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AdvancedTCA Blade features eighteen PowerPC Processors

XCalibur1411 first AdvancedTCA card to support ground-breaking P.A. Semi silicon

(PresseBox) (Munich, MicroTCA Conference, ) Electronic Tools, announces the availability of Extreme Engineering Solutions AdvancedTCA blade hosting eighteen PowerPC processors. XCalibur1411 targets nine dual-core P.A. Semi PA6T-1682 PWRficient processors and each of the eighteen processor cores run at up to 2 GHz. Coupled with 1 GB to 2 GB of DDR2 memory per processor, XCalibur1411 has the appearance of a High-Performance Computing (HPC) blade in an ATCA form factor.

Key features include:

- Standard 8U AdvancedTCA form factor,
- Nine P.A.Semi PA6T-1682 PWRficient dual-core processors to 2.0 GHz on each core,
- Power at only 200W – can run at lower clock speeds to reduce power consumption,
- 1 GB to 2 GB DDR2 per processor core,
- 32 Mb NOR and 1 GB NAND Flash,
- PCI Express and 10 Gb Ethernet XAUI fabric interconnect,
- Dual 1 Gb Ethernets on-card to each processor subsystem,
- In-house software support for Linux, QNX, VxWorks and Integrity.

"XCalibur1411 started on a customer’s white board in March 2007 and quickly became a rallying cry for our engineers to bring the card out by November," states Bret Farnum, Vice President of Sales for Extreme Engineering. "We are looking forward to supporting multiple telco applications and discussing XCalibur1411 with MicroTCA Conference attendees."

"We’re very impressed with the high compute density that Extreme Engineering achieved on XCalibur1411," said Dan Dobberpuhl, CEO and President of P.A. Semi. "This latest board with nine PWRficient processors sets a new standard for high performance and functionality on an industry standard ATCA blade.

XCalibur1411 is the fourth P.A. Semi board designed by Extreme Engineering and satisfies multiple communication system requirements where compute density is a requirement like Core Routers, Multi Service Switches, RNC blades and more. While not specifically targeted at the HPC market, XCalibur1411 would excel in high compute/high density applications for national labs and high energy physics experiments, too.

About Extreme Engineering Solutions, Inc.:

Extreme Engineering Solutions (X-ES, Inc.) designs and builds amazing CPU and I/O products within the embedded computer industry. X-ES offers cutting edge performance and flexibility in design; plus an unparalleled level of customer support and service. For further information on X-ES products or services, please visit our system partner Electronic Tools:

ET Electronic Tools GmbH

Electronic Tools, a leading Embedded Systems and DSP Solutions house in Germany, offers boards, systems and tools for real time applications. The product range supports all popular platforms featuring latest Multi-Processor and FPGA technologies. The main markets served by Electronic Tools are Telecommunications (wired and wireless), Radar and Sonar , Signal Intelligence, Surveillance and Direction Finding, Medical and Industrial Imaging, Test, Measurement and Digital Control.