Motorola Launches Next Generation PowerPC ISA VMEbus Single Board Computer

10/2/2002 - Motorola Computer Group launched the MVME5500, designed to provide processing speeds of 1 GHz and beyond for data intensive applications in medical imaging, defense and aerospace and industrial automation. Featuring an MPC7455 processor and dual 33/66 MHz PCI buses and PMC sites, the MVME5500 delivers power and flexibility to motion control, simulators, command and control, radar, guidance systems and sonar applications. This addition to Motorola's VMEbus product line is the latest step in the company's VME Renaissance, which aims to improve performance while maintaining backwards compatibility for equipment manufacturers using VMEbus architectures.

Motorola has designed the MVME5500 to enable customers to take full advantage of the fast MPC7455 processor and AltiVec coprocessor. Featuring 512MB on-board ECC SDRAM and 512MB add-on memory via mezzanine, the new single board computer also has 40MB flash memory, a Gigabit Ethernet interface, a 10/100BaseTX Ethernet interface and two serial ports. Dual 33/66 MHz PMC sites enable the addition of industry standard modules to create an application-specific computing subsystem. The MVME5500 is supported by Motorola Built-In Test (MBIT) software, which provides board level diagnostics to help reduce the cost of unplanned equipment downtime, enables faster technician trouble-shooting and reduces spare part inventory.

"The MVME5500 gives customers a technology boost for their applications while providing a migration path that builds on their existing VMEbus infrastructure," said Dave Barker, product-marketing manager, Motorola Computer Group. "This enables equipment manufacturers to easily provide technology refreshes into their products and provide the performance increases their customers demand."

The VME Renaissance is a period of innovation that will help to dramatically increase the capability and performance of the VMEbus technology, while continuing to protect customers' hardware and software investment in key applications for markets such as defense and aerospace, medical and industrial automation. Backwards compatibility is a major factor in the 21-year success of the VMEbus and Motorola's VME Renaissance continues this tradition, allowing customers to develop new products while enjoying the stability and legacy of the VMEbus ecosystem.

Pricing and availability
The MVME5500 is expected to be available in Q1 2003 at a list price of $3295.

About Motorola
Motorola Computer Group is a business unit of the Motorola Integrated Electronic Systems Sector (IESS). It is the world's leading supplier of embedded computing platforms for equipment manufacturers in telecommunications, military and aerospace, medical equipment and industrial automation, with core competencies in services and training, design, manufacturing and systems integration capabilities. IESS is a leading provider of advanced electronic products and systems for customers integrating electronics into their products. Motorola IESS solutions provide the brains that make electronic systems simpler, safer, smarter and more synchronized. Motorola, Inc. (NYSE:MOT) is a global leader in providing integrated communications and embedded electronic solutions. Sales in 2001 were $30 billion.

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