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Nvidia Announces Carma, a Tegra 3 and Quadro-based CUDA Development Platform

Nvidia has announced the availability of Carma, an ARM-based reference platform for developers wishing to investigate the potential for a combination of ARM and CUDA programming.

Based around Nvidia's Tegra 3 'Kal-El' quad-core system-on-chip design and featuring a secondary Quadro 1000M 96-core graphical processing unit capable of pushing 270 gigaflops of single-precision performance under CUDA, the board is designed to provide a development platform for coders investigating low-power yet high-performance computing systems.

Available in 'limited quantities' according to a report on Tom's Hardware, the system features a single PCI-Express four-lane connection, a gigabit Ethernet interface, a SATA connector, three USB 2.0 interfaces and both DisplayPort and HDMI video output.

Provided with the system is an operating system based on Canonical's Ubuntu Linux along with a development kit designed to make it easy for coders to implement CUDA-based general-purpose GPU (GPGU) routines in their applications.

Pricing has not been confirmed, but Nvidia claims the reference platform will become available to purchase in Q2 2012. monitors all leading technology stories and rounds them up to help you save time hunting them down.