TEK Microsystems Rolls Out PMC Carrier Board for Demanding Streaming I/O

12/8/2003 - TEK Microsystems, Inc. announced the release of its PowerRACE-2B, a new PMC carrier board for demanding streaming I/O applications. The PowerRACE- 2B uses two 333 MHz PowerPCs to support high throughput without incurring host processor overhead. In combination with large, fast memories, the PowerPCs give customers the ability to handle in line data processing or data reduction, thereby reducing the overall system board count. The on-board fabric allows each PMC site to transfer data concurrently to off-board RACE++ ports or memory thereby eliminating I/O contention and maximizing overall system performance. Configured with any one of the more than 30 available TEK Microsystems PMC modules, the new PowerRACE-2B delivers unmatched speed and flexibility.

"TEK Microsystems' fabric-interconnected I/O technology coupled with high-performance processing platforms like the PowerRACE-2B, and layered, drop-in software delivers today's most powerful standards-based solutions." said Andy Reddig, president of TEK Microsystems. "While other vendors scramble to ramp up fabric switched products from scratch, TEK Microsystems leverages our extensive switch fabric know-how and proven designs. The results are cost- effective answers to demanding applications -- today -- either off-the-shelf or customized to assure customer success."

"As the only fabric-enabled carrier board on the market the PowerRACE-2B eliminates fabric contention - especially important in sensor based applications including radar, sonar, and industrial inspection, all of which have huge I/O requirements," adds vice president Howie Cheney. "We support all the popular I/O standards including HOTLink I and II, LVDS, and TAXI, thereby giving our customers the ability to create a system to fully meet their demanding I/O requirements."

The PowerRACE-2B delivers measured, sustained performance of 250+ MB/sec per PMC site. The PowerRACE-2B leads the industry with the largest available memory, up to 256 MB of ECC. This is the industry's fastest memory bandwidth at 72-bit 133 MHz. 256MB of local PowerPC memory is complemented by up to 1 GB of RACEway buffer memory on board.

It is an ideal platform for streaming I/O applications such as camera interfaces, serial and/or parallel links, network protocols, Fibre Channel data recording systems, or high-speed custom protocol implementations. Supported I/O standards include: Fibre Channel, HOTLink, HOTLink II, FPDP, FPDP II, Parallel ECL, PECL, TAXI, Gigabit Ethernet, LVDS, and Camera Link.

The PowerRACE-2B Fibre Channel RAID solution supports FAT32 as well as point-to-point configurations.

Proven Technology
The PowerRACE-2B is the fourth generation of the proven PowerRACE family. Upgrades now and in the future are seamless via a consistent API across all platforms. The low latency and high throughput of TEK Mircosystems' tekDX API provides easy drop in integration in both MCOE and non-Mercury RACEway systems.

Conformally coated rugged versions are available now with operating temperatures ranging from -40 -70C, 10g peak sine vibration, and 80g peak shock in the X- Y- axis.

About TEK Microsystems
TEK Microsystems, Inc., founded in 1981 and headquartered in Chelmsford Massachusetts, designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of advanced high-performance I/O products for embedded real-time computing systems. Our comprehensive product line includes PowerRACE carrier boards based on the RACEway standard and a large selection of PMC cards (PCI Mezzanine Cards). These products are used in real- time systems designed for data acquisition, instrumentation, control systems and signal processing in customer applications such as reconnaissance, signals intelligence, satellite telemetry, mine detection, medical imaging, radar, sonar, semiconductor inspection and seismic research. Company Website: http://www.tekmicro.com

Pricing and Availability
The PowerRACE-2B is available 30 days after receipt of the order and is priced beginning at $17,900.

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