Force Announces Fast SPARC Embedded Server Blade

By Wayne Kawamoto (Send Email)
Posted Sep 19, 2002


The SPARC Embedded Server Blade is designed to offer greater processing power at 650MHz, speedier dual Gigabit Ethernet interfaces and full PICMG 2.16 CompactPCI Packet-Switching Backplane (cPSB) compliance. Forces's new SPARC Embedded Server Blade is designed to offer greater processing power at 650MHz, speedier dual Gigabit Ethernet interfaces and full PICMG 2.16 CompactPCI Packet-Switching Backplane (cPSB) compliance.

Force Computers, a provider of embedded computing, introduced a fast UltraSPARC-IIi+ processor-based embedded server blade, the CPSB-560, which is designed for high-performance, energy-efficient applications in communications, storage, industrial control, defense, aerospace and others that require integrated, reliable solutions.

With the same power-conserving operation as its predecessor, the CPSB-560 is designed to offer greater processing power at 650MHz, speedier dual Gigabit Ethernet interfaces and full PICMG 2.16 CompactPCI Packet-Switching Backplane (cPSB) compliance. Also featuring up to 2GBytes SDRAM, optional onboard IDE hard-disk drive of 30 to 60GBytes and support for processor upgrades on Sun Microsystems' embedded roadmap to 700MHz, the CPSB-560 may provide a high-performance "Solaris 8 operating-system-on-a-board."

The company says that by enabling this Solaris 8-system-on-a-board with UltraSPARC-IIi+ 650MHz processor, dual Gigabit Ethernet interfaces, up to 2GBytes SDRAM (with memory module) and optional IDE hard-disk drive to 60GBytes, the CPSB-560 embedded server blade provides maximum functionality in minimum space.

Other features include:

  • PICMG 2.9-compliant IPMI controller
  • One PCI mezzanine card (PMC) slot
  • One Ultra3 SCSI (LVD) interface
  • Dual Fast Ethernet interfaces (supplementing dual Gigabit Ethernet interfaces)
  • Dual USB interfaces-via rear transition board
  • Four RS-232 interfaces-two with hardware handshake capability

CPSB-560s will be available through Force's Early Access Unit (EAU) program in September 2002 with volume shipments scheduled for January 2003. Single-unit-quantity prices start at $2,940.

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