USAF Contracts GE to Define Radar Processors



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GE has agreed to a contract with the United States Air Force (USAF) to define high-performance embedded computing architectures of future generations of radar processors.

The processors will be installed onboard USAF platforms.

GE’s Intelligent Platform will spend the next 6 months researching to benchmark and optimize synthetic aperture radar (SAR) and ground moving target indicator radar modes on multiprocessor high performance embedded computing (HPEC) systems.

In addition to that, the award includes the development of a lab-based processor system that has a clear path to rugged deployment on USAF platforms. This type of platform will embrace the open system architecture (OSA) approach based on open and de facto industry standards and interfaces in both hardware and software.

"This contract award acknowledges GE's experience and leadership in the development of high-performance embedded computing solutions,”
said GE Intelligent Platforms Business HPEC Systems Engineering Manager David Tetley.
"This includes those using general-purpose computing on graphics processing units (GPGPU) technology for the most demanding applications, and the application expertise with which we are able to support our customers. It is an exciting project to be working on as it will help create the radar processor architectures of the future, and can have a significant bearing on the operational efficiency and effectiveness of the US Air Force in the years to come."

The main objective of the GE’s Center of Excellence is to meet the high customer demand for TRL (technology readiness level) COTS (commercial off-the-shelf) solutions that can keep costs low, shorten time-to-market, and help to eliminate program risk. This will enable prime contractors, system integrators and OEMs to turn their attention towards value-adding and creating competitive advantage. The Center takes advantage of GE’s COTS Rugged Systems (CRS) capability to support the rapid deployment of systems to the field.

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