Momentum Computer Unveils VMEbus SBC with Pentium M Processor 745

6/7/2004 - Momentum Computer has introduced a new VMEbus single-board computer based on the newest Intel® Pentium® M processor 745 at 1.8 GHz and the Intel® E7501 Chipset. The 6U single-slot board can operate in any slot of a standard VMEbus backplane and features operating temperatures from 0 to 55 degrees C. In addition, Momentum will offer this board in a cost-reduced version with the Intel Pentium M processor at 1.6 GHz. The Cheetah-V supports the new PCI Mezzanine Card (PMC) Carrier configuration that will be available as an add-on board containing two 64-bit PMC slots.

The new boards comply with PICMG 2.0 R3.0 and include front panel connections for two RJ-45 10/100/1000Base-T Ethernet links, USB, PS2 keyboard and mouse interfaces, VGA interface with DB-15 connector along with a Serial ATA, USB, floppy drive and parallel interfaces on the backplane. In addition to a BIT completion LED indicator, the Cheetah-V includes three user-controlled LEDs, a battery backed real-time clock, a 1MB firmware hub, and can accommodate up to 2Gbyte of 64-bit DDR200 SDRAM with error checking and correction. Compatibility with Windows 2000, Windows XP and Linux operating systems assure functionality in a wide variety of applications.

“Our rapid design and development capabilities have enabled us to keep pace with the latest advances in processor technology, so we are pleased to be able to offer our customers this new VMEbus configuration in conjunction with the introduction of the newest Intel® Pentium® M processor,” noted Momentum’s president, Harry White. “The Cheetah-V board is the sixth product that Momentum offers with this processor family,” he added.

“Momentum’s new Cheetah-V boards use the Intel® Pentium® M Processor 745 to offer a new level of performance with low power requirements for a wide variety of VMEbus applications,” observed Ton Steenman, general manager, Embedded Intel Architecture Division, Intel Corporation.

For increased flexibility, the Cheetah-V PMC Carrier expansion option includes two 64-bit slots capable of 33 MHz, 66 MHz, 100 MHz and 133 MHz operation. Two Compact Flash sockets support 3.3 V mass storage devices. Optionally, one of the PMC slots can be replaced with a 2.5-inch hard drive.

The new Cheetah-V systems and PMC Carrier expansion option are available from stock for small quantities and delivery times of six weeks for production quantities. Prices for the Cheetah-V 1.6 GHz SBC model start at less than $4500 and $595 for the PMC Carrier. For additional details on Momentum’s single-board computers or about its custom board design services, call 760/431-8663 or visit them at

Momentum Computer was founded by Harry L. White and a team of engineers to fill an important need in the embedded computer market — quick turnaround and delivery of custom processor and high-performance I/O boards. Their standard and custom product offerings include single-board computers based on all major processor families in CompactPCI, VME and PMC form factors. Momentum’s high level of engineering expertise and efficient processes result in a custom design cycle that provides system designers with the fastest possible time to production. Momentum Computer is a General Member with the Intel® Communications Alliance, a community of communications and embedded developers and solution providers. For more information, please visit

Intel and Intel Pentium are trademarks or registered trademarks of Intel Corporation or its subsidiaries in the United States and other countries. Windows 2000 and Windows XP are trademarks of Microsoft Corporation

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