Concurrent Rolls Out 1.6GHz Pentium M, CompactPCI Dual PMC Host Board

12/4/2003 - Concurrent Technologies is pleased to announce their single slot Pentium M based CompactPCI dual PMC Host board. The PP 310/01x supports the 1.6GHz Intel® Pentium M processor with up to 2 Gbytes 200MHz DDR ECC SDRAM. To give better I/O performance, and for lower power consumption, Concurrent Technologies chose the ServerWorksTM GC-LE chipset. As well as two PMC sites with front and rear I/O, the PP 310/01x supports dual Gigabit Ethernet (via a PCI-X bus), PICMG® 2.16 (Packet Switching Backplane), PICMG 2.9 (IPMI) and PICMG 2.1 (hot swap). The PP 310/01x can operate as a system controller board, a peripheral board or as a satellite board (blade) and is front and rear plug compatible with Concurrent Technologies’ popular PP 110/01x family.

At the core of the design is the low power 1.6GHz Intel Pentium M Processor in a FC-PGA package with 1 Mbyte of high-speed secondary (L2) on-die cache. Designed for scalability, the PP 310/01x will support faster versions of the processors as they become available. For increased reliability heat sinks are used in preference to fans for cooling the processor.

As an intelligent PMC carrier with dual 64-bit 66MHz PMC sites, the PP 310/01x is ideally suited to intensive I/O or data applications. Each site supports 3.3V or 5V PCI signaling and is available for user modules, standard PMC or PrPMC modules. As well as front I/O, the PMC I/O connector signals from both PMC sites are routed to the rear connectors (J4 is not used). Plus, for faster CompactPCI control/data plane throughput the PP 310/01x can auto-configure, on insertion/power-up, in a system operating at 66MHz backplane PCI signaling speeds.

To cater for embedded applications there is 32 Mbytes of Application Flash memory and 512 Kbytes of battery backed SRAM. For a wider range of applications there is an EIDE interface (up to Ultra-DMA100), with installed EIDE options for an on-board EIDE 2.5-inch disk drive or CompactFlashTM/IBM® (Hitachi) MicrodriveTM carrier, both within a single slot. Other features available are dual 10baseT/100base-TX/1000baseT Ethernet interfaces, graphics interface, keyboard/mouse interface, floppy disk interface, 3 RS232 serial channels, 1 USB port, parallel printer port, PC real-time clock, watchdog timer and long duration timer. LAN boot firmware is included as well. For applications requiring rear I/O connections a transition module is available.

For ease of integration, the PP 310/01x supports many of today’s leading operating systems, including VxWorks®, Linux®, Windows® 2000, Windows NT®, Windows® XP Embedded and QNX®.

Concurrent Technologies is an international ISO 9001 company specializing in the design and manufacture of commercial-off-the-shelf and custom designed industrial computer boards for real-time embedded applications. The company, which was founded in 1985, has offices in the USA and UK. In addition to its original Multibus II product line the company has a wide range of high performance, Intel processor based VME and CompactPCI products, which are complemented by an extensive offering of PMC (PCI Mezzanine Card) products. The company offers support for many of today’s leading industry standard operating systems. In January 2002, Concurrent Technologies fully acquired Omnibyte Inc who design and manufacture Motorola processor based VME products.

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