Heterogeneous computing platform
Engineers at Ecrin Systems are merging the Dual-Core i7 Haswell with the new Radeon E8860 GPGPU to create a heterogeneous computing platform that can provide as much as 768 GFLOPS for only 80 W of power. The product, ONYX, is used in C4ISR, search & rescue, situational awareness, payload management, turret computers, fire units, and other military applications. Its temperature range is -40° C to +71° C. Via its heterogeneous system computing framework, ONYX also offers an optimized SWaP-C tracker support for harsh environments. Its libraries include analog/digital video captures, image stabilization, and human/vehicle target detection and tracking.
The device provides a gain of as much as 25 percent in the development time, using an Open CL abstraction with only one language usage. It also has optimized libraries for ONYX. The GPU code is provided as libraries and not dynamically compiled. The Ecrin device features 2x HD-SDI digital video inputs for high-range electro-optical sensors, as many as four PAL/NTSC captures for legacy IR cameras, as many as three DVI, HD-SDI independent graphics outputs, and a larger, removable solid state drive. The device has H.264/AVC video streaming capability as well. Ecrin engineers are working with ONERA French Aerospace Lab to enable ONYX to work with augmented reality; metadata capture and injection; super-resolution; image fusion; atmospheric disturbances; and trajectory prediction. The device is International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) free.