Extreme Engineering Targets Eighteen PowerPC processors on ATCA Blade: XCalibur1411 first ATCA card to support ground-breaking P.A. Semi silicon

NXTcomm is a show dominated by “big telcos” and “big iron”, but this year up-start hardware vendor Extreme Engineering (booth #3078) is grabbing “big headlines” with their AdvancedTCA blade hosting eighteen PowerPC processors. XCalibur1411 targets nine dual-core P.A. Semi PA6T-1682 PWRficient processors and each of the eighteen processor cores run at up to 2 GHz. Coupled with 1 GB to 2 GB of DDR2 memory per processor, XCalibur1411 has the appearance of a High-Performance Computing (HPC) blade in an ATCA form factor.

Extreme Engineering Solutions is pleased to announce beta availability of XCalibur1411. Key features include:

  • Standard 8U AdvancedTCA form factor
  • Nine P.A.Semi PA6T-1682 PWRficient dual-core processors to 2.0 GHz on each core
  • Power at only 200W – can run at lower clock speeds to reduce power consumption
  • 1 GB to 2 GB DDR2 per processor core
  • 32 Mb NOR and 1 GB NAND Flash
  • PCI Express and 10 Gigabit Ethernet XAUI fabric interconnect
  • Dual 1 Gigait Ethernets on-card to each processor subsystem
  • In-house software support for Linux and QNX Neutrino immediately, Wind River VxWorks and Green Hills INTEGRITY planned
  • Guaranteed 4-hour response to technical questions

“XCalibur1411 started on a customer’s white board in March and quickly became a rallying cry for our engineers in Madison to bring the card out by NXTcomm in June,” states Bret Farnum, Vice President of Sales for Extreme Engineering. “We looking forward to supporting multiple telco applications and discussing XCalibur1411 with NXTcomm attendees.”

“We’re very impressed with the high compute density that Extreme Engineering achieved on XCalibur1411”, said Dan Dobberpuhl, CEO and President of P.A. Semi. “This latest board with nine PWRficient processors sets a new standard for high performance and functionality on an industry standard ATCA blade.

XCalibur1411 is the fourth P.A. Semi board designed by Extreme Engineering and satisfies multiple communication system requirements where compute density is a requirement like Core Routers, Multi Service Switches, RNC blades and more. While not specifically targeted at the HPC market, XCalibur1411 would excel in high compute/high density applications for national labs and high energy physics experiments, too.

Availability. XCalibur1411 is available to beta customers in July including ATCA Chassis’ and BSP’s to jump-start project development.

About X-ES

Extreme Engineering Solutions, Inc. (X-ES), a 100% U.S.A.-based company, designs and builds single-board computers, I/O boards, power supplies, backplanes, chassis, and system-level solutions for embedded computing customers. X-ES offers cutting-edge performance and flexibility in design, plus an unparalleled level of customer support and service.

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