Force Computers Debuts PowerPC 750GX Based Processor PMC Module

2/20/2004 - Force Computers, a Solectron company and a leader in embedded computing, introduced the PowerPMC-275 —the embedded computing industry’s first PowerPCTM 750GX microprocessor-based processor PCI mezzanine card (PrPMC) module.

Using a PowerPC 750GX processor from IBM, the module offers one or two high-performance 1.0GHz processors and a robust 1MByte of four-way-set associative L2 internal Cache. Functioning at the processor’s core frequency while still providing a very low power envelope, the PowerPMC-275 is ideal for applications that have a footprint optimized for a large L2 Cache. Also, those applications can now achieve significant performance improvements and more deterministic behavior with the PowerPMC-275 than what is offered on other PrPMCs implementing PowerPC technology.

By upgrading to the PowerPC750GX processor and doubling the amount of on-chip, integrated L2 Cache, the PowerPMC-275 can address a broader range of highly demanding telecommunications, networking, storage and industrial control applications. And with a large L2 Cache, it is perfect for semiconductor testing, medical imaging, industrial printing, next-generation wireless base stations, high-end router control-plane processors and network-attached or iSCSI storage controllers.

“With the PowerPMC-275, Force has expanded the industry’s most complete PrPMC roadmap currently available,” said Dave Berry, Force product marketing manager. “Overall, PowerPMC-275 delivers more than enough scalable, deterministic performance and memory for current and future applications.”

Highly integrated embedded computing platform in monarch or nonmonarch mode
Capable of operating in either monarch or nonmonarch mode, the PowerPMC-275 implements single or dual IBM PowerPC 750GX processors at 1GHz with the highly integrated MarvellDiscovery II MV64360 system controller onto an open-system PrPMC form-factor for a high-performance, compact embedded platform. Multiple PowerPMC-275 configurations can be created depending on performance, memory, networking, flash and multiprocessing requirements.

In addition to up to 1GByte DDR-SDRAM and dual/independent GigE interfaces, the PowerPMC-275 leverages features like:

Also, this compact footprint processor module provides a scalable, cost-effective, and low-power control- or data-plane processing solution based on widely adopted PowerPC and PrPMC technologies for deployment on proprietary, CompactPCITM, PICMG® 2.16 or AdvancedTCATM form-factor-based carrier boards.

“With GHz-level performance, superb power dissipation and 1MByte of integrated L2 cache, our750GX processor enables Force to extend its PowerPMC family of PowerPC modules to offer continuous support for state-of-the-art embedded solutions,” said MarkIreland, manager of PowerPC business line, IBM Technology Group.

Standard configurations for all requirements or customizable to OEM specs
For OEMs that need more network bandwidth, the module has capacity for a third GigE interface that can be implemented on a customized variant from Force’s Tailor Made Solutions program. Cost optimized OEM options are also possible using other members of the Marvell Discovery II family of system controllers such as the MV64362.

Range of technology building blocks for cost-effective, time-to-market products
In collaboration with other high-tech leaders, Force works to supply a range of technology building blocks— from VME modules and processor PCI mezzanine cards (PrPMCs) to AdvancedTCAand CompactPCI platforms. As the overall embedded computing leader (source: Venture Development Corp., May2003), Force is committed to manufacturing boards as soon as possible so OEMs can develop products with their required application features — reducing time from concept to full functionality.

Availability and pricing
PowerPMC-275 PrPMCs are currently available through Force’s Early Access Unit (EAU) program with general availability scheduled for March. Single-unit pricing starts at $1,525. All monetary amounts are stated in U.S. dollars. Cost optimized lower power-dissipation 750FX and Symmetric Multiprocessing G4 members of the product family — PowerPMC-270and PowerPMC-280 — are also available. For more information, call (800) 367-2399.

About Force Computers
Founded in 1981, Force Computers ( is a leading designer and worldwide supplier of open-standards-based and custom board- and system-level embedded computing solutions that address medical, industrial control, telecom, data communications and defense and aerospace markets. Force systems offer capabilities for Ultra AvailabilityTM, remote system management and platform management as well as feature telecom protocol software, telecom controllers and chassis compatible with NEBS Level 3 and ETSI building practices for embedded servers and custom integrated solutions. For boards, the company develops andmanufactures leading-edge designs across a breadth of high-performanceprocessors, high-bandwidth input/output interfaces and robust digital signal processors. Along with parent company Solectron, Force is certified ISO 9001 and practices Total Quality Management principles in all its global operations. Force’s headquarters is in Fremont, Calif., with Europe and Asia-Pacific headquarters located in Munich, Germany, and Tokyo, Japan, respectively.

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