Houston, Tex.VMETRO announced two 6U VPX-REDI products: the MPE730, a 6U VITA 46/48 quad-core PowerPC multi-processing engine, and the SBC731, a 6U VPX-REDI Single Board Computer (SBC).
The MPE730 integrates dual Freescale Power Architecture MPC8641D processors and Serial RapidIO fabric connectivity, making it well-suited for demanding, deployed multi-core applications such as radar, sensor, and signal processing. And the SBC731 that supports a single MPC8641D processor and the Serial RapidIO fabric is targeted at host board applications such as mission and control processors.
Both of these COTS products utilize powerful processing and high-speed interconnect technology. The MPE730 supports two single or dual core 1.0/1.33/1.5GHz Freescale MPC8641D processors for up to four PowerPC processors with up to 1 GB of DDR2 memory per processor core for a total of up to 4 Gbytes of memory. The SBC731 also supports a single or dual core 1.0/1.33/1.5GHz MPC8641D processor with up to 1 GB of DDR2 memory per processor core. Both boards incorporate PCI Express (PCIe) and Serial RapidIO switches for on-board interconnects as well as backplane communication with support for Serial RapidIO on the P1 fabric connector and a single x8 or dual x4 PCIe connection(s) to the P3 connector, providing for multi-processing systems and expansion I/O.
To meet a wide range of application needs, there are two XMC/PMC sites on both the MPE730 and SBC731. Each site supports PCI/PCI-X up to 64-bit/133MHz, PCIe x4/x8, and Serial RapidIO x4. Each XMC/PMC site also supports VITA 46.9 I/O connections through the Jn4/6 connectors, providing maximum I/O density and flexibility in a 6U form factor. For system control and chassis management, the boards utilize a Xilinx Virtex-5 LX FPGA known as the System Control Node (SCN) that controls power and temperature monitoring, bit stream encryption, and routing of I/O.