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6U PPC CPCI SBC runs Linux

Aug 8, 2006 — by LinuxDevices Staff — from the LinuxDevices Archive — 2 views

GE Fanuc Embedded Systems is shipping a 6U CompactPCI SBC (single-board computer) powered by a Freescale 1GHz MPC7447A or 1.4GHz MPC7448 PowerPC processor. The “C2K” features flexible I/O expansion, the company says, and is available with Linux in standard or ruggedized, conduction-cooled versions.

GE Fanuc says the C2K offers an extensive set of I/O ports, and can serve as a system controller or peripheral processor board. The board uses a Marvell MV64460 system controller bridge chip, supports up to 1GB of DDR333 SDRAM, and offers two 64-bit PMC sites (processor mezzanine cards) for I/O expansion.

Key touted specs and features include:

  • Processor — choice of 1 GHz MPC7447A or 1.4 GHz MPC7448 Freescale PowerPC processor
  • System controller chip — Marvell MV64460
  • Memory — up to 1GB of DDR333 SDRAM
  • I/O ports:
    • 3 x gigabit Ethernet ports
    • 4 x RS-232/RS-422 ports
    • 4 x RS-422/485 ports
    • 2 x 1.5Gbps SATA ports
    • 3 x high-speed USB 2.0 ports
  • Mezzanine expansion — two PMC sites
  • Bus form-factor — PICMG 2.16-compliant
  • Intelligent Platform Management Interface (IPMI) and hot swap capability
  • Conduction-cooled and ruggedized options

Additionally, the ruggedized, convection-cooled model has a front panel high-speed USB 2.0 port, plus 16 programmable GPIO ports with independent interrupts, according to the company.

Wayne McGee, product manager, stated, “The C2K SBC addresses the increasing demand for high performance PowerPC-based CompactPCI embedded computers with greater I/O flexibility.”


The C2K is available now with Linux, VxWorks, or Windows XP support, according to GE Fanuc. The board is RoHS-compliant.

GE Fanuc Embedded Systems is part of GE Fanuc Automation, a joint venture between GE and Fanuc Ltd of Japan.

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