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Pigeon Point Systems unveils R2.0 IPM Sentry Shelf Manager

Posted: 20 Jul 2005 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:pigeon point systems? advancedtca? release 2.0? r2.0? ipm sentry shelf manager firmware?

IPM Sentry family of hardwarePigeon Point Systems, a supplier of shelf and board management solutions for AdvancedTCA, announced Release 2.0 (R2.0) of its IPM Sentry Shelf Manager firmware, which provides full support for its IPM Sentry ShMM-500 and its predecessor, the ShMM-300. According to the press release, this strong compatibility enables ShMM users to take immediate advantage of the 7X processor speed improvement provided by the ShMM-500.

In addition, the company disclosed that it is now offering an extended memory configuration for the ShMM-500 shelf management mezzanine that provides 128MB of RAM and 64MB of flash, up from 64MB and 16MB, respectively, in the base ShMM-500 configuration. This additional memory provides headroom for future extensions of the shelf manager firmware and for ShMM-resident layered applications, explained the company.

The ShMM-500 is a member of Pigeon Point Systems' IPM Sentry family of hardware and software products that enable cost-effective, interoperable management of open modular platforms based on the Intelligent Platform Management Interface (IPMI) standard. Using IPM Sentry components, developers of AdvancedTCA, AdvancedMC and CompactPCI products can quickly and efficiently incorporate compliant, competitive and interoperable management solutions into their systems, added Pigeon Point Systems.

In addition to compatible support for the ShMM-500 and ShMM-300, the IPM Sentry Shelf Manager R2.0 firmware includes support for reliable remote upgrades to all ShMM-500 resident firmware. This facility relies on special hardware features built into the ShMM-500. When new firmware is downloaded to the ShMM-500, it is provisionally loaded into flash memory and started. If problems occur during validation of the provisional firmware, the hardware automatically falls back to the previous stable copy of the firmware.

Like all the IPM Sentry ShMM products, the ShMM-500 is available in an IPM Sentry Shelf Management Starter Kit to help OEMs integrate ShMM technology into their shelves. The starter kit includes schematics, benchtop hardware and complete product support to build ShMM-500-based AdvancedTCA Shelf Managers to suit specific applications and shelf designs.

Pricing for an OEM version of the ShMM-500 with 128MB RAM and 64MB Flash is $390 per unit in quantities of 1,000. The starter kit is priced at $15,000. Release 2.0 of the IPM Sentry Shelf Manager firmware is already shipping. Production deliveries of the extended memory ShMM-500 configuration are scheduled for early Q3 2005.




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