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AMCC intros evaluation kits for 405EX, 405Exr chips

Posted: 11 Dec 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:processor evaluation kits? software development tools? NAND flash?

Applied Micro Circuits Corp. (AMCC) has released two low-cost, easy-to-use evaluation kits for its Power Architecture 405EX and 405EXr processors.

To accelerate customers' system development time, the kits provide users with custom-designed evaluation boards, software development tools, sample applications, system-level benchmarks and hardware design files. The kits allow customers to perform comprehensive evaluation of 405EX and 405EXr processors, use the baseline HW/SW designs as a starting-point for their own product development and initiate their system software development using the kits as the target platforms.

Smart tools
The 405EX "Kilauea" and 405EXr "Haleakala" tools join the family of AMCC's evaluation kits. Each of the kits can be set up in 15mins or less, facilitated by a clear guide and user-friendly configuration software.

The two kits contain evaluation boards designed for AMCC by Beijing UD Technology Co. Ltd (UDTech). The boards are configured with the Linux OS, provided by Denx Software Engineering Gmbh, but also provide the flexibility to load and run other PowerPC-compatible embedded OS. Schematics and layout files for the board are provided free via AMCC's Web site.

The 405EX Kilauea board, with a 7 x 7-inch form factor includes an AMCC 405EX processor operating at a clock frequency of 600MHz. Other hardware features include 256MBytes of DDR2 SDRAM, 64MBytes of NOR flash, 64Mbytes of NAND flash, two 10/100/1G Ethernet ports, one Micro-B USB 2.0 host/device port, two PCIe connectors, two serial ports, two RJ11 connectors, a JTAG connector and a trace connector. The NOR flash image includes Linux (2.6 kernel) and U-Boot boot firmware, both provided by Denx, along with a file system that incorporates a range of AMCC-developed sample applications, benchmarks and utilities.

The 405EXr Haleakala board includes an AMCC 405EX processor running at 533MHz, a single 10/100/1G Ethernet port and a single PCIe connector, but is otherwise identical to the 405EX Kilauea board.

The 405EX and 405EXr evaluation kits are configured with the Linux OS (2.6 kernel) along with U-Boot boot firmware, both provided by Denx. Customers can also load and run other PowerPC-compatible embedded OS available from AMCC's partners. Schematics and layout files for the board are provided free of charge via AMCC's Web site so that customers can start their designs from a proven baseline. The Linux code and U-Boot code (both source code and executables) are available from Denx via links on AMCC's Web site.

To assist customers in selecting the optimum development environment for their 405EX and 405EXr based projects, software tools CDs from industry-leading suppliers such as Denx and Corelis Inc. are included in the kit.

The 405EX and 405EXr evaluation kits will be available this month. Suggested distributor resale price is $750.




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