Concurrent Unveils AdvancedMC Dual Display Graphics Adaptor

Concurrent Technologies announces an AdvancedMC(TM) (AMC) dual display video/graphics adaptor. The AM 400/x01 is a high-quality, low-power embedded graphics AMC module supporting a variety of Digital Flat Panel (DFP), CRT or S-Video devices in single or dual display configurations. In addition, an onboard 2.5″ SATA hard disk drive (HDD) can be added – all fitting within a single-width full-size AMC slot. A mid-size front panel option is available without the S-Video interface.

The graphic controller’s rich feature set includes a complete 3D rendering suite, hardware support for MPEG/DVD playback, a 2D drawing engine that supports bit block transfers, transparent block transfers, color expansion, and line draw. The AM 400/x01 is designed to add a graphics and, if required HDD, into a single-width full-size or mid-size AMC slot in a system, e.g. MicroTCA(TM), where functionality, power, space and cost are key elements. Applications include telecommunications, defence, aerospace and medical markets. A variant operating at -25°C to +70°C is also available for harsher environments.

Depending on the operating system, the AM 400/x01 supports a wide range of single or dual display resolutions and refresh rates for standard and wide-screen formats. The adaptor supports a range of DFP resolutions up to 1280 x 1024 @ 60Hz, a range of CRT resolutions up to 1280 x 1024 @ up to 85Hz and S-Video (PAL or NTSC, YC video). The DFP and CRT outputs are sourced via a DVI-I connector and the S-Video output is sourced via an industry standard S-Video connector.

The AM 400/x01 AMC adaptor utilizes the Silicon Motion SM722 3D/2D dual display controller. The SM722, with 8MB of high-performance on-chip SGRAM, provides good 2D/3D video graphics performance with low power consumption (less than 2W). The SM722 system I/O interface connects via a PCI to PCI Express(TM) bridge to the AMC.1 Type 1 (port 4) connection on the AM 400/x01′s AMC fat pipe interface.

The optional onboard 2.5″ Serial ATA HDD connects directly to the AMC.3 Type S2 (port 2) connection in the AM 400/x01′s common options region. This interface supports transfer rates up to 150Mbytes/s.

The AM 400/x01 is designed in compliance to AMC.0 (including full hot swap and IPMI capabilities) and can operate with an appropriate single board computer AMC module like Concurrent Technologies’ PR AMC/33x processor module.

Concurrent Technologies’ PR AMC/33x AMC processor module supports either the 1.4GHz or 2.0 GHz Intel(R) Pentium(R) M processor to provide high performance processing and utilizes the Intel(R) E7520 server chipset. The PR AMC/33x supports up to 2 Gbytes DDR2-400 ECC SDRAM and a range of I/O functions including x8 PCI Express fat-pipe connections (AMC.1 Type 8), dual Gigabit Ethernet (AMC.2 Type E2), dual Serial ATA (AMC.3 Type S2), IPMI (AMC.0), two USB and two RS232 interfaces. The PR AMC/33x is a single-width full-size AMC module.

Operating systems supported by these AMC boards include Windows(R) 2000, Windows(R) XP, Windows(R) XP Embedded, Linux(R) and QNX(R).

The AdvancedMC(TM) (AMC) specification is ratified by PICMG(R) to be compatible with the current AdvancedTCA(R) (ATCA) and the MicroTCA(TM) system architectures. The AMC concept provides a system integrator with a modular approach that is scalable, cost effective, fabric based, and hot swappable. The modules are designed according to a series of AMC.x specifications – where AMC.0 defines the form-factor, connector, power and thermal characteristics, management, clocking and base fabric, AMC.1 maps PCI Express onto the extended (or fat pipe) fabric interface, AMC.2 defines Ethernet ports, AMC.3 defines mass storage ports and AMC.4 defines Serial RapidIO.

About Concurrent Technologies
Concurrent Technologies is an international ISO 9001:2000 company specializing in the design and manufacture of commercial-off-the-shelf and custom designed industrial computer boards for critical embedded applications. The company, which was founded in 1985, has offices in the USA, China and UK as well as a worldwide distributor network. The company has a wide range of high performance Intel(R) processor based VME, VXS, CompactPCI(R) and AdvancedMC(TM) products, which are complemented by an extensive offering of PMC (PCI Mezzanine Card) products. Concurrent Technologies is an Affiliate Member of the Intel(R) Communications Alliance (ICA), a community of communications and embedded developers and solution providers.