GE Fanuc Unveils Intelligent Processor PMC Module for Embedded Systems

7/24/2003 - GE Fanuc Automation Americas, Inc., an affiliate of GE Industrial Systems, introduces the PMC702, the latest in its range of Processor PMC (PPMC) modules. Based on the IBM® PowerPC 750FX processor with speeds of 800 MHz to 1.1 GHz, the PMC702 is ideal for applications running multiple processors for high-end solutions.

GE Fanuc's PMC702 supports the PCI-X interface, capable of speeds of 64 bit/133 MHz for faster data throughput while retaining its backward compatibility to the PCI bus to ensure 'upgradability' for current applications. On-board memory options include 128/256 or 512 Mbyte of DDR memory and up to 512 Mbyte of Flash. I/O features include an RS232 port on the front panel for console access and additional dual 10/100/1000 Mbit Ethernet interfaces for high bandwidth system designs. Board Support Packages for both the open sourced Linux® operating system and WindRiver's VxWorks® Real-Time Operating System are available.

Processor PMC modules are becoming increasingly popular for engineers designing high-end, I/O intensive hardware. By utilizing a modular, open-design concept to address the processing power, design engineers can easily upgrade the central processing unit without the need to redesign the complete hardware platform. Processor PMC modules are an ideal, space saving, low cost daughter card solution to bring CPU processing into embedded systems. Based on the IEEE 1386 Mezzanine Card R1.0 standard, the PMC702 is fully compatible to the VITA Processor PMC standard 32-2002.

Prototypes of the PMC702 will be available mid August with quantity shipments scheduled for September.

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
GE Industrial Systems, a division of the General Electric Company (NYSE: GE), spans the globe as an industry leader in integrated industrial, electrical and security equipment, systems and services. The business brings to customers the latest technologies that are used to distribute, protect and control energy and equipment, and to provide premise management. GE provides innovative product and service solutions for commercial, industrial, residential and utility customers. For more information visit the website at:

For more information, visit or contact: GE Fanuc Automation, 1672 Donlon Street, Ventura, CA 93003, Phone: (805) 650 2111, Fax: (805) 650-2110, e-mail:

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