PCI Express XMC features obsolescence-proof GPU - Embedded.com

PCI Express XMC features obsolescence-proof GPU


San Jose, Calif.—Quantum3D Inc. announced the availability of Sentiris AV1, a PCI Express Mezzanine Card (XMC) that addresses the needs of high safety- and security-critical applications such as primary flight instrumentation and multi-level security (MLS) systems.

Certifiable to DO-178B for software and DO-254 for hardware, Sentiris AV1 offers an obsolescence-proof design. This is accomplished by leveraging an FPGA-based video- and graphics-processing core instead of the traditional approach of using dedicated graphics processing units, (GPUs), which are rapidly made obsolete by end-of-life (EOL) announcements.

Sentiris AV1's hardware, the core of which is Xilinx's Virtex 5 FPGA, is programmed as an embedded GPU that can be upgraded over the lifetime of the product. The company's approach is different from traditional GPUs, however, in that it has fully DO-254 certifiable firmware rather than obtaining a hardware waiver based on a statistical time test. While originally designed for applications such as flight-certified image generation, Sentiris AV1 is also applicable for other uses, such as real-time imaging for medical applications.

Pricing: Starts at $9,980.
Availability: Now.

Quantum 3D Inc., www.quantum3d.com

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