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RapidIO-based starter kit based on VXS multicomputer

Posted: 18 May 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:PowerStream 6100 VXS Starter Kit? Mercury Computer Systems?

Mercury Computer Systems Inc. announced the details and availability of the PowerStream 6100 VXS Starter Kit, which is based on its PowerStream 6100 series RapidIO VXS multicomputer.

"The starter kit pre-integrates PowerPC digital signal processing, FPGA compute resource cards and high-speed I/O with a robust software environment," said Eran Strod, director of product marketing for the defense business at Mercury. "Our customers tell us that they often spend six to 12 months of development time integrating modules from disparate vendors and tweaking drivers and middleware. Our starter kit allows customers to plug in, power up and go."

The kit is said to provide developers with the basic hardware and software building blocks to develop embedded sensor applications for military and commercial environments. The starter kit includes the PowerStream 6100 VXS chassis, up to three quad 1GHz PowerPC 7448 processor-based high-compute density boards, two serial RapidIO switch cards, a host/PMC carrier, a 12-channel digital receiver and a software bundle that includes the Mercury MCOE software environment.

The VXS standard is backward compatible with the VME64 standard. PowerStream 6100 delivers "compile-and-go" compatibility with the Mercury Race++ Series 6U VME64 multicomputer, which is based on the Mercury MCOE open software environment. MCOE on the PowerStream 6100 supports the Linux and VxWorks operating systems.

The PowerStream 6100 VXS Starter Kit is currently available within standard lead times.

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