Protocol and Packet Processing Engine
Artesyn Communication Products announces the Pm8540, a ProcessorPMC protocol and packet processing engine for telecom infrastructure applications. Based on the MPC8540 PowerQUICC III communications processor from Freescale Semiconductor, the Pm8540 gives telecom OEMs a simple way to add protocol processing and system management capability to telecom systems equipped with PMC or PTMC (PCI Telephony Mezzanine Card) expansion slots. The Pm8540 features two Gigabit 10/100/1000BaseT Ethernet ports, which are routed to the PMC connector, and one 10/100BaseTX Ethernet port, which is routed to the module’s front bezel. It also features up to 512 MB of SDRAM, 32 MB of flash memory, an I2C bus system management controller, and a four-channel DMA controller, which boosts overall performance by facilitating high-speed data movement between module resources without CPU intervention. Freescale’s MPC8540 PowerQUICC III processor provides the compute and protocol acceleration engine for the Pm8540. The Pm8540’s mezzanine interface complies with IEEE 1386.1 (PMC) and provides a subset of the PICMG 2.15 PTMC Configuration 2 features.
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