GE Fanuc Embedded Systems Announces PPC9A 6U VME Single Board Computer

    Dual core 8641D processor, up to 4 GBytes memory enables leading edge

    --  1.3 GHz processor clock speed

    --  Two PMC/XMC sites plus AFIX site

    --  Available in five ruggedization levels

    --  Supports AXIS development environment

    CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA., April 26 /CNW/ - Once again providing evidence of
the company's market-leading commitment to developing single board computer
solutions that not only offer outstanding performance in their own right but
that also provide straightforward technology insertion opportunities for
existing customers, GE Fanuc Embedded Systems today announced the PPC9A, the
latest addition to the company's PowerXtreme family of 6U VME single board

    At the heart of the PPC9A is Freescale's latest PowerPC processor, the
dual core 8641D operating at 1.3 GHz. The PPC9A - which is 2eSST-capable -
supports up to 4 GBytes of DDR2 memory, and up to 1 GByte of Flash memory.
Unparalleled flexibility is provided through the provision of not only two
PMC/XMC sites (PCI-X 133 MHz/8-lane PCI Express) supporting I/O via P0 and P2,
but also GE Fanuc's unique AFIX (Additional Flexible Interface Xtension) site
that allows custom functionality to be added to the board at minimum cost and
in minimum time. Standard AFIX modules for graphics, SCSI, 1553, digital I/O
and Flash memory are also available.

    "The PPC9A is the latest in a long line of products designed specifically
to provide a simple upgrade path for our existing customers, while featuring a
level of performance that will be extremely attractive to new customers," said
Richard Kirk, Product Manager at GE Fanuc Embedded Systems. "By leveraging the
high bandwidth of PCI Express for onboard connections, it gives users the
performance benefits of serial switch fabrics, but maintains total VME
compatibility. No other single board computer surpasses it in terms of raw
performance, and it clearly leads the market in terms of flexibility in the
range of functionality it offers."

    With two Gigabit Ethernet 10/100/1000 Base-T ports, two USB 2.0 ports,
and six serial ports, the PPC9A - which is available in five air- and
conduction-cooled variants - is highly specified in terms of communications
and I/O, while the provision of up to 1 GByte of write-protectable Flash
memory, 128 Kbytes of non-volatile RAM with Autostore and a Serial ATA disk
interface means that storage is equally well catered for.

    In common with an increasing number of GE Fanuc Embedded Systems
computing solutions, the PPC9A offers support for the AXIS (Advanced
Multiprocessor Integrated Software) development environment.
Performance-optimized and designed to accelerate the development and
production deployment of complex processing applications, AXIS integrated
tools and libraries include AXISFlow, AXISView and AXISLib.

    The PPC9A features broad-ranging operating system (Integrity, LynxOS and
VXWorks) support together with comprehensive Deployed Test Software (Built-In
Test and Background Condition Screening) and is RoHS-compliant.

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    About GE Fanuc Embedded Systems

    GE Fanuc Embedded Systems is a leading global provider of embedded
computing solutions for a wide range of industries and applications. Featuring
a comprehensive offering that includes Intel(R) and PowerPC(R)-based Single
Board Computers, sensor processing networking products, avionics interfaces,
rugged flat panel monitors and complete computer systems, GE Fanuc Embedded
Systems can support the full range of embedded computing needs. GE Fanuc
Embedded Systems is part of GE Fanuc, a joint venture between GE and FANUC LTD
of Japan. For more information, visit

For further information:

For further information: GE Fanuc Embedded Systems Ian McMurray, +44 (0)
1327 322821

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