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January 13, 2011

GE Intelligent Platforms extends RFM family of reflective memory solutions

Shared memory system which enables multiple, separate computers to share a common set of data

By CBR Staff Writer

GE Intelligent Platforms has extended its RFM 5565 family of reflective memory offering with the launch of PCIE-5565PIORC low profile PCI Express reflective memory node card.

The new memory node card is designed for real-time applications such as data streaming and acquisition, simulation and training, and industrial process control.

The company said that the low profile PCIE-5565PIORC will serve a broad range of commercial, telecommunications and military/aerospace applications that require redundancy for high availability.

The reflective memory network is a type of shared memory system which enables multiple, separate computers to share a common set of data.

In addition, the reflective memory autonomously replicates the contents of one processor’s memory to the memory nodes of all other network members.

GE said that the PCI-5565PIORC board features 2.12 Gbaud serial connection speed, improved Programmed I/O (PIO) read performance, field upgradeable firmware and RoHS compliance, and the maximum PCI burst rate has been doubled to 512MBytes/second: larger memory (256MBytes) is also supported.

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Further, the reflective memory networks can be scaled to 256 nodes and operate at speeds up to 174 Mbytes/second.

GE Intelligent Platforms commercial product management leader Wayne McGee said in environments where determinism, simplicity of implementation, zero software overhead and operating system independence are significant factors, reflective memory provides a unique offering.

"Reflective memory is designed specifically to enable the sharing of data among processors in real time by mission-critical applications," McGee said.

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