DSP VMEbus Board features quad processors.

Press Release Summary:

CHAMP-AV IV drives DSP applications with up to 48 GFLOPs of peak computational power. It features quad 1.5 GHz FreeScale MPC7448 PowerPC processors and QuadFlow architecture, which supports 4 simultaneous node-to-node transfers to deliver total data flow of 3.2 Gb/sec peak. Able to transfer data to adjacent nodes at speeds up to 1.6 Gb/sec peak, each processing node includes 256 Mb or 512 Mb DDR-250 SDRAM and dual 100 MHz 64-bit PCI-X interfaces.

Original Press Release:

Quad 1.5 GHz PowerPCs Drive New VME DSP Board from Curtiss-Wright Controls

New CHAMP-AV IV supports FreeScale's 1.5 GHz 7448 processors to reduce cost of high performance signal processing

Leesburg, VA January 17, 2005 - Curtiss-Wright Controls Embedded Computing (CWCEC) has announced a new high performance quad processor DSP VMEbus board. The CHAMP-AV IV features quad 1.5 GHz FreeScale MPC7448 PowerPC processors, doubling the processor performance of its predecessor, the CHAMP-AV II, while reducing cost by almost 1/3. This AltiVec(TM)-based DSP engine also features CWCEC's industry leading QuadFlow architecture, and builds on the success and popularity of the previous generation CHAMP-AV II and -AV III products.

"The CHAMP-AV IV represents the real value created by the integration of the companies that have become Curtiss-Wright Controls Embedded Computing," said Lynn Patterson, vice president and general manager of Modular Solutions, CWCEC. "It embodies CWCEC's commitment to consistently offer products that utilize the most advanced available technology. We've leveraged Embedded Computing's collective strengths in the design phase to reduce development time and costs. That's value that we can pass along to our customers."

The 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. It is also available configured with quad 1 GHz MPC 7447s.

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 'AV IV is provided with a Gigabit Ethernet connection. System expansion on the 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 -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.

"While the CHAMP-AV IV provides unmatched price/performance for very high performance signal processing applications, it continues our tradition of backward compatibility and ease of integration," added Ms. Patterson. "Our customers are ensured a smooth upgrade path to the 'AV IV, since Board Support Packages (BSP) and Inter-Processor Communications (IPC) software for the new board feature identical software APIs as the previous generation boards."

Both of the board's PMC sites support Low Voltage Differential Signaling (LVDS) to the backplane connectors to support 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 CHAMP-AV IV adds to CWCEC's portfolio of network-centric products which includes the SVME/DMV-182 Single Board Computer and the SVME/DMV-680 SwitchBlade Gigabit Ethernet switch.

Software Support
The 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, Green Hills INTEGRITY. A Linux package will be available early in 2005. CWCEC's in-house digital signal processing library is also supported.

The CHAMP-AV IV is available in a range of air-cooled and conduction-cooled configurations. Please contact the factory or visit www.cwcembedded.com for more information. Pricing for the CHAMP-AV IV starts at $14,995.

Inquiries: Please forward all Sales and reader inquiries to Jerri-Lynne Klassen, Curtiss-Wright Controls Embedded Computing, Tel: (613) 254-5112; Fax: (613) 599-7777; e-mail: sales@cwcembedded.com.

About Curtiss-Wright Controls Embedded Computing
Curtiss-Wright Controls Embedded Computing is a leading global supplier of embedded boards and integrated electronics subsystems for diverse markets and applications including Defense & Aerospace, Medical Imaging, and Industrial Process Control. We serve the embedded industry with an unmatched array of innovative technology and solutions. Our rugged and commercial-grade products, advanced system integration services and lifecycle services programs enable customers to focus on their core competencies to ensure their success.

About Curtiss-Wright Controls, Inc.
Headquartered in Gastonia, North Carolina, Curtiss-Wright Controls is the motion control segment of Curtiss-Wright Corporation (NYSE: CW, CW.B). With manufacturing facilities around the world, Curtiss-Wright Controls is a leading technology-based organization providing niche motion control products, subsystems and services internationally for the aerospace and defense markets. For more information, visit www.cwcontrols.com.

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