Systems that Match Performance to Your Program’s Packaging Requirements
As military systems become more sophisticated, it is critical to have the ability to select from different packaging options in order to achieve the optimal result. GMS, which continues to define the industry’s direction in design and manufacture of board and system-level products, has taken the lead on this concept with a series of three system offerings that comprise the very latest in embedded computing technology.
GMS systems are targeted for applications where traditional VME/cPCI ATR packaging (card cage, power supply, fan trays, etc.) may not be considered due to size, weight, cost or other limiting factors. GMS systems pack the most performance for the lowest power consumption in the smallest package possible. All of our systems use only embedded devices for long life cycles and to withstand harsh environmental conditions -- for Mil/Aero applications meeting MIL-STD 810-F, 1275 and DO-160, to name a few.
GMS has divided its systems into three series for easy identification: GREEN, BLUE and ORANGE. Each series is targeted for a specific power and performance envelope, thus offering OEM system engineers a wide range of performance, heat, price and ability to upgrade.
GREEN SERIES SYSTEMS are designed to be the smallest, lowest-power, and lightest weight. These computers utilize ultra-low-power consuming CPUs and support devices to achieve total system power usage of 15 watts or less. The latest GREEN systems incorporate the Intel® Atom™ Bay Trail quad core processor for the best performance to power ratio of any CPU on the market - with up to 8GB of RAM, high-speed I/O and limited expansion for custom I/O functions. These systems support a wide range of functionality from Power over Ethernet (PoE), Gigabit Ethernet, USB 3.0, DisplayPort, embedded DisplayPort, fully sealed removable nDrives™ and more. GREEN SERIES systems are ideal for UAV and hand-held applications, where weight and heat are the primary considerations. The GREEN SERIES Engines are also available in the RuggedView™ display series for applications that require low-power and low-cost smart display solutions.
BLUE SERIES SYSTEMS are designed to meet more demanding applications where powerful multi-core processors with up to 32GB of RAM, vast standard and custom high-speed I/O, and a high degree of modularity are required from a system designed for maximum power dissipation of 75 watts or less. These systems offer standard I/O interfaces such as PMC/XMC, and Special Application Modules (SAM™) for highest efficiency I/O, as well as high-speed I/O such as 10Gigabit Ethernet, SATA 3 at 6 Gigabits/sec, USB 3.0, DisplayPort/embedded DisplayPort, and much more. The BLUE series also provides the widest selection of storage configurations, from fully sealed removable nDrive™, mSATA for on-board storage, 2.5” fixed/removable SSDs to a removable canister storage with up to 8TB! The BLUE SERIES engines are also available in the RuggedView™ display series for applications that require powerful smart displays with modularity and extensive functionality. This series contains the widest product offering, and can provide solutions for applications that require functionality beyond the typical embedded computer, such as multi-channel HD-DVR, FPGA integration, high-end graphics processing, and secure virtualization, among many others. BLUE systems are ideal for embedded computing applications with moderate-to-high CPU needs but limited cooling options for long-term defense and industrial programs which require extended roadmaps for technology upgrades. BLUE systems are based on a foundation of sixteen years of development and production of small, rugged computing systems for this industry, and have roadmaps out to 2022.
ORANGE SERIES SYSTEMS represent a brand new concept in system engineering that GMS is pioneering. These systems in this series are designed with server class Intel® Xeon™ chipsets that support 10-Core server class processors, and include up to 128GB of ultra-high-performance memory. With a power envelope of 175 watts, ORANGE systems provide extensive I/O capabilities, such as PMC/XMC, Special Application Modules (SAM™) for highest efficiency I/O, SamVideo™ for ultra-high-performance graphics, as well as high-speed I/O like 10Gigabit Ethernet, SATA 3 at 6 gigabits/sec, USB 3.0, PCIe Gen3, and many more. ORANGE systems are ideal for headless network servers or virtual machine systems hosting six to eight independent operating systems "images", each with a specific mission. Each “image” may have its own bootable drive or share one drive array, RAID or NAS. These systems are designed to save a significant amount of power/heat, weight, and complexity, and significantly reduce costs of installation, daily operation and technology upgrades!
GMS utilizes a wide range of system support products just to ensure system interoperability and low power/size restrictions. These I/O subsystems, such as 1553, ARINC, CANBus VME or cPCI air/conduction-cooled systems, are fully integrated at GMS and supported by us. With 30+ years of industry experience, GMS has the internal and external resources to develop any system based on GMS core Computing Engines.
At GMS we truly believe that each OEM customer’s needs are unique and in order to provide the best technical and economical solution, a degree of customization is required. Unlike other suppliers that discourage customizations, GMS welcomes opportunities to modify the standard product to meet the customer’s EXACT requirements, while lowering the price, increasing the reliability and lowering the power consumption on every project.
GMS has been in the business since the beginning of the industry and has long been an innovator of SBCs for VMEbus, CompactPCI bus, CPU carriers and conduction-cooled products. A solid background of knowledge makes it possible for GMS to engineer the most reliable computer boards, and gives us the ability to meet the highly sophisticated needs of the industry as it changes.
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General Micro Systems, Inc. promises innovative, quality products and excellent customer service, as reflected in our Quality Policy:
“We at GMS are fully committed to providing products that conform to our customers’ requirements the first time, every time, all the time by continuously maintaining a quality improvement process that achieves total customer satisfaction.”
In order to do this we have embedded an awareness of quality in our organizational processes at all levels, per total quality management (TQM). Through management review of our quality management systems, we continually improve our processes, products and services to satisfy our customers’ changing needs.
To conform to our customers’ requirements for product longevity, both availability and support, GMS designs our computing engines using mobile and low power processor technologies from Intel® Intelligent Systems Group (ISG), and server processor technologies from Intel® Data Center Group (DCG). These processors technologies come with guaranteed availability of a minimum of seven years.
GMS has been registered and certified to internationally recognized ISO 9001:2008 since 1999. With our growing involvement in military and aerospace programs, our quality system exemplifies the highest standard of AS-9100C, assuring that we maintain consistently high standards that allow General Micro Systems’ products to meet and exceed the growing quality requirements of the aerospace, medical and military markets. For example, we provide separate product lines for RoHS and non-RoHS to support different customers’ requirements. Because our ultimate goal is customer satisfaction, their requirements come first. We believe that quality starts and ends with our customers and we strive to always satisfy their needs. This is reflected in our business flexibility as individuals and as a company.
To engage the TQM philosophy, quality originates with our staff commitment to the best products and best customer service – always. Through an active mentoring and training system, we make sure the staff has the knowledge and skills necessary to be effective. Our employees are empowered to take responsibility for their actions, which contributes to better total quality and success of the company. The built-in quality in our products allows GMS’ products to be more competitive and our fast growing company is the best proof.
In fact, we build special relationships every day with our customers, as well as, our suppliers. GMS customers, suppliers and employees work together as a team, and the combined effort ultimately benefits everyone.