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MEN's new SBC with PowerPC

Posted: 08 Sep 2005 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:men mikro elektronik? f12? single board computer? sbc? freescale?

SBC based on Freescale's <a href=mpc5200 powerpc" ALIGN="RIGHT">MEN Mikro Elektronik introduced the F12, a single-board computer (SBC) based on Freescale's MPC5200 automotive PowerPC.

Combined with the cyclone FPGA from Altera, the F12 is more flexible than any of the CompactPCI boards currently available, since special I/O functions are integrated for each individual application in the form of IP cores. The core of the F12 CompactPCI SBC in 3U format is the 384MHz MPC5200 from Freescale, a TCU PowerPC from the automotive series, which comes up with an imposing 760MIPS at less than 850mW power dissipation.

The highly compact processor is equipped with a 603e core, FPU, MMU, DRAM controller and the BestComm/DMA-I/O controller that can drive industrial interfaces such as CAN, USB, Fast Ethernet, SPI etc. On the F12, two Fast Ethernet ports, one COM and one USB interface are led to RJ45 or, as an option, to robust D-Sub connectors. The two CAN channels can be connected through SA-Adapters. Graphics and all further I/O functions are implemented inside the FPGA depending on the needs of the application. All of the memory components are soldered against shock and vibration: up to 256MB SDRAM, 1GB NAND Flash, 2MB SRAM (static RAM) and 16MB graphics RAM. A real-time clock and several watchdogs make the functionality of F12 complete.

Being a 32bit/33MHz system-slot card, it needs only one slot on the CompactPCI bus. The new SBC will be supplied standard in the extended temperature range of -40?C to 85?C and will be available at least up to the year 2015. F12 comes with comprehensive board-support packages for Linux, VxWorks and QNX, based on MEN's own "BIOS" for PowerPC processors (MENMON).

Further application-specific functions can be implemented in a flexible way and individually in the FPGA on F12, and are then available as rear I/O. Typical expansion functions are graphics/touch, audio, additional CAN bus interfaces, digital I/O or further USB, Ethernet and other serial connections, for instance. Depending on the needs such IP cores can be comprised from MEN's function library. They can be reconfigured, combined with IP cores from other manufacturers or even be developed completely new. The FPGA contents are loaded from boot Flash before boot-up of the system and can be dynamically changed even at runtime. Price starting from EUR 795 plus VAT for single units.

- Henri Arnold
Electronics Express Europe

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