The Power Hawk Series 900 is Concurrent's high-performance
VME computer system for data acquisition, simulation and industrial
systems applications. Power Hawk Series 900 processor boards contain
one, two or four PowerPC MPC7457 CPUs and up to 2 GB of memory
on a single-slot 6U VME card.
Series 900 systems offer leading-edge integrated
circuit and packaging technology. Dual and quad CPU Series 900
processor boards are true symmetric multiprocessors (SMP) that
run a single copy of Concurrent's PowerMAX OS real-time operating
system. CPUs are linked by a high-speed PowerPC processor bus and
have direct, cache-coherent access to all of on-board main memory.
• Single, Dual and Quad PowerPC
MPC7457 processor boards
• 2 MB L3 DDR cache per CPU
• 256 MB to 2 GB SDRAM memory
• Standard 6U VME chassis with disk, tape and CD-ROM options
• On-board PMC slots
• Optional three-slot PMC expander card
• On-board 10/100BaseT and Gigabit Ethernet ports
• On-board RS-232 serial ports
• Ultra SCSI PMC
• I/O convenience panel for serial and Ethernet port access
• A wide range of VME and PMC I/O controller options
• Time-of-day clock/calendar with battery backup
• Nine 32-bit programmable real-time counter/timers
• PowerMAX OS real-time UNIX-based operating system
1003.1, .1b and .1c
• ANSI C/C++, Fortran and Ada compilers
• AltiVec subroutine library
• NightStar real-time GUI development tools
• NightGraphics with X and OpenGL
• Application software compatibility with Power Hawk Series 600, 700 and
Advanced PowerPC 7457 Processors
Power Hawk Series 900 features the advanced generation PowerPC
MPC7457 processor. Each CPU offers three levels of cache for
increased speed and efficiency over previous generation G4 systems.
64 KB L1 and 256 KB L2 cache are integrated on-chip with L2 operating
at speeds approaching the frequency of the processor. The 2 MB
L3 backside cache is Double Data Rate (DDR) enhanced for faster
data throughput. The Series 900 also features a Discovery single-chip,
advanced system controller that integrates memory, dual PCI busses
and I/O functionality, all linked via a high-bandwidth crossbar
fabric. The PowerPC's AltiVec vector instruction set can also
perform 4, 8, or 16 calculations in a single cycle -- providing
IEEE FP four times faster than non-vector processors.
Real-Time Performance and Determinism
At the heart of each Power Hawk Series 900 system is Concurrent's
PowerMAX OS real-time UNIX-based operating system. In dual
and quad CPU systems, PowerMAX OS delivers enhanced real-time
performance and determinism with guaranteed interrupt response
for time-critical applications. Processes executing on any
CPU can share data, send messages, generate interrupts, and
respond to interrupts from processes running on any other CPU.
Processes can also access a common synchronized clock source.
PowerMAX OS offers a choice of inter-CPU communication features
designed to allow application processes to exchange information
depending upon individual performance and data size requirements.
Real-Time Clock & Interrupt Module
The Power Hawk's optional Real-Time Clock & Interrupt Module
(RCIM) is a multifunction PMC card designed for time-sensitive
applications that require rapid response to external events.
Installed on a processor board or expansion PMC slot, the RCIM
includes a synchronized clock readable by all applications tasks,
four programmable real-time clocks, and four input and four output
external interrupt lines. The RCIM is fully supported by PowerMAX
OS. The synchronized clock can be externally cabled to allow
multiple systems to operate from a single clock source.
Custom Engineering From Concurrent
Concurrent's Professional Services group is available to design
and deliver Power Hawk solutions for customers who require
complete competitive solutions for demanding mission-critical
applications. Concurrent engineers can develop special packaging
including ruggedized and conduction-cooled enclosures, integrate
third-party I/O cards, develop drivers, and provide hardware
and software designed to exact customer specifications.