LEESBURG, VA – March 7, 2006, — Curtiss-Wright Controls Embedded Computing, has announced support for FSMLabs’s (Socorro, New Mexico) RTLinuxPro 2.2 on its high performance Quad PowerPC-based Manta QX3 digital signal processing (DSP) 6U VME64x engine. The RTLinuxPro software combines FSMLabs’ RTLinux 2.2.3’s support for the Linux 2.4 and 2.6 kernel with RTCore, a hard real-time operating system (RTOS) module. RTLinuxPro provides Manta QX3 users with the ability to lock real-time symmetric multi-processing (SMP) threads and focus interrupts, improving overall performance by enabling DSP engine’s multiple CPUs to complete individual processes simultaneously.
“The Manta QX3 with RTLinuxPro strengthens our portfolio of high-density multi-processor products, said Lynn Patterson, vice president and general manager of Modular Solutions, Curtiss-Wright Controls Embedded Computing. “Its SMP architecture and richer I/O set complement our CHAMP family of independent node boards while providing our customers with a range of options to precisely match their system needs.”
When used in conjunction with RTLinuxPro’s symmetric multi-processing (SMP) operating systems, the Manta QX3 enables software-transparent performance scaling while the operating system distributes tasks across multiple processors. The new version of RTLinuxPro includes support for Eclipse IDE, full C++ support for RTLinux in kernel modules, complete RTLinux integration with Ilogix Rhapsody UML and Matlab Simulink. RTLinuxPRo also includes VME support within its RTOS driver set.
“RTLinuxPro is the only hard real-time Linux and the only hard real-time RTOS that fully supports SMP,” said Victor Yodaiken, president of FSMLabs. “System integrators using Curtiss-Wright’s Manta QX3 and RTLinuxPro can count on microsecond RTOS performance while taking full advantage of the Manta’s Quad PowerPC processors running in SMP mode.” RTLinux programmers can assign real-time threads to specific processors and optionally reserve processors for real-time only use – shaving a few extra microseconds from RTLinux’s standard low microsecond worst-case interrupt latency.
About the Manta QX3 Quad PowerPC 7457
The air-cooled multi-processor 6U VME Manta QX3 features Quad PowerPC 7457 processors tightly-coupled in a shared memory architecture. It also features an advanced 133 MHz memory controller, a 133MHz PMC site. The Manta QX3 also features StarFabric board-to-board switch fabric interconnect and two Gigabit Ethernet interfaces. The Symmetric Multiprocessing capability of the Manta QX3 SMP assigns tasks to idle processors to improve performance and handle increased processing loads.
It delivers high performance digital signal processing (DSP) and eases the deployment of high performance switched fabric networks with on-board support for StarFabric, a highly flexible, point-to-point, switched backplane and chassis-to-chassis interconnect fabric.
The Manta QX3 also provides a high-speed StarFabric interface, a feature that is standard across Curtiss-Wright’s entire multi-processor product line. While delivering sustained data rates exceeding 400Mbytes/sec, the Manta QX3 integrates with Curtiss-Wright’s comprehensive family of StarFabric-enabled products including single board computers, PMC carriers, backplane overlay modules and switching modules.
The Manta QX3 is available with a wide range of memory options including 512 MB, 1GB, or 2GB of DDR SDRAM with ECC protection. Each of the board’s 7457 CPUs is supported by up to three levels of enhanced cache memory. Integrated into each CPU’s core is 512 KB of L2 cache which operates at speeds matching the processor’s frequency. Each 7457 CPU also provides up to 2 MB of backside L3 cache and can be optionally configured with 2 MB of private memory which functions as a high-speed “scratch pad”.
This air-cooled VME64x board is offered in a range of ruggedization levels, spanning from commercial to extended temperature versions qualified for elevated shock and vibration environments. A conduction-cooled version of the Manta QX3, supporting card-edge temperatures of -40°C to +85°C, is also planned.
The Manta QX3 supports its quad 7457 processors with an on-board Discovery III advanced system/memory controller. The Discovery III integrates fast memory, dual PCI buses with PCI-X support, and abundant I/O functionality, all routed through a high-bandwidth crossbar.
Performance Features of the Manta QX3
· Quad PowerPC 7457 processors at up to 1 GHz
· High-performance L3 cache, 2 MB per CPU
· Symmetric multi-processing shared memory architecture
· State-of-the-art 133 MHz memory controller
· Up to 2GB high-speed DDR SDRAM
· Up to 1GB Flash (NAND)
· One 64-bit, 66MHz PMC site (133MHz option)
· Dual 64-bit MHz PCI buses
· Two channels StarFabric
· Two Gigabit Ethernet (10/100/1000) ports
· Four EIA-232, two EIA-422/485 serial ports
· Two IEEE 1394 Firewire ports
· VME64x interface
· Range of air and conduction-cooled ruggedization levels available
For editorial information regarding Curtiss-Wright Advanced Multi Computing products or services, contact John Wranovics, public relations director, Curtiss-Wright, Tel: (925) 640-6402; Fax: (510) 530-8563; email: [email protected]; Web site: www.cwcembedded.com.
Sales inquiries: Please forward all Curtiss-Wright Sales and reader service inquiries to Jerri-Lynne Charbonneau, Curtiss-Wright Controls Embedded Computing, Tel: (613) 254-5112; Fax: (613) 599-7777; e-mail: [email protected]. All inquiries for FSMLabs should go to Adam Fluckey, FSMLabs, Tel: (505) 838 9109; Fax: (505) 838 9112; email: [email protected].
About Curtiss-Wright Controls Embedded Computing
Curtiss-Wright Controls Embedded Computing is the industry’s most comprehensive and experienced single source for embedded solutions, ranging from Processing, Subsystems, Data Communication, DSP, and Video & Graphics to the most advanced board level components and fully integrated custom systems. The Embedded Computing group serves the defense, aerospace, commercial and industrial markets and is part of Curtiss-Wright Controls Inc. For more information about Curtiss-Wright visit www.cwcembedded.com.
About Curtiss-Wright Controls, Inc.
Headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, Curtiss-Wright Controls is the motion control segment of Curtiss-Wright Corporation (NYSE: CW). With manufacturing facilities around the world, Curtiss-Wright Controls is a leading technology-based organization providing niche motion control products, subsystems and services internationally for the aerospace and defense markets. For more information, visit www.cwcontrols.com.
FSMLabs provides hard real-time solutions designed for reliability and simplicity of operation, that target mission-critical applications. FSMLabs is privately held, with headquarters in New Mexico and world-wide operations. FSMLabs products include RTLinux, RTCore BSD, VxIT legacy software compatibility layer, Lnet real-time networking, PSDD protected memory real-time and ControlsKit XML/RPC interface builder. For more information, visit www.fsmlabs.com or email [email protected].
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