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8641D Blade Announced

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Feb 082007

Interphase Corp has announced their iNAV 74K, a telecommunications-oriented blade that can carry up to four of Freescale’s 8641D processors. The 8641D is a dual-core 7448 system on a chip (SoC) with each core running up to 1.5 GHz, and debuted last year.

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PCI Express Cell Card

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Feb 082007

Mercury Computer, who previously brought you Cell blades and rackmount systems, has announced the Cell Accelerator Board, or “CAB”. This x16 PCI Express card features a 2.8 GHz Cell Broadband Engine (BE) processor with lots of RAM. Mercury apparently has also optimized “key algorithms” for Cell, which should make this product much much faster without additional software development.

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First System to Use PA Semi's 1682M

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Feb 072007

Along with all the announcements Monday about PA Semi’s 1682M, we find that Extreme Engineering is already shipping a system based on the 1682M. The XPedite8070 is a VPX-REDI form factor (whatever that means), consumes 34 watts total, and is apparently aimed at military applications. Although the 1682M just started sampling, Extreme Engineering claims the XPedite8070 is “available immediately” for US$7800 in quantities of one.

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PA Semi 1682M Now Sampling

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Feb 052007

PA Semi’s 1682M, a 13 watt (typical) 64-bit dual-core 2GHz PowerPC, is now sampling to customers, and PA Semi has announced a top list list of “alpha customers” including names like Themis, Mercury, and Curtiss-Wright Controls. PA Semi also announced availability of the Electra evaluation board, with Linux, VxWorks, and QNX Neutrino board support packages (BSPs). Electra uses CFE firmware, which is more typically found in MIPS systems. The 1682M will begin commercial production in the fourth quarter this year, about the same time as a single-core SoC will become available.

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QNX Support for 1682M

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Feb 052007

QNX has just announced support for PA Semi’s 1682M. Support includes QNX’s Neutrino real-time operating system (RTOS) and also “Multi-Core Technology Development Kit” and Momentics visualization and development tools.

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DENX Releases Embedded Linux Development Kit 4.1

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Jan 312007

DENX, makers of the popular Embedded Linux Development Kit (ELDK), have just released version 4.1. ELDK includes tools for cross-compilation, creating the root filesystem for the target platform, and support for multiple architectures. ELDK 4.1 is based on the Linux 2.6.19.2 kernel and supports all AMCC evaluation boards.

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Linux Symposium PlayStation3 Giveaway

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Jan 312007

The Linux Symposium has announced that they will host a contest for the best software on Power Architecture in categories such as power management and virtualization. The prizes will be five PlayStation 3s, which have been generating a lot of interest in the Linux community and beyond.

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Synopsys Becomes Power Architecture Design Center

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Jan 312007

Synopsys has licensed the designs for IBM’s 440 and 405 cores, including the right to sub-license to other companies who want to build system-on-a-chip (SoCs) containing those cores. This seems to put them on the same level as AMCC, who have created a range of specialized SoC products based on the 440 core.

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Details on PA Semi's 1682M

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Jan 222007

PA Semi presented a 32-page PDF at the Bus & Board conference last week in Los Angeles. The presentation goes into detail about their 64-bit PA6T core and the 1682M System-on-Chip (SoC) built around it, and the low-power/high-performance goals they were designed with. It also mentions that the 1682M is now sampling.

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Terra Soft Solutions Sponsors Cell Hack-A-Thon

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Jan 152007

Terra Soft Solutions is hosting a hack-a-thon in Loveland, Colorado to port applications to the Cell architecture. Developers from IBM, Mercury, and RapidMind will be present, and attendees from lots of universities and national laboratories have registered. The free session will be a full week, taking place from 19 through 27 Jan 2007, and apparently will feature lots of clean Colorado lifestyle.

This seems to be the kick-off event of TSS’s new HPC Consortium.

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