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Azul Systems Delivers 48-Way Multicore Chip

LiPPERT embraces the EPIC standard The Hurricane-LX800 EPIC Module

Azul Systems Delivers 48-Way Multicore Chip

Azul Systems announced their next-generation Vega 2 processor, the world's first single-chip 64-bit processor with 48 cache-coherent processor cores for use in the company's compute appliances.

Designed by Azul and fabricated by Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), the Vega 2 processor utilizes a 90nm process, a 9-layer copper/low-k interconnect, and multi-threshold transistors for optimal performance-power efficiency.

The Vega 2 processor integrates 48 cores and consists of 812 million transistors to enable future generations of Azul Compute Appliances to scale up to 768-way symmetric multiprocessing (SMP) systems with up to 768 GBytes of memory. The press release states that, by comparison, the world's largest and most power efficient SMP system built today is the Azul Compute Appliance 3840, which is based on the current generation Azul Vega 1 processor (a 24-way multicore chip) and provides 384 processor cores and 256 GBytes of memory in an 11U rack-mountable enclosure and consumes only 2700 watts of electricity.

Systems based on the Vega 2 chip are scheduled for general availability in 2007.

Source: Azul Systems

LiPPERT embraces the EPIC standard The Hurricane-LX800 EPIC Module

The Hurricane-LX800 marks LiPPERT's entry into the market for EPIC-formatted single-board computers. It features the AMD Geode LX800 @ 0.9W processor and has very low power consumption.

The Hurricane-LX800 integrates all peripherals needed to build an embedded PC on a small 115 mm x 165 mm (4.5" x 6.5") printed circuit board. Using a CS5536 I/O companion and a Super I/O chip, all the standard peripherals are already on board. The system RAM can be as large as 1 GB, and graphics controllers with VGA, LVDS and TFT adapters are available. Ethernet, USB and serial ports make the Hurricane-LX800 a very versatile machine with good connectivity.

The Hurricane-LX800 uses only a mere 5.3 watts and can operate in the extended temperature range of 40 to +85C without additional cooling. It is supplied with 5V only and does ACPI and PCI power management.

Trouble-free expansion is possible with the PC/104 and PC/104-Plus buses. The PC/104 bus has complete DMA functionality, enabling the reuse of existing peripheral boards. A miniPCI slot is available that can hold standard WLAN cards.

The Hurricane-LX800 runs the Windows XP, Windows XP Embedded, Windows CE, Linux and VxWorks operating systems. An enclosure is also available for system integrators. Application areas for the Hurricane-LX800 include industrial automation, automotive, medical devices, and military.

Source: LiPPERT

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