GE Fanuc's Gigabit Server Blade Features IBM 440GX PPC Processor

6/5/2003 - GE Fanuc Automation Americas, Inc., an affiliate of GE Industrial Systems, has introduced the new CP721, a CompactPCI PowerPC®-based server blade fully compliant to the PICMG® 2.16 standard. This next generation server blade is the first to endorse the 440GX silicon processor from IBM, enabling the user to access to all the silicon's latest features such as Gigabit Ethernet ports, TCP/IP acceleration and an I2O messaging unit for PCI-X.

The new CP721 from GE Fanuc is a 6U CompactPCI card designed in accordance with the PICMG 2.16 specification for packet switched backplanes. With an initial operating speed of 500MHz [future generations will endorse up to 667MHz], the board provides dual Gigabit Ethernet ports routed to the rear I/O in accordance with the specification, up to 2GB DDR and up to 1GB Flash memory. For additional I/O or storage requirements, the CP721 has been designed to support two PMC (PCI Mezzanine Card) interface sites. The availability of Gigabit Ethernet ports is an extended feature of the 440GX chip family over and above its predecessor, the 440GP.

"As the popularity of Gigabit Ethernet increases, the new CP721 offers a solution that will continue to be leading edge at the time of an OEM's final, integrated product introduction," said Douglas Albert, vice president, embedded systems, GE Fanuc Automation. "Furthermore, the new server blade adapts to a variety of application needs and, with two PMC slots on-board, can be augmented to include, for example, additional Gigabit Ethernet ports, an ATM interface or supplementary on-board storage capabilities."

Server blade technology such as the CP721is set to grow as OEMs strive to economize, using more powerful machines to maximize computing intensity. The concept of networking a range of "smaller" computers also enables the pooling of processing overhead and power requirements. The efforts being made to consolidate management within the system and enable load-balancing are further increasing their popularity. Server blades are becoming the de facto implementation for computing applications demanding high web-based browser activities, such as e-commerce trading, and large file transfers for video and high-resolution graphics.

The new CP721 from GE Fanuc will be available in the third quarter with Board Support Packages [BSPs] for both the Linux® and VxWorks® operating systems.

About GE Fanuc Automation
GE Fanuc Automation Americas, Inc., is a leading global supplier of automation solutions and is a joint venture between GE and FANUC LTD of Japan. GE Fanuc products and services include collaborative production management, HMI/SCADA and plant intelligence software; nano to high-end controllers; embedded systems; a wide range of CNCs; motion control; operator interfaces; industrial computers; lasers; and integration and customer support services. Headquartered in Charlottesville, Va., GE Fanuc is part of GE Industrial Systems. For more information, visit

About GE Industrial Systems
Since the founding of the General Electric Company (NYSE: GE) by Thomas Edison in 1882, GE Industrial Systems has been known for technical innovation. GE Industrial Systems has over 7,600 U.S. and foreign patents on products that help provide peace of mind for people, the properties they own and their workplaces. In 2001 alone, GE Industrial Systems filed more than 200 U.S. and 340 foreign patent applications.

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