Embedded Planet Announces Support for Freescale’s PowerQUICC™ II Pro Family

PrPMC Single Board Computer Supporting MPC8343 and MPC8347 Processors

Cleveland, OH (PRWEB) June 23, 2005 -- Embedded Planet, a leading single board computer and embedded systems provider, today announced support for the Freescale Semiconductor PowerQUICC II Pro family of processors based on PowerPC™ cores with the addition of the EP834xM to their line of single-board computers. The EP834xxM continues in Embedded Planet’s tradition of providing production ready boards that can be used out of the box with a simple wall cube power supply, serial cable, and Ethernet cable. It is the perfect solution for engineers looking for a jumpstart on MPC34x development with a smooth transition to a production environment.

“The PowerQUICC II Pro family provides a nice evolutionary path for companies with existing products based on the PowerQUICC II family from Freescale,” said Matt Hoover, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Embedded Planet. “Our customers have been asking for the increased functionality present in the PowerQUICC II Pro line, such as integrated USB and we are excited to be able to deliver.”

The EP834xM can be configured as a standalone single board computer with the included power supply or as a PrPMC/PT1MC (PICMG 2.15) module for use in CompactPCI telecommunication applications. It can be configured with up to 256MB of flash, 512MB of DDR RAM, and 512kB of NVRAM. For external connectivity each board includes 2 Gigabit Ethernet ports, 1 USB 2.0 Host/Device/On-the-Go port, and 1 RS-232 serial port.

“The PowerQUICC II Pro family represents a cost-effective yet high-performance platform for building networking applications, and Embedded Planet’s EP834xM will help manufacturers get ahead of the curve,” said Mike Shoemake, PowerQUICC family marketing manager for Freescale Semiconductor. “We are pleased to also offer the Embedded Planet solution as a part of our QUICCstart evaluation board series, which will help simplify the evolution from PowerQUICC II devices for those customers looking for more system performance and advanced peripheral support.”

The PowerQUICC II Pro family builds on Freescale’s system-on-chip architecture by integrating an e300 PowerPC core and advanced interconnect peripherals, such as a DDR interface, USB 2.0 controllers, dual Gigabit Ethernet, and PCI controllers. The operating frequencies scale to 667MHz, making for a high-performance computing engine while maintaining low power requirements.
The EP834xM will be available for purchase from Embedded Planet in the third quarter of 2005. Embedded Planet will provide Linux and VxWorks BSPs to enable rapid application development and shorten time-to-market. As with all Embedded Planet products the EP834xM can be customized to meet specific customer requirements.

About Embedded Planet
Embedded Planet was founded in 1997 and has pioneered the Design, Develop and Deploy process in OEM systems development of connected devices. The company provides small form factor, low cost computing solutions for the Freescale PowerQUICC and PowerPC families of processors. Each module includes Embedded Planet’s PlanetCore, which provides firmware and utilities for burning flash, booting the target operating system, setup, diagnostics and utilities of the hardware. Embedded Planet also provides system design and system integration, including intellectual property, component solutions and development of turnkey products. For more information, please see www.embeddedplanet.com, email e-mail protected from spam bots, or call 216-245-4180.

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