Xilinx has announced its “Virtex-5 FXT FPGA ML510 Embedded Development Platform”, which is an FPGA platform containing two PowerPC 440 hard cores. FPGAs are pretty cool, especially attached to a useful general-purpose processor like the 440, but the 440’s lack of hardware support for SMP coherence means users must be practically forced into running seperate kernel instances on each core. Xilinx announced support for both Linux and VxWorks.

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