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Themis Computer Announces the First 64-bit PowerPC VMEbus Computers in the Industry

Fremont, CA (PRWEB) February 22, 2005

Themis Computer has announced a new family of PPC64™ VMEbus computers. The PPC64 is Themis’ first in a new family of 6U VMEbus computer boards based on the IBM® PowerPC® 970FX processor. Two PPC64 configurations are available; a single processor single slot computer and a dual-processor, symmetric multiprocessing, two-slot solution. The PowerPC 970FX processor provides maximum performance for existing 32-bit applications and new 64-bit applications.

With the addition of the PPC64 to its rapidly growing product family, Themis offers the industry’s widest breadth of rugged, high performance VME embedded computers. The 1.8 GHz PPC64, in a single-slot configuration, can be configured with up to 4 GBytes of DDR400 memory and includes a Gigabit Ethernet port and support for Dual Ultra320 SCSI drives. The single-processor PPC64 also includes a high performance Universe II VME64x interface, two 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports, two USB ports, AC97 audio, and two serial ports. A second processor may be added, in a second VME slot, communicating with the baseboard via a Hyper-transport link.

Higher levels of I/O integration can be achieved by adding up to two PCI carrier cards, hosting up to six PMC slots. A combined two PMC slot carrier and local on-board I/O, is also available.

”Our PPC64 family of single board computers offers users a greater selection of VME bus computing solutions that deliver the high performance and reliability required for today’s increasingly demanding applications,” stated William E. Kehret, president of Themis Computer. “We understand 64-bit multi-processing, and we wanted an SMP PPC-64 platform, similar to our AMD64 and Sun® UltraSPARC® VMEbus offerings. Themis Computer now offers a complete family of rugged single-board computers with IBM PowerPC, AMD64, and Sun UltraSPARC processors,” Mr. Kehret added.

Significant features of the PPC64 family of VMEbus computers include:

IBM PowerPC 970FX processor – 1.8GHz clock rate,

Estimated performance: 890 SPECint2000 and 1100 SPECfp2000,

Estimated Typical Power 45 Watts (single CPU configuration),

Up to 4 GB of DDR400 SDRAM memory,

Linux OS support

VME Interface

VME64x front panel latches

Universe II VME64x interface

System and front panel LEDS

Optional Expansion Capabilities

Second IBM PowerPC 970FX processor

Carrier board PCI I/O expansion option supports up to 6 additional PMC slots

High-Performance, 64-bit IBM PowerPC 970FX Processors for Embedded Systems

Featuring an advanced 64-bit architecture and 90 nm SOI technology, the IBM PowerPC 970FX processor provides ten execution pipelines and a speculative superscalar inner core organization, enabling it to execute up to five instructions per clock. The PowerPC 970FX processor provides superior performance when compared to 750FX and 7457 processors, enabling a single-processor PPC64 to perform almost four times faster on integer performance, and almost twice as fast for floating point performance. In addition, the PowerPC 970FX includes a SIMD vector engine. This feature provides significantly improved compute power in signal and image processing applications. Incorporating the PowerPC 970FX processor, Themis’ PPC64 family was designed for industrial and military users who need workstation and server capabilities, integrated on a VMEbus platform.

Themis Computer’s Environmentally Robust Servers and Single-Board Computers

Themis provides a broad range of high performance VME and Compact PCI computers and graphics controllers for the embedded market featuring AMDÔ, IBM and Sun processors. Themis’ family of VMEbus embedded computing products comprises the new PPC64™, TOP64-LP™, the USPIIIi™, the USPIIe-Gb™ with Gigabit interface (dual 10/100/1000 ports on the front panel), the USPIIe-USB™, the USPIIe-cPCI™, the TGA3D+™ and TGA-100™ PMC graphics mezzanine card. Themis’ single board computers have been performance tested to MIL-S-901D, Class A standards, with equipment shock loads of up to 40 G’s.

Themis' high performance servers, single-board computers and graphics controllers are now being integrated into advanced communications and defense systems, worldwide. The Themis Computer family of VME-based boards and systems products provide increased processing power and system reliability for demanding application environments, while achieving a net reduction in total cost of ownership.

PPC64 Price and Availability

The PPC64 VMEbus SBCs will be available in the second quarter of 2005, with single processor pricing below $ 6,000, in OEM quantities. Please contact factory for evaluation units or for volume order requirements.

About Themis Computer

Themis Computer is a leading developer and supplier of high performance VME and Compact PCI single-board computers, as well as systems based on ruggedized COTS motherboards and systems, for mission-critical telecommunications, military/aerospace, and industrial embedded applications. Themis provides open standards-based embedded computing platforms that support the Solaris™, Linux®, and Windows® NT operating systems. Themis' products incorporate features designed to ensure high reliability and availability while reducing the risks of failure caused by environmental extremes. An ISO 9001 certified company, Themis Computer practices Total Quality Management (TQM) in all areas of its business, from engineering and manufacturing to customer service. Themis Computer is headquartered in Fremont, California and offers worldwide service and support. For more information please visit or email:

PPC64, TOP64-LP, USPIIIi, USPIIe-Gb, USPIIe-USB, USPIIe-cPCI, TGA3D+, and TGA-100 are trademarks of Themis Computer. Sun, Sun Microsystems, Solaris, and UltraSPARC are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sun Microsystems, Inc. in the United States and other countries. All SPARC trademarks are used under license and are trademarks or registered trademarks of SPARC International, Inc. in the United States and other countries. Products bearing SPARC trademarks are based upon an architecture developed by Sun Microsystems, Inc. AMD and Athlon are trademarks or registered trademarks of Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. HyperTransport is a licensed trademark of the HyperTransport Technology Consortium. IBM and PowerPC are registered trademarks of IBM in the United States. All other trademarks are trademarks of their respective companies.

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