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Synergy Microsystems Ships New Conduction- and Air-Cooled VME Dual Processor Boards With Latest PowerPC and Memory Controller.

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Synergy Microsystems Inc., a veteran innovator of advanced VME 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. 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 sites, 1 GB SDRAM, 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 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 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, 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), 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.

State-of-the-Art Ruggedization

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 board rigidity.

I/O 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 1394. The Falcon P-10 also offers Ultra160 SCSI, 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.

Software Support

Synergy offers comprehensive board support packages for both VxWorks and Linux, including Linux with symmetric multiprocessing (SMP). 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 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.
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