Keeping in mind the tight design constraints of embedded systems, Thales Computers has just introduced its PowerMP4-60, what it claims is the first serial rapid I/O system entry into the embedded computing market place.
The PowerMP4-60 system combines PowerPC and a Pentium-M housed in a 19 inch 7U rack and 8 VME64x slots with P0. Board configurations of up to eight PowerPC G4 7457 CPU boards operating at 1 GHz for a total computing power of 60 Gflops, and a PENTXM board operating at 1.6 GHz are available now.
The PowerMP4-60’s serial Rapid I/O switch fabric has an aggregate bandwidth of 2.4 GB/s, a feature that makes it possible to interconnect in all possible directions sustain the maximum throughput between all processors. The PowerPC nodes are interconnected through a low latency, high bandwidth RapidIO network., which can be routed either through the back-plane using P0 or through font panel connectors depending on customer preference.
The system’s FPDP stage can perform data acquisition at 100 MB/s. The PowerMP4-60 includes MPI communications plus SNMP control and monitoring. The development tool set includes Spyker, Totalview and VSIPRO, among others.
The Intel Pentium M boards in the system operate Linux 2.4 while the PowerPC cluster can operate under Linux SMP 2.4, LynxOS 4.0 or VxWorks 6.1. A wide
range of fully-integrated development tools (compilers, configuration
management, debuggers, trace tools, etc.) are also part of the PowerMP
Pricing for the PowerMP family of systems starts at $18,000 subject to
specifications and includes one year of Hotline support. The
PowerMP4-60 will be available later this year as a Fast Track product.