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The DSP220 is a 6U VXS (VITA 41.2) quad 8641/8640D multicomputer. Featuring four single- or dual core Freescale™ PowerPC® 8641 system-on-chip nodes and a VITA 42.2-compliant XMC slot, the DSP220 is available in six ruggedization levels including air-, spray- and conduction-cooled for extended temperature operation as well as resistance to shock and vibration.

Designed for a broad range of applications such as land-mobile, airborne fixed- and rotary wing, and naval surface- and underwater platforms that require high performance COTS multiprocessors, and providing the optimum platform for GE Intelligent Platforms’ AXIS (Advanced Multiprocessor Integrated Software) environment, DSP220-based solutions can be scaled up to eighty 8641 nodes per chassis for the most demanding environments.

The DSP220 derives its high performance from a number of key features. Each PowerPC e600 core is clocked at 1 GHz, and each 8641 node supports two banks of DDR2 SDRAM with 256 MBytes per bank, 2 Gigabytes total per card, as standard. Up to 8 GBytes SDRAM per board is optionally available. PowerPC AltiVec™ support for advanced vector and floating point operations is provided by each processor core. The multi fabric data plane interfaces include Tundra Serial RapidIO to all 8641 nodes, XMC site and the system backplane along with two Gigabit Ethernet ports to all nodes and off board for optimum system throughput. System management and additional data movement options are supported over the VME64 2eSST interface.

  • Four Freescale MPC8641D processors
  • Freescale 8640/8640D ready
  • Eight banks DDR2 SDRAM, up to 8 GBytes total
  • Tundra Serial RapidIO fabric to all nodes
  • Eight serial ports
  • One XMC site with sRIO support
  • VME 2eSST interface
  • Node management controller
  • Rugged 6U VITA 41.2 form factor for air, spray and conduction cooled systems
  • AXIS Advanced Multiprocessor Integrated software
  • GE Intelligent Platforms Built-In-Test (BIT) for PowerPC®
  • BSPs for VxWorks and LynxOS
  • Ruggedization Levels
  • DSP220 Press Release

Article - Advances in Radar Processing (Military & Aerospace Electronics July 2008)

  • AXIS Software
  • Former Radstone Product
  • Freescale Alliance
  • PLM Program
  Type Title
Datasheet DSP220 Quad Freescale MPC864xx Dual Fabric 6U VXS Multiprocessor
Requires Authorization User Manual AXISFlow Programmer's Guide
Edition 11
Requires Authorization User Manual AXISView User Guide
Edition 10
Requires Authorization User Manual Generic Sserial RapidIO Device Driver User Guide 2nd Edition
Edition 2
Brochures 2011 Military and Aerospace Product Selection Guide
68-page Product Selection Guide
Brochures AXIS Advanced Integrated Multiprocessor Software
AXIS Software Overview
Brochures Sonar Solutions Brochure
8-page Sonar Solutions Brochure
White Papers Advances in Radar Processing (GFT-727A)
Advances in Radar Processing white paper addresses multi-functional radar systems and how they need to perform much more sophisticated, computationally intensive algorithms - and to do so within limited space & constraints on power & heat dissipation.
White Papers AXIS - Taking the Sting out of Multiprocessor DSP Application Development (GFT-687A)
This white paper will show how a modern tool-chain might address different issues when configuring and programming a complex, heterogeneous multiprocessor system for a Mil & Aero application and result in a much reduced time to solution.
White Papers Design Approaches Impact GPGPU Implementation (GFT-827)
Chip-down and mezzanine options present potential benefits and drawbacks for developers.
White Papers Many-Core Processors Report Ready for Duty (GFT-772)
Increasing Speed, Reducing Size of Radar Processing Systems
White Papers Software Strategies for Leveraging VXS Technology (GFT-679A)
This paper looks at developing applications for systems with switched fabric interconnects
White Papers VPX: VMEbus For the 21st Century (GFT-645A)
This paper looks at VPX for rugged environments and embedded military applications.
Requires Authorization Application Notes Creating a GEIP BSP-based VxWorks Bootrom Application Note
Requires Authorization Application Notes Creating a GEIP BSP-based VxWorks Kernel Image Application Note
Requires Authorization Application Notes DSP2xx Memory Maps for VxWorks BSP Application Note
Edition 1
Requires Authorization Application Notes Flash Programming on the DSP220/DSP230 Application Note
Requires Authorization Application Notes SSHield for the DSP220 and DSP230 Boards
Edition 1
Requires Authorization BIT Guide BIT on DSP220/DSP230 Software Reference Manual
3rd Edition
Requires Authorization BIT Guide BIT V4 User Guide
Configuration Guide Ruggedization Levels
Requires Authorization Hardware Manual DSP220 Hardware Reference Manual
Edition 3
Requires Authorization Hardware Manual DSP220RTM Hardware Reference Manual
1st Edition
Requires Authorization Software Manual Rapid Signal Processing Library Manual
Edition 10
Requires Authorization Software Manual SRIO Device Driver Kernel API Software Reference Manual
Edition 1
Requires Authorization Software Manual SRIO Device Driver User API Software Reference Manual
Edition 2
Requires Authorization Software Manual Vector, Signal, and Image Processing Library Manual
Edition 4
Requires Authorization Software Manual VxWorks BSP for DSP220/DSP230 HTML Pages
After unzipping, open target.html
Requires Authorization Software Manual VxWorks ESP for DSP220/DSP230 HTML Pages
After unzipping, open libIndex.html
Requires Authorization Software Manual VxWorks VxBus BSP for DSP220/DSP230 HTML Pages
After unzipping, open target.html
Requires Authorization Software Manual VxWorks VxBus ESP for DSP220/DSP230 HTML Pages
Requires Authorization Software Manual Workbench/Platforms/VxWorks GEIP ESP Installation Software Reference Manual
Requires Authorization Software Reference AXIS Quick Reference Guide
4th Edition
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Primary Support

Towcester, UK
Tove Valley Business Park
Towcester, Northamptonshire, -- NN12 6PF

Support Phone: +44 (0) 1327 322760
Support E-mail: support.towcester.ip@ge.com
RMA E-mail: repairs.towcester.ip@ge.com


Huntsville, AL
12090 South Memorial Parkway
Huntsville, AL 35803-3308

Support Phone: 1-800-433-2682
Support E-mail: support.huntsville.ip@ge.com
RMA E-mail: repairs.huntsville.ip@ge.com

  • DSP220RTM-11 - 6U rear transition module for lab development systems
  • DSP220EMU-11 - JTAG emulator plug-on adaptor (also used on DSP230)

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