EIZO bases 3U VPX graphics/GPGPU card on Nvidia Turing for hi-rel AI

Powered by Nvidia Turing architecture, the Condor GR5-RTX5000 has power and performance for defence customers which want to harness the potential of artificial intelligence (AI), says Eizo Rugged Solutions.

The ruggedised 3U VPX form factor graphics and general purpose graphics processor unit (GPGPU) card hosts the Nvidia Quadro RTX 5000 GPU (TU104) directly on the board.

The board is designed for latency-sensitive applications supporting intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) degraded visual environments (DVE), digital signal processing (DSP), electronic warfare (EW), signals intelligence (SigInt) and Data Science projects.

The Condor GR5-RTX5000 offers up to 9.4 TFLOPs of FP32 floating point performance, 16Gbyte GDDR6 memory, 48 RT ray tracing cores for real time rendering of photo-realistic objects and 384 Tensor cores for deep learning training and AI inferencing. With 3072 CUDA cores for parallel processing, the GPGPU card also supports shading technologies such as mesh, texture and variable rate shading.

Selwyn L Henriques, president and CEO of EIZO Rugged Solutions, claims it is one of the most powerful computing platforms in the rugged market today. “[It] delivers unparalleled performance to defence developers wanting to harness artificial intelligence in their next generation designs,” he said.

“Our extremely SWaP-efficient electrical, mechanical and thermal designs offer customers the opportunity to achieve maximum possible performance from the GPGPU, even under extreme conditions,” he added. “Our novel chip-down implementation of the Nvidia Turing TU104 technology serves to improve the card’s thermal dissipation profile too,” he said.

The rugged Condor GR5-RTX5000 delivers real-time throughput for encoding applications with a dedicated H.264 and H.265 encode engine (NVENC) and a dedicated decoding core for playback (NVDEC), supporting an unrestricted number of encoding sessions with a performance throughput verified in house of 24x concurrent 1080p30 sessions at default power settings. The card meets strict data integrity requirements for mission-critical applications with uncompromised computing accuracy and reliability.

The Condor GR5-RTX5000 has three customisable output configurations and is offered in air-cooled or conduction-cooled variations. Like all EIZO Rugged Solutions’ VPX cards, the Condor GR5-RTX5000 is MIL-STD-810-compliant and is designed to meet military and aerospace specifications for temperature, shock, vibration, and power.

EIZO Rugged Solutions has been developing graphics and video for military, air traffic control, and other embedded applications for over 30 years. The ISO9001:2015-certified company offers a range of commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) products for video capture, processing, display, compression, streaming, GPGPU, artificial intelligence (AI), video format conversion and data archival.

The company designs and manufactures its core MIL-STD-810 graphics and video products in the USA, serving customers in defence, security, ISR, aerospace, avionics, transportation, maritime, and industrial markets.


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