Connectivity Engine supports Linux operating system.
November 7, 2003 - Model VCE405 is based on 400 Dhrystone MIPS/266 MHz IBM PowerPC 405GP 32-bit RISC embedded controller. Dual PMC slots support 64-bit PCI buses. Power consumption of 6.5 W eliminates need for heat sinks or cooling fans, and with operating range up to 185°F using convection cooling, Model VCE405 is suited for space- and weight-constrained applications. Linux BSP is based on Linux 2.4 kernel compatible with LynuxWorksâ„˘ BlueCat® 4 cross compiler and tools.
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Thales Computers Corp.
3100 Spring Forest Road
Raleigh, NC, 27610
Thales Computers Now Offers Linux® OS Support For Low-Cost, Extremely Low-Power Connectivity Engine
Raleigh, NC, November, 2003 â€“ Thales Computers, a leader in providing PowerPC and Pentium VME computing solutions to OEMs and System Integrators, has announced the availability of support for the Linux® operating system for its successful low-cost, extremely low-power VCE405 connectivity engine. The low power consumption of the VCE405 (typically 6.5W) eliminates the need for massive heat sinks or cooling fans and, with an operating range up to 85°C (185°F) using convection cooling, the VCE405 is ideal for space- and weight-constrained applications such as aerospace or medical equipment.
The 6U VCE405, an off-the-shelf connectivity engine based on the powerful 400 Dhrystone MIPS/266 MHz IBM PowerPC 405GP 32-bit RISC embedded controller, can be rapidly developed and deployed as a cost-effective high-performance custom system. Additionally, the VCE405 connectivity engine features dual PMC slots that support 64-bit PCI buses for flexibility.
The Linux Board Support Package (BSP) is based on a standard Linux 2.4 kernel compatible with the LynuxWorksâ„˘ BlueCat® 4 cross compiler and tools. The VCE405 is already available under VxWorks and LynxOS 4.0, which is the hard real-time UNIX OS. With Linux ABI from LynuxWorks, the VCE405 is a certified reference platform for LynxOS.
Linux is a UNIX®-like operating system, originally developed by Linus Torvalds, whose source code is distributed freely under a GNU General Public License. Its low-cost availability and compact modular kernel design have made it a favorite choice of software developers worldwide seeking to implement UNIX-like characteristics in systems ranging from personal computers to embedded applications.
Pricing for the VCE405 with Linux support starts at $1605 per unit in 100 piece quantities. The VCE405 is available immediately in all four environmental builds, including a rugged conduction-cooled version.
For more information about the VCE405, please visit Thales Computersâ€™ website at www.thalescomputers.com, or contact Thales Computers at 1-800-848-2330, fax 919-231-8001.
About Thales Computers: Thales is a world leader in professional electronics in three key markets: Aerospace, Defense and Information Technology & Services (IT&S). The Group employs 65,000 people in nearly 50 countries worldwide and generated revenues of over â‚¬11 billion in 2002.
Thales Computers is the leading developer of commercial and ruggedized VMEbus hardware and software solutions based on PowerPC and Pentium microprocessors. The companyâ€™s products are optimized for a wide variety of applications in military, aerospace, communications and industrial markets and are in active use by customers worldwide, including Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, Boeing, Toshiba, EADS, British Aerospace, Ericsson, Alcatel and the Thales Group.