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VME board has on-board Fibre Channel interface

Posted: 08 Jan 2003 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:pentek? model 4205? vme board? vme carrier? mpc7455?

Pentek Inc. has introduced the Model 4205 carrier board, which it claims to be the industry's first on-board Fibre Channel PowerPC VME board and is targeted at embedded applications that require high performance I/O and processing.

The board features a 600MHz Motorola PowerPC MPC7455 processor, two programmable Virtex-II FPGAs from Xilinx to offload processing functions from the PowerPC, and up to 1GB of SDRAM for data recording applications. It can also accommodate up to two VIM-2 modules, one VIM-4 module, or one VIM-2 and one PMC module.

I/O capabilities include built-in Ethernet, RS-232, VME64, dual RACE++, and a front-panel 1Gb or 2Gb Fibre Channel interface, which allows the board to act as a one-slot controller. The Fibre Channel interface can be replaced as provisions are made for future development utilizing other high-speed interfaces such as GbE, Serial FPDP, and Rapid I/O.

"Engineers who want our high-performance VIM I/O to capture signals, but do not need the computational power of a quad processor baseboard, or would like to use VIM in conjunction with PMC, now have a less expensive, ala carte one-slot solution," said Rodger Hosking, vice president of Pentek, Inc.

"For those engineers requiring greater bandwidth for real-time and data recording applications, the high-speed Fibre Channel and dual RACE++ interfaces deliver the required data rates," he added.

RACE++, a switch fabric data backplane, provides multiple paths between source and destination to reduce data congestion and bottlenecks. RACEway provides the high-speed data flow path required in applications such as image processing, radar, or sonar. Since the 4205 offers dual RACE++, greater bandwidth is achievable and data can flow faster and more freely through the system.

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