Emerson Network Power Extends Availability of Popular VME Boards to 18 Years

23rd April 2013
ES Admin
At the Design West Expo today, Emerson Network Power announced an extension in the availability of two of its most popular VMEbus processor boards to 2017. Originally announced in 1999, this takes the lifecycle of the MVME5100 to at least 18 years, in an industry where embedded board manufacturers routinely support their products for seven years in production.
Strong customer demand, both from the installed base and new design wins, led Emerson to conduct an extensive search and testing program to secure the supply of critical components that were at risk of obsolescence.

The MVME5100 and MVME5110 variant VME processor boards from Emerson Network Power feature G4 Power Architecture processors from Freescale Semiconductor and are used in industrial automation, military, medical imaging and other applications. Through its acquisition history of companies such as Motorola Computer Group, Force Computers and Artesyn, Emerson Network Power has shipped over two million VME processor boards, giving it one of the largest installed bases in the industry.

“VME will remain the primary architecture in many event-driven embedded platforms for many years to come,” said Hilo Oltman, director of product line marketing for the Embedded Computing business of Emerson Network Power. “Emerson Network Power is one of just a handful of vendors with the design and manufacturing infrastructure required to produce embedded boards with such long availability. This announcement underlines our commitment to providing long-term production and revision management capability that gives customers confidence in selecting Emerson’s Embedded Computing products.”

Customers wishing to upgrade to a higher performance VME processor board have an ideal migration path in Emerson Network Power’s MVME2500, based on a Freescale QorIQ™ P20x0 processor. The company’s MVME8100, based on a Freescale P5020 QorIQ processor, is the highest performance single board computer in the portfolio and offers a wide array of IO, memory and fabric connectivity options.

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