Mindready Rolls Out SedNet IEEE-1394a&b FireWire VME Board

5/19/2004 - Mindready Solutions announced the widespread availability of its new SedNetTM 1394a&b VME Board. The increasing complexity and production volumes of IEEE-1394 devices and systems have prompted the need for better and faster testing solutions, as well as improved IEEE-1394 network analysis and simulation tools. Mindready has answered the call with the introduction of the SedNetTM IEEE-1394 VME Board compliant with the a and b versions of this popular serial bus.

Targeting aerospace, automotive, defense and industrial markets, typical applications for this FireWire® VME Board include high-throughput parallel testing of multiple devices and complex simulation of multi-node networks. Owing to its flexible design, the SedNetTM 1394 VME Board can also be used as a 1394 bus snooper / exerciser.

Using FPGA-assisted IEEE-1394 communications and distributed processing to achieve time deterministic and high-throughput IEEE-1394 communications, the single-slot VME board is scalable from two to six independent IEEE-1394 nodes, each controlled by a script-like user-defined program to handle an extensive range of user applications. Scalability is achieved by means of a dual-node baseboard on which two optional mezzanines can be added for a total of 18 IEEE-1394 ports on six independent nodes, all in a single VME slot.

Configuring the VME Board is performed via either the VME bus or a seventh IEEE-1394 node, referred to as the 1394b Control Port. Using a versatile scripting language, the user can program the VME board's six nodes independently to perform a variety of IEEE-1394 related actions. Furthermore, the board's highly-advanced bus snooping and packet-filtering abilities enable programming highly-complex IEEE-1394 communication schemes for simulation applications or data capture.

In addition to commented sample application code and comprehensive documentation, an optional National Instrument TestStandTM test executive will jumpstart integrating the VME Board in National Instruments environments.

With its high node count versus volume, high-performance FPGA-assisted IEEE-1394 communications and versatile scripting interface, the SedNetTM 1394 VME Board satisfies even the most demanding and complex testing and simulation requirements.

About Mindready Solutions
Mindready Solutions Inc. (TSX: MNY) is a leading supplier of automation systems, embedded systems and test systems for the aerospace/defense, automotive, industrial, medical and telecommunication markets. Recognized as the world leader in industrial-grade IEEE-1394 / FireWire®-based products, systems and engineering services, Mindready offers complete innovative solutions based on this technology. Mindready's clients include Alcatel, Boeing, Hewlett-Packard, Nortel Networks, Rockwell Collins, Sanmina-SCI, Visteon and Wind River. More information about Mindready and its products, systems and services can be found at www.mindready.com.

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