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Mistral claims 'first' VITA 46 DSP engine

Posted: 15 Jan 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:VITA 46? VPX? Mistral? Freescale? PowerPC?

Mistral Solutions Pvt Ltd has announced the availability of CHAMP-AV 6, said to be the industry's first VITA 46 (VPX) digital processing engine from Curtiss Wright Controls Embedded Computing. CHAMP-AV6 combines quad PowerPC 8641 devices with the serial switched fabric capabilities made possible by VPX, the military aerospace COTS board standard.

CHAMP-AV6 features four on-board 8641 single-core PowerPC devices. The 8641, Freescale's latest Altivec-enabled processor, has dual integrated 64bit memory controllers and offers vastly increased memory performance that translates to reduced execution times for user application software.

10GBps full duplex bandwidth
CHAMP-AV6 has four Serial RapidIO ports that provide 10GBps full duplex bandwidth that represents a data throughput rate approximately 10x faster than today's best VME/Star Fabric implementation. The VPX format of CHAMP-AV6 provides backplane connectors capable of handling signal speeds of up to 6.25Gbps. Streaming data applications will benefit from the board's 8.5GBps memory bandwidth and up to 2Gbyte of DDR-II SDRAM.

CHAMP-AV6 represents the industry's first board-level support for 2-level in-the-field maintenance requirements that can significantly reduce sparing and logistics requirements, thus reducing the total life-cycle cost of the systems in which the CHAMP-AV6 is deployed.

Bulk data transfers
A high-performance IPC inter-processor communications library enables message passing and bulk data transfers in a multiprocessor system. CHAMP-AV6 also features an on-board GbE switch for integration with command and control networks. Further, it provides Continuum Software Architecture (CSA) firmware providing a comprehensive suite of system debug, exerciser, and update functions, BIT and non-volatile memory sanitization function. Software for the CHAMP-AV6 includes support for OS including VxWorks, Linux and Gedae.

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