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Concurrent Technologies has introduced a new addition to its VME/VXS critical embedded product based on Intel’s latest dual-core processors.

The VX 541/06x is a single-slot 6U dual PMC/XMC VME/VXS processor board featuring a low-power, high-performance dual-core processor from the Intel embedded roadmap – the Intel Core2 Duo processor, operating at 2.26GHz or 1.86GHz.

The board supports up to 8Gb soldered DDR3-1066 SDRAM.

It also supports dual DVI-I graphics via the front panel and dual DVI-D graphics via the rear panel.

The VXS switched serial standard – Vita 41.3 – is optionally supported to provide fast data transfer between other compatible boards in the system.

Commercial and extended-temperature versions are available now and a ruggedised air-cooled (to Vita 47) version will soon be available, according to the company.

This combination of high-performance data processing and input/output (I/O) ensures that the boards are suitable for intensive low-power computing applications within the defence, security, telemetry, industrial control, scientific and aerospace markets.

The VX 541/06x board supports the 2.26GHz Intel Core2 Duo SP9300 or the 1.86GHz Intel Core2 Duo SL9400 processor; the processor is soldered for improved reliability.

The processor utilises Intel’s 45nm process technology and offers a large last-level on-die cache (6Mb), a 1,066MHz front side bus, Intel virtualisation, Intel 64 technology, improved power management and new features and enhancements to the Intel Core micro-architecture, delivering increased instructions per clock.

The Intel thermal design power (TDP) for the 45nm 2.26GHz dual-core processor is 25W, giving a much-improved performance per watt when compared to earlier generations of processors.

The Intel GS45 graphics memory controller hub and Intel ICH9M-E IO controller hub are used to complement the processor to achieve a low-power, high-performance core design.

The board is suitable for CPU-intensive processing applications whereby the processor’s dual cores can access up to 8Gb of soldered dual-channel DDR3-1066 SDRAM, with a peak bandwidth of up to 16Gb/s.

To facilitate the fast transfer of data between the VX 541/06x board and other components in the system, there are two networking options available: dual 10/100/1000Mbps Ethernet interfaces via P2 or, alternatively, a Vita 41.3 interface via P0, giving dual 1000Mbps baseband IEEE 802.3 serial links onto a VXS backplane fabric.

For I/O, control and data processing flexibility, the VX 541/06x supports a PMC/XMC site, with front and rear I/O, supporting up to 100MHz PCI-X operation as well as a x4 PCI Express XMC interface.

A range of onboard I/O is available to the user.

The board supports two 10/100/1000Mps Ethernet interfaces via the front panel as well as dual USB 2.0 and dual DVI-I graphics interfaces.

The rear panel supports dual DVI-D, keyboard, mouse, three USB 2.0 ports, one RS-232 port and one RS-232/422/485 port, as well as two SATA300 interfaces.

Other features provided are a PC real-time clock, a watchdog timer, a long-duration timer, local-area-network (LAN) boot firmware, an onboard Compactflash site and options for onboard 2.5in (6.4cm) or 1.8in SATA300 mass storage devices.

Optional rear transition modules are also available.

For ease of integration, the VX 541/06x supports many of today’s operating systems, including Linux, Windows XP, Windows XP Embedded, LynxOS, Solaris, QNX and VXworks.

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