PowerPC Board enables flexible expansion using PMC modules.

Press Release Summary:

Basic Automation Board 760 is available with 933 MHz PowerPC 750 GX CPU with 1 MB on-chip cache or 600-800 MHz PowerPC 750 FX with 512 KB cache. It includes 8 MB flash EPROM, 512 KB boot ROM, 32-1,024 MB SDRAM, Discovery I chip set, PCI local bus, and 32-bit VMEbus. Board supports OS-9 and VxWorks real-time operating systems, as well as ELinOS as embedded LINUX. It meets requirements associated with medical applications, telecommunications, and industrial automation.

Original Press Release:

American Eltec Expands BAB 760 Range By 1 GHz Power PC CPU For The VMEbus

Enables flexible expansion using PMC modules

Las Vegas, NV, July 2005 - American ELTEC has enhanced its BAB (Basic Automation Board) range by introducing the powerful 1 GHz version of the BAB 760 PowerPC board. State-of-the-art CPU design with PCI architecture, VMEbus and expansion facilities using PMC modules are the basis of the BAB 760 board. Designed especially for requirements associated with medical applications, telecommunications and industrial automation, the board offers the power of the PowerPC 750 GX CPU.

The BAB 760 board is particularly suitable for versatile industrial control applications, and can even be used for such complex tasks as image processing when combined with PMC frame grabbers. The board can be easily expanded using a PMC module. (A graphics card and various B/W and color frame grabbers are available for this.) A PMC extender card permits one or two PMC modules to be fitted.

The Discovery I chip set used on the board, as well as the PCI architecture in combination with the FPGA-based VME interface, guarantee long-term availability. A design appropriate to EMC and ESD provides the required CE conformity. Rugged, industry-compatible 19-inch casing systems are used for the applications. The BAB 760 requires only one VMEbus slot and has a double Eurocard format.

A PowerPC 750 GX with a 1 MB on-chip cache is used as the CPU, achieving a clock rate of up to 933 MHz. The CPU, though being labeled at 1 GHz, is clocked at 933 MHz to ensure reliable operation throughout the full temperature range. The board can also be equipped with the PowerPC 750 FX for lower power consumption. By using a fast SDRAM as the main memory, high computing speeds can be achieved even when processing large quantities of data such as encountered in image processing.

The board is equipped with an 8 MB flash EPROM. A stand-alone operating system or applications can be stored there, for example. A 512 KB boot ROM contains the initialization and test routines for startup.

The OS-9 and VxWorks (on request) real-time operating systems are supported, as well as ELinOS as embedded LINUX.

Main technical features:
o PowerPC 750 GX (933 MHz) or PowerPC 750 FX (600-800 MHz)
o 32-1024 MB SDRAM / SO-DIMM module
o 1 MB on-chip second-level cache (PowerPC 750 FX: 512 KB)
o Marvell Discovery I chip set GT62260B
o Boot ROM: 512 KB flash EPROM
o User ROM: 8 MB flash EPROM
o PCI local bus (32 bit, 33 MHz) and 32-bit VMEbus
o 2 x 10/100 Mbps network interface (10BaseT/100BaseTX)
o IDE hard disk interface
o On-board compact flash slot on the IDE bus
o On-board PMC mezzanine slot with 66 MHz/64 bit
o Real-time clock with 8 KB SRAM; with battery backup
o 2 x serial RS-232 ports
o Bi-directional parallel Centronics port
o Keyboard and mouse ports
o Status display for CPU, network and hard disk activities

Pricing for the new 1 GHz BAB 760 Power PC board is $3,995 in single-piece quantities. Contact American ELTEC for details.

For additional information, contact American ELTEC, Inc., Quail Park IV, Suite 57, 2810 W. Charleston Ave., Las Vegas, NV 89102. Tel: 702-878-4085; Fax: 702-878-4735. E-mail: janet.ferris@americaneltec.com; Web: www.americaneltec.com.

American ELTEC is a division of ELTEC Elektronik AG, headquartered in Mainz, Germany. ELTEC has been an innovator in the design and manufacture of high-performance embedded computer boards and system-level products for industrial applications since 1978.

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