Kontron have introduced the new long-term Kontron VM6250 6U VME multi-processor board, available from Dedicated Systems Australia , with Freescale MPC8640/8641 single or dual core processors and Altivec engine. With its scalable processor performance, high-data throughput, low-power dissipation and easy extensibility through XMCs, PMCs and FMCs (FPGA mezzanine cards) according to the VITA 57 specification the Kontron VM6250 offers flexibility. With these features, it upgrades VME based air or conduction cooled applications with processing performance and innovative features.
With power consumption down to 27W (typical with Freescale MPC8640 1.00GHz) the Kontron VM6250 6U VME CPU board attains a new performance level while staying within a tight power envelope. With a choice of Freescale MPC8640 single or dual core processors with 1.00GHz or 1.25GHz and Freescale MPC8641 single or dual core processors with 1.33GHz it combines high processing power and memory bandwidth. With a 64 bit MPX bus running up to 667MHz, the Kontron VM6250 boosts memory bandwidth up to 4.3Gbit/s, which makes it 3 times faster than boards based on legacy G4 PowerPC processors.
The 4-channel DMA controller and the integrated 128-bit AltiVec vector unit (which processes large data quantities while ensuring minimal cache pollution) provide the turbo in the Kontron VM6250 to speed up data processing. High data throughput is assured by the high speed backplane switch for PCI Express, Gigabit Ethernet and the double-edged source synchronous transfer VME 2eSST according to ANSI/VITA 1.5.
Kontron's new 6U VME board, in the rugged conduction cooled version (-45°C to +85°C), is destined for applications in harsh environments where secure and reliable performance is a must. The Kontron VM6250 features soldered DDR2 SDRAM with error correcting code (ECC) and on board USB Flash support for software storage without rotating non-volatile memory. Data security is additionally ensured by 128KB NOVRAM for back up of critical data in case of power failure. The Kontron VM6250 RC with rugged heat sink and conduction cooling offers all features to withstand even the harshest environments in mission critical applications with data intensive I/O and network-centric real time requirements such as defence and aerospace, traffic and safety engineering and video and image processing in medical technology.
Furthermore, the new Kontron VM6250 6U VME board offers flexible assembly. One of the two mezzanine extension slots for XMCs and PMCs additionally supports FMCs. An optional dual PMC carrier allows up to 4 PMCs. Customers benefit from the new FMC standard, which allows changing the I/O configuration of a FPGA design without having to redesign the core FPGA functionality. Thus, a single FPGA design can be utilised in multiple applications by simply using a different FMC.
With the modular concept, Kontron's latest 6U VME board can be quickly and flexibly adapted to meet a variety of application requirements. By using COTS components, the amount of effort required for both implementation and hardware upgrades at a later date is reduced to a minimum. Additionally, the Kontron VM6250 is legacy compatible and helps customers to preserve their investments by re-using established VME equipment with updated processing performance and features.
The Kontron VM6250 provides on the front panel 2x Gigabit Ethernet, 1 x USB 2.0 and 1 x serial port (EIA-232). Through the P0 connector (VITA 31.1) Gigabit Ethernet, SATA II, USB 2.0, PCI Express 1.0, SRIO, GPIO and 32 I/Os for PMC 1 are connected to the backplane. Besides the 64-bit VME bus (VME64x), Kontron's VM6250 provides support 2eSST, which enables data throughput speeds of up to 320Mb/s on P1. P2 connects 64 I/Os from the FMC and PMC 2 slot and 32 I/Os from the PMC 1 slot to the backplane.
Kontron’s new 6U VME CPU board comes with the open source U-Boot firmware and supports VxWorks 6.6 and Fedora 9 Linux. Furthermore, it is covered by Kontron’s long term supply programme. This assures customers a multi-year supply of the product beyond its active life.