Synergy Microsystems Ships New Conduction- and Air-Cooled VME Dual Processor Boards With Latest PowerPC and Memory Controller.
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SAN DIEGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan. 9, 2002
Synergy Microsystems Inc., a veteran innovator of advanced 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. and CompactPCI computing technologies, today announced production availability of two state-of-the-art dual-CPU boards: the Rhino 10 conduction-cooled and the Falcon P-10 air-cooled.
Both offer the latest 7410 G4 running up to 466 MHz (MegaHertZ) One million cycles per second. It is used to measure the transmission speed of electronic devices, including channels, buses and the computer's internal clock. A one-megahertz clock (1 MHz) means some number of bits (16, 32, 64, etc. . The boards fully exploit the advantages of the Discovery(TM) GT-64260, a highly advanced, multifunction 133 MHz memory and system controller.
The Rhino 10 meets the needs of extreme military applications with dual CPUs, two 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. sites, 1 GB SDRAM (Synchronous DRAM) A type of dynamic RAM (DRAM) memory chip that has been widely used since the late 1990s. SDRAM chips eliminated wait states by dividing the chip into two cell blocks and interleaving data between them. , and maximum shock, vibration and temperature ruggedization. The Falcon P-10 targets high-end air-cooled applications with dual CPUs, numerous high-speed on-board I/O interfaces and a fast PCI (1) (Payment Card Industry) See PCI DSS.
(2) (Peripheral Component Interconnect) The most widely used I/O bus (peripheral bus). secondary system bus over P0 (P0-PCI(TM)). The combination of this fast bus, dual processors and Synergy's optimized math library makes the Falcon P-10 ideal for 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 as well as general-purpose applications. Both the Rhino 10 and Falcon P-10 support VxWorks(R) and Linux(TM) (single and symmetric multiprocessing versions). The boards are competitively priced, starting at $12,780 for the Rhino 10 and $6,925 for the Falcon P-10.
The Most Advanced PowerPC: 7410 G4
Both the Rhino 10 and the Falcon P-10 offer a powerful dual or single processor configuration incorporating the latest AltiVec(TM)-enhanced PowerPC(TM) 7410 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. , operating at clock speeds up to 466 MHz. This second generation G4 processor consumes up to 40 percent less power than previous G4s. The processor features a full 2 MB L2 backside-cache, for lightning fast accesses to frequently-used data.
Advanced "Discovery" Memory and System Controller
Key to the exceptional performance provided by these new boards is the Galileo Discovery GT-64260 Integrated System Controller. The Discovery removes a critical bottleneck to system performance with its 72-bit wide (64-bit with 8-bit ECC (1) (Error-Correcting Code) A type of memory that corrects errors on the fly. See ECC memory.
(2) (Elliptic Curve Cryptography) A public key cryptography method that provides fast decryption and digital signature processing. ), 100/133 MHz memory interface, executing extremely fast data transfers between the CPU, SDRAM and main system bus. This full-featured chip provides internal support for a variety of interface buses, including two serial ports, up to three Ethernet ports, and two independent 64-bit, 33/66 MHz PCI buses. Synergy has optimized use of the Discovery's dual PCI buses by routing slower traffic, such as VME, to one PCI bus and using the second bus for faster PCI devices. To further enhance performance, the GT-64260 architecture employs an internal crossbar switch fabric enabling concurrent data transfers over the various interface buses.
The conduction-cooled Rhino 10 is engineered to meet severe military requirements. The board's highly rigid monolithic heat-conducting frame design provides superior rigidity and thermal characteristics. The Rhino 10 has passed the harshest environmental tests, properly executing code while withstanding random vibration in excess of 14 Gs, and shock up to 40 Gs; as well as operating without fail at extreme temperature ranges (-40 degrees to +85 degrees C). The board's heat frame supports both primary and secondary PMC thermal interfaces, fully accommodating conduction-cooled PMC modules.
The air-cooled Falcon P-10 offers several ruggedization levels, with an extended temperature option of -20 to +71 degrees C as well as fortified fortified (fôrt´fīd),
adj containing additives more potent than the principal ingredient. board rigidity.
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 Versatility
The Rhino 10 and Falcon P-10 offer a full complement of on-board I/O, including four serial ports, 10/100 Ethernet and IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, New York, www.ieee.org) A membership organization that includes engineers, scientists and students in electronics and allied fields. 1394. The Falcon P-10 also offers Ultra160 SCSI SCSI
in full Small Computer System Interface
Once common standard for connecting peripheral devices (disks, modems, printers, etc.) to small and medium-sized computers. SCSI has given way to faster standards, such as Firewire and USB. , a PMC site and the P0-PCI fast secondary bus; while the Rhino 10 offers the flexibility of two PMC sites.
P0-PCI(TM) Secondary Data Bus
To increase system bandwidth, the Falcon P-10 offers P0-PCI, a fast secondary data bus routed through the P0 connector. This 64-bit bus supports up to 264 MB/s data transfers between boards, a significant improvement over the 80 MB provided by the VME bus. Using a P0 overlay on the backplane, P0-PCI can be used to cluster multiple Falcon P-10 boards together for powerful parallel processing. Overall system bandwidth is significantly improved with data being shared among boards over both the VME and the PCI bus.
Synergy offers comprehensive board support packages for both VxWorks and Linux, including Linux with symmetric multiprocessing (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. ). Both operating systems are supported by Synergy's full-featured DSP math library, providing hundreds of hand-coded routines optimized specifically for the PowerPC and AltiVec technologies.
About Synergy Microsystems
Synergy Microsystems Inc. specializes in designing and manufacturing multiprocessor single board computers for VME and CompactPCI systems to meet the needs of demanding real-time applications. The company has a long track record of extracting the highest possible performance from current and emerging 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. technologies, and supporting these technologies through long product life cycles. In business since 1985, the corporation is privately held, with headquarters in San Diego and R&D facilities in both San Diego and Tucson, Ariz.
PowerPC is a registered trademark of International Business Machines Corporation. AltiVec is a trademark of Motorola, Inc. VxWorks is a registered trademark of Wind River Systems. Linux is a trademark of Linus Torvalds. Discovery is a trademark of Galileo Technology, Inc., a division of Marvell International Ltd. P0-PCI is a trademark of Synergy Microsystems, Inc. All other names, products and services are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders.