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Compact computer delivers 100 GFLOPs

Posted: 08 May 2008     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:embedded computer  software development 

Mercury Computer Systems unveils its smallest embedded system, the PowerBlock 50. It is an ultra-compact embedded computer designed for the 6- to 10-pound platform range, optimised for real-time image, sensor, and signal processing, and is fully integrated and programmable, with state-of-the-art liquid cooling.

The system's modular architecture allows for flexible configurations of multiple processors, delivering over 100 GFLOPS of processing power. A fully configured PowerBlock 50 weighs less than 10 pounds, measuring approximately 4-inch x 5-inch x 6-inch.

Now available as the PowerBlock 50 EDK (Engineering Development Kit), the system is a complete software development platform. It includes a PowerBlock 50 system, Linux BSP development environment, and a desktop heat rejection unit (HRU) to support the PowerBlock 50's cooling requirements.

Also the first in a series of small form factor platforms, the PowerBlock 50 EDK is designed for desktop use in a laboratory or software development environment, and is customisable into configurations that include PowerQUICC, Virtex-4, and Intel processors, and SATA storage. Each configuration includes Gigabit Ethernet and RS-232 I/O interfaces.

The PowerBlock 50 EDK is available today.

- Kenton Williston
DSP DesignLine

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