VMETRO Rolls Out Phoenix VPF1 Quad Processing Card for VITA-41/VXS

1/19/2005 - VMETRO, a premium provider of embedded, real-time boards and sub-systems based on open standards like VME, PCI, cPCI and RACEway, announced that the Phoenix VPF1, a quad signal processing card for VME-based systems supporting the VITA-41/VXS standard, has begun delivery to customers. The VPF1, part of the Phoenix family of VXS products, is a high-performance processing engine and is available in standard and rugged configurations. Unlike more traditional solutions the VPF1 provides both dual independent PowerPC processors and dual independent Virtex-II Pro FPGAs for processing; as well as two 4x high-speed serial links for VITA 41 VXS (VMEBus Switched Serial) standard fabric connectivity. This combination of processors, FPGAs and communications fabric provides scalable high-density processing and efficient data communications in one card. In addition, because the board supports VXS, it is perfect for demanding applications that require complex signal processing with closely coupled high bandwidth data I/O.

Why VXS?
The VXS Switched Serial Standard is a new initiative designed to advance VME technology while continuing to support legacy VME/VME64 products. The principal capability offered by VXS is the ability to utilize switched fabrics (such as PCI Express or Serial RapidIO) across the backplane thus providing a significant increase in board to board transfer performance as well as the ability to handle multiple, simultaneous, high-bandwidth data streams completely independent of the conventional VME backplane. This is particularly important as it allows applications to effectively utilize processing resources distributed across multiple boards without the need for proprietary hardware.

"VXS provides a standard mechanism for high-performance, low-latency, board-to-board communications," said Andy Stevens, VMETRO Vice President of Business Development for Processing Solutions. "It is perfect for those designers requiring efficient and scalable multiprocessing, but who do not want to be locked in to proprietary systems."

TransComm Software
Also announced was the development of TransComm, a software solution for VXS-based inter-processor communications designed to ease the programming burden associated with building high-performance multiprocessor applications. TransComm consists of a library of optimized routines that enable prioritized data movement and message passing between tasks, where the tasks may reside on any processor, board or set of boards connected via VXS switched fabrics. Engineers developing applications for VPF1 will find TransComm a useful tool for synchronizing the execution of tasks across multiple processors.

"As VXS processing solutions come to market, the software to effectively make use of them becomes more and more important," said Eric Gulliksen, Director of Embedded Hardware and Systems Practice at Venture Development Corporation. "I applaud VMETRO for their initiative."

TransComm is scheduled for delivery in the second half of 2005 and will be initially available on the VPF1 quad processor card.

VMETRO offers products and services that enable clients to build superior high-end digital processing, recording and sensor I/O systems for their customers, on time! The products are based on open standards like VXS, VME, PCI, cPCI and RACEway. Founded in 1986 in Oslo, Norway, and in the US since 1987, VMETRO is the world's largest manufacturer of bus analyzers for standard buses such as VME and PCI. VMETRO also offers an extensive line of high-performance signal processing solutions, real-time data recorders, PMC I/O controllers and modules for real-time data processing, acquisition and networking. VMETRO merged with Transtech DSP Ltd (High Wycombe, UK) Oct. 1, 2004, adding a powerful range of signal processing products to the VMETRO product range. VMETRO is traded on the Oslo Stock Exchange (OSE:VME). For more information, please visit www.vmetro.com.

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