Electronic Design

PowerPC Computer Yields Flexibility In Embedded Industrial Control

Rated for 450 million instructions/s, the Kahlua Box PowerPC-based system-level computer brings I/O flexibility to embedded industrial-control applications. The MPC8245 PowerPC Kahlua II processor runs at 300 MHz. For optimized flexibility, as many as seven mezzanine cards of different types can be configured in the system. Among the configurations supported are seven M-Modules, three PC-MIP cards and four M-Modules, and two PMC cards and four M-Modules. The system includes two Fast Ethernet ports and a socket for ATA-compatible CompactFlash solid-state mass storage. A 2.5-in. hard disk can be mounted on-board. Because all of the I/O exits the housing on the same side of the box, the lightweight industrial enclosure can be attached directly to almost any machine in almost any orientation. Connection to the unit's dc-dc power supply is also accessible on the same side of the housing as the other I/O. The Kahlua Box, which measures 28 by 20 by 7 cm, operates over the industrial temperature range from -40°C to 85°C with no active cooling. Linux, VxWorks, QNX, and OS-9 operating systems are supported. Pricing starts at $1795 in single-unit quantities.

MEN Micro Inc.
www.men.de; (972) 939-2675

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