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Rugged High-Speed, Quad-Channel 16-Bit Digital Receiver Mezzanine

A rugged and compact high-speed, quad channel 16-bit digital receiver XMC/PMC mezzanine card supports analog sampling rates of 160 Msamples/s and speeds the integration of high-performance signal acquisition into rugged deployed COTS VPX, VME and CompactPCI subsystems. Designed for demanding signal acquisition applications, the XMC/PMC-E2202 from Curtiss-Wright Controls Embedded Computing is suited for use in radar, software defined radio (SDR) and signal intelligence (SIGINT) platforms.

Based on twin Xilinx Virtex-5 FPGAs, the XMC/PMC-E2202 combines input bandwidth in excess of 700 MHz, a signal-to-noise ratio rated at >77 db and high spectral purity. This small form factor mezzanine card delivers high dynamic range for sophisticated digital signal processing. Its twin FPGA architecture dedicates one “DSP” Virtex-5 FPGA for high-speed acquisition of the dual analog channel inputs. Memory support provided by this FPGA includes 16 Mbytes of ZBT RAM. The card’s second “Command & Control” FPGA provides high-speed I/O, including 64-bit/133 MHz PCI-X. An eight-lane PCI Express (PCIe) interconnect provides direct high-speed off-board data throughput rates up to 2 Gbytes/s. In addition, the XMC/PMC-E2202 will offer a high-density Rocket I/O over the card’s J6 connector for direct high-speed FPGA to FPGA communications with the basecard.

The XMC-E2202 is supported with a Firmware Development Kit (FDK) that includes VHDL modules for interfacing the card’s ADCs, DDC, control FPGA and local bus to the user FPGA. Additional software support includes device drivers that are available for VxWorks and Linux operating environments. Pricing for the XMC-E2202 starts at $13,950. Availability is Q3 ʾ08.

Curtiss-Wright Controls Embedded Computing, Leesburg, VA.
(613) 254-5112. [www.cwcembedded.com].

MPEG4 Encoder/Decoder—CODEC Board Smaller Than a Credit Card

The microMPEG4 is a 4-channel MPEG4 Codec on a Mini PCI form factor measuring just 60 mm x 45 mm. The sub-credit-card-sized microMPEG4 from Advanced Micro Peripherals is a tiny low-power and high-performance solution for capturing and compressing up to 4 concurrent live analog video inputs to the MPEG4 standard.The microMPEG4 not only provides MPEG4 compression but can also decompress and play back recordings from storage to display.

Utilizing the 32-bit PCI architecture, the microMPEG4 allows high-quality real-time video and audio capture and compression from 1, 2 or 4 concurrent PAL or NTSC video sources to disk while simultaneously providing an additional path for incoming video to be previewed on the host screen. Text overlay with time and date stamping is supported. The high-performance MPEG4 video data compression requires minimal CPU involvement. This, plus the compact size, low heat dissipation and low power consumption, makes the microMPEG4 ideal for space-constrained and deeply embedded video/audio recording applications. The microMPEG4 is supported by a suite of drivers for Windows-NT/2000/XP, Linux and QNX.

Advanced Micro Peripherals, Witchford, Cambridgeshire, UK. +44 1353 659 500. [www.ampltd.com].

ZigBee Transceiver Solution Is a 32-Bit ARM Module

A new 32-bit ARM-based ZigBee radio module based on the Freescale MC13224V 32-bit ARM Platform-in-Package (PiP) is designed to leverage extensive processing capability with its extremely low power consumption. The processing power of the MC13224V enables the FreeStar Pro from California Eastern Laboratories to provide a very high level of integration in a ZigBee module. The ARM 32-bit processor and expansive on-chip memory enable designers to eliminate the peripheral host processors often required by 8- and 16-bit transceiver solutions. This high level of integration helps reduce component count, lower power consumption, and reduce overall system costs. FreeStar Pro modules are an attractive choice for remote sensing, AMR/AMI, home and building automation, industrial control and security applications. With +20 dBm output power and a range of over 4000 feet, they are good for mesh, point-to-point and point-to-multipoint networks. Plus, with their low current consumption, they’re also well suited for battery-powered designs.

FreeStar Pro modules have a footprint of 23 x 31 mm. An integrated antenna helps to reduce system size and cost, while an interface for an external antenna can be optionally specified. Modules support the Freescale BeeStack software, which streamlines development. FreeStar Pro modules will also be FCC, IC and CE certified. FreeStar Pro Evaluation Kits provide two modules mounted on self-contained interface boards. These boards can be optionally battery-powered enabling developers to create and test network connections under real-world environmental conditions. Evaluation Software is also included in the kits. Its easy-to-use GUI interface makes it simple to configure the modules’ settings: transmission channel, network ID, node ID, transmission power, send and receive packets; and determine packet error rates.

California Eastern Laboratories,
Santa Clara, CA. (408) 919-2500.
[www.cel.com].

Rugged Enclosures Get “Greener”

An “eco-friendly” line of rugged COTS system platforms is lighter and uses RoHS-compliant materials. The family of 12R1 enclosures from Elma Electronic is up to 20% lighter than the company’s standard 12R2 line of rugged COTS chassis. This contributes for fuel savings for mobile (Air, Sea, Land) applications. The lighter units also help avionics and other applications meet weight constrictions. The system platforms are modular and come in various sizes and configurations. This includes 19” rackmount enclosures in 3U, 5U, 7Uand 10U heights, and 22” and 25”.The 12R1 line is also optionally Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) compliant. For backplanes, lead-free solder and components must be used. RoHS 5/6 versions are also available for Military applications.

The 12R1 line has complete EMC shielding integrity with braided gasketing, honeycomb filtering and blind-riveting. The rugged chassis shell is made of aluminum frames and extruded profiles. Power supplies from 350W to over 1400W are available with both air-cooled and conduction-cooled options. A hinged front door panel ensures unobstructed access to boards and drives. An I/O patch panel is also located in the rear of the chassis. The light 12R1 design withstands up to 15 G’s of shock and vibration, while the heavy duty 12R2 version can handle up to 25 G’s. Pricing for the 12R1 rugged chassis starts under $12,000 depending on size and configuration. The lead-time is 2-4 weeks ARO.

Elma Electronic, Fremont, CA. (510) 656-3400. [www.elma.com].

PC/104 Express Frame Grabber Boasts 16 Video Inputs

A PC/104 Express video frame grabber can connect up to 16 video cameras or one S-Video camera respectively. The MSMG104EX from Digital-Logic is a compact module equipped with four BT878 frame grabbers with 4-channel video multiplexer, a PCIe/PCI bridge and 16 TTL Inputs/Outputs. The frame grabber supports common image formats like PAL and NTSC, and software supports toggling between both formats. The bandwidth for PAL is 4x 25 frames/sec and for NTSC 4x 30 frames/sec. The maximum transfer rate is 133 Mbytes/s. The video cameras are connected by SMA coaxial connectors, which guarantee a high mechanical robustness thanks to bolted connection. Standard pass-through connectors allow the board to be used either above or below other PC/104 modules. It is connected to the PCI Express bus via one lane. Included in delivery are drivers for Windows or Linux and optional demo software for display and storage of 16 video streams.

The MSMG104EX has dimensions of 90 mm x 96 mm x 17 mm (W x L x H) and a weight of 120 grams. It requires a 5V/3.3V power supply and operates within the standard temperature range of -25°C to +50°C. The MTBF (mean time between failures) is specified with over 100,000 hours. Typical applications are security and video surveillance, image recording (digitizing) and image evaluation that have to meet highest demands in terms of bandwidth and number of channels. For shipments of 100 units or more, pricing starts at 298 Euros per unit plus VAT.

Digtal-Logic, Luterbach, Switzerland.
+41 (0)32/ 681 58 40. [www.digitallogic.ch].

ATCA Blade with Quad-Core Processors and Memory Options Addresses 10G Apps

A new ATCA blade combines quad-core Intel Xeon processors with a wide range of memory options, plus redundant 10GbE support, to deliver performance and flexibility for server-type communications network elements. The ATCA-7350 processor blade from Emerson Network Power supports a wide range of applications, including media servers in IPTV and IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) broadband networks. The blade is based on two 2.13 GHz quad-core Intel Xeon processors and features a main memory capacity of up to 32 Gbytes. Dual hot-swappable and RAID-capable onboard disk drives can provide enterprise-class disk performance and storage capacity in network datacenter applications, or dual automotive or solid-state disks in central office applications requiring Network Equipment Building Standard (NEBS) capability.

The PICMG 3.1-compliant fabric interface provides two 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10GbE) interfaces for applications requiring higher network throughput in the backplane. Several rear transition module (RTM) configurations are available for external connectivity to suit application requirements, providing two or four optional 1GbE interfaces, support for 10GbE, a USB 1.1 management interface, and two optional 2 Gbit/s Fibre Channel interfaces.

The ATCA-7350 can be configured with a variety of software offerings, ranging from firmware-only to fully integrated and verified software operating environments. The ATCA-7350 also features an intelligent platform management control (IPMC) management subsystem, which provides monitoring, event logging and recovery control, and serves as the gateway for management applications to access the platform hardware. The ATCA-7350 will be available in the fourth quarter of 2008.

Emerson Network Power, Tempe, AZ.
(800) 759-1107. [www.EmersonNetworkPower.com].

Quad-Core LV Xeon 6U VMEbus SBC

A dual-slot single board computer (SBC) is designed to respond to customer needs for significantly increased onboard bandwidth and advanced graphics capabilities in 6U VMEbus environments. The new V7812 SBC from GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms utilizes the latest Intel chipset to provide a computing platform for demanding commercial, industrial and military applications. Such applications would typically include data encryption, flight simulation control and video compression.

The V7812 uses the newly announced Intel 5100 MCH (Memory Controller Hub) chipset and offers either an Intel Dual- or Quad-Core LV Xeon processor with 4 Mbytes of L2 cache. Graphics capability is provided via the ATI Radeon M72 graphics module, which takes advantage of the latest 65nm fabrication process to deliver high performance with low power consumption. The M72 features AMD’s Unified Shader Architecture, which brings advanced vertex and pixel processing to embedded graphics applications.

The V7812 can be optionally ordered as a VXS board, providing an additional Gigabit Ethernet connection routed to P0 in addition to the standard dual Gigabit Ethernet connections on the front panel. The Intel 5100 MCH provides six onboard PCI Express connections: one each to two Gigabit Ethernet controllers; one to the Tundra Tsi148 VME bridge; one to the two PMC PCI-X expansion sites; one to the ATI GPU; and one to the SAS (serial-attached SCSI) controller. The result is significantly advanced on-board bandwidth.

Support is provided for up to 4 Gbytes of DDR2 ECC SDRAM, six USB 2.0 ports and four Gigabit Ethernet ports (two via optional VXS). An optional 120 Gbytes 2.5” SATA disk or 8 Gbyte SSD SATA drive can optionally be configured on the board. Operating system support is provided for Windows XP and Linux.

GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms, Charlotteville, VA.
(800) 368-2738. [www.gefanuc.com].

Streamlined CANopen Configuration Tool

With the new version 1.6 of the CANopen ConfigurationStudio, an extended version of the universal CANopen network configuration tool from IXXAT becomes available. The CANopen ConfigurationStudio 1.6 significantly simplifies the configuration of PDO messages within the “Visual Object Linker.” PDO configuration is performed by simple drag & drop operations, so even users without an in-depth knowledge of fundamental CANopen mechanisms can operate the tool.

Further enhancements include a complete redesign of the “CANopen Device Configurator” plug-in that enables the extensive configuration of CANopen Manager devices according to CiA 302. In addition, the configuration of node guarding and error behavior was simplified and a new front-end for LSS Master services was implemented.

To access the CANopen bus, an IXXAT CAN interface with VCI 3.1 driver installed is necessary. The CANopen ConfigurationStudio can be used on systems running Microsoft Windows 2000, Windows XP (32 and 64 bit) as well as Windows Vista (32 and 64 bit).

IXXAT, Bedford, NH. (603) 471-0800. [www.ixxat.com].

JTAG/Boundary Scan Platform Incorporates PXI Controllers

A new series of PXI-Bus-based controllers has been added for the Scanflex Boundary Scan hardware platform from Goepel Electronic. The new SFX/PXI1149/C4-FXT controllers incorporate the normally external Scanflex TAP transceivers into the 1 slot/3U unit, whereas the TAP interface cards (TIC) are linked externally. The TICs are active so complete signal conditioning is performed directly within the test fixture or environmental test chamber for HASS/HALT applications. Four different auto-identified TIC types are available to accommodate various applications. The differential signal interface ensures a secure transmission of the TAP signals, even through multiple interconnections and with over four meters of cable length, a TCK clock frequency of up to 80 MHz can be maintained.

The new controller series offers four truly parallel TAPs and is available in three performance classes: A, B and C. The classes differ in their respective maximum TCK clock frequency of 20, 50 and 80 MHz as well as in the degree of implementation of the advanced Space II chipset for high-performance scan operations. Unlike conventional solutions, the integrated Fastscale technology allows for an upgrade of the performance class ‘on-the-fly’, overcoming costly assembly of additional hardware. All Scanflex controllers feature the Adycs II propagation delay compensation and the dynamic Hyscan data splitting for serial TAP vectors and parallel I/O vectors as a standard. Moreover, resources like 32 dynamic I/Os, 2 analog I/Os, 3 static I/Os and trigger lines are included in the basic package.

SFX/PXI1149/C4-FXT is fully supported by the Boundary Scan software package System Cascon (version 4.4.1 or higher). Based on the integrated CAPI Cascon Application Programming Interface (CAPI) functionality, predefined plug-ins are available for convenient system integration of LabView, LabWindows and TestStand.

Goepel Electronic, Jena, Germany. +49 03641 6896-739. [www.goepel.com].

PMC Card Provides Real-Time Video Compression and Decompression

A new rugged, conduction-cooled dual-channel video compression/decompression board is available in the PMC form factor for use in VME and CompactPCI systems.

The Orion CC from Curtiss-Wright Controls Embedded Computing is suited for deployed systems requiring distribution and/or storage of video sensor information. The Orion CC features dual onboard JPEG 2000 engines to support full-frame encoding of standard 625-line PAL or 525-line NTSC composite video. With significantly better low bit-rate compression performance than its predecessor, JPEG, the JPEG 2000 is a new image coding system that uses state-of-the-art compression techniques based on wavelet technology.

In input mode, Orion CC can accept up to ten analog video inputs. It can select two input channels for simultaneous compression using the JPEG 2000 standard. The card’s compression engine supports full-frame rate encoding of standard PAL or NTSC composite video, outputting a JPEG 2000-compliant data stream onto the PCI bus. In output mode, Orion CC receives one or two JPEG 2000 data streams via the 64-bit, 66 MHz PCI bus, decompresses the data streams, and outputs the resulting one or two independent PAL or NTSC video output signals via the card’s PMC P4 connector. As part of a video capture and recording system, the resulting compressed video streams can be stored locally or distributed over a network to a remote display.

JPEG 2000 supports a programmable compression ratio and offers excellent performance for real-time video sequences with the added benefit of low latency and minimal resynchronize times. JPEG 2000 compresses each frame of video independently, which means that in the event of a disturbance to the video stream, resynchronization can occur on the next frame boundary. MPEG algorithms compress video by identifying temporally redundant data in sequences of frames: a side-effect of this is that MPEG takes longer to recover from any disturbance to the video stream.

Software support for Orion includes drivers for Windows, Linux and VxWorks operating environments. A low-level driver and comprehensive board support library provides a set of C functions for the card. This library of functions is portable to many operating systems and host processor platforms, and provides a set of low-level functions to initialize and control operations of the card. Pricing for the conduction-cooled Orion starts at $4,500. Availability is Q4 2008.

Curtiss-Wright Controls Embedded Computing, Leesburg, VA. (613) 254-5112. [www.cwcembedded.com].

PC/104-Express Peripheral Card Connects Two SATA Memory Devices

A solution for connecting two SATA memory devices to the PCI Express bus has been introduced in the form of the MSMSA104EX from Digital-Logic. The PC/104 Express card is based on the SATA II host controller SiL3132, has two SATA interfaces and supports data transfer rates of up to 300 Mbytes/s for each channel. It is connected to the PCI Express bus via one lane. Two USB ports are available to attach further peripheral devices. Software support exists for Windows XP, Windows VISTA and Linux.

The onboard flash contains RAID Ø 1 support. The MSMSA104EX has dimensions of 90 mm x 96 mm x 17 mm (W x L x H) and a weight of 120 grams. It requires a 5V/3.3V power supply and operates within the standard temperature range of -25°C to +70°C (1 Gbyte). The MTBF (mean time between failures) is specified with over 100,000 hours. For shipments of 100 units or more, pricing starts at 147 Euros plus VAT.

Digital-Logic, Luterbach, Switzerland. +41 (0)32/ 681 58 40. [www.digitallogic.ch].

miniITX Motherboard Targets Low-Power Mobile Apps

A Mini-ITX motherboard utilizing the Mobile Intel 910GMLE Express chipset with Intel ICH6M I/O controller hub is targeted for use in embedded applications such as gaming machines, ATM, industrial control automation, medical equipment, telecom, transportation, network and security related markets. The G5G100-L10C from Itox comes equipped with a 1 GHz Intel Celeron M Ultra Low Voltage 373 processor with 512K cache, 400 MHz front-side bus and integrated passive heatsink cooler. The low-cost G5G100-L10C embedded motherboard consumes less than 17 watts, making it suitable for any application with thermal or power restrictions.

The G5G100-L10C features one 184-pin DDR 333 SDRAM DIMM socket accepting memory modules with capacities up to1 Gbyte. Additional features include one VGA port with integrated Intel GMA 900 graphics (2048x1536 @ 75Hz), two Serial ATA ports with speeds up to 1.5 Gbits/s, UltraDMA/100 IDE interface, eight USB 2.0/1.1 ports, four serial COM ports, and one Gigabit Ethernet controller supporting 10 Mbits/s, 100 Mbits/s and 1 Gbit/s data transmission. Expansion is provided by one PCI slot, which accepts optional riser boards with 1, 2 or 3 slots for low-profile PCI cards.

Use of Intel Embedded Architecture chipsets and processors, and other long-life availability components, enables Itox to guarantee availability of the G5G100-L10C for five or more years. Pricing starts at $350 with OEM volume pricing available. (For OEM and volume pricing, please call 732-390-2815 or email sales@itox.com.)

Itox, East Brunswick, NJ. (732) 390-2815. [www.itox.com].

Ultra-Low-Power Communications Controller for Wireless Sensor Networks

An IEEE 802.15.4-compliant communications controller chip boasts extreme low-power features that enable energy harvesting solutions for wireless sensor networks. Networks powered by energy harvesting bring true maintenance-free operation. The Emerald GP500C from GreenPeak Technologies incorporates a transceiver with a fully integrated communications layer and an on-chip energy manager. The Emerald GP500C device is an “autonomous transceiver” able to drive and control the data communication instead of being driven by a microcontroller, greatly reducing energy consumption. This enables end nodes to run on energy harvesting devices and to be truly wireless—free of power cords and free of batteries

In addition, GreenPeak’s radio creates reliable communication over a significant indoor range (30-50m, 100-150 feet) because it utilizes embedded hardware-based antenna diversity that reduces dead spots. It also includes other link reliability features such as message-over-message enabling, high sensitivity, a robust signal processing engine and interference detection and avoidance mechanisms.

The Emerald GP500C only consumes a fraction (10-25%) of the energy of traditional microcontroller-based designs (depending on the usage profile) by using a lower peak current, an ultra-low leakage current, and very short transmission times via just-in-time transmission scheduling. The GP500C’s low energy consumption allows developers to build sensor systems with a peak current of about 20 mA (two times lower than typical) and a system sleep mode of below 100 nA (ten times less than typical) without compromising the network reliability.

The Emerald GP500C is delivered with a reference design and development kit that allows OEMs to build their own communication modules and applications. The GP500C will also support a wide range of software stacks that can run on different processors including ZigBee Pro as well as Low Power Routing, Low Power Sensing (robust communication under intermittent power availability), a micro stack and other application-dedicated low-power protocols.

GreenPeak, Utrecht, Netherlands. 32 52 45 87 30. [www.greenpeak.com].

Rugged Embedded PCs Provide Three GbE Links

In the quest for ever lower power computing, heat dissipation becomes an ever greater challenge. Feeding such needs, MPL has rolled out three new models of its PIP embedded PC family. The new products, called PIP11-E, PIP10-E and PIP9-E, are based on low-power Pentium-M or Celeron-M CPUs from Intel’s Embedded program, which guarantees long-term availability. The CPUs are soldered on board and therefore offer the highest ruggedness and best reliability. Integrated on board are numerous features like three independent Gbit Ethernet ports, four serial ports, multiple USB 2.0 ports and much more. The rugged PCs are available with 512 Mbytes of ECC protected SDRAM memory soldered on board. A socket is available where additional ECC or standard DDR RAM modules of up to 1 Gbyte can be installed for a total of up to 1.5 Gbytes of RAM. The new models are extremely flexible and easy to expand over PC/104, PC/104-Plus, PMC or PCI. Further, MPL offers various add-on options and several housings (MIL and open frame) for all needs. The PIPs are powered with a single power supply between 8 and 28 VDC—optionally up to 48 VDC for mobile applications.

MPL, Dättwil, Switzerland. +41 56 483 34 34. [www.mpl.ch].

Multiple-Port USB-to-Serial Adapters are Software Configurable

Two USB-to-serial adapters are software configurable for RS-232, RS-422, or RS-485, elminating the need to open the enclosure to change jumper settings or dipswitches. The SeaLink +4M.SC and +8M.SC from Sealevel Systems maintain their electrical interface settings locally, allowing the host computer to be repaired or upgraded without reconfiguring the serial ports. Additionally, the devices can be configured at one computer and deployed to other computers. The +4M.SC offers four ports and the +8M.SC offers eight.

The serial ports appear as standard COM ports to the host computer enabling compatibility with legacy software. All Sealevel SeaLink USB serial adapters use a state-machine architecture that greatly reduces the host computer’s overhead when communicating over multiple serial ports simultaneously while supporting data rates to 921.6 Kbit/s. Status LEDs on the front of the enclosure indicate power, serial data activity and electrical interface.

The SeaLink+4M.SC and SeaLink+8M.SC are housed in rugged metal enclosures and include two USB 1.1 hub ports for easily connecting additional SeaLink devices and other standard USB peripherals. These adapters integrate SeaLATCH locking USB ports, which are fully compatible with standard USB cables. When used with the included USB cable with a locking type B connector, the metal thumbscrew provides a secure connection to the device and prevents accidental cable disconnection. Both USB hub ports can also be secured using optional SeaLATCH USB cables.

All SeaLink products ship with the Sealevel Systems SeaCOM suite of Windows drivers and diagnostic utilities. WinSSD, a full-featured application providing powerful testing and diagnostic capabilities, is also included. Use WinSSD for BERT (Bit Error Rate Testing), throughput monitoring, loopback tests and transmit test pattern messages.

Sealevel Systems, Liberty, SC.
(864) 843-4343. [www.sealevel.com].

mini-ITX Motherboard with Atom Processor Offers Smallest ATX-Compatible Footprint

With a combined thermal design power of less than 5 watts for the processor and chipset, a new ITX motherboard is a suitable choice for solar/battery-powered mobile, in-vehicle or stationary applications that require low power consumption, excellent electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) and a simple, rugged cooling concept. The KTUS15/mITX motherboard from Kontron is based on the Intel Atom processor running at up to 1.6 GHz and the highly integrated Intel System Controller Hub US15W. The small, ATX-compliant footprint of only 170 mm x 170 mm, in combination with a board height of only two USB stacks (20 mm) gives system developers the freedom to design extremely slim and, as required, fully closed and highly protected systems.

The space-saving processor and highly integrated system controller hub leave enough room for installing up to 32 Gbyte CF-media parallel to the motherboard, enabling the development of maintenance-free systems without fault-sensitive, rotating non-volatile media. The KTUS15/mITX offers numerous features such as the network controller from Intel. Other details include a set of interfaces, including two SDIO sockets that enable peripherals such as RFID or laser scanners, card readers, keyboard, keypad and mouse, printers and WLAN or GPRS communication networks to be connected directly to the motherboard. The two x1 PCIe and one PCI slots thereby remain free for application-specific extensions. The integrated Intel Trusted Platform Module (Intel TPM 1.2) and the wide range power supply (5 V – 25 V DV) options further simplify system design.

Furthermore, Hyper-Threading Technology and Intel Virtualization Technology improve system performance in the latest multi-threading and dual OS applications. The motherboard addresses up to 1 Gbyte of DDR2-RAM. The integrated graphics engine, with 2D/3D acceleration and directX 9, not only supports dual independent displays, but also boasts hardware-supported WMV9, H264.A and MPEG2 decoding, which dramatically reduces the load on the CPU when playing HD-videos. Displays can be connected via the onboard CRT (1280 x 1024) and dual-channel LVDS (1366 x 768) interfaces as well as optional DVI or HDMI ports. Mass storage media are easily connected via 2 x Serial ATA 150/300 and 1 x ATA100 interfaces. External embedded peripherals can be directly connected via 8 x USB 2.0, 2 x RS-232 (up to 4 x RS-232 if desired), 1 x bi-directional LPT as well as a PS/2 interface, without the need for expansion cards. AC97-compliant HD audio rounds off the feature set.

Kontron, Poway, CA. (888)-294-4558. [www.kontron.com].

Synchronous WAN Communications Module Supports MicroTCA and ATCA Apps

An intelligent synchronous four-port WAN, AdvancedMC module is designed for providing communications connectivity in a small form factor. The AMC335 from Performance Technologies can be easily integrated into MicroTCA offerings that include the company’s 1U MicroTCA chassis, the MTC5070, and the highly integrated, ready-to-use Advanced Managed Platform, the AMP5070.

The AMC335 is a programmable communications subsystem that is capable of sustaining high data rates for a variety of protocols that are used in synchronous data communications. The architecture of the AMC335 capitalizes on the intelligence of the Freescale MPC8270 Quad Integrated Communications Controller (PowerQUICC II), which enables it to act as an optimized communications controller. The module is ideally suited for use in creating flexible and efficient radar gateways, radar recorders, protocol converters, serial gateways and front-end I/O elements as well as many other communications devices that require RS-232, RS-422 (RS-449/EIA530) and V.35 connectivity. The AMC335 is fully supported by NexusWare, the company’s CGL 4.0 Registered Linux OS and development environment, as well as a complete set of installable WAN communications protocols.

Performance Technologies, Rochester, NY. (585) 256-0200. [www.pt.com].

Manageable Copper and Fiber Switch Solution Is Configurable over Web

A new Ethernet Switch product family features a design that allows different combinations of fiber and copper LAN ports. The products from MPL, known as MAGBES, are available in two basic versions: a 5-port Gigabit Ethernet switch module with 3 copper and 2 fiber optical interfaces or a 5-port Gigabit Ethernet switch module with copper interfaces. The two basic versions are available in various executions. The hot-pluggable SFP transceivers are available on the open market or at MPL with a variety of different variations, allowing users to select the appropriate technology according to the application need.

The MAGBES products support features such as quality of service, port-based VLAN and IEEE 802.1Q VLAN as well as Rapid Spanning Tree Protocol. To configure the switch MPL provides a Web interface. The Software is delivered together with the MAGBES modules. The complete HW & SW has been developed, designed and produced by MPL in Switzerland.

The MAGBES can be used as a stand-alone product and in a PC/104 or PC/104-Plus stack. In addition, the product is available as a built-in solution for the well-known Packaged Industrial PCs (PIP). The size of the module conforms to the PC/104 mechanical specification. The units are configurable via a Web interface in several options including a port-based VLAN—IEEE 802.1Q VLAN—and to set up quality of service. Management capabilities also include IEEE 802.1X MAC Address Checking, IEEE 802.1D Spanning Tree, port monitoring, SNMP support and switch statistics. Firmware can be updated via TFTP. The MAGBES can be used basically in any industrial and/or rugged environment. On request is the product also available for extended temperature.

MPL, Dättwil, Switzerland. +41 56 483 34 34. [www.mpl.ch].

SBC Brings Low-Power Core 2 Duo to the VMEbus

A VMEbus single board computer (SBC), designed to meet the needs of customers who require dual-core performance for their demanding applications, the TC2D64 from Themis is designed for a wide range of commercial and military applications in challenging environments—up to 30G shock @ 20ms. The TC2D64 is based on the low-power Intel Core 2 Duo processor clocked up to 2.16 GHz, and Intel’s 7520 chipset used in high-performance Xeon servers. The Intel 7520 chipset includes an ECC memory controller to maintain the highest system integrity, and provides the bandwidth necessary to support high-performance I/O. TC2D64 memory is expandable to 4 Gbytes of DDRII-400 memory. TC2D64’s memory modules feature a screw down design to withstand high shock and vibration.

The TC2D64 has extensive I/O including two Gigabit Ethernet ports, a SATA port and two USB 2.0 ports. I/O expansion is provided by an onboard 64 bit/66 MHz PMC slot along with a PCI Express connector to a new, optional XMC expansion board with two XMC slots for either PMC modules or new PCI Express XMC modules such as the latest cutting-edge graphics solutions. With the XMC expansion board, the expanded I/O configuration also provides AC97 audio, a third Gigabit Ethernet port and two multiprotocol serial ports. A TC2D64 configuration is also available with an optional three-slot PMC carrier card. The TC2D64 and its two-slot XMC expansion board are fully RoHS compliant.

Themis Computer, Fremont, CA. (510) 252-0870. [www.themis.com].

Scope Delivers Faster Throughput, High-Def Display Support

The general move toward high-speed serial technologies in the embedded arena continues to drive demand for instrumentation that can keep pace with those high-speed technologies. LeCroy’s new line of WavePro digital oscilloscopes—the 7 Zi Series—integrates performance, speed and a user interface optimized for analysis to enhance the design, debug and validation process. The unit offers a feature finder, new rare event capture technology and exceptional responsiveness, and 10-20 times faster processing throughput.

The WavePro 7 Zi’s industrial design incorporates a 15.3-inch, 16:9 high-definition display equipped with a touch screen. In addition, TriggerScan and WaveScan, special modes for finding rare events and correlating what caused the problem, shorten the time to debug a new design. LeCroy has added four new high-performance probes to the WaveLink probe family. The new amplifiers boast excellent noise performance that is essential for making precise jitter and other signal integrity measurements. The high DC and midband impedance make them ideal for many serial data and memory applications such as PCI Express, Firewire and DDR. U.S. prices range from $23,500 to $69,400.

LeCroy, Chestnut Ridge, New York. (800) 453-2769. [www.lecroy.com].

Conduction-Cooled Solid State Memory PMC with up to 128 Gbyte NAND Flash

A low-power, conduction-cooled solid state flash memory PMC module offers up to 128 Gbytes of NAND flash memory. Available in convection- and conduction-cooled configurations, the Flash PMCStor module from ACT/Technico is suitable for mass storage requirements in rugged environments found in defense and aerospace applications.

The Flash PMCStor uses the latest-generation USB flash disk controller. The memory is organized as an array of four flash banks with throughputs of 15 Bbytes/s per array when seen as individual USB drives, or up to 30 Mbytes/s as a single drive in RAID mode. Additional features include wear leveling, write protect and error detection and bad block correction. Three high-speed USB ports, one type ’A’ on the front panel and two ports via the rear PN4 I/O connector, allow for additional memory access options.

The Flash PMCStor consumes less than 5 watts of power in operating mode and will fit single board computers and carrier boards for CompactPCI, VME, VXS and VPX, or any board with a standard PMC site. The Flash PMCStor supports PCI bus clock frequencies up to 66 MHz in non-Monarch mode at 32 or 64 bits wide. Current operating systems supported include VxWorks, Linux and Windows. The board is compatible with EMC 89/336/ECC, EN55022 CIE and EN50082-2 as well as USB version 2.0. It also complies with USB Mass Storage Class specification version 1.0 as well as USB Revision 1.0 OHCI and EHCI.

ACT/Technico, Warminster, PA.
(215) 956-1200. [www.acttechnico.com].

Easy Error Diagnosis for CAN and CANopen Systems

Error diagnosis for CAN and CANopen systems becomes easier with a new universal installation tester “CANcheck” from IXXAT. Besides approved functions for physical wiring, cable, termination and line length tests as well as the operational tests including signal level, busload and display of message and error frames, CANcheck now offers additional functions for recording of measurement results as well as for verifying the plausibility of these results.

Up to four measurement series can be recorded on the device and afterwards be saved on a PC for longtime storage. Furthermore, the measurement results can be checked automatically for plausibility, which avoids errors in the system quality validation. The battery-powered handheld device is operated via control keys and a graphic LCD display. The test results can be displayed on the LCD display or on a PC, where CANcheck is connected via the USB-Interface.

CANcheck has a high-speed CAN interface in accordance with ISO/IS 11898-2. Four mignon batteries (AA) are required to power the device. The average operation time is about 24 hours. The device has a robust aluminum housing especially designed for use in the field.

IXXAT, Bedford, NH. (603) 471-0800. [www.ixxat.com].

pico-ITX Goes Low Profile, Integrates Power Supply

A low-profile Pico-ITX board couples features within a streamlined, ultra-compact footprint with extended I/O port options through two companion boards. Now featuring native S-ATA II support, Gigabit LAN and support for GPIO, SM bus and LPC devices, the 10 cm x 7.2 cm Via EPIA P700 Pico-ITX board from Via Technologies is based on the Via VX700 unified digital media IGP chipset and is powered by a 1 GHz Via C7 or fanless 500 MHz Via Eden ULV processor. An integrated power adapter coupled with the 5-volt S-SATA power cable negates the need for a separate power daughterboard, saving considerable space for ultra-compact systems.

Linear onboard pin-header placement means developers can use a single cable to easily connect various I/O devices in a streamlined way that reduces cable clutter. Flexible battery placement is also geared toward improved miniaturization, making the Via EPIA P700 the most slimline Pico-ITX board yet.

Two companion boards make light work of design implementation and product testing. The P700-A board features an RJ45 port, a VGA port and a COM port, while the P700-B sports four USB ports and three audio jacks for multichannel surround sound. The two companion boards fit seamlessly with the streamlined linear pin-headers on either side of the Via EPIA P700 to enable ultra-low-profile devices.

The Via EPIA P700 Pico-ITX board is powered by either a 1.0 GHz Via C7 or fanless 500 MHz Via Eden ULV processor and supports up to 1 Gbyte of DDR2 system memory. The Via VX700 unified digital media IGP chipset boasts 2D/3D AGP graphics and video decoding acceleration for WMV and MPEG-2/4 video through the Via UniChrome Pro II IGP graphics core. The Via VT1708B high-definition codec offers eight-channel audio and DTS multichannel digital surround sound for an all-round high fidelity experience.

The Via EPIA P700 negates the need for a traditional power board with an integrated +12V DC 2-pin power jack and lock, which also includes a 5V S-SATA power cable.

VIA Technologies, Fremont, CA. (510) 683-3300. [www.via.com.tw].

COM Express Module Sports Newest 45nm Intel Core 2 Duo

A new COM Express module features the latest 45nm Intel Core 2 Duo processor, the T9400, with a core speed of 2.53 GHz, 6 Mbyte L2 cache, a front side bus running at 1066 MHz and up to 8 Gbyte DDR3 memory. The conga-BM45 from congatec utilizes the Mobile Intel GM45 Express chipset with integrated Mobile Intel GMA 4500MHD Graphics Media Accelerator. The module can be equipped with a maximum 8 Gbyte DDR3 dual channel memory. When comparing this with DDR2 memory, the power consumption of DDR3 is ~20% lower.

The Intel GMA 4500MHD, which is a chipset integrated graphics controller, supports DirectX10 and hardware decoding for HDTV video streams. In order to reduce power consumption, the clock speed and voltage supply are adapted to the software utilization of the graphics controller. Depending on the software application, the graphics performance of the conga-BM45 can be up to three times faster compared to the same application running on a Mobile Intel GME965 Express chipset-based platform.

Both independent graphic pipelines can use either 2x24-bit LVDS, SDVO, TV-Out, analog VGA or one of the new interfaces DisplayPort and HDMI. The conga-BM45 implements the new VESA standard DisplayID and Embedded Panel Interface (EPI) in parallel allowing for automatic recognition of the attached flat panel display.

Five PCI Express lanes, PCI Express Graphic (PEGx16), eight USB 2.0 ports, four SATA-2 interfaces as well as signals for two ExpressCards allow for fast system extensions. Fan control, LPC bus for slow speed extensions and HDA, a high-performance digital audio interface, complete this full feature set.

The integrated gigabit Ethernet controller is equipped with Intel Active Management Technology (Intel AMT) 4.0. This enables remote control and management of embedded computer solutions. The conga-BM45 is available for mass production in Q4 2008. The price will be approximately $900.

congatec, Cardiff by the Sea, CA. (760) 635-2602. [congatec.com].

Rugged Box-Level System Targets Avionics

Stand-alone rugged box systems have become a staple for development in avionics . Kontron’s latest offering along those lines is the Kontron MEC-PPC-AV1, a completely rugged Modular Embedded Computer (MEC) specifically targeted toward avionics applications. The Kontron MEC-PPC-AV1 is a low-cost 3U CompactPCI rugged subsystem designed to exceed requirements through its compact dimensions, low-power dissipation and real-time software with a very large I/O offering.

The Kontron MEC-PPC-AV1 is targeted toward the avionics market because of its ATR footprint dimensions, 28 VDC power supply, lightweight structure in aluminum, conduction-cooled dissipation, MIL-STD-1553 links, MIL-C-38999 connectors and a very low power consumption of less than 17W. The Kontron MEC-PPC-AV1 hosts a Kontron 3U CompactPCI Single-Slot PowerEngineC7 Embedded Computer, a low-power dissipation and high-performance processor board already embedded in major avionics programs. The PPC-AV1 offers a large range of I/Os such as Ethernet, general-purpose I/Os, serial lines and MIL-STD-1553 links thanks to the Kontron CPMC-1553-R PCI Mezzanine. The Kontron CPMC-1553-R is a redundant MIL-STD-1553B interface with two channels. The PMC module has a 32-bit, 33 MHz PCI interface and a parallel 8-bit TTL I/O port.

Kontron America, Poway, CA. (858) 677-0877. [www.us.kontron.com].

6U VME PowerPC Board Has SKY Channel Links

Sky Channel, along with a handful of other interconnect technologies, brought switch fabrics to high-end applications decades before fabrics became part of mainstream computing. The recently “restarted” Sky Computers has rolled out its new 6U LightningBolt board. It provides all the resources required to obtain optimal performance from Sky’s compute and I/O modules. It is configured with one compute module of four MPC7448 processors. Data is transferred throughout the LightningBolt over the SKYchannel Packet Bus at 320 Mbytes/s. Data moves transparently through the SKYchannel P2 interface to other boards in a SKYchannel chassis. System control is handled by the System Processor, which performs I/O and operating system tasks that would otherwise burden the compute processors.

A full VME64 interface provides communication to the host and other off-board communication. The application runs on the processors resident on the compute module. Front-panel I/O expansion modules may be added to the LightningBolt for maximum I/O performance. LightningBolt uses the 1.2 GHz PowerPC MPC7448 microprocessor and the ANSI/VITA standard SKYchannel interconnect fabric, delivering optimal computing and I/O performance. The new LightningBolt embedded computers are 100 percent compatible with Sky’s previous SKYbolt family of products.

Sky Computers, Chelmsford, MA.
(978)-259-2420. [www.skycomputers.com].

CompactPCI SBC Features 45nm Core 2 Duo

A single-slot 6U CompactPCI processor board uses the latest high-performance mobile dual-core processor from the Intel embedded roadmap, the 2.53 GHz Intel Core2 Duo processor T9400. The PP 512/06x from Concurrent Technologies is suitable for CPU-intensive processing applications whereby the processor’s dual cores can access up to 8 Gbytes of onboard DDR3 dual-channel SDRAM at up to 16 Gbytes/s.

The PP 512/06x is based on a platform consisting of the Intel Core 2 Duo processor T9400, the Intel GM45 Graphics Memory Controller Hub and the Intel I/O Controller Hub 9M. The processor utilizes Intel’s 45nm process technology, and offers a large L2 cache (6 Mbytes), 1066 MHz Front Side Bus, improved power management, plus new features and enhancements to the Intel Core microarchitecture delivering increased instructions per clock.

The Mobile Intel GM45 Express chipset accesses up to 8 Gbytes of DDR3-1066 dual-channel SDRAM via two SODIMM sockets. For I/O, control and data processing flexibility, the PP 512/06x supports two high-performance PMC/XMC sites with front and rear I/O, PICMG 2.16 (Ethernet fabric), PICMG 2.9 (IPMI) and PICMG 2.1 (hot swap). Each PMC site supports up to 133 MHz PCI-X operation as well as a x4 PCI Express XMC interface. In addition, XMC site 2 can also support x8 PCI Express. The CompactPCI control/data plane throughput can operate at 33/66 MHz backplane PCI signaling speeds; the PP 512/06x can operate as a system controller board, a peripheral board or as a satellite board (blade).

A wide range of onboard I/O is available to the user: the board supports three 10/100/1000 Mbit/s Ethernet interfaces (one front and two rear), and the front panel also supports a USB 2.0, RS-232, analog graphics (2048 x 1536), keyboard and mouse interfaces. The rear panel supports three USB 2.0, RS-232, and up to four SATA300 interfaces.

Other features included are a watchdog timer, long duration timer, LAN boot firmware and options for an onboard 2.5-inch SATA300 hard disk drive and/or CompactFlash storage. For applications requiring rear I/O connections, a transition module is available—and can be optionally fitted with a USB flash disk.

For ease of integration, the PP 512/06x family of boards supports many of today’s leading operating systems, including Linux, Windows Server 2003, Windows XP Embedded, Windows XP, Solaris, VxWorks and QNX.

Concurrent Technologies, Woburn, MA. (781) 933-5900. [www.gocct.com].

VXS Gateway Marries 10GbE and Embedded Processing

VXS has proven itself useful for doing real-time tasks like capturing and processing large volumes of sensor data in real time to the sensor network architecture paradigm. Mercury Computer Systems addresses that need with its new SR-110 10GE VXS Gateway, a network-centric building block for VXS systems. The SR-110 10GE VXS Gateway from Mercury automatically transports the network data (via 10GbE) into the VXS chassis, which in turn streams the data into the serial RapidIO fabric, making the data available to all VXS compute nodes in the chassis. After user application computations are complete, the data is transported out of the system via the Gateway to the 10GbE network.

The SR-110 10GE VXS Gateway self-boots at power-up and is user-configurable. No other programming or user intervention is required to enable high-bandwidth data streams into and out of the Gateway. Based on the Freescale MPC8548 processor, the Mercury SR-110 10GE VXS Gateway is a highly integrated platform that includes a Power Architecture core, serial RapidIO, Gigabit Ethernet controllers and an integrated DDR2 memory interface.

Mercury Computer Systems, Chelmsford, MA. (978) 256-1300. [www.mc.com].

Software Radio PMC Offers Beam Forming, Power Meter

Real-time software radio, beam forming, signal-intelligence and radar systems all have something in common. They’re all hungry for an integrated solution—and that solution does conversion, processing and beam forming all the better. Pentek does exactly that with its Model 7152, a quad 200 MHz, 16-bit A/D digitizer with a 32-channel digital down converter (DDC) configured in a PMC format. The 7152 features 32 power meters that continuously measure the individual average power output of each of the 32 DDC channels. In addition, 32 threshold detectors automatically send an interrupt to the processor if the average power level of any DDC falls below or exceeds a programmable threshold.

The built-in power meters and threshold detectors offload these tasks from a downstream processor and present average power measurements for each channel in easy-to-read registers. A second set of new features makes the module ideal for beamforming applications. By adjusting the phase offset and weighting of the individual channels, followed by summation, the antenna can be “steered,” rotating the azimuth angle to enhance receptivity in a particular direction. The 7152 PMC module is also available in a variety of additional form factors. The 7152 PMC module is priced at $14,500 for the hardware.

Pentek, Upper Saddle River, NJ.
(201) 818-5900. [www.pentek.com].

Low-Power Core-Duo-based 6U CompactPCI SBC

With shock and vibration immunity major goals in the design, a new Intel Core2 Duo-based CompactPCI/PICMG 2.16 Single Board Computer (SBC) has been introduced by Dynatem. The CPD is a 6U single-slot CompactPCI-compatible platform that takes advantage of the L7400 Core2 Duo’s low power consumption as a rugged SBC. All major components including processor, chipset and memory are BGA based. The only socketed devices on board are the optional CompactFlash and optional battery, both of which are securely fastened when required. The CPD is available as a conduction-cooled module with wedge locks and a full-board heat sink for high shock/vibration environments and temperature extremes. The conduction-cooled version is the CRD. Extended temperature and versions with conformal coating are available.

The CPD comes installed with 2 Gbyte or 4 Gbyte DDR2-400 memory, supporting ECC. Memory is BGA for the best shock/vibration spec. The E7520 Memory Controller Hub (MCH) and 6300ESB I/O Controller Hub (ICH) chips support PCIe and PCI-X expansion, respectively. Four onboard Gbit Ethernet ports are controlled by two PCI Express-based 82571EB dual 10/100/1000BaseTX controllers. Two Ethernet ports are accessible from the front panel and two PICMG 2.16-compliant ports are routed to the backplane. Graphics are provided from a Silicon Motion SM712 GPU. SVGA is routed to J5. Front panel I/O interfaces include two Gbit Ethernet ports, two USB 2.0 ports and front panel I/O for both PMC sites. Conventional PC I/O is accessible with industry-standard connectors on the optional XPDRIO Rear Transition Module. An onboard CompactFlash site supports up to 32 Gbyte non-volatile memory, which permits single-slot booting.

Dynatem offers software support for such operating systems as LynxOS, VxWorks, Windows NT, Windows XP, Linux, QNX and Solaris. Support for other operating systems is available upon request. PXE is available for diskless booting and fully volatile operation—desirable in secure systems. Pricing starts at $4,158 in single quantity.

Dynatem, Mission Viejo, CA. (949) 855-3235. [www.dynatem.com].

Scan Converter PMC Card Supports High-Res Radar

Radar system development represents an extremely active segment of both the civilian aviation and the military realms. Supporting that need, Curtiss-Wright Controls Embedded Computing has announced the Eagle-2, a new high-resolution radar video scan-converter card. This compact PMC mezzanine module delivers enhanced scan conversion performance and support for high-resolution screen displays and eases the integration of advanced radar scan conversion functionality into VME, VPX and CompactPCI and PC-based systems. The Eagle-2 supports the simultaneous scan-conversion of multiple radar sources into PPI, A-Scan, or B-Scan formats at display resolutions up to 2560x1600, including 2048x2048 to address the growing demand for large-screen displays.

Eagle-2 delivers field-proven, high-performance radar scan conversion based on the industry-leading White-Powell algorithm. The card supports both forward and reverse scan-conversion to ensure that all single point targets are displayed and that no holes or spokes appear in the displayed image, even when zooming in at long range. High-resolution (up to 2560x1600/2048x2048) and standard resolution (up to 1920x1200) versions are available. The card is available in both air-cooled L0 and L100 ruggedization levels. Pricing for the Eagle-2 starts at $10,200.

Curtiss-Wright Controls Embedded Computing, Leesburg, VA. (703) 779-7800.
[www.cwcembedded.com].

Family of PCIe Backplanes Offers Server- and Graphics-Centric Choices

Fifteen PCIe-compatible backplanes are now available from American Portwell in a choice of server-centric (from 6 to 19 slots) or graphic-centric (from 5 to 13 slots). The features of the expanded family include a selection available for node chassis and rack mount chassis up to 4U, PCI-X buses that support up to 16 PCI-X expansion slots, PCIe x16, PCIe x8, PCIe x4 and PCIe x1 combinations, USB and SATA ports and support for legacy PCI slots. This makes Portwell’s extended family of PICMG 1.3 industrial backplanes an appropriate choice for applications in medical systems, semiconductor wafer inspection, system automation, Transportation Security Administration (TSA) X-ray inspection and the telecommunications markets.

Since there is no single solution that can address all of these issues, Portwell decided to provide a growing selection of backplanes from which to choose. Portwell’s PBPE family already includes a comprehensive range of industrial PICMG 1.3 backplanes, including six server-centric industrial backplanes and nine graphic-centric industrial backplanes.

American Portwell, Fremont, CA.
(510) 403-3184. [www.portwell.com].

Rugged 6U VME SBC Features Advanced Freescale Processors

Many demanding embedded computing applications are deployed in confined spaces where the heat generated by the computer can be hard to dissipate. GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms, working with Freescale, has announced the 6U VME VG6, which features the MPC8640 and MPC8640D low-power Power Architecture processors newly launched by Freescale Semiconductor. The VG6 now offers optional support for the MPC8640 and MPC8640D, providing an alternative solution that is designed to create less heat. According to Freescale, the MPC8640(D) processor consumes up to 27% less power than an equivalent MPC8641(D).

The 6U VME VG6 is available as a dual node/single node, dual node/single node single board computer, and is designed for high performance in harsh environments such as military/aerospace and industrial automation and more benign environments such as medical and scientific applications. GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms also announced that its DSP220 6U VXS quad MPC8641/MPC8641D multicomputer and DS230 6U VPX quad 8641/8641D multicomputer will also be made available with the MPC8640 and MPC8640D processors.

The VG6 can be configured as a single MPC8640 single core, single MPC8640 D dual core, dual MPC8640 single core and dual MPC8640D dual core solution, with x8 PCI Express adapter between the nodes: the same options are available for customers choosing the 8641 and 8641D options. Each node can be configured with up to 2 Gbytes of DDR2 ECC memory.

Support is provided for three Gigabit Ethernet ports as well as two 10/100Mbit Ethernet ports. Two SATA ports are provided for optimum disk storage performance, while extension slots are provided for both PMC/XMC (PCI-X 133 or x8 PCI Express) and PMC (PCI-X 100). Connectivity is further enhanced by the provision of four serial I/O ports (two RS-232, two RS-422) and six (three per node) USB 2.0 interfaces. Supported operating systems include VxWorks from Wind River Systems and Linux; LynxOS from LynuxWorks and Integrity from Green Hills Software are available on request. The VG6 is available immediately with the MPC8641 and MPC8641D processors; availability of the MPC8640 and MPC8640D processors will follow availability from Freescale Semiconductor.

GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms, Charlotteville, VA.
(800) 368-2738. [www.gefanuc.com].

1.8-Inch Micro-SATA SSDs Target Rugged Apps

Rugged and mobile industrial users far prefer solid state drives over rotating disks. SSDs are not only inherently more rugged, they also are much easier to erase secure data from when needed. Super Talent Technology has released a new line of 1.8-inch Micro-SATA SSDs. At merely 5 mm thick, these Micro-SATA SSDs are slimmer than most 1.8-inch hard drives, and hold up to 120 Gbytes of data. In terms of performance, power consumption and shock and vibration resistance, the MasterDrive KX is substantially better than hard drives. As a result, the MasterDrive KX makes for an excellent upgrade for military laptops that need greater reliability or to accelerate boot-up and load times

Built with MLC NAND flash, the MasterDrive KX is offered in 30, 60 and 120 Gbyte capacities. With 0.1 ms access time and 120 Mbyte/s and 40 Mbyte/s max sequential read and write speeds, these SSDs provide lightning fast access to files. The Micro-SATA connector in a 1.8-inch form factor makes these SSDs an ideal upgrade for UMPCs (Ultra Mobile PCs). Prices range from $299 to $679 depending on capacity.

Super Talent, San Jose, CA. (408) 934-2560.
[www.supertalent.com].

VadaTech Introduces AMC220 Dual-Port Packet Processor

The VadaTech AMC220 is a packet processor for Dual10-Gigabit Ethernet AMCs based on the AMC.1 specification. This two-port module is offered in a mid-height form factor with the option to order the full-height design. Pre-configured as a TCP Offload Engine, this AMC provides socket layer services to a Cavium OCTEON CN56xx/CN57xx Multicore processor, and can be loaded either by a four-lane PCIe interface or optional flash memory. This host processor enables the AMC220 to process Ethernet packets at line rate while reducing the overhead associated with new standards for packet processing on embedded CPUs.

The AMC220 has options for six to twelve processor cores and is available from 600 MHz to 1 GHz speed grades. Compliance with the newest IPMI version 2.0 allows for manageability that is independent of the operating system, which is supported by Linux, Windows, Solaris and V