GE Intelligent Platforms (Charlottesville, VA) has announced the IMP3A, a 3U CompactPCI single-board computer featuring dual-core QorIQ™ processor technology from Freescale™. The IMP3A combines the processor with a range of memory resources and I/O features, and implements SATA and NAND Flash memory. The board offers technologies for programs committed to the 3U CompactPCI architecture. Applications include part of a control system onboard a tank, armored vehicle, or helicopter. The board supports a choice of either the QorIQ P2010 single-core processor or the QorIQ P2020 dual-core processor, operating at up to 1.2 GHz. Both symmetric and asymmetric processing are supported, enabling users to scale performance through either thread-level or application-level parallelism.

A PCI-X® PMC expansion capability enables users to configure the board to their requirements without exceeding the capacity of a single CompactPCI slot. Up to 4 GBytes of soldered DDR3 ECC memory is featured, while connectivity is provided with two Gigabit Ethernet channels, up to 16 GPIO ports, two SATA channels, two COM ports, and USB 2.0. The board is available in five build levels, from office/benign to conduction-cooled, with a maximum operating temperature of +85 °C.

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