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SBC offers dual-core processor, 4Gbyte memory

Posted: 01 May 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:single board computers? flash memory? dual-core processors?

GE Fanuc Embedded Systems has released the PPC9A, the latest addition to their PowerXtreme family of 6U VME single board computers (SBC), which includes Freescale's dual-core 8641D PowerPC processor operating at 1.3GHz.

The PPC9A, which is 2eSST-capable, supports up to 4Gbyte of DDR2 memory and up to 1Gbyte of write-protectable flash memory. Extra flexibility is provided through the provision of not only two PMC/XMC sites (PCI-X 133 MHz/8-lane PCI Express) supporting I/O via P0 and P2, but also GE Fanuc's Additional Flexible Interface Xtension (AFIX) site which allows custom functionality to be added to the board. Standard AFIX modules for graphics, SCSI, 1553, digital I/O and flash memory are also available.

With two Gigabit Ethernet 10/100/1000 Base-T ports, two USB 2.0 ports, and six serial ports, the PPC9A, available in five air- and conduction-cooled variants, is specified in terms of communications and I/O. It also supports 128Kbyte of non-volatile RAM for storage requirements.

In addition, the SBC offers support for the Advanced Multiprocessor Integrated Software (AXIS) development environment. AXIS integrated tools and libraries include AXISFlow, AXISView and AXISLib. The PPC9A features broad-ranging operating system (Integrity, LynxOS and VXWorks) support together with deployed test software (built-in test and background condition screening) and is RoHS-compliant.

- Emily Gleason

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