Embedded Planet Announces AMC Platform Solutions for Freescale Processors

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Introduces Two Processor AMC Modules, Two DSP Farm AMC Modules, and AMC Carrier AdvancedTCA Blade.

Embedded Planet, a leading supplier of single board computers and embedded systems training and services, today announced a complete platform of Advanced Mezzanine Card (AMC) and AdvanceTCA (ATCA) products incorporating Freescale Semiconductor’s processors built on Power Architecture™ technology and digital signal processors (DSPs) based on StarCore® technology. The products were designed to work together in a deployable ATCA or MicroTCA system supporting Serial RapidIO™ and Gigabit Ethernet backplane connections and will feature Linux, Green Hills INTEGRITY™, and VxWorks™ operating system support.

“Embedded Planet is committed to providing our customers with flexible, powerful, and reliable systems,” said Matt Hoover, VP Sales and Marketing of Embedded Planet. “Our AMC platform solutions built around Freescale processors, Serial RapidIO and Gigabit Ethernet interconnect allow our customers to mix and match modules to meet specific application demands in a standards compliant manner.”

The EP8548A and EP8641A are Processor AMC modules that feature highly integrated System-on-Chip (SoC) designs from Freescale that help to improve system performance, simplify board design, and lower system power consumption. The EP8548A features the MPC8548E PowerQUICC III processor built on Power Architecture technology, while the EP8641A features the dual-core MPC8641D processor built on Power Architecture technology and including Freescale’s AltiVec™ engine. Both boards are compliant with the AMC.4 (Serial RapidIO to AMC channels 4-7) and AMC.2 (Gigabit Ethernet AMC channels 0 and 1) specification for Serial RapidIO and Gigabit Ethernet fabric interfaces and include two Gigabit Ethernet interfaces and a serial port on the front panel. They can be used in standards compliant ATCA carriers and MicroTCA chassis as well as in a standalone mode for rapid software development.

The EP8122A and EP8144A are DSP Farm cards featuring multiple high-performance MSC81xx DSPs from Freescale. The EP8122A features eight MSC8122 quad-core DSPs with a Gigabit Ethernet port to AMC channel 0. The EP8144A features six of the recently announced MSC8144 quad-core DSPs and is compliant with AMC.4 (Serial RapidIO to AMC channels 4-7) and AMC.2 (Gigabit Ethernet to AMC channels 0 and 1) specifications. In addition to the standard interfaces, both boards feature a complete CT-Bus on the extended region of the AMC connector for routing TDM data. The modules are ideal for next-generation wireline and wireless network infrastructure of voice, video and 3G IMS (IP Multimedia Subsystem) processing applications.

The EP568T is an AMC.4 compliant ATCA carrier board that supports four single-width AMCs. The EP568T is designed to deliver highly reliable and deterministic services for any AMC.4 compliant AMC including processor, DSP farm, and WAN/LAN I/O AMCs. The fabric interface for each of the AMC slots complies with the AMC.4 and AMC.2 specifications for the common options region and fat pipes region. The AMC slots support either a single x4 or 4 x1 Serial RapidIO connections on AMC ports 4 - 7. In addition, all of the AMC slots support Gigabit Ethernet connections on AMC ports 0 and 1 (AMC.1 Type E2).

“Our customers are increasingly asking for Freescale processors in standards-compliant designs that can easily be deployed in next-generation systems,” said Jeff Timbs, director of marketing for Freescale’s Digital Systems Division. “Embedded Planet’s AMC platform offerings allow our customers to simplify deployment of next-generation system architectures enabled by Freescale’s processor solutions based on Power Architecture technology and StarCore technology.”

The AMC Platform products are scheduled for production availability starting in the fourth quarter of 2006, with limited prototypes available earlier. Embedded Planet can build custom systems based on the AMC platform solutions and additional components. Contact Embedded Planet for pricing and product availability.

About Embedded Planet

Embedded Planet is a leading full service single board computer and embedded systems solution provider. Our unique set of capabilities enables us to support your organization through the entire lifecycle of your product development with customized training at project launch through high quality volume production services during product deployment. Our integrated hardware and software systems and training capabilities accelerate time to market for OEMs in the networking, military, industrial, and medical markets. Our products support a broad range of Freescale processors, embedded operating systems, and form factors sure to fit your application. For more information, please see http://www.embeddedplanet.com or call 216-245-4180.


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