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Motorola unveils the databoard

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Motorola Computer Group has unveiled the HXEB100, the first in its new DataBoard product line designed to address specific compute intensive processing and data transfer demands.

These demands are found in applications such as imaging, defence and aerospace, and include medical back-projection and imaging reconstruction, COTS-based radar/sonar track processing and visual recognition in industrial automation.

The new DataBoard is built on dual MPC7455 microprocessors and features AltiVec(TM) vector-processing capabilities, delivering outstanding image processing to applications constrained by space and power.

Up to five 66MHz, 64bit capable PCI slots enable developers to add I/O, more processing power and other functionality as their application demands.

The HXEB100 also optimises data throughput by distributing traffic throughout its multiple 66 MHz PCI buses.

Future serial fabric upgrades will ensure the DataBoards grow with the increasing data flow demands of compute intensive applications, according to Motorola Computer Group product marketing manager Greg Novak.

"The makers of equipment designed for extremely high power and data intensive tasks are also demanding more flexibility from their embedded computing engines - they want to add-in performance and functionality as their application demands change," Novak said.

"The HXEB100 is not only a compact, top-of-the-line computer engine but is also architected to easily scale performance - the ideal platform for intensive data processing now and into the future.

In addition, the HXEB100 is compatible with both 1U and 4U platforms so it will easily fit in most CT, X-Ray, radar, and embedded applications,” Novak said.

The HXEB100 supports the Vector Signal Image Processing Libraries (VSIPL) standard developed by application developers, government laboratories and equipment manufacturers.

These portable libraries have been tuned to enable the HXEB100 to efficiently execute FFTs, filtering and convolution, and vector and matrix computations, which are the basis of imaging and sonar/radar applications.

In a recent medical imaging convolution application, VSIPL combined with AltiVec will provide up to a 5x performance improvement over existing code on the HXEB100, Novak added.

Standard Features on the HXEB100 include:

* Dual or single MPC7455 microprocessor for optimum imaging performance

* Up to 2MB of L3 cache per processor providing fast memory access

* Up to 2 GB of ECC memory to quickly process large imaging files

* Eight DMA channels enable efficient transfer of data while offloading the CPU

* Up to five 66 MHz, 64-bit capable PCI slots for I/O and future add-in processing

* Optional EIDE and USB for popular I/O and cost effective storage

* Optional standards based VSIPL support for imaging performance and portability

* Optional real time Linux

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