Compute Intensive Applications Get a New Processing Engine with Motorola's First DataBoard

10/31/2002 - Motorola Computer Group launched the HXEB100, the first in a new class of products called DataBoards. Motorola's DataBoards are designed for the specific compute intensive processing and data transfer demands of imaging, defense and aerospace applications, including medical back-projection and imaging reconstruction, COTS-based radar/sonar track processing and visual recognition in industrial automation.

Featuring dual MPC7455 microprocessors and AltiVecTM vector-processing capabilities in a compact and flexible form factor, the HXEB100 delivers outstanding image processing to applications constrained by space and power. Up to five 66 MHz, 64-bit capable PCI slots enable developers to add I/O, more processing power and other functionality as their application demands. The HXEB100 also optimizes data throughput by distributing traffic throughout its multiple 66 MHz PCI buses. Future serial fabric upgrades will help ensure that Motorola's databoards grow with the increasing data flow demands of compute intensive applications.

The HXEB100 supports the Vector Signal Image Processing Libraries (VSIPL) standard developed by application developers, government laboratories and equipment manufacturers. These portable libraries have been tuned to enable the HXEB100 to efficiently execute FFTs, filtering and convolution and vector and matrix computations, which are the basis of imaging and sonar/radar applications. In a recent medical imaging convolution application, VSIPL combined with AltiVec will provide up to a 5x performance improvement over existing code on the HXEB100.

"The makers of equipment designed for extremely high power and data intensive tasks are also demanding more flexibility from their embedded computing engines—they want to add-in performance and functionality as their application demands change," said Greg Novak, product marketing manager, Motorola Computer Group. "So, the HXEB100 is not only a compact, top-of-the line computer engine but is also architected to easily scale performance—the ideal platform for intensive data processing now and into the future. The HXEB100 is compatible with both 1U and 4U platforms so it will easily fit in most CT, X-Ray, radar and embedded applications."

Standard features on the HXEB100 include:

Also available for download is a report that benchmarks performance gains Motorola G4 processors showing the performance increases made with the AltiVec processing unit. Motorola Computer Group offers a variety of building blocks that utilize the G4 processor and AltiVec technology such the HXEB100.

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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