Pentek Announces SMP VxWorks Support for Feature-packed VXS I/O Processor Board

Pentek Inc. has released Wind River’s VxWorks operating system support for its Model 4207, the company’s flagship processor board for high-performance I/O and data acquisition systems. Coupling the leading real-time operating system (RTOS) for embedded systems to this PowerPC and FPGA platform stems from its target applications and wide market acceptance.

The VxWorks Board Support Package (BSP) provides software developers with a complete library of hardware-initialization, control and application functions fully compatible with Wind River’s Workbench development environment.

The Model 4207 is uniquely designed for connectivity. The fabric-transparent, zero-latency crossbar switch connects the PowerPC, XMC module sites, the VXS connector, front-panel optical transceivers, Fibre Channel controller, and FPGA ports together using high-speed gigabit serial data paths.

The Model 4207 brings to designers extraordinary power, speed and connectivity in a single-slot solution, making it well suited for wideband, data acquisition and recording, real-time digital signal processing and software radio applications.

The Model 4207 is equipped with either a single-core MPC8641 or a dual-core MPC8641D executing at a maximum frequency of 1.5 GHz. These AltiVec Freescale PowerPC processors perform 128-bit parallel processing and deliver DSP floating-point processing rates of up to 12,000 GFLOPS. The processor includes built-in gigabit serial fabric support for 4x Serial RapidIO.

It includes an optional on-board Xilinx Virtex-4 FX Series FPGA, the XC4VFX60 or XC4VFX100. Two 4X RocketIO ports provide high-speed serial paths between the FPGA and the crossbar switch for connection to other parts of the board, including the processor, VXS interface and XMC sites. A built-in Xilinx Aurora protocol engine, DMA controller and PCI-X interface simplify data transfers to and from the FPGA and two 256 MB banks of DDR2 SDRAM attached to the FPGA.

Developers can take advantage of unused FPGA resources to implement custom signal-processing algorithms with Pentek’s GateFlow FPGA Design Kit. The kit includes VHDL source files and works in conjunction with the Xilinx ISE Foundation design tools.

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