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SBC targets military embedded computing apps

Posted: 09 Mar 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:flash memory? processor? PowerQUICC? GE Fanuc? SBC?

GE Fanuc Embedded Systems has expanded its EmPower family with the introduction of the EP2A 6U VME single-board computer (SBC) for rugged military embedded computing applications. The EP2A features a Freescale PowerPC MPC7448 processor, 1Gbyte DDR SDRAM and the latest Marvell Discovery V integrated system controller.

A key feature of the EP2A 6U VME SBC is its unique I/O set that includes four fast HDLC-capable serial ports (enabled by a PowerQUICC 2 device), which complements its GbE, USB and GPIO capabilities. It also features two PMC sites and GE Fanuc's Additional Flexible Interface Xtension (AFIX) card site that allows custom functionality to be added to the board at a lower cost and at a minimum amount of time.

Designed specifically for the rugged defense and aerospace market and applications such as mission computing and embedded communications, the EP2A's two PMC sites and single AFIX site can be used simultaneously without sharing I/O pins with the on-board I/O features. AFIX cards are available that support dual MIL-STD-1553B interfaces, SCSI, graphics and flash memory modules, and customer specific versions. The fast HDLC-capable serial channels and GbE ports make the EP2A suited to communications-oriented embedded computing applications.

Available in five air- and conduction-cooled environmental levels, the EP2A is fully supported by Deployed Test Software (BIT and BCS) and BSPs for VxWorks from Wind River Systems, LynxOS from LynuxWorks and Integrity from Green Hills Software.

First shipments are expected in Q2 2007.

- Gina Roos

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