Sunnyvale, Calif. Applied Micro Circuits Corp. (AMCC) has expanded its family of PowerPC evaluation kits, with the addition of four easy-to-use kits supporting its PowerPC440EPx, 440GRx, 440GX and 440SPe processors.
These evaluation kits enable AMCC's customers to perform a quick and comprehensive evaluation of the processor of interest to them and then use the kit as a software development platform before their own target hardware is available.
The four new evaluation kits include the Sequoia 440EPx kit; the Rainier 440GRx kit; the Taishan 440GX kit; and the Katmai 440SPe kit.Each evaluation kit includes a custom-designed evaluation board, developed for AMCC by one of its strategic partners. The Sequoia 440EPx and Rainier 440GRx boards were developed by Embedded Planet, LLC; the Taishan 440GX board was developed by Beijing UD Technology Co., Ltd (UDTech); the Katmai 440SPe board was developed by Nimbus Data Systems. In each case, AMCC worked closely with the appropriate partner to define the hardware features most appropriate for evaluating the target PowerPC processor.
AMCC's new evaluation kits are all configured with the Linux operating system (2.6 kernel), installed in flash along with U-Boot boot firmware, but also provide the flexibility to load and run other PowerPC-compatible embedded operating systems. Schematics and layout files for the board are provided free-of-charge via AMCC's website so that customers can start their designs from a proven baseline.
The Linux code and U-Boot code (both source code and executables) are also provided free-of-charge via AMCC's website. Also included in the evaluation kits is kDiagnostics, a suite of advanced processor and board diagnostics from Kozio, Inc. This diagnostics package, which can be licensed by customers, performs in-depth testing of the processor and evaluation board.
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Each of the kits can be set up in 15 minutes or less, enabled by a clear, step-by-step Getting Started guide and user-friendly configuration software. To assist with the processor evaluation phase, the Resource CD in each kit contains industry-standard benchmarks for use in processor performance analysis, such as TTCP, DBench, HINT, STREAM, Dhrystone, Whetstone and MPEG-4 as appropriate. These benchmarks allow customers to perform a detailed analysis of the processor's performance using standard metrics without having to acquire and configure the benchmarks themselves.
Once customers progress to the software development phase and before their own target hardware (prototype board) is available, the evaluation kits enable them to start their software development early, thereby accelerating their time-to-market. The Resource CD offers a wide range of sample applications that can be used as a starting-point for customers' software applications, 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 as well as utilities for setting the IP address and MAC ID.
Also included is an example flash file system for persistent storage and a Linux root file system build environment. The kit software is provided to the user as source code as well as executables. To assist customers in selecting the optimum development environment for their PowerPC-based projects, software tools CDs from industry-leading suppliers such as DENX Software Engineering, Corelis and Green Hills Software, Inc. are included in the kits.
AMCC's new evaluation kits will be available with release dates starting in October and may be ordered from AMCC or any authorized distributor. The Sequoia 440EPx evaluation kit: part number EV-KIT-440EPx-01 carries a suggested distributor resale of $750. The Rainier 440GRx evaluation kit: part number EV-KIT-440GRx-01 also has a suggested distributor resale price of $750 as is the Taishan 440GX evaluation kit: part number EV-KIT-440GX-01. The Katmai 440SPe evaluation kit: part number EV-KIT-440SPe-01 has a suggested distributor resale $2950.
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