EBV intros microprocessor reference design
At Electronica this week, EBV Elektronik has introduced its first reference design platform which has been jointly developed with four of its semiconductor suppliers.
The distributor has worked with Freescale Semiconductor, Altera, Avago Technologies and National Semiconductor on the reference design which can be used for prototyping microprocessor-based industrial designs.
Called SnakeBytes, it incorporates a number of boards linked via a PCI bus and running under Linux. The main processor board uses a Freescale MPC8349 and there is a peripheral/co-processor board based on an Altera Stratix II FPGA.
I/O support includes a Fast Ethernet transceiver, the AFBR-5978Z from Avago and a high speed analogue-to digital converter, the ADC14155 from National Semiconductor.
The distributor previously introduced a reference platform based on the Freescale ColdFire processor but this is its first compete prototyping system design based on silicon from a number of different suppliers.
Markus Vogt, EBV’s technical marketing manager, believes it is a role of the design-in distributor to identify the reference platforms most useful to the customer and work with a number of silicon suppliers to make it happen.
Some suppliers may be reluctant to work with potential rivals in such a close way. “Suppliers were initially wary but we convinced them of the value of working together,” said Vogt.