- System-on-chip NXP MPC8540 with PowerPC® e500 processor core
- Up to 512MB of DDR333 ECC memory
- 2eSST VMEbus protocol with 320MB/s transfer rate across the VMEbus
The Penguin Edge™ MVME3100 from Penguin Solutions™, featuring the system-on-chip NXP MPC8540 processor, offers a growth path for VMEbus customers with applications on the previous generation of VME, specifically the MPC8240 and similar (MPC603 family) processors. The system-on-chip implementation offers power/thermal, reliability, and lifecycle advantages not typically found in alternative architectures. The faster processor and 2eSST VMEbus interface combine to offer significant performance improvement. OEMs of industrial, medical, and defense/aerospace VMEbus platforms can now add performance and features for competitive advantage while still protecting their fundamental investment in VMEbus and related technologies. Customers can keep their VMEbus infrastructure (chassis, backplanes, and other VMEbus and PMC boards) while improving performance and extending the lifecycle. Also, the extended lifecycle of Penguin Edge computing products helps reduce churns in development and support efforts resulting from frequent product changes. New cost-effective peripherals can be integrated easily using USB and Serial ATA interfaces. SATA represents a significant cost reduction opportunity from older SCSI technology, with generally lower drive pricing for equivalent capacity.