Floating Point Systems UK Ltd, which this week moves to Wokingham, Berkshire has announced immediate availability of the V64 Predator, a single board 64-bit computer with multiprocessor capability that can be fitted with a variety of microprocessors. It is designed to save developers from the cost of redeveloping their products each time a new processor […]
Floating Point Systems UK Ltd, which this week moves to Wokingham, Berkshire has announced immediate availability of the V64 Predator, a single board 64-bit computer with multiprocessor capability that can be fitted with a variety of microprocessors. It is designed to save developers from the cost of redeveloping their products each time a new processor hits the market. At present it supports Sparc, Supersparc, Motorola Inc 68040 and Intel Corp 80860 and later in the year will support PowerPC, Pentium, Alpha and PA-7100. Floating Point has signed an exclusive European partnership agreement with General Micro Systems Inc of Rancho Cucamonga, California, the manufacturer of the product and US distributor. The computer uses Mbus standard level 2 and a VME64 interface that will support up to six 150 MIPS processors in one VME slot. Unix and real time operating systems can be used concurrently via two Sbus slots and its split architecture. The base board consists of the Main supported by two Mbus processor slots and the Accelerator – with its own Mbus processor to handle data as fast as it comes in. The Accelerator part of the Predator has a 64-bit Inter-Processor Communication Bus to get round the limitation of VMEbus data transfer rates and has board-to-board transfer rates of 150M-bytes per second with burst transfer of over 200M-bytes per second. It supports Solaris versions 1.x and 2.x and for real time applications there is support for VxWorks, RTMX and Toolsmith’s Unison. The base board costs UKP5,000 and the SuperSparc version is an additional UKP2,000. The product is part of Floating Point’s new strategy to diversify its market away from the defence sector. Since its formation in Europe as a separate company from its predecessor Floating Point Systems Inc, through management buy-outs from the collapsed Beaverton, Oregon company of similar name, completed in 1992. Now a marketing company, Floating Point Systems UK has been looking for new products, and also distributes the IDL scientific visualisation development software from Research Systems Inc in the UK and Scandinavia and the RACE Architecture-based MC860 series of multicomputers for real time applications from Mercury Computer Systems Inc. In its dying days, its former parent liked to call itself FPS Computing. Most of its US assets were sold to Cray Research Inc.