Synergy's New Rhino DX Dual-Processor SBC Outperforms ``Quad'' Boards in COTS Applications.Business Editors/High-Tech Writers
SAN DIEGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--April 10, 2003
Conduction-Cooled Rhino DX Uses Next Generation PowerPC
7455 CPUs to Outperform Host of Currently Available "Quad" Boards in
Synergy Microsystems Inc. (Synergy) announced today the release of Rhino DX(TM), a conduction-cooled, dual-processor SBC (1) (SBC Communications Inc., San Antonio, TX, www.sbc.com) A large, national telecommunications company that grew from a multitude of local and regional companies, including Southwestern Bell, Pacific Bell and Nevada Bell, into a single, unified brand by 2002. (single board computer) that "leap-frogs" the performance levels of current quad processor offerings to provide designers a superior solution for next-generation applications.
Performance tests running actual customer applications show that the Rhino DX outperforms current generation quad-processor boards by as much as 200 percent. Additional performance benchmarks show that Synergy's DSP (1) (Digital Signal Processor) A special-purpose CPU used for digital signal processing applications (see definition #2 below). It provides ultra-fast instruction sequences, such as shift and add, and multiply and add, which are commonly used in math-intensive Math Library, optimized to take advantage of the enhancements in the AltiVec unit, run FFT (Fast Fourier Transform) A class of algorithms used in digital signal processing that break down complex signals into elementary components.
FFT - Fast Fourier Transform operations on the Rhino up to three times faster than competing quad-processor solutions.
The Rhino DX incorporates a unique triad of features including (1) ultra-high-performance in a single-slot solution, (2) easy multiprocessor/multi-board scalability to meet increased performance demands, and (3) survivability sur·viv·a·ble
1. Capable of surviving: survivable organisms in a hostile environment.
2. That can be survived: a survivable, but very serious, illness. -- all of which are extremely valuable in a broad range of sonar/radar, flight-control avionics, and other demanding signal and image processing image processing
Set of computational techniques for analyzing, enhancing, compressing, and reconstructing images. Its main components are importing, in which an image is captured through scanning or digital photography; analysis and manipulation of the image, accomplished applications.
Dynamic Balance of Speed and Bandwidth
Each 7455 CPU CPU
in full central processing unit
Principal component of a digital computer, composed of a control unit, an instruction-decoding unit, and an arithmetic-logic unit. is supported by three levels of enhanced cache memory for a dramatic speed and efficiency gain over 7410 series boards. The 256-KB L2 cache has joined the 64-KB L1 on-chip. Now integrated with the CPU core, the L2 can operate at speeds approaching the frequency of the processor. In addition, a third tier of cache memory has been added-a 2 MB L3 backside cache, which is Dual Data Rate enabled, providing even faster cache access. Supported by the Discovery(TM) system controller balancing fast, 133 MHz memory, dual PCI buses, abundant I/O (Input/Output) The transfer of data between the CPU and a peripheral device. Every transfer is an output from one device and an input to another. See PC input/output.
I/O - Input/Output , and efficient high-speed memory accesses, the Rhino DX offers ruggedized system designers optimal functionality at a competitive price-point.
Switched-Fabric for High-Speed Multiprocessing
The performance of the dual 7455s is complemented by StarCross(TM), Synergy's implementation of StarGen's StarFabric(TM) ultra-high-speed switching fabric, which provides true, 400 MB/sec board-to-board communications. Since the high-speed, memory-mapped StarFabric bridge extends the PCI bus to other processor boards within a VME (Virtual Machine Environment) An operating system from Fujitsu Services (formerly ICL) that runs on its Series 39 mainframes. Introduced in 1975, VME is a comprehensive product that provides a variety of utilities for datacenter operations. chassis, designers can easily add more horsepower -- one, two or more boards at a time -- to build multi-board systems that keep pace with incremental demand.
"VME's biggest drawback continues to be its limited bandwidth," noted Powell. "Current generation VME offers a theoretical 80 MB/sec maximum transfer rate. StarFabric provides a 5X performance increase over current VME, at the same time offering extensive flexibility."
By connecting the Rhino DX to a StarFabric switch device like Synergy's PSTN (Public Switched Telephone Network) The worldwide voice telephone network. Once only an analog system, the heart of most telephone networks today is all digital. In the U.S. PMC (1) See Portable Media Center.
(2) (PCI Mezzanine Card) A PCI-based mezzanine card that is widely adapted to VMEbus, CompactPCI and PCI cards. , users are able to create powerful multi-board systems that far surpass even future VME 320 performance. A single switch device offers up to three simultaneous conversations with an aggregate bandwidth of more than 1.2 GB/sec, and StarFabric is available today.
Additionally, the 7455s are protected by Synergy's field-proven, conduction-cooled frame, which can withstand temperature extremes as well as high-vibration and shock environments, meeting the most stringent military specifications. Rhino DX has passed the harshest environmental tests, executing code without errors while withstanding random vibration over 14 Gs, shocks up to 40 Gs, and temperatures ranging from -40 to +85 degrees C. The board's heat frame provides both primary and secondary PMC thermal interfaces, ensuring proper cooling of SBCs and attached modules.
Strong Software Support
Synergy has one of the most experienced and talented software engineering teams in the industry. Their intimate knowledge of real-time operating systems has resulted in robust board support packages (BSPs) for VxWorks/Tornado, Linux, SMP (Symmetric MultiProcessing) A multiprocessing architecture in which multiple CPUs, residing in one cabinet, share the same memory. SMP systems provide scalability. As business increases, additional CPUs can be added to absorb the increased transaction volume. Linux and INTEGRITY. These BSPs have been fine tuned to support fast boot-up, robust device driver optimization and ease of use. Synergy also provides STAR/ASTRix, a comprehensive firmware package comprised of system monitor and diagnostics including power-up and initiated Built-in Self-Test (BIST BIST - Built-in Self Test ), as well as extensive configuration, memory management and networking tools. In addition, Synergy offers an extensive DSP Math Library to support intensive signal and image processing applications.
Air-Cooled Version Also Available
The same high-performance features offered on the Rhino DX are also available in an air-cooled version, the Raptor DX. These new offerings continue Synergy's record of ongoing performance improvements that keep pace with the military's requirement for ever-increasing processing power.
Synergy Microsystems Inc. (www.synergymicro.com) specializes in the design, manufacture and integration of single- and multi-processor, single-board computers for VME and CompactPCI systems to meet the needs of demanding real-time applications in military, aerospace, DSP, and industrial/commercial markets. Synergy has a long track record of extracting the highest possible performance from current and emerging SBC technologies, then supporting these technologies through extended product lifecycles. In business since 1985 under the original ownership, the corporation is privately held, with facilities in San Diego and Tucson, Ariz.