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Single-board PCs are ‘first’ to extend lives through upgrading

12 July, 2013

GE Intelligent Platforms has announced a family of modular single-board computers (SBCs) that it says are the first designed specifically to deliver high long-term performance with low total costs of ownership.

The scalable VM601 SBCs separate the computing core (processor, chipset and memory) on a COM Express module – from the carrier card (which typically contains system I/O) on which the core is deployed. This allows the computing core to be upgraded simply and inexpensively to keep pace with increasing performance demands. It also minimises the risk to the critical infrastructure from obsolescence, and reduces the cost to re-qualify the complete assembly.

This modular architecture allows the SBCs to deliver high levels of functionality and performance over longer periods of deployment and at lower cost than is possible with current monolithic single-board computer designs.

The first product in the new family is the VM601P1 modular dual-slot 6U VME64 SBC which is based on the QoriQ P1022 processor. Other family members will offer a choice of VIA Nano or Intel Core i7 processors. Other SBC form factors will be added to the modular family over time.

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