Tempe, ArizonaBoard maker ACTIS Computer Inc. is now delivering a PowerQUICC III VME bus SBC (single-board computer) designed with a Freescale Semiconductor (Motorola) MPC8560 microprocessor clocking at 833-MHz. It provides 1926 MIPS (million instructions/s) of processing horsepower.
Dubbed the VSBX-6560, this VME bus board is compliant with the VME Rev. C legacy standard, and doesn't require the new VME bus extension (i.e. five row connectors, P0, 3.3-V supply). It's therefore fully compatible with all existing VME backplanes.
One of the key features of this board is the availability of a QUICC (Quad Integrated Communications Controller). It provides a dedicated module containing a RISC (reduced instruction set) processor, and DMA (direct memory access) channels for handling a wide range of standard or proprietary communications protocols.
The VSBX-6560 also packs two Gigabit Ethernet ports and one Fast Ethernet port. It also includes up to 1 Gbyte of fast DDR (double data-rate) RAM, but is fully compatible for software applications and front-panel connectors.
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The VSBX-6560 also includes a Mbyte of SRAM and a CF (CompactFlash) socket. For I/O, in addition to the three Ethernet ports, the VSBX-6560 supports two S-ATA (serial ATA) ports, four HDLC ports common to all PowerQUICC boards, and two UART ports for monitoring. A JTAG port offers one internal connector for direct access to the processor with a third-party tool.
The VSBX-6560 is supported by Linux and VxWorks.
Actis says it can deliver these boards within a week after order, at a price of less than $3000 a pop.
Click here for a datasheet (in Adobe Acrobat .PDF format).
For more information contact ACTIS Computer Inc., 6202 South Maple Ave., Suite 120, Tempe, Ariz. 85283. Phone: 480-838-1799. Fax: 480-838 4477.
ACTIS Computer, 480-838-1799, www.actis-computer.com