The RAD750 is a radiation hardened version of the IBM PowerPC 750
chip designed to withstand the rigors of space.
Designed especially for requirements associated with medical applications, telecommunications and industrial automation, the board offers the power of the PowerPC 750
This type of PowerPC-on-VMEbus CPU board, supporting IBM's PowerPC 750
FX and compatible with the PowerPC 750
GX, is particularly well suited to complex industrial control tasks, and can even be used for image processing when combined with PMC frame grabbers.
Embedded systems designers building telecommunications, network-edge, and industrial control devices on the Motorola PowerPC 750
processor are looking to Linux as a cost-effective and reliable embedded operating system and development environment," said TimeSys President and CEO Larry Weidman.
With the latest PowerPC 750
CXe 600MHz processor and 512MBytes SDRAM, the PowerPMC-260 module provides a high-performance microprocessing engine for third generation (3G) wireless, asynchronous transfer mode (ATM) switches, Internet protocol (IP) Layer 3 switches, semiconductor test equipment and other demanding applications in communications and industrial control.
But IBM also makes faster copper-based PowerPC 750
processors for Apple, and it could plunk one of these on the motherboard instead.
The PowerPC 750
was created as a standard aluminum design operating at up to 300 MHz.
It can be configured with the PowerPC 750
FX or GX processor, and it supports OS-9 and VxWorks real-time operating systems as well as ELinOS and embedded Linux.
The GPCP (General Purpose Control Processor) 750 is a full Mil-Spec COTS single-board computer based on a 200 MHz PowerPC 750
Of course, IBM could instead use the PowerPC 750
processor it sells to Apple.
IBM began shipping the PowerPC 750
copper chips to Apple in September 1998 (CI No 3,487), running them at up to 400MHz, and aimed at desktop, mobile and embedded applications.
In a related product development, TimeSys, headquartered in Pittsburgh, PA, announced the availability of its TimeStorm Linux Development Kits for IBM PowerPC 750
FX and GX.