for the Industrial Internet and the Internet of Things, and will see deployment in industrial process automation, automotive and transportation, medical imaging and so on. In military/aerospace, target applications include image and video processing, sensor processing and electronic warfare.

The mCOM10K1’s on-board components are specifically selected for their reliability in demanding conditions. Unlike solutions designed for benign environments, the processor and memory are soldered to the board for maximum resistance to shock and vibration. Extended mechanical construction protects the module, which is designed for optional conformal coating to provide additional resistance to moisture, dust, chemicals, and temperature extremes.

“GPGPU technology has been widely adopted in a broad range of applications, spanning such diverse disciplines as healthcare, astronomy, machine learning, and artificial intelligence,” said Simon Collins, product manager, GE’s Intelligent Platforms business. “Much of this work has taken place in the cloud or on big server hardware; low-end hardware has previously required about 100 Watts supply.  The Tegra K1 at the heart of the mCOM10K1 delivers a significant opportunity to exploit GPGPU technology on a scale that was previously unimaginable, creating a sophisticated processing capability at the edge nodes of the network.”

With full CUDA support, Tegra K1 brings two compute-intensive benefits. First, GPGPU code can be easily ported to other platforms, meaning that an application need be developed only once for a broad range of performance/watt solutions. Second, it leverages the extensive infrastructure of third party tools and open standards libraries that mean that application development is faster and at lower cost.

The COM Express architecture extends the useful life of the subsystem by allowing a simple, cost-effective upgrade of the processor alone. The long-term cost of ownership is reduced while ensuring that performance keeps pace with changing needs. The mCOM10K1 features 2 GB of memory; integrated HDMI and LVDS interfaces; Gigabit Ethernet; a SATA interface; PCI Express (Gen 2); and five USB ports and a USB 3.0 port.

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