Radstone Announce PPC7A :4th generation technology insert for the PowerXtreme family

Radstone Technology, the world’s leading independent supplier of embedded computer products for defense and aerospace applications, announce PPC7A, the newest in Radstone’s PowerXtreme family of rugged ‘COTS’ VMEbus Single Board Computers. PPC7A offers a major advance in processing performance and interface functionality, providing a technology insertion opportunity for current PowerXtreme users. The board maintains compatibility with a functional envelope first defined by Radstone in 1995. This 4th generation PowerXtreme technology insert has been designed using highly integrated devices such as the Marvell 'Discovery' device, freeing up sufficient board area for a range of new interfaces, plus an unpopulated board area reserved for custom design features in large-volume production programs. Extensions to the existing PowerXtreme serial and Ethernet capability (up to 6 and 2 ports respectively) compliment PPC7A’s brand-new functionality, which includes an SVGA graphics interface, two USB ports, 16bit digital I/O and an IDE interface. A PowerPC 7410 processor at up to 500MHz, with SDRAM at up to 133MHz, ensures a potent processing core capable of utilizing these I/O features to maximum advantage in real world applications. Operating System (O/S) support includes Radstone’s standard offerings of a BSP/ESP for VxWorks and LynxOS, plus a port of INTEGRITY?, an exciting addition to the company’s COTS O/S compatibility provided by technology partner, Green Hills Software Inc.. PPC7A also features the most effective Deployed Test strategy in the industry. Highly adapted to modern COTS silicon and O/S characteristics, this is implemented via a high coverage Built-In-Test (BIT), plus the O/S co-operative Background Condition Screening (BCS) software.  PPC7A not only offers unprecedented performance and functionality for new applications, but also protects the user's investment in existing software by offering seamless upgrades for current applications. “COTS users who are involved in prestigious, long term defence programs are not only looking for state of the art performance, they also need to minimize the risk of obsolescence,” said Richard Kirk, Product Marketing Manager of Radstone’s Processor Group. “PPC7A satisfies both these needs, via a combination of design expertise and our extensive range of support services under the ‘Whole Program Life COTS’ banner. Our renowned technology insertion’ strategy has proved its value over the last 8 years, and many programs are embracing this approach to protect their long-term future”. PPC7A follows the company’s policy of integrating the most advanced silicon into their embedded electronics solutions, while maintaining the full benefits of technology insertion. The board is offered across a range of five ruggedization levels to meet the needs of both the industrial and defense markets. -ends-