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Motorola designs VMEbus single board computer

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Motorola Computer Group has unveiled the MVME5500 single board computer for use in medical imaging, defence, aerospace and industrial automation applications.

Built on the MPC7455 processor and AltiVec co-processor, the MVME5500 features 512MB on-board ECC SDRAM and 512MB add-on memory via mezzanine, as well as 40MB flash memory, a Gigabit Ethernet interface, a 10/100BaseTX Ethernet interface and two serial ports.

Dual 33/66MHz PMC sites enable the addition of industry standard modules to create an application-specific computing subsystem for motion control, simulators, command and control, radar, guidance systems and sonar applications, according to Motorola Computer Group product marketing manager Dave Barker.

“The MVME5500 gives customers a technology boost for their applications while providing a migration path that builds on their existing VMEbus infrastructure,” Barker said.

“This enables equipment manufacturers to easily provide technology refreshes into their products and provide the performance increases their customers demand.”

Barker said the development of the MVME5500 is the latest step in Motorola’s VME Renaissance, which aims to improve performance while maintaining backwards compatibility for equipment manufacturers using VMEbus architectures.

Backwards compatibility is a major factor in the 21-year success of the VMEbus – a tradition that Motorola aspires to continue, Barker said.

The MVME5500 is expected to be available in the first quarter of 2003.

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