To accelerate the usage of the PowerPC 440EP CPU it has just acquired from IBM Corp., Applied Micro Circuits has just introduced a low cost evaluation kit designed for it by Embedded Planet LLC.
The Yosemite EV-440EP-KIT-00 kit is targeted at targeted at developers in a wide range of consumer and industrial connected computing applications and code is included for web server, telnet server, FTP server and game applications. It also provides resources including a custom-designed evaluation board, industry-standard software development tools, sample applications, system-level benchmarks and hardware design files.
The kit is designed to allow developers to perform a comprehensive evaluation of the 440EP processor and then to use the base hardware/software design as a starting-point for their own product development.
Configured with the Linux operating system, the board can also be used to load and run other PowerPC-compatible embedded operating systems. Schematics and layout files for the board are provided so developers can start their designs from a proven baseline.
The board, with a 5" x 7" form factor, includes an AMCC 440EP processor operating at a clock frequency of 533MHz. Other features include 256Mbytes of SDRAM, 32Mbytes of Flash, two 10/100 Ethernet ports, one USB 2.0 port, two USB 1.0 ports, JTAG connector, Trace connector, PCI host connector, Linux (2.6 kernel) in Flash, and Uboot boot firmware in Flash.
Also included in the evaluation kit is a suite of advanced processor and board diagnostics from Kozio, Inc., known as kDiagnostics. This diagnostics package, which can be licensed by customers, performs in-depth testing of the processor and evaluation board.
A resource CD offers a wide range of sample applications that can be used as a
starting-point for customers' software development, as well as various utilities
to aid in system configuration. The sample applications include a web server,
telnet server, FTP server and example game, while the utilities provide a
detailed configuration report on the board and utilities for setting the IP
address and MAC ID. This software is provided to the user as source code as
well as executables.
Evaluation versions of software tools products from DENX Software Engineering, Embedded Toolsmiths, Green Hills Software, Inc. and LynuxWorks, Inc. are also provided.
The Resource CD also contains industry-standard benchmarks for use in processor
performance analysis, including TTCP, DBench, Dhrystone, Whetstone, HINT, STREAM
and MPEG-4. These benchmarks allow customers to perform a detailed analysis of
the 440EP processor's performance using standard metrics without having to
acquire and configure the benchmarks themselves.
A similar evaluation kit will be available for AMCC's just acquired PowerPC 440GR processor early next quarter. The 440GR kit will include the same comprehensive set of resources found in the 440EP, plus a "Yellowstone" evaluation board also designed for AMCC by Embedded Planet.
Both AMCC's easy-to-use 440EP and 440GR evaluation kits are designed for
customer setup in 15 minutes or less and are priced at $750 each.
Applied Micro Circuits Corp.
San Jose, Ca.
(800) 935-AMCC (2622)