Dy 4 Systems Rolls Out 800 MHz, 3U CompactPCI Single Board Computer

5/6/2003 - Dy 4 Systems, a division of Force Computers, a Solectron company, and a leading designer and manufacturer of COTS VME and CompactPCI (cPCI) products for harsh environments, has announced the addition of the SCP/DCP-122 3U single board computer (SBC) to its CompactCore line of ruggedized cPCI products. The 122 is based on the IBM 750FX PowerPC processor, running at 800 MHz with 512 Kbytes of internal L2 cache offering an impressive 1856 Dhrystone MIPS. Designed for space-constrained applications, the CompactCore family includes a choice of PowerPC SBCs, real-time operating system (RTOS) support and a ruggedized PMC carrier card (SCP/DCP-201) that extends system I/O flexibility through the use of off-the-shelf ruggedized PMC modules.

Measuring only 100 mm by 160 mm, the 3U form factor is intended for space and weight constrained systems that require high performance processing with low power dissipation. The SCP/DCP-122 offers an extremely low overall power consumption of only 12W, due in part to the 750FXs inherently low power dissipation and its dynamic power management. This allows the 122 to easily accommodate higher power PMC modules such as graphics or fibre channel.

With an on-board 64-bit/66MHz PMC site, the 122 can accommodate high performance PMC modules directly on-board, with maximum PCI bandwidth between the PMC and the 122s 256 Mbytes of Synchronous DRAM main memory. Up to 64 Mbytes of Flash is available for program storage, where applications demand fast start-up times and must be executed directly. In addition, the 122 provides a rich complement of I/O including a 10/100 Mbit Ethernet port, three serial channels (RS-232/485), 16-bits of discrete digital I/O and a USB port.

3U CompactPCI is rapidly becoming the standard for high performance, ruggedized real time applications of the PowerPC processor, said Grant Courville, product marketing manager for the CompactCore product line, The choice of the IBM 750FX CPU offers our customers a host of unique advantages, from greater performance, lower power, savings in on-board real estate and complexity, plus the assurance of a roadmap that stretches well beyond the one GHz benchmark.

The 122 can be used in either cPCI system or peripheral slots and supports the full 64-bit/66MHz cPCI backplane bus. A comprehensive board support package (BSP) and driver suite for Wind Rivers VxWorks/Tornado provides support for all the on-board devices and provides an applications programming interface (API) compatible with Dy 4s extensive 6U VME line of PowerPC SBCs.

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