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AMC ref kit features dual-core PowerPC processor

Posted: 10 Jul 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Advanced Mezzanine Card kit? AMC development platform? wireless base stations?

GDA Technologies Inc., a fully owned subsidiary of L&T Infotech Ltd., has developed an Advanced Mezzanine Card (AdvancedMC or AMC) reference platform kit for Freescale Semiconductor's MPC8641D dual-core PowerPC processor built on Power Architecture technology.

"GDA is one of the first companies to offer the leading-edge MPC8641D on a high-performance industry-standard platform running seamlessly in target mode and supported with Linux source code," said Gopa Periyadan, VP and general manager of System and Software unit at GDA Technologies. "Delivering performance at 1.5GHz each core (2.3MIPS/MHz), the two PowerPC cores of this design can operate in symmetric multiprocessing mode (SMP) for maximum performance or asymmetric multiprocessing mode (AMP) for separate data plane and control plane tasks, such as QoS, off-loading security, classification and more."

Applications include wireless base stations, media gateways, enterprise network access systems, web servers and search engineers implemented on the MicroTCA or AdvancedTCA platforms.

The MPC8641D-based AMC is designed with high-performance GbE interfaces and up to 8 lanes of PCIe for embedded applications in pervasive computing, wireless telecommunications, media servers and storage networking. The board has four GbE ports (two on the front panel and two on the edge connector) along with a debug port on the front panel and 8 PCIe lanes with Intelligent Platform Management Interface (IPMI v1.5) on the AMC edge connector.

The highly integrated MPC8641D processor architecture implemented on the AMC form-factor (AMC.0 Rev.2) improves system performance, simplifies board design, lowers power consumption and reduces system implementation cost, while addressing power budget and heat constraints of AMC expansion bays in MicroTCA and AdvancedTCA carriers.

The platform comes with packaged embedded software on flash-based embedded Linux OS with device drivers. GDA said it is working with leading software application stack providers to offer targeted software products that will enable this platform to be integrated into shippable end products at a rapid pace.

- Ismini Scouras

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