Electronic Design

A Triple Play:Three CPUs Give 3 × Throughput On One Blade Card

Delivering triple the processing power of conventional blade CPU cards, the Katana 3750 CompactPCI card packs three independent 800-MHz PowerPC CPU complexes based on the 750FX CPUs. It fully complies with the PICMG 2.16 cPSB specification and provides off-card communications between blades using packet-based serial communications. Also included on-board is a local Gigabit Ethernet switch that automatically routes Internet-protocol traffic to the appropriate processor for core on-card communications. This offloads packet processing from other subsystem elements, increasing system throughput. The card can hold up to 512 Mbytes of double-data-rate SDRAM with error correction code for each processor, as well as 64 Mbytes of linear flash memory for each CPU. The board's primary processor has a bank of 512 kbytes of boot flash memory. Also included on the Katana card is a 32-bit, 33-MHz local PCI bus, a 10/100-Mbit Ethernet maintenance port, and a serial console port. Pricing for the card starts at about $5200 in OEM quantities, with samples immediately available.

Artesyn Technologies Inc.
www.artesyn.com; (608) 831-5500

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