VMETRO's 3CPF1 Rugged 3U Processor Combines PowerPC and FPGA

6/1/2005 - VMETRO announces the 3CPF1, a revolutionary signal processing engine that combines the capabilities of a Xilinx Virtex-II Pro FPGA (XC2VP70), a Freescale PowerPC CPU (7447A) and multi-channel communications -- in a rugged 3U form-factor board. Key benefits include increased data processing throughput and reduced cost by the use of fewer processor cards. The 3CPF1 targets demanding applications that require complex signal processing closely coupled to high bandwidth data I/O in an environment where space is at a premium. Typical applications include Electro-Optics (EO), Signal Intelligence (SigInt) and Electronic Warfare (EW).

Merging a PowerPC CPU and an FPGA in a single product combines the benefits of two worlds; a sophisticated, easy-to-use processor with the highest levels of throughput and performance. Utilizing FPGAs for signal processing tasks can lead to significant increases in speed. For example, an FFT can be calculated 10 to 20 times faster on an FPGA than on a PowerPC CPU. The FPGA's performance capability is further increased by six independent banks of memory, four banks of 2M x 18-bit QDR-II SRAM and two banks of 64MBytes DDR SDRAM. This provides for flexible, efficient data buffers and increases the resources available to the application.

The PowerPC 7447A processor node is tightly integrated with the FPGA via a Marvell MV64360 bridge. The bridge also provides a path to 512MBytes of SDRAM, flash memory as well as Gigabit Ethernet channels and serial I/O to form a powerful and complete PowerPC based sub-system.

Off-board data I/O bottlenecks are eliminated through the use of eight 3.125Gbps RocketIO(TM) serial channels, a high-bandwidth backplane connector, and parallel I/O -- all directly coupled to the FPGA. This provides multi-channel point-to-point data links for interfaces which could include PCI Express, Serial RapidIO, Aurora or Gigabit Ethernet through the use of suitable IP cores. The parallel I/O data port, with appropriate signal conditioning, can be used to link to a variety of interfaces such as digital cameras and LVDS ports. The 3CPF1 has an off-board 32-bit/66MHz PCI bus and supports both system slot and peripheral modes. Mechanically, the 3CPF1 has a form-factor similar to 3U CompactPCI, but uses a different connector scheme that provides higher density and higher bandwidth I/O. VMETRO offers an adapter to evaluate the 3CPF1 on a standard 3U CompactPCI backplane as well as the 3CPF1-BP1 backplane allowing a mix of 3CPF1 and 3U CompactPCI boards.

The 3CPF1 is supported by the VxWorks RTOS, while Linux support is in development. Gedae support will also be provided to offer a heterogeneous software development environment, which uses a block-diagram based programming paradigm. The 3CPF1 supports BIT (Built-In Test) for robust reliable operation.

The 3CPF1 has been designed for use in both commercial air-cooled and rugged conduction-cooled environments and is based on the same architecture as the VMETRO Phoenix VPF1 VXS card featuring dual PowerPC CPUs and dual FPGA processors.

The 3CPF1 is available immediately, starting at $19 800.

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) October 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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