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The DSP280 is a rugged dual socket Intel 2nd generation Quad Core i7 mulitprocessor designed to improve defense intelligence applications. This is the 5th new product from GE to harness the extraordinary performance of the 2nd generation Intel® Core™ i7 chip set. The DSP280 is designed to meet the rigorous real-time demands of applications such as ISR (Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance), radar, sonar, image and sensor processing across a wide range of platforms including manned, unmanned airborne, ground and naval vehicles.

The dual quad core platform is capable of more than 260 Gigaflops peak performance and delivers main memory bandwidth of up to 21 GBytes/second per CPU node.  Its HPEC (high performance embedded computing) architecture can scale from one to many processor nodes per enclosure via RDMA-enabled 10 Gigabit Ethernet and Double Data Rate (DDR) InfiniBand® dual port NICs, delivering up to 1.8 GBytes/second data rates per channel with memory to memory latencies of approximately 1µs. Sixteen GBytes of ECC memory along with 16 GBytes of solid state disk can obviate the need for traditional hard disk drives. Support for 3D high-resolution graphics further enhances the utility and flexibility of the DSP280, widening its potential application footprint.


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  • Dual Intel®  2nd Generation Quad Core™ i7  Processors
    - Intel® Advanced Vector Extensions (AVX)
    - Intel® Hyper-Threading Technology
    - Intel® HD Graphics 3000 with 3D & OpenGL
    - Intel® Turbo Boost 2.0 at up to 3 GHz
    - Trusted Platform Module (TPM)
  • Two CPU sub-systems each with:
    - 6 MBytes shared L3 Cache
    - 8 GigaBytes DDR3 SDRAM (16 GB total)
    - Dual port RDMA NIC-10GE & DDR Infiniband
  • Mobile Intel® QM67 Express PCH:
    - 4MB SPI FLASH plus recovery BANC FLASH
    - 512KB MRAM NV memory for mission data
    - 8 GigaBytes NAND FLASH Disk
    - HDMI/DVI Display port
    - 2 x USB 2.0 ports
    - SATA 3.0 interface
    - 2 x RS232/422/485 serial ports
    - 8 x GPIO
    - PS2 keyboard & mouse
  • 6U OpenVPX VITA65 Payload profile with:
    - Data Plane: 10GE/Infiniband RDMA NICs
    - Expansion Plane: Gen 2 PCIe Switch with DMA
    - Control Plane: 2 x GbE ports per node
  • DSP280 Press Release
  • Intel ISA
  • OpenVPX Logo
  • PLM Program
  Type Title
Datasheet DSP280 Product Data Sheet
Requires Authorization User Manual AXISFlow Programmer's Guide
Edition 12
Requires Authorization User Manual AXISmpi User Guide
Edition 1
Requires Authorization User Manual AXISView User Guide
Edition 12
Brochures 2011 Military and Aerospace Product Selection Guide
68-page Product Selection Guide
Brochures AXIS Advanced Integrated Multiprocessor Software
AXIS Software Overview
Brochures GPGPU COTS Platforms
12-page brochure discussing GPGPU in COTS platforms
Brochures High Performance Embedded Computing
16-page High Performance Embedded Computing brochure
Brochures Naval Applications
8-page Naval Applications Brochure
White Papers Anti-Tamper Technology: Safeguarding Today’s COTS Platforms
This paper focuses on the use of COTS anti-tamper frameworks to support secure platforms and provide information assurance.
White Papers Consumer Market Drives Advances in High-Performance Embedded Computing
Military and aerospace sector reaps benefits from consumer-led technology developments
White Papers Design Approaches Impact GPGPU Implementation
Chip-down and mezzanine options present potential benefits and drawbacks for developers.
White Papers DSP Applications to Reap Benefits from Inclusion of AVX in Processors
Increasing vector engine to 256 bits doubles DSP compute capacity while reducing SWaP.
White Papers High Performance Embedded Computing and Its Impact on Mil/Aero Applications
The drive toward Modular Open Systems Architectures (MOSA) is at the heart of GE’s selection of technologies, and this paper examines how this can positively impact programs.
White Papers Many-Core Processors Report Ready for Duty
Increasing Speed, Reducing Size of Radar Processing Systems
White Papers Mil/Aero Thermal Management
Providing the most capable rugged COTS products for demanding environments
White Papers OpenVPX Backplane Fabric Choice Calls for Careful Analyses
White Papers OpenVPX System Bandwidth
A Comparison of 10Gb Ethernet Performance, Serial Rapid IO, and InfiniBand
White Papers RDMA: The Future of High Speed Fabric Interconnects
White Papers Switched Fabrics Support High-Performance Embedded Computing for Military and Aerospace Platforms
Lessons learned from high-performance computing arena can be transferred to military and aerospace applications for improved component interoperability.
White Papers Tuning HPEC Linux Clusters for Real-Time Determinism
This paper investigates interrupt response times and message passing latencies using OpenMPI on three different versions of the Linux kernel.
Requires Authorization Application Notes DSP280/SBC624 CPU Speed Locking Application Note
Edition 1
Requires Authorization BIT Guide BIT on DSP280 Software Reference Manual
Requires Authorization BIT Guide BIT V4 User Guide
Configuration Guide Ruggedization Levels
Requires Authorization Hardware Manual DSP280 Hardware Reference Manual
Edition 2
Requires Authorization Hardware Manual DSP280FTM Hardware Reference Manual
Edition 1
Requires Authorization Hardware Manual DSP280RTM Hardware Reference Manual
Edition 1
Requires Authorization Software Manual Board Management Microcontroller Software Reference Manual
Requires Authorization Software Manual Linux SDK for DSP280 HTML Pages
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Requires Authorization Software Manual VxWorks BSP for DSP280 HTML Pages
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Requires Authorization Software Manual VxWorks ESP for DSP280 HTML Pages
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Requires Authorization Software Manual Windows SDK for DSP280 HTML Pages
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Requires Authorization Software Manual Workbench/Platforms/VxWorks GEIP ESP Installation Software Reference Manual
Requires Authorization Software Reference AXIS Quick Reference Guide
4th Edition
Requires Authorization Software Release Notes DSP280 VxWorks BSP Release 1.2
Requires Authorization Software Release Notes DSP280 VxWorks ESP Release 1.2
Customer support contact info for this product is listed below by global region. All related documentation and software for this product are listed under the "Downloads" tab of this product page.

Primary Support

Towcester, UK
Tove Valley Business Park
Towcester, Northamptonshire, -- NN12 6PF

Support Phone: +44 (0) 1327 322760
Support E-mail: support.towcester.ip@ge.com
RMA E-mail: repairs.towcester.ip@ge.com


Huntsville, AL
12090 South Memorial Parkway
Huntsville, AL 35803-3308

Support Phone: 1-800-433-2682
Support E-mail: support.embeddedsystems.ip@ge.com
RMA E-mail: repairs.huntsville.ip@ge.com

  • DSP280RTM-11
  • DSP280SK1-11
  • DSP280SK2-11
  • DSP280EMU-11
  • DSP280FTM-11

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