|[April 01, 2014]
GE's MAGIC1 Rugged Display Computer Chosen by Agusta Westland to Enable Safer Search and Rescue Helicopter Missions
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. --(Business Wire)--
GE Intelligent Platforms (News - Alert) (NYSE: GE) today announced that it had received
orders from Agusta Westland of Italy for GE's MAGIC1 Rugged Display
Computer. The MAGIC1 will be part of Agusta Westland's OPLS (Obstacle
Proximity LIDAR system) which the company will offer on helicopters
destined for search and rescue (SAR) deployment.
Helicopters operating in SAR operations are often required to fly near
obstacles - trees, buildings and so on - in daylight or darkness and in
adverse conditions. Agusta Westland wanted to provide the pilot with a
sophisticated collision avoidance system that would aid the pilot by
indicating the distance of the helicopter from these obstacles.
The OPLS is based on a set of laser sensors, the data from which are
collected by GE's MAGIC1 and displayed in the cockpit. OPLS, including
was first installed in Agusta Westland's AW139 helicopter, and the
company plans to adapt the kit in order to be able to offer it on other
helicopters used in SAR applications.
"The MAGIC1 offered Agusta Westland a number of compelling benefits,"
said Simon Collins, Product Manager, GE Intelligent Platforms. "It is a
proven, pre-configured solution that can be easily integrated onboard a
helicopter with minimal integration effort and cost. The MAGIC1's high
performance enables it to allow pilots to make timely, accurate flight
path decisons, while its compactness and low weight mean that it has
minimal impact on the helicopter's operating characteristics. It is also
rugged, which means that it can withstand the rigors and harsh
environment that are typical of search and rescue deployments."
The 3U VPX MAGIC1 Rugged Display Computer combines Intel® Core™ i7 CPU
technology with NVIDIA (News - Alert)®'s EXK107 GPU (Graphics Processing Unit) to
deliver unprecedented levels of performance for rugged applications.
When deployed as a Display Computer, the MAGIC1 supports the industry's
most demanding video and image applications, taking advantage of the
significant processing power available from GPGPU (General Purpose
computing on Graphics Processing Units) computing.
About GE Intelligent Platforms
GE Intelligent Platforms is a General Electric company, headquartered in
Charlottesville, VA and part of GE Energy Management. The company's work
in the military/aerospace segment, headquartered in Huntsville, AL, and
Towcester, England, provides one of the industry's broadest ranges of
high performance, rugged, SWaP-optimized embedded computing platforms.
Backed by programs that provide responsive customer support and minimize
long term cost of ownership for multi-year programs, GE's solutions are
designed to help customers minimize program risk and cost, and to speed
time-to-market. For more information, visit defense.ge-ip.com.
For more information: http://defense.ge-ip.com/products/magic1/p2077
For more technical information: http://defense.ge-ip.com/download/magic1-updated-may-2013/13513/2077/
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