Connectivity engine support for Linux.
Thales Computers has announced the availability of support for the Linux[R] operating system for its low-power VCE405 connectivity engine. The low power consumption of the engine eliminates the need for massive heat sinks or cooling fans and, with an operating range up to 85[degrees]C using convection cooling, the VCE405 is suitable for space- and weight-constrained applications such as aerospace or medical equipment. The 6U VCE405, an off-the-shelf connectivity engine, based on the 400 Dhrystone MIPS/266 MHz IBM PowerPC 405 GP 32-bit RISC embedded controller, can be rapidly developed and deployed as a custom system. Additionally, the VCE405 connectivity engine features dual PMC slots that support 64-bit PCI buses for flexibility. The Linux Board Support Package is based on a standard Linux 2.4 kernel compatible with the LynuxWorks BlueCat[R] 4 cross compiler and tools. The VCE405 is already available under VxWorks and LynxOS 4.0 which is the real-time UNIX OS. With Linux ABI from LynuxWorks, the VCE405 is a certified reference platform for LynxOS. Pricing starts at $1,065 per unit in 100-piece quantities. The VCE405 is available in all four environmental builds, including a rugged conduction-cooled version. Thales Computers, 1203 New Hope Rd., Raleigh, NC 27610; (800) 848-2330; Fax: (919) 231-8001; www.thalescomputers.com.
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