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A14C - MPC8540 CPU Board

6U VME64

The A14C is an advanced PowerPC based single-board computer for embedded applications. It features full VME64 support and it can be used as a master or a slave in a VMEbus environment.

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  • A14C Product ImageA14C 6U VME64 MPC8540 CPU Board
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Main Features

  • PowerPC MPC8540 / 800MHz
  • FPGA 12,000 LEs (approx.144,000 gates)
  • 1-slot 64-bit VMEbus master and slave
  • Up to 2 GB (ECC) DRAM
  • NAND Flash, FRAM
  • Graphics via PMC or FPGA
  • 2 Gigabit/1 Fast Ethernet
  • Up to 6 COMs
  • Parallel ATA for onboard hard disk
  • Further I/O individually via FPGA
  • 2 PMC slots
  • MENMON BIOS for PowerPC cards
A14C Product Image

Technical Data

CPU
PowerPC
  • MPC8540 PowerQUICC III
  • 800MHz (666..833MHz optional)
  • e500 PowerPC core with SPE APU and MMU
  • Integrated Northbridge and Southbridge
  • High memory bandwidth
Memory
  • 2x32KB L1 data and instruction cache, 256KB L2 cache / SRAM integrated in MPC8540
  • Up to 2GB SDRAM system memory
    • SO-DIMM slot for SDRAM modules
    • DDR2100 with or without ECC
    • 133MHz memory bus frequency
  • Up to 1GB soldered NAND Flash (and more), FPGA-controlled
  • Up to 16MB additional SDRAM, FPGA-controlled, e.g. for video data and NAND Flash firmware
  • 8MB boot Flash
  • 32KB non-volatile FRAM
  • Serial EEPROM 4kbits for factory settings
Mass Storage
  • Parallel IDE (PATA)
    • One port for hard-disk drives
    • Drive can be connected via ribbon cable or mounted directly on the CPU board using MEN adapter kit (instead of PMC modules)
    • Only one VMEbus slot needed even with hard disk
    • PIO mode 0 support
  • Up to 1GB soldered ATA NAND Flash (and more), FPGA-controlled
I/O
  • Three Ethernet channels
    • Two 10/100/1000Base-T Ethernet channels
    • One 10/100Base-T Ethernet channel
    • Three RJ45 connectors at front panel
    • Two onboard LEDs to signal LAN Link and Activity
  • One RS232 UART (COM1)
    • One RJ45 connector at front panel
    • Data rates up to 115.2kbit/s
    • 16-byte transmit/receive buffer
    • Handshake lines: CTS, RTS
  • One LVTTL UART (COM10)
    • FPGA-controlled
    • Accessible via rear I/O
    • Data rates up to 115.2kbit/s
    • 60-byte transmit/receive buffers
    • Handshake lines: CTS, RTS; DCD, DSR, DTR; RI
  • Quad UART (COM20..COM23)
    • Physical interface using SA-Adapters via 10-pin ribbon cable on I/O connector
    • RS232..RS485, isolated or not: for free use in system (e. g. cable to front)
    • Data rates up to 115.2kbit/s
    • 128-byte transmit/receive buffer
    • Handshake lines: CTS, RTS; DCD, DSR, DTR; RI
  • GPIO
    • 39 GPIO lines
    • FPGA-controlled
    • Accessible via rear I/O
Front Connections
  • Three Ethernet (RJ45)
  • COM1 (RJ45)
  • COM20..COM23 (optional, instead of PMC modules, or in second front-panel slot)
  • PMC 0 and 1
Rear I/O
  • COM10
  • GPIO
  • Mezzanine rear I/O: PMC 0
FPGA
  • Standard factory FPGA configuration:
    • Main bus interface
    • 16Z070_IDEDISK - IDE controller for NAND Flash
    • 16Z043_SDRAM - Additional SDRAM controller (16MB)
    • 16Z023_IDENHS - IDE controller (PIO mode 0; non-hot-swap)
    • 16Z025_UART - UART controller (controls COM10)
    • 16Z034_GPIO - GPIO controller (40 lines, 5 IP cores)
  • The FPGA offers the possibility to add customized I/O functionality. See FPGA.
Mezzanine Slots
Two PMC slots
  • Compliant with PMC standard IEEE 1386.1
  • Up to 64-bit/64-MHz, 3.3V V(I/O)
  • PMC I/O module (PIM) support through J4
Miscellaneous
  • Real-time clock with GoldCap backup
  • Power supervision and watchdog
  • Reset button, GPIO-controlled, in ejector handle
Local PCI Bus
  • 32-bit/33-MHz, 3.3V V(I/O)
  • Compliant with PCI Specification 2.2
VMEbus
  • Compliant with VME64 Specification
  • Slot-1 function with auto-detection
  • Master
    • D08(EO):D16:D32:D64:A16:A24:A32:ADO:BLT:RMW
  • Slave
    • D08(EO):D16:D32:D64:A16:A24:A32:BLT:RMW
  • 1MB shared fast SRAM
  • DMA
  • Mailbox functionality
  • Interrupter D08(O):I(7-1):ROAK
  • Interrupt handler D08(O):IH(7-1)
  • Single level 3 fair requester
  • Single level 3 arbiter
  • Bus timer
  • Location Monitor
  • Performance
    • Coupled read/write D32 non-block transfer rate 6.5 MB/s
    • DMA read/write D32 BLT transfer rate 12.1 MB/s
    • DMA read/write D64 MBLT transfer rate 25 MB/s
Electrical Specifications
  • Supply voltage/power consumption:
    • +5V (-3%/+5%), 3A typ.
    • +12V (-5%/+5%), only provided for PMCs that need 12V
    • -12V (-5%/+5%), only provided for PMCs that need 12V
  • MTBF: 92,800h @ 40°C (derived from MIL-HDBK-217F)
Mechanical Specifications
  • Dimensions: standard double Eurocard, 233.3mm x 160mm
  • Weight (without PMC modules): 450g
Environmental Specifications
  • Temperature range (operation):
    • 0..+60°C
    • Airflow: min. 10m³/h
  • Temperature range (storage): -40..+85°C
  • Relative humidity (operation): max. 95% non-condensing
  • Relative humidity (storage): max. 95% non-condensing
  • Altitude: -300m to + 3,000m
  • Shock: 15g/11ms
  • Bump: 10g/16ms
  • Vibration (sinusoidal): 2g/10..150Hz
  • Conformal coating on request
Safety
PCB manufactured with a flammability rating of 94V-0 by UL recognized manufacturers
EMC
Tested according to EN 55022 (radio disturbance), IEC1000-4-2 (ESD) and IEC1000-4-4 (burst)
BIOS
MENMON
Software Support
  • VxWorks
  • Linux (ELinOS)
  • QNX
  • For more information on supported operating system versions and drivers see Software.

FPGA

Options

CPU
  • Type
    • MPC8540
    • MPC8560
  • Clock
    • 666..833 MHz
Memory
  • System RAM
    • 256 MB, 512 MB, 1 GB or 2 GB
    • With or without ECC
  • NAND Flash
    • 0 MB up to maximum available
  • Additional SDRAM
    • 0 MB or 16 MB
  • FRAM
    • 0 MB or 32 MB
  • Boot Flash
    • 8 MB or 16 MB
I/O
  • Quad UART (COM20..23)
    • Direct onboard connection via 10-pin connectors, instead of PMCs
  • Front Connections
    • D-Sub instead of RJ45 connectors
Mezzanine Slots
  • 2 PMC
  • 3 PC-MIP
Operation Temperature
0..+60°C
Some of these options may only be available for large volumes.
Please ask our sales staff for more information.

Ordering Information

Miscellaneous Accessories
05F006-00

RS232 interface cable RJ45 to 9-pin D-Sub (1 COM to 1 COM), 2m

05P000-01

25 mounting screw sets to fix PMC/XMC modules on carrier boards

08AD71-00

AD71, 2.5" hard disk adapter for A13, A14, A15, D6, D7

SA-Adapters
08SA01-00
SA1 - RS232 Interface Adapter

RS232, not optically isolated, 0..+60°C

Details
08SA02-00
SA2 - RS422/RS485 Interface Adapter

RS422/485, half duplex, optically isolated, 0..+60°C

Details
08SA02-01
SA2 - RS422/RS485 Interface Adapter

RS422/485, full duplex, optically isolated, 0..+60°C

Details
08SA02-07
SA2 - RS422/RS485 Interface Adapter

RS422/485, full duplex, optically isolated, -40..+85°C screened

Details
08SA03-00
SA3 - RS232 Interface Adapter

1 RS232, optically isolated, 0..+60°C

Details
08SA03-01
SA3 - RS232 Interface Adapter

RS232, optically isolated, -40..+85°C screened

Details
Systems & Card Cages

MEN delivers turn-key systems completely installed (hardware, operating system, accessories), wired and tested. Different rack sizes, power supplies and backplanes on request.
For details please contact your local sales representative.

Software

Linux
13Z100-91

Linux FPGA update tool (MEN)

13Z025-90

Linux native driver (MEN) for 16Z025_UART, 16Z057_UART and 16Z125_UART

13Z014-90

Linux device driver (MEN) for PCI-to-VME bridge on A12, A13, A14, A15, A17, A19, A20, A21B/A21C and B11

This product is designed to work under ELinOS Embedded Linux by SYSGO. For more information and product support please contact www.sysgo.com.

13MD05-90

MDIS5 System (and Device Driver) Package (MEN) for Linux. This software package includes most standard device drivers available from MEN.

VxWorks
13Z100-60

VxWorks FPGA update tool (MEN)

13Z025-60

VxWorks native driver (MEN) for 16Z025_UART, 16Z057_UART and 16Z125_UART

13Z017-06

MDIS5 low-level driver sources (MEN) for 16Z034_GPIO, 16Z037_GPIO and 16Z127_GPIO

13P010-60

VxWorks UART driver (MEN) for P10 and P11

10EM03-60

VxWorks BSP (MEN) for EM3, EM3A, EM8, EM8A, EK7, A14C and F13

QNX
10EM03-40

QNX BSP (MEN) for EM3, EM3A, EM8, EM8A, EK7, A14C and F13

13Z100-40

QNX FPGA update tool (MEN)

13Z025-42

QNX 6.5 native driver (MEN) for 16Z025_UART and 16Z125_UART

13Z025-41

QNX 6.4 native driver (MEN) for 16Z025_UART and 16Z125_UART

13Z025-40

QNX 6.3 native driver (MEN) for 16Z025_UART and 16Z125_UART

13Z017-06

MDIS5 low-level driver sources (MEN) for 16Z034_GPIO, 16Z037_GPIO and 16Z127_GPIO

Firmware/BIOS
MENMON is an MEN firmware/BIOS for PowerPC platforms.
14EM03-00

MENMON (Firmware) for EM3, EM3A, EM8, EM8A, A14C and F13 (object code)