Electronic Design

StarFabric Links Conduction-Cooled CPUs

Add StarFabric to a dual-processor, conduction-cooled single-board computer and you get a powerful system linked by a 400-Mbyte/s switch fabric. The Rhino DX from Synergy Microsystems includes one or two 1.3-GHz 7455 PowerPC processors with AltiVec support. It also has two 64-bit/66-MHz PCI mezzanine card (PMC) slots. Other communication interfaces include a pair of 10/100BaseT Ethernet links, dual IEEE 1394, and four serial ports. The Rhino DX handles up to 1 Gbyte of SDRAM and 512 Mbytes of flash. The boards can operate in −40°C to 85°C environments. And, the Rhino DX supports Wind River's VxWorks, Linux, and Green Hills' Integrity. Pricing starts at $7745.


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