Sky`s SHARC- pool enhances radar resolution
Systems integrators at Second Order Systems in Baltimore needed a SHARC-based daughtercard that would give them high resolution and better dynamic range for the signal and radar systems they are developing for the Defense Department. So they chose the 9U VME SHARCpool card from Sky Computers Inc. of Chelmsford, Mass.
"It is the only card on the market that gives us 32-bit resolution," says Daryll Covell, president of Second Order Systems, adding that other products only go to 12 or 16 bits.
The card also interfaces to the SKY channel packet bus, which runs at 320 megabytes per second to and from cluster memory and from board to board.
The board delivers 5.76 gigaflops of performance per VME slot at the lowest cost on the market, Sky officials claim.
Based on the Analog Devices 2106x SHARC digital signal processor, SHARC pool delivers as much power as 1.44 gigaflops per second for FFT-based applications on a single compute daughtercard. SHARCpool contains 12 SHARC processors configured in two clusters of six processors. The link ports in each cluster are configured as a bi-directional ring; two links connect corresponding processors in the other cluster. - J.M.
For more information on SHARCpool, contact Sky by phone at 508-250-1920, by fax at 508-250-0036, or on the World Wide Web at http://www.sky.com/. For more information on Second Order Systems phone (301) 621-3702.