Radstone's new PowerXpress PPC6 achieves best ever cost effective performance for COTS PowerPC

Radstone Technology, the world's leading independent supplier of high-performance, rugged VME-based computer products, announces the PowerXpress PPC6, the very latest member of its range of PowerPC 'COTS' Single Board Computers (SBCs). The PowerXpress family of SBC's is available in two air-cooled environmental levels and is specifically designed to meet the needs of systems in sheltered defense environments, typically found in naval, ground based and some vetronics applications.  The PPC6 features the very latest PowerPC 755 and 7400 processors, supported by ultra-high bandwidth data busses. These include an L2 cache bus at 200MHz, a 100MHz memory bus yielding sustained data rates of well over 400Mbytes/sec (800Mbytes/sec peak) and a 64bit 66MHz PCI bus. Full software availability includes layered modules supporting popular COTS Operating Systems (VxWorks and LynxOS) plus Background Condition Screening (BCS) and BIT firmware. "The PPC6 is aimed squarely at the types of application where comprehensive military level support is essential, but where the expense of a fully ruggedized conduction cooled board is not justified", said Richard Kirk, Product Marketing Manager of Radstone's Processor Group. "Upgrading to a PPC6 not only provides System Developers with dramatic improvements in system performance, but also protects their budget with its superior, cost-effective performance". The PPC6 achieves the same impressive performance as the PPC4B, Radstone's flagship SBC in its rugged PowerXtreme product family. The implementation of a very high bandwidth memory architecture, coupled to the latest high frequency PowerPC processor chips, offers system integrators unprecedented levels of computational power, while maintaining full hardware and software compatibility with the other Single Board Computer's  (SBC) in both of the PowerX families. For full compatibility and easy upgrade, the PPC6 provides the same rich feature set as Radstone's previous generation of highly popular and leading edge PowerPC SBCs, including 10/100BaseT Ethernet, SCSI, two serial ports, keyboard, mouse and parallel port, plus support for two PMC sites. Memory options include up to 512 Mbytes of SDRAM on-board without the need for memory extension cards, up to 80 Mbytes of FLASH and up to 2Mbytes of L2 cache depending on processor choice. In addition to its two on-board PMC sites, the PPC6 also supports PCI sub-system expansion for air-cooled applications, offering the full advantage of Radstone's extensive range of PCI Mezzanine Cards, including MIL-STD-1553, High-Speed Serial, Graphics, Fibre Channel and FLASH extensions. - ends -