San Jose, Calif. - A single-board computer from Force Computers Inc. is based on the new PICMG 3.x series of Advanced Telecommunications Computing Architecture (ATCA) open specifications. The unit uses Intel Corp.'s 1.8-GHz mobile Pentium 4 processor-M, supports carrier-grade Linux and is aimed at 2.5G/3G wireless and broadband wireline applications.
Flexible configuration options include adding a daughtercard with quad-PCI mezzanine card (PMC) slots for I/O expansion using PCI-X and/or switch-based Gigabit Ethernet. The switch provides access to both the base and fabric interfaces, which are also part of the ATCA specifications.
"Faster time-to-market is essential to implement ATCA as the new platform standard for upcoming next-generation infrastructure solutions," said Chris Williams, Force vice president and general manager of product and strategic marketing and engineering.
The 8U SBC also offers a server-class chip set supporting 1.6-Gbyte/second memory bandwidth and a full-duplex, 3.2-Gbyte/s daughtercard interface. It provides up to 2 Gbytes of 266-MHz ECC-protected double-data-rate SDRAM, up to 8 Mbytes of user flash and 4 Mbytes of boot flash, and CompactFlash support.
The board provides an ATCA management controller (IPMI version 1.5), redundant connections to the backplane base interface, and such optional features as redundant connection to the backplane fabric interface and a quad PMC carrier board.
The ATCA-710 will be available through Force's Early Access Unit program in July, with volume shipments scheduled for the fourth quarter. Single-unit pricing starts at $3,900.
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