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Mercury, Tundra team on ATCA platform

Posted: 03 May 2004 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:mercury computer systems? tundra semiconductor? advancedtca? rapidio? processor?

Mercury Computer Systems and Tundra Semiconductor have teamed to produce an AdvancedTCA development platform that incorporates serial RapidIO technology.

Released at the Smart Network Developer's Forum (SNDF) Tuesday (April 27, 2004), the Ensemble development platform incorporates a PowerQUICC processor sporting a parallel RapidIO interface, Tundra's Tsi500 crossbar switch, and a parallel-to-RapidIO switch chip from Mercury. The platform also sports an embedded fabric that is formed by five mesh-enabled boards that each deliver an aggregate bandwidth of 100Gbps.

Each carrier board in the ATCA development platform features three parallel interfaces and one serial interface brought to three mezzanine sites. The mezzanine sites accept IEEE 1386.1 standard PCI mezzanine cards (PMCs) or XMC cards.

To support the platform, Mercury is delivering a Linux-based software suite. This suite lets designers monitor real-time performance, trap on certain events in the switch complex, as well as detect and mitigate the effects of errors.

Ensemble will start beta testing on the Ensemble platform in June. The platform will be generally available in August 2004.

- Robert Keenan

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