Mercury Computer Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: MRCY) announced the Momentum(TM) Series AXA-110 Advanced Mezzanine Card (AMC), which uses a dual-core Intel(R) processor combined with an FPGA (field-programmable gate array) for flexible switch fabric connectivity. AMCs provide the modularity for demanding telecom and military communications, and the AXA-110 is ideally suited for the processing and communications heart of AdvancedTCA(R) or MicroTCA(TM) systems.
The Momentum Series AXA-110 is Mercury’s second generation of AMC cards that combine a dual-core Intel(R) processor with the latest Xilinx(R) FPGA. The AXA-110 is the first AMC to incorporate an Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo processor L7400, which at a core speed of 1.5 GHz and a thermal design power of 17 watts, provides leading energy-efficient performance for small form factor embedded platforms.
“The Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo processor enables high-performance implementations of 64-bit architecture for space-constrained telecommunications and embedded applications,” said Phil Ames, Embedded Market Segment Manager of Intel Corporation. “This Momentum Series AXA-110 is an example of how the performance density of Intel(R) 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 (Gbps). 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(R) 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.
Pricing for the Momentum Series AXA-110 starts at US$4,495 for a single board, with discounts available on higher volumes. Product availability is 60-90 days ARO. For more information, contact Mercury at (866) 627-6951.