Motorola launches VMEbus single-board computer

Tempe, AZ—Motorola Computer Group, part of Motorola Inc. (Schaumburg, IL), launched Oct. 1 its new VMEbus, single-board computer MVME5500, which is designed to provide processing speeds of 1 GHz and greater for data intensive applications in medical imaging, defense and aerospace and industrial automation.


Tempe, AZ— Motorola Computer Group , part of Motorola Inc. (Schaumburg, IL), launched Oct. 1 its new VMEbus, single-board computer MVME5500, which is designed to provide processing speeds of 1 GHz and greater for data intensive applications in medical imaging, defense and aerospace and industrial automation.

Featuring an MPC7455 processor and dual 33/66-MHz PCI buses and PMC sites, MVME5500 delivers power and flexibility to motion control, simulators, command and control, radar, guidance systems and sonar applications. This addition to Motorola's VMEbus product line is the latest step in its VME Renaissance, which aims to improve performance, while maintaining backwards compatibility for equipment manufacturers using VMEbus architectures.

Motorola designed MVME5500 to enable customers to use the MPC7455 processor and AltiVec coprocessor. Possessing 512 MBs of on-board ECC SDRAM and 512 MBs of add-on memory via mezzanine, this new single-board computer also has 40-MB of flash memory, a 1-gigabit Ethernet interface, a 10/100BaseTX Ethernet interface and two serial ports. Dual 33/66-MHz PMC sites enable the addition of industry standard modules to create an application-specific computing subsystem. MVME5500 is supported by Motorola Built-In Test (MBIT) software, which provides board-level diagnostics to help reduce the cost of unplanned equipment downtime; enables faster technician trouble- shooting; and reduces spare part inventory.

'MVME5500 gives customers a technology boost for their applications, while providing a migration path that builds on their existing VMEbus infrastructure,' says Dave Barker, Motorola Computer Group's product marketing manager. 'This enables equipment manufacturers to easily provide technology refreshes into their products and provide the performance increases their customers demand.'

The company says that VME Renaissance is a period of innovation that will help to dramatically increase the capability and performance of VMEbus technology, while continuing to protect customers' hardware and software investment in key applications for markets, such as defense and aerospace, as well as medical and industrial automation. Backwards compatibility is a major factor in the 21-year success of the VMEbus and Motorola's VME Renaissance continues this tradition, allowing customers to develop new products while enjoying the stability and legacy of VMEbus.

Control Engineering Daily News Desk
Jim Montague, news editor

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