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NPN240 is the world's first rugged, NVIDIA CUDA enabled dual GPGPU multiprocessor for defense and aerospace applications. The NPN240 features two NVIDIA CUDA-capable GT240 96-core GPUs, enabling it to deliver up to 750 GFLOPS peak per card slot (depending on the application). Multiple NPN240s can be linked to single or multiple hosts to create multi-node CUDA GPU clusters capable of thousands of GFLOPs. Providing a highly computationally-dense platform, the NPN240 is ideal for demanding applications that are constrained in terms of size, weight and power.  Many military/aerospace companies and organizations are finding CUDA technology exciting, as it has been demonstrated to be capable of delivering significant improvements: one company experienced a 15x increase in throughput in a radar application.

The rugged NPN240 is designed to deliver game-changing levels of performance in deployed applications that lend themselves to parallel processing such as radar, sonar, and signal and sensor processing as well as state-of-the-art image, video and graphics . Typical applications include stream processing of high resolution images for deployed airborne surveillance.  It is designed to be used in conjunction with the GE Intelligent Platforms IPN250 or any other OpenVPX-compatible Intel-based host single board computer.


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  • OpenVPX
    - 6U Rugged VITA46/VITA48 REDI
  • GPUs
    - Two NVIDIA GT240 96 core GPUs
    - 1 Gigabyte DDR3 SDRAM per GPU
  • Expansion Plane
    - PCIe gen 2
  • Performance
    - 750 GFLOPS @ 80 watts
    Note: Requires a suitable Intel host SBC. Actual performance is application dependent.
  • Software
    - NVIDIA CUDA, OpenCL, OpenGL
    - AXISLib-VSIPL Math & DSP Libraries
    - NVIDIA PureVideo Technology
    - NVIDIA PhysX
    - Microsoft DirectX (Compute)
    - MatLab
  • NPN240 Press Release
  • Download our Ruggedization Levels guide (also available from the Downloads tab)
  • GPGPU Resource Center
  • MES Editor’s Choice Awards
  • OpenVPX Logo
  • PLM Program
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Datasheet NPN240 Dual NVIDIA GT240 Multiprocessor
Requires Authorization User Manual AXISFlow Programmer's Guide
Edition 12
Requires Authorization User Manual AXISView User Guide
Edition 11
Brochures 2011 Military and Aerospace Product Selection Guide
68-page Product Selection Guide
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
Brochures Unmanned Aerial Systems
Learn how GE’s full line of products specifically designed for unmanned aerial systems can speed time-to-market while reducing development risks.
Brochures VPX Technology
VPX Technology 8-page Brochure
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 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 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 Recent Focus on 10Gbps Ethernet Driven by Heavy Demand for Video
Video camera & sensor arrays causing a rapid switch from 1GbE to 10GbE in Mil/Aero platforms communications networks.
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.
White Papers VPX: VMEbus For the 21st Century
This paper looks at VPX for rugged environments and embedded military applications.
Requires Authorization Application Notes CUDA Hyperspectral Imaging
Requires Authorization Application Notes cudaSAR & GMTI GPU Accelerated Radar Processor
Configuration Guide Ruggedization Levels
Requires Authorization Hardware Manual FABRTMP1 Hardware Reference Manual
Requires Authorization Hardware Manual NPN240 Hardware Reference Manual
Edition 2
Requires Authorization Hardware Manual NPN240RTM Hardware Reference Manual
Edition 2
Requires Authorization Hardware Manual NPN240SK1 Development Starter Kit
Requires Authorization Hardware Manual VPX I/O Modules Hardware Reference Manual
Requires Authorization Software Reference AXIS Quick Reference Guide
4th Edition
Tech Notes Sensor Processing with Rugged Kepler GPUs
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
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Huntsville, AL
12090 South Memorial Parkway
Huntsville, AL 35803-3308

Support Phone: 1-800-433-2682
Support E-mail:
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  • 6U 1" Pitch Rear Transition Module
  • 6U 1.6" Pitch Rear Transition Module Assembly
  • 6U 0.4" Pitch Blanking Plate
  • 1M PCI Express Cable
  • 50cm PCI Express Cable
  • FABRTMP1 - Fabric Rear Transition Module (RTM)

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