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Mistral debuts 'first' VITA 46 DSP engine

Posted: 12 Jan 2007     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Mistral  CHAMP-AV 6  digital processing engine  Curtiss Wright Controls Embedded Computing  PowerPC 8641 

Mistral Solutions Pvt. Ltd has announced the availability of CHAMP-AV 6, the industry's first VITA 46(VPX)-digital processing engine from Curtiss Wright Controls Embedded Computing. The CHAMP-AV6 combines quad PowerPC 8641 devices with the serial switched fabric capabilities made possible by VPX, the military aerospace COTS board standard.

The CHAMP-AV6 features four on-board 8641 single-core PowerPC devices. The 8641, Free Scale's latest Altivec-enabled processor, has dual integrated 64-bit memory controllers and offers vastly increased memory performance which translates to reduced execution times for user application software.

The CHAMP-AV6 has four Serial RapidIO ports that provide 10 GB/s full duplex bandwidth which represent a data throughput rate approximately 10x faster than today's best VME/Star Fabric implementation. The VPX format of the CHAMP-AV6 provide backplane connectors capable of handling signalling speeds of up to 6.25Gbps. Streaming data applications will benefit from the board's 8.5GB/s memory bandwidth and up to 2GB of DDR-II SDRAM.

The CHAMP-AV6 represents the industry's first board-level support for 2-level in-the-field maintenance requirements that can significantly reduce sparing and logistics requirements, thus reducing the total life-cycle cost of the systems in which the CHAMP-AV6 is deployed.

A high-performance IPC inter-processor communications library enables message passing and bulk data transfers in a multi-processor system. The CHAMP-AV6 also features an on-board Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) switch for integration with command and control networks. Further, it provides Continuum Software Architecture (CSA) firmware providing a comprehensive suite of system debug, exerciser, and update functions, BIT, and non-volatile memory sanitisation function. Software for the CHAMP-AV6 includes support for operating systems including VxWorks, Linux and Gedae.

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