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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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Main Features

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

  • MPC8540 PowerQUICC III
  • 800MHz (666..833MHz optional)
  • e500 PowerPC core with SPE APU and MMU
  • Integrated Northbridge and Southbridge
  • High memory bandwidth
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
PCB manufactured with a flammability rating of 94V-0 by UL recognized manufacturers
Tested according to EN 55022 (radio disturbance), IEC 61000-4-2 (ESD) and IEC 61000-4-4 (burst)
Software Support
  • VxWorks
  • Linux (ELinOS)
  • QNX
  • For more information on supported operating system versions and drivers see Software.


FPGA Capabilities
  • FPGA Altera Cyclone EP1C12
    • 12,060 logic elements
    • 239,616 total RAM bits
  • Connection
    • Available pin count: 47 pins
    • Functions available via onboard and rear I/O connectors


  • Type
    • MPC8540
    • MPC8560
  • Clock
    • 666..833 MHz
  • 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
  • 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
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