Project Description


IC-PPC-VPX3a is powered by one MPC8640 processor, available in Single or Dual-Core version. Designed for applications requiring a very high level of performance in a compact 3U form factor, the IC-PPCVPX3a board provides a very flexible combination of interfaces, supporting VPX’s high bandwidth serial switched fabrics such as PCI Express (VITA 46.4) and Serial RapidIO (VITA 46.3).The IC-PPC-VPX3a board also provides four Giga Ethernet ports, two of them offering compliance with the Ethernet on VPX Standard (VITA 46.9).

Main Features:

Processor Unit

  • one MPC8640 Dual-Core running at 1 GHz (up to 1,25) with :
    • L1 cache : 32KB Inst. and 32KB Data
    • 1MB of L2 integrated cache with parity
  • two DDRII banks (default: 1 GBytes each) with ECC
  • 2*128MB Mirror-Bit Flash (up to 2*256 MBytes)
  • 512 KB of nvSRAM (non-volatile memory)
  • one Calendar clock with supercap backup
  • one Elapsed Time Counter
  • one thermal monitoring sensor
  • 1GB of Soldered NAND flash (up to 8GB/SLC or 16GB/MLC)

Communication subsystem

  • 8 lanes available as one PCIe x8 or two PCIe x4 or four
  • PCIe x2 links (hardware setting, opt. 4* x2 possible)
  • 2*GigaEthernet ports available either as 2*1000BT interfaces or 2*1000KX (or SGMII) interfaces on P1 (factory setting)
  • 2*GigaEthernet ports available either as 2*1000BT inter-
  • faces on front RJ45 connectors or as 2*1000KX (or SGMII)
  • interfaces on P2
  • 1* RS232 UART available on a front mini USB connector and P1
  • 1* RS422 UART available on P2
  • 8* GPIOs on P2 (3.3V LVTTL Level, available as interrupt source)
  • 16* differential pairs (optional thanks to an expansion
  • mezzanine)
  • Status Leds
  • PIC μ-controller for System Management (per VITA 46.11)