Mercury launches Advanced Mezzanine Card based on the Intel Core 2 Duo processor L7400

CHELMSFORD, Mass, 15 Feb. 2007. Mercury Computer Systems Inc. in Chelmsford, Mass., announced the Momentum Series AXA-110 Advanced Mezzanine Card (AMC), which uses a dual-core Intel processor combined with a field-programmable gate array (FPGA) for flexible switch fabric connectivity.

CHELMSFORD, Mass, 15 Feb. 2007. Mercury Computer Systems Inc. in Chelmsford, Mass., announced the Momentum Series AXA-110 Advanced Mezzanine Card (AMC), which uses a dual-core Intel processor combined with a field-programmable gate array (FPGA) for flexible switch fabric connectivity.

AMCs provide the modularity for demanding telecom and military communications, and the AXA-110 is for the processing and communications heart of AdvancedTCA or MicroTCA systems.

The Momentum Series AXA-110 combine a dual-core Intel processor with the latest Xilinx FPGA. The AXA-110 uses an Intel Core2 Duo processor L7400, which at a core speed of 1.5 GHz and a thermal design power of 17 Watts, provides energy-efficient performance for small form factor embedded platforms.

"The Intel Core2 Duo processor enables high-performance implementations of 64-bit architecture for space-constrained telecommunications and embedded applications," says Phil Ames, embedded market segment manager of Intel Corp. in Santa Clara, Calif. "This Momentum Series AXA-110 is an example of how the performance density of Intel products enables powerful solutions as small as a single-wide AMC."

The key to accessing the substantial processing power is the connectivity provided by the serial fabric interfaces on the AMC. Using a Xilinx Virtex-5 FPGA, the AXA-110 connects to up to 16 high-speed serial lines totaling 40 gigabits per second. Combined with available IP for PCI Express, Serial RapidIO, or XAUI, the full complement of serial links can be a hub for communication and coordination of the rest of the system.

The AXA-110 supports registered DDR2-400 SDRAM with ECC. Up to sixteen lanes of switch fabric interfaces are implemented in multiple configuration options using Xilinx Virtex-5 FPGAs in the FAT pipes region on the AMC.1/AMC.2/AMC.4-compliant fabric interface. Two 1000Base-BX Ethernet ports and two Serial ATA interfaces are provided in the common options region.

For more information contact Mercury online at www.mc.com.

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