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AMC processor boards eye carrier-grade platforms

Posted: 28 May 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:SCOPE-compliant boards? wireless base stations? processor boards?

Embedded Planet has released two SCOPE-compliant boards that are suitable for a broad range of demanding applications including wireless base stations, media gateways, enterprise network access systems, test and measurement systems, and server blades. The EP8548A and EP8641A AMC processor boards are designed to accelerate the deployment of carrier-grade base platforms for service provider applications.

The EP8548A is powered by a Freescale MPC8548 PowerQUICC III processor and the EP8641A by a Freescale MPC8641D dual-core PowerPC processor. Both SCOPE-compliant boards include Linux, Wind River VxWorks and Green Hills Integrity operating support. These highly integrated SoC platforms include PowerPC cores, an integrated security engine, integrated PCIe, Serial RapidIO, GbE controllers, and an integrated DDR2 memory interface.

In addition to their AMC configuration, both boards can operate as stand-alone modules and boot from on-board flash allowing for rapid application development outside of the integrated ATCA or MicroTCA environment.

For fabric connectivity, both the EP8548A and the EP8641A offer flexibility, while maintaining standards compliance. All versions of the boards support Gigabit Ethernet on AMC channels 0 and 1, compliant with AMC.2, Type E2. Separate versions of the board are available in the following configurations: Serial RapidIO on AMC channels 4-7, PCIe on AMC channels 4-11, or SCOPE-Compliant PCIe on channels 4-7, and Serial RapidIO on channels 8-11.

Pricing for EP8548A starts at $2,695 and EP8641A starts at $4,995 in small quantities with discounts for larger volumes.

- Gina Roos

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