Curtiss-Wright Controls Embedded Computing is using a dual core, low power PowerPC developed by chip startup P.A. Semiconductor for a high performance processing card that fits into the small 3U form factor.
The VPX3-125 is the company's first 3U card for the VPX format that supports high speed switching and uses the P.A. Semi PWRficient PA6T-1682M. The 1.5GHz chip is a low-power, fully compliant Power Architecture Platform processor with a power rating from 5W to 15W, and a maximum power of 25W with both cores running at fullspeed. This allows more performance in the smaller form factor and backwards compatibiity with existing software (and will give Freescale a run for its money!).
“3U VPX delivers true high performance small form-factor processing,” said Lynn Patterson , Vice President and General Manager of Curtiss Wright’s Modular Solutions group. “The PA Semi -1682 PowerPC processor is ideal for driving new platforms, such as the VPX3-125 SBC, with support for high-speed serial switched interconnects such as PCI Express and 10Gigabit Ethernet with outstanding performance-per-Watt."