GE Fanuc Embedded Systems' PPC9A 6U VME Single Board Computer

GE Fanuc Embedded Systems has announced the PPC9A, the latest addition to the company's PowerXtreme family of 6U VME single board computers. At the heart of the PPC9A is Freescale's latest PowerPC processor, the dual core 8641D operating at 1.3 GHz. The PPC9A which is 2eSST-capable - supports up to 4 GBytes of DDR2 memory, and up to 1 GByte of Flash memory. A high level of flexibility is provided through the provision of not only two PMC/XMC sites (PCI-X 133 MHz/8-lane PCI Express) supporting I/O via P0 and P2, but also GE Fanuc's unique AFIX (Additional Flexible Interface Xtension) site that allows custom functionality to be added to the board at minimum cost and in minimum time. Standard AFIX modules for graphics, SCSI, 1553, digital I/O and Flash memory are also available.

With two Gigabit Ethernet 10/100/1000 Base-T ports, two USB 2.0 ports, and six serial ports, the PPC9A which is available in five air- and conduction-cooled variants - is highly specified in terms of communications and I/O, while the provision of up to 1 GByte of write-protectable Flash memory, 128 Kbytes of non-volatile RAM with Autostore and a Serial ATA disk interface means that storage is equally well catered for.

In common with an increasing number of GE Fanuc Embedded Systems computing solutions, the PPC9A offers support for the AXIS (Advanced Multiprocessor Integrated Software) development environment. Performance-optimized and designed to accelerate the development and production deployment of complex processing applications, AXIS integrated tools and libraries include AXISFlow, AXISView and AXISLib.

The PPC9A features broad-ranging operating system (Integrity, LynxOS and VXWorks) support together with comprehensive Deployed Test Software (Built-In Test and Background Condition Screening) and is RoHS-compliant.

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