Concurrent Technologies Introduces VME Dual PMC Host Boards

6/24/2004 - Concurrent Technologies announces a range of high performance low power VME based dual PMC single slot boards utilizing the Intel® Pentium® M processor. The VP 315/02x supports either the 1.6GHz or 1.1GHz processor (1 Mbyte L2 cache) and the VP 317/02x supports the 1.8GHz processor (2 Mbytes L2 cache). All boards support up to 1Gbyte of soldered 266 MHz DDR ECC DRAM utilizing the Intel® 855GME chipset. With two 66MHz PMC sites, suitable for a wide range of PMC modules, the board also includes extensive I/O functionality and can support VITA 31.1. Commercial, extended and rugged versions are available for applications such as defense, industrial control and transportation systems. A range of operating system board support packages is also available.

Specific boards are available in up to three operating temperatures: 0C to +55C, -25C to +70C, or -40C to +85C. A rugged, conduction cooled version is planned.

VITA 31.1 Gigabit Ethernet on a VME64x backplane enables a tried and tested method of implementing a LAN-based multiprocessor architecture by leveraging readily available Ethernet hardware, TCP/IP software, and clustering and other network management tools. VITA 31.1 is the ANSI approved switched fabric standard for using standard off-the-shelf PICMG® 2.16 switched fabric cards within a VME chassis. Operating independently over an optional P0 connector, VITA 31.1 provides a 10/100 or Gigabit link between any VITA 31.1 compatible boards within the chassis. Using standard networking techniques offers a simpler, more efficient method of remote booting boards within the chassis, and simplified intercommunication between boards, particularly where different operating systems and CPU architectures are being used within the same chassis. It can also be used as a method of offloading tasks from the standard VME backplane, thereby improving overall application efficiency. This would be particularly suitable for applications such as data acquisition, radar data processing, or applications requiring accurate time synchronization across multiple boards within the system.

The Intel® 855GME Graphics Memory Controller Hub (GMCH) and Intel® 6300ESB I/O Controller Hub (ICH) create an optimized integrated graphics solution with a 400 MHz system bus and integrated 32-bit 3D core at 133 MHz. The integrated graphics utilizes Intel® Extreme Graphics 2 technology and bench tests have shown the integrated graphics performance averages 5 times better than the 69030 (without affecting processor performance). The 400 MHz system bus delivers a high-bandwidth connection between the processor and the GMCH.

Supporting two 64-bit 66MHz PMC sites, and expansion for two more PMC sites (all with rear I/O) this high functionality board offers an extensive array of functions analog/digital graphics, keyboard, mouse, 2x RS-232/422/485, 2x USB and EIDE interfaces. The front panel supports dual PMC, analog graphics, keyboard and mouse interfaces, and includes an additional RS-232 interface.

To cater for embedded applications, there is 64Mbytes of Application Flash memory. For a wider range of applications, there is an EIDE P2 interface (up to UDMA100), plus installed EIDE options for an onboard EIDE 2.5-inch disk drive, CompactFlashTM, or IBM/Hitachi Microdrive modules, all within a single slot. As well as the industry standard PC interfaces, other features available include a watchdog timer, long duration timer, and LAN boot firmware.

The VP 315/02x and VP 317/02x support many of todays leading operating systems, including VxWorks®, Linux®, Windows® 2000, Windows NT®, Windows® XP, Windows® XP Embedded, RTX®, QNX®, SolarisTM, and MS-DOS®.

Concurrent Technologies is an international ISO 9001:2000 company specializing in the design and manufacture of commercial-off-the-shelf and custom designed industrial computer boards for real-time embedded applications. The company, which was founded in 1985, has offices in the USA and UK. In addition to its original Multibus II product line the company has a wide range of high performance, Intel and Motorola processor based VME and CompactPCI products, which are complemented by an extensive offering of PMC (PCI Mezzanine Card) products. The company offers support for many of todays leading industry standard operating systems.

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