Embedded Planet Rolls Out EP8548A, EP8641A SCOPE Compliant Boards

Embedded Planet, a leader in computer and embedded systems solutions announced the availability of two invaluable SCOPE-compliant boards that are ideal for a broad range of demanding applications, including wireless base stations, media gateways, enterprise network access systems, test and measurement systems, and server blades. The EP8548A and EP8641A help meet the important goal of accelerating the deployment of carrier grade base platforms for service provider applications.

“These market-leading solutions give design engineers the option to use PCIe-only, Serial RapidIO (SRIO)-only, or SCOPE compliant PCIe and SRIO,” said Mark Lowdermilk, president of Embedded Planet. “This flexibility reduces development costs and decreases cycle times by ensuring common building blocks are available as commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) solutions.”

The EP8548A is powered by a Freescale MPC8548 PowerQUICC III processor and the EP8641A by a Freescale MPC8641D dual-core PowerPC processor. Both SCOPE-compliant boards include Linux, Wind River VxWorks and Green Hills INTEGRITY operating support. These highly integrated system-on-chip (SoC) platforms include PowerPC cores, an integrated security engine, integrated PCI Express, Serial RapidIO, and Gigabit Ethernet controllers, and an integrated DDR2 memory interface, improving performance, simplifying board design, lowering power consumption, and reducing cost.

“The SCOPE-compliant boards from Embedded Planet, both the Ep8548A & the EP8461A, bring flexibility to the Service Providers and their embedded Proprietary systems,” said Ernie Bergstrom Crystal Cube Consulting’s VP Research & Chief Analyst.

In addition to their AMC configuration, both boards can operate as stand-alone modules and boot from on board flash allowing for rapid application development outside of the integrated ATCA or MicroTCA environment.

For fabric connectivity the both the EP8548A and the EP8641A offer extreme flexibility, while maintaining standards compliance. All versions of the boards support gigabit Ethernet on AMC channels 0 an 1, compliant with AMC.2, Type E2). Separate versions of the board are available in one of the following configurations: Serial RapidIO on AMC channels 4-7, PCI Express on AMC channels 4-11, or SCOPE-Compliant PCI Express on channels 4-7 and Serial RapidIO on channels 8-11.

Availability
The SCOPE-compliant EP8548A and EP8641A are available immediately from Embedded Planet. For information, visit www.embeddedplanet.com/products/ep8548amc.asp and www.embeddedplanet.com/products/ep8641a.asp

About Embedded Planet
Embedded Planet is the pioneer of the Design, Develop, Deploy process for embedded systems engineering that allows designers to take advantage of production-tested, reusable product designs in all phases of system development, significantly reducing time to market, project risks, and development costs. The company offers integrated single board computer and embedded hardware, software and systems solutions including standard off the shelf single board computer products, embedded operating systems, and full custom design and intellectual property solutions. Embedded Planet’s customers are comprised of market leaders who rely on the company to provide a wide range of form factors including: Advanced Mezzanine Cards (AMC) for use in AdvancedTCA (ATCA) and MicroTCA systems, PrPMC cards for use in CompactPCI systems, PC-104, PCI-104, and Computer-on-Module (COMs).