First OpenVPX 3U Ampere graphics card

November 23, 2021 // By Nick Flaherty
First OpenVPX 3U Ampere graphics card
Eizo’s Condor GR5-A2000 3U VPX card uses the Nvidia RTX A2000 embedded GPU

Eizo Rugged Solutions has launched the first OpenVPX card to use Nvidia’s Ampere graphics processing architecture.

The 3U Condor GR5-A2000 card is aimed at aerospace and other rugged markets, hosting Nvidia’s RTX A2000 embedded GPU and supporting four Single-Link DVI-D outputs. 

The A2000 provides GPU processing with 2,560 CUDA cores, 20 RT Cores (2nd generation), and 80 Tensor Cores (3rd generation) for latency-sensitive applications involving C5ISR, unmanned systems, Digital Signal Processing (DSP), Data Science/Data Analytics and other embedded computing operations. The single-slot card provides embedded systems with up to twice the throughput for matrix operations than previous generations for intensive workloads such as multi-sensor processing, neural network training, and Digital Signal Processing (DSP). 

The card also supports PCI Express Gen 4 (4x or 8x lane), which provides double the bandwidth than previous models, resulting in increased data-transfer speeds for applications such as Signals Intelligence (SIGINT), 3D rendering, unmanned systems, and in simulation environments. 

The Condor GR5-A2000 offers up to 9.3 TFLOPs of FP32 and INT32 floating-point performance, 8 GB GDDR6 memory with Error Correction Code (ECC), dedicated H.265/H.264 encode and decode engines, and supports Nvidia GPUDirect RDMA NVDEC/NVENC.

“The Nvidia Ampere architecture is a big leap forward with improvements in FP32 processing, RT Cores, and Tensor Cores. With support for GEN 4 PCIe, this product is in line with SOSA Technical Standard 1.0, making it an ideal solution for embedded systems,” said John Payne, Senior Product Manager at Eizo Rugged Solutions.

“The Condor GR5-A2000, with an 8 GB frame buffer, is the first in a series of products that will support varied video outputs to include industry standards such as DisplayPort and DVI, with future products supporting ARINC 818,” he said. 

“The RTX A2000 delivers breakthrough performance combining the latest generation improvements,” said Scott Fitzpatrick, vice president of product marketing at Nvidia. “The latest embedded solutions offer up to 2x rendering performance, 2x FP32 throughput, as well as hardware-accelerated video encoding and decoding for significant increases in both graphics and compute workloads.”

This OpenVPX card will feature additional customizable output configurations supporting 3G-SDI, DVI, and DisplayPort, and will support SOSA-aligned slot profiles in future card variations. This product is offered in air-cooled or conduction-cooled variations and like all of Eizo VPX cards, the Condor GR5-A2000 is designed to meet MIL-STD-810 and aerospace specifications for temperature, shock, vibration, and power.

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