Application & Technology

The main trends of the Embedded market

In 2011, GPGPUs were only used in game consoles and by some researchers for intensive and parallel processing ; They are now at the heart of all military and civilian missions of surveillance, reconnaissance, real-time tracking and deep learning. Without next-generation FPGAs, the smooth transition to software radio would’nt be implemented by our current armed forces, which must be highly mobile and sent on remote operations theatres. Here is a non-exhaustive list of the main trends…

GPGPU and FPGA at the heart of mission computers in SWaP-C environment

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Sensors need to be more and more intelligent to filter, process and transmit the only useful information among the ever-denser data stream and increasingly bandwidth and memory size greedy video images generated by HD EO/IR cameras, radars and sonars, in order to provide an effective decision-making aid, which can be used in real time at the command center. CPU, GPGPU and FPGA based heterogeneous architectures invade drones, planes and helicopters with or without pilots. They spread out very quickly, using the best skill of each: CPU for management and decision making, GPGPU for intensive processing and FPGA for fast capture of external information (HD/SD-SDI, 3G-SDI video capture ). For its pre-qualified MIL-STD-810 and DO-160 multi-mission computer ONYX, ECRIN Systems’s R & D team works on an optimization framework to better manage the performance of available resources.

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Sensor-based processing for Radar/Sonar, SIGINT/ELINT, EW, SDR

Leveraging Modular Open Systems Approach (MOSA) to minimize SWaP-C, to lower Defense contractors’ OPEX and risk.
• Efficiency by cutting acquisition/development cycle time (COTS)
• Thanks to Telco former investments, Military electronic industries will reuse at lower cost
• Reduced costs (-30% versus VPX solutions)
• Interoperability and reuse of components among platforms (µTCA, aTCA and finally OpenVPX)
• Access cutting-edge technologies for rapid upgrades
– From Sensor to Network via VITA 57 FMC: ADC 12-bit@4GSPS & DAC 14-bit@5.7GSPS
– KINTEX UltraScale™ XCKU115: DSP oriented for Military apps (Price/Performance/Watt)

High Density Embedded Computing (HDEC) for Data gathering, image processing

With up to + 340% more bandwidth compare actual PICMG 1.3
• From 20 to 88 native PCIe 3.0 lanes with Dual-Xeon® 14nm (Skylake-EP) SHB to backplane
• Reduced dependence on expensive PCIe switch architecture
• 5x aggregate PCI Express 3.0 slot bandwidth for faster card-to-processor
• Lower SHB-to-PCIe card data latencies
• High-density PCI Express interconnect technology

Modular Industrial Cloud Architecture

Enabling resource allocation on demand to meet key requirements of cloud computing.

Cloud computing calls for a transformation of ICT equipment.

With the recent technical advancements of the mobile Internet, data centers and big data processing, cloud computing is becoming the mainstream service delivery model of the future, causing the traditional Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) market to experience a huge transformation. The construction of traditional ICT equipment was usually based on old design methodology which packaged the computing, storage and IO resources into a single physical entity according to the initial maximum demands. This often necessitated a redesign of existing equipment to adapt to the requirements of a new application appliance, sometimes with only a small hardware change. A fundamental requirement of cloud computing is “resources on demand”, meaning that computing, storage and IO resources can be combined flexibly to meet an application’s requirements. This requires the computing, storage and IO to be decoupled into different functional modules in the early design phase. Then, based on the requirements of a concrete application, these independent functional modules are chosen in the necessary proportions, and then combined into a specific hardware entity. The Modular Industrial Cloud Architecture from ADLINK Technology was created to realize this concept.

Enabling the transformation of ICT computing infrastructure and a smooth evolution to OCP.

At its core, the Modular Industrial Cloud Architecture has assimilated the latest technologies from Internet data centers, particularly the latest advancements in NFV and SDN. At the same time, Modular Industrial Cloud Architecture has also integrated the aspects of traditional industrial computing equipment, such as modular architectures, hardware-assisted acceleration and carrier-grade design standards. In the first column of the following table lists the key requirements of industrial ICT equipment, particularly those for video and network security processing. It is readily apparent that these requirements reflect the latest advancements of Internet data centers, while also having a strong relationship with traditional industrial computing requirements. Modular Industrial Cloud Architecture makes it possible to apply the latest NFV and SDN technologies to industrial computing while preserving the key features of traditional industrial computing, allowing video, network security and telecom equipment providers to make the step into the cloud era with ease and efficiency.

Mobile Edge Computing

A Mobile Edge Computing platform that delivers data center performance.
Built for extreme outdoor environments.

What do 5 million, 35% and 50% all have in common?
There are over 5 million cell towers globally. By adding Edge Cloud Servers, operators can save up to 35% on backhaul usage from the Radio Access Network to the existing application server.

By 2018, it is estimated that 84% of all IP traffic in the US will be made up of gaming, video and streaming web content, with users demanding low latency and improved QoE. With Edge Cloud Architectures, it is estimated that latency will be reduced by 50%.

SETO-1000 is a specialized server designed for extreme, harsh outdoor environments. This SETO-1000 is a one of a kind compute device powered by two of the latest Intel® Xeon® E5 processors. It supports up to 96GB of memory, features multiple I/O options and dual swappable SATA storage bays.

The SETO-1000 provides a powerful common platform architecture for virtualized Radio Access Equipment for 2G, 3G and LTE. It enables consolidated security, remote management, open applications and reduction of hardware footprint.