Radstone Technology Enhances Performance, Increases Flexibility Of PowerXtreme Family
Maintaining its extensive tradition of delivering leading edge products while maximizing the value of customers’ investments, Radstone Technology today announced the PowerXtreme™ PPC7D Single Board Computer (SBC), the fifth generation of the PowerXtreme family. Aimed at a broad range of rugged military and aerospace applications, the PPC7D delivers performance and flexibility that are unsurpassed by any competing SBC. Radstone Technology is the world’s leading independent supplier of rugged, high-performance, embedded computer products for defense and aerospace applications. PowerXtreme boards have a tradition of high profile system design wins and deployments spanning the last decade, from PPC2 in the Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS) through to the PPC7D’s predecessor, PPC7A, in the Abrams Battle Tank (M1A2) Continuous Electronics Enhancement Program (CEEP). “The feature set of the PowerXtreme family was first defined in 1995 and implemented in the PPC2 SBC,” said Richard Kirk, Product Marketing Manager at Radstone Technology’s Processor Group. “The PPC7D maintains pin-for-pin compatibility with its predecessors, but also offers new I/O options. The two existing PMC sites in the PowerXtreme profile are not impacted, so the new features add to the flexibility these already provide. The PPC7D design is a further demonstration of our unparalleled commitment to our existing customers, while also offering new customers a solution that delivers a unique combination of leading edge performance, exceptional cost-effectiveness and, through its superior software environment, enhanced productivity.” The PPC7D’s I/O flexibility is enhanced by Radstone’s new AFIX (Additional Flexible Interface Extension) daughter card, which offers new features via a plug-on module. Initial offerings in the AFIX form factor include AFIX1553 (dual channel, dual redundant MIL-STD-1553 interfaces) and AFIXSG (SCSI and Graphics Accelerator). The PPC7D base-board can be specified without AFIX functionality to achieve an even more cost-effective solution. For customers requiring features not currently supported by the PPC7D, the AFIX daughter card is specifically designed to allow the implementation of wholly new functionality, in less time and at a lower cost than would otherwise be possible. The PowerXtreme PPC7D features a Freescale Semiconductor (a subsidiary of Motorola) PowerPC G4 7447 processor, running at 1.13GHz. In addition, the board offers enhanced performance and functionality over previous models through the use of DDR (Double Data Rate) SDRAM, the inclusion of two Gigabit Ethernet channels, and USB 2.0 support. A key differentiator for the PowerXtreme PPC7D is the superiority of its Deployed Test Software, the most comprehensive in the industry. This includes Radstone’s Built-in Test (BIT) for highest possible coverage, and Background Condition Screening (BCS) for continuous testing specifically developed to be co-operative with COTS Operating System (O/S) operation. O/S choice is provided by Board Support Packages (BSPs) and Enhanced Support Packages (ESPs) for VxWorks from Wind River, LynxOS from LynuxWorks and INTEGRITY from Green Hills Systems. The PowerXtreme PPC7D is further differentiated by Radstone’s unique Whole Program Life COTS™ philosophy, an approach that reduces the overall cost of ownership and provides industry-leading safeguards against obsolescence. The PPC7D is available in five air- and conduction- cooled ruggedization levels, providing the optimum solution for the most demanding of applications.