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News Release from: GDA Technologies | Subject: MPC8641D based AMC
Edited by the Electronicstalk Editorial Team on 2 July 2007

Mezzanine card puts
dual-core PowerPC to work

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AdvancedMC reference platform kit speeds application of Freescale Semiconductor's MPC8641D dual core PowerPC processor

GDA Technologies has produced an Advanced Mezzanine Card (AdvancedMC or AMC) Reference Platform kit for Freescale Semiconductor's MPC8641D dual core PowerPC processor, built on Power Architecture technology. The MPC8641D-based AMC is designed with high-performance gigabit Ethernet interfaces and up to eight lanes of PCI Express for embedded applications in pervasive computing, wireless telecommunications, media servers, and storage networking.

The board has four gigabit Ethernet ports (two on the front panel and two on the edge connector) along with a debug port on the front panel and eight PCI Express lanes with Intelligent Platform Management Interface (IPMI v1.5) on the AMC edge connector.

The highly integrated MPC8641D processor architecture implemented on the AMC form-factor (AMC.0 Rev 2) improves system performance, simplifies board design, lowers power consumption, and reduces system implementation cost, while addressing power budget and heat constraints of AMC expansion bays in MicroTCA and AdvacncedTCA carriers.

The platform comes with packaged embedded software on Flash-based Embedded Linux OS with device drivers.

GDA is working with leading software application stack providers to offer targeted software solutions that will enable this platform to be integrated into shippable end products at a rapid pace.

'This product is aimed at helping our customers accelerate their own innovations and get to market much faster and with significantly reduced risk', explains Gopa Periyadan, Vice President and GM of System and Software unit at GDA Technologies.

'GDA is one of the first companies to offer the leading-edge MPC8641D on a high-performance industry-standard platform running seamlessly in target mode and supported with Linux source code'.

'Delivering performance at 1.5GHz each core (2.3MIPS/MHz), the two PowerPC cores of this design can operate in symmetric multiprocessing mode (SMP) for maximum performance or Asymmetric multiprocessing mode (AMP) for separate data plane and control plane tasks, such as quality of service (QoS), off-loading security, classification, and more'.

The MPC8641D Reference Platform fulfils the demand for fast and ubiquitous connectivity, thermal fulfilment and best-in-class performance in limited form-factor for a broad range of applications, such as wireless basestations, media gateways, enterprise network access systems, web servers and search engineers implemented on the MicroTCA or AdvancedTCA platforms.

With the MPC8641D based AMC, embedded developers and system integrators who desire the powerful capabilities of dual core PowerPC processors may quickly migrate to higher performance levels while leveraging proven development platforms to reduce the time and cost of getting to market.

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