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VME single-board computer extols backwards compatibility

Posted: 02 Jun 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Alex Mendelsohn? ACTIS Computer? PowerQUICC? VME bus? single-board computer?


Board maker ACTIS Computer Inc. is now delivering a PowerQUICC III VME bus single-board computer (SBC) designed with a Freescale Semiconductor MPC8560 microprocessor clocking at 833MHz, and provides 1,926 MIPS of processing horsepower.

Dubbed the VSBX-6560, this VME bus board is compliant with the VME Rev. C legacy standard, and doesn't require the new VME bus extension (i.e. five row connectors, P0, 3.3V supply). It's therefore fully compatible with all existing VME backplanes.

One of the key features of this board is the availability of a QUICC (Quad Integrated Communications Controller). It provides a dedicated module containing a RISC (reduced instruction set) processor, and DMA (direct memory access) channels for handling a wide range of standard or proprietary communications protocols.

Fast I/O
The VSBX-6560 also packs two Gigabit Ethernet ports and one Fast Ethernet port. It also includes up to 1Gbyte of fast DDR RAM, but is fully compatible for software applications and front-panel connectors.

The VSBX-6560 also includes 1Mbyte of SRAM and a CF (CompactFlash) socket. For I/O, in addition to the three Ethernet ports, the VSBX-6560 supports two S-ATA (serial ATA) ports, four HDLC ports common to all PowerQUICC boards, and two UART ports for monitoring. A JTAG port offers one internal connector for direct access to the processor with a third-party tool.

The VSBX-6560 is supported by Linux and VxWorks.

- Alex Mendelsohn

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