CompactPCI DSP Board is powered by quad 1.5 GHz PowerPCs.

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Compact CHAMP-AV IV drives DSP applications with up to 48 GFLOPs of peak computational power. Each of board's 4 processing nodes consists of a 1.5 GHz 7448 processor, 256 Mb or 512 Mb DDR-250 SDRAM, dual 100 MHz 64-bit PCI-X interfaces, and Gigabit Ethernet connection. QuadFlow architecture supports 4 simultaneous node-to-node transfers for total data flow of 3.2 Gb/sec peak. Board is supported with Inter-Processor Communications (IPC) software.

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New CompactPCI DSP Board from Curtiss-Wright Controls Powered by Quad 1.5 GHz PowerPCs

Compact CHAMP-AV IV raises the performance of cPCI signal processing with new FreeScale 1.5 GHz 7448 processors

Leesburg, VA March 14, 2005 - Curtiss-Wright Controls Embedded Computing (CWCEC) has announced a new very high performance CompactPCI DSP board, the Compact CHAMP-AV IV, powered by four of FreeScale's most advanced 1.5 GHz MPC7448 PowerPC processors. This new board significantly raises CompactPCI DSP performance, more than doubling the processor performance of its predecessor, the Compact CHAMP-AV I. This AltiVec(TM)-based DSP engine also features CWCEC's industry leading QuadFlow architecture while building on the success and popularity of the previous generation CompactPCI-based Compact CHAMP-AV I and the VMEbus-based CHAMP-AV II, -AV III and -AV IV products.

"The Compact CHAMP-AV IV represents the breadth of design and platform expertise within Curtiss-Wright Controls Embedded Computing," said Lynn Patterson, vice president and general manager of Modular Solutions, CWCEC. "This board sets a new standard for high performance signal processing in CompactPCI systems and highlights CWCEC's commitment to deliver advanced technology across all leading industry standard platforms."

The PICMG 2.16 (CompactPCI Packet Switching Backplane) compliant Compact CHAMP-AV IV drives demanding DSP applications with up to 48 GFLOPs of peak computational power. Each of the board's four processing nodes consists of a 1.5 GHz 7448 processor, 256MB or 512MB DDR-250 SDRAM (2GB/sec), and dual 100 MHz 64-bit PCI-X interfaces. To provide maximum multi-processing application performance, the board's QuadFlow architecture supports four simultaneous node-to-node transfers to deliver a total data flow of 3.2GB/sec peak. Each of the four nodes transfers data to adjacent nodes at speeds up to 1.6GB/sec peak.

Each processing node of the Compact CHAMP-AV IV is provided with a Gigabit Ethernet connection. System expansion on the Compact CHAMP-AV IV is supported with two PCI-X interface compatible PMC sites. Each expansion site supports the latest PCI-X specification, and enables 64-bit/100MHz operation, while retaining compatibility with legacy 33MHz and 66MHz PMC modules. The Compact CHAMP-AV IV's total 1.6 Gbyte/sec peak of I/O bandwidth provides the throughput required to match the DSP processing power of its quad 7448s.

"Many new signal intelligence programs - especially those in benign operating environments - are considering CompactPCI as their next-generation platform," added Ms. Patterson. "The Compact CHAMP-AV IV provides these applications with a high-performance, air-cooled DSP solution ideally matched to their operating conditions."

Both PMC sites on the Compact Champ-AV IV support Low Voltage Differential Signaling (LVDS) to the backplane connectors to enable the use of high-speed serial switched interconnect technologies such as CWCEC's StarFabric-based StarLink(TM) PMC and FibreChannel PMC modules. The board provides high-speed connections to the backplane to eliminate the need for front-panel wiring harnesses and delivers improved system maintainability. The Compact CHAMP-AV IV adds to CWCEC's industry leading portfolio of CompactPCI and VMEbus network-centric products which includes the CHAMP-AV IV, SVME/DMV-183 Single Board Computer and the SVME/DMV-680 SwitchBlade Gigabit Ethernet switch.

"The air-cooled Compact CHAMP-AV IV combines unmatched price/performance with backward compatibility and ease of integration," added Ms. Patterson. "Designed to ease technology upgrades, this board provides our customers with an effortless upgrade path from its predecessor, the Compact CHAMP-AV I, since Board Support Packages (BSP) and Inter-Processor Communications (IPC) software for the new board feature identical software APIs."

Software Support

The Compact Champ-AV IV is supported with CWCEC's Inter-Processor Communications (IPC) software library. IPC greatly eases the task of building scalable multi-processor software. Operating system support for the CHAMP-AV IV includes Wind River VxWorks/Tornado. A Linux package will be available in mid 2005. Digital signal processing library support includes SSSL, a DSP function library optimized for AltiVec.

The Compact CHAMP-AV IV is available in a commercial temperature, air-cooled configuration. Please contact the factory or visit for more information. Pricing for the Compact CHAMP-AV IV starts at $14,900

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