Velocity Semiconductor Introduces Family of Computing Core Modules Supporting Ethernet, USB and WLAN Interfaces
Compact modules enable rapid development of network-enabled connectivity products
PLEASANTON, CA – October 6, 2003 -
Velocity Semiconductor™ today announced the availability of the
first members of its VS2000 Typhoon™ Core Module (TCM) family.
Supporting a variety of network interfaces, these 32-bit,
high-performance computing modules enable the rapid development
and deployment of systems requiring control and Ethernet
connectivity. The low-cost, credit card-sized modules mount
directly to customer-designed motherboards and when combined with
Velocity's software development kit (SDK) reduce time-to-market
and provide low-recurring cost.
The TCM family is powered by Velocity's VS2000 RISC
microcontroller, which offers the convenience and performance of
32-bit computing at a price traditionally associated with 8/16-bit
devices. The modules' VS2000 operates at 44 MHz and includes a
10/100 integrated Ethernet MAC with DMA controller and a rich set
of on-chip peripherals.
The code-efficient VS2000 architecture and development tools
enable designers to write portable and maintainable 32-bit
applications that typically consume less than half the memory of
competing 8-bit devices such as the Rabbit 3000®, AVR® and
eZ80®. The VS2000 is the first 32-bit CPU designed to run
real-time applications using a mixture of C and Java languages.
All modules provide 52 digital IOs, 512K x 8 Flash memory (90
ns), 512K x 8 high-speed SRAM (15 ns), two RS-232 ports, two SPI
ports, four timers/counters, and status and link status LEDs. The
VS2000TCM?ETH1 is equipped with a single RJ45 connector, which is
ideal for networking applications such as industrial control,
communication, security, and automation applications. The
VS2000TCM-ETH2 provides dual RJ45 connectors and is aimed at
applications that require multi-network access or inter-network
routing such as facsimile or printer terminals. The VS2000TCM-USB
includes one RJ45 connector and one USB 1.1 host or slave port and
can be used to extend the range of USB slave devices over a
corporate network or the Internet. The VS2000TCM-WLAN provides a
standard CompactFlash interface that enables the development of
products which provide wireless network-connectivity for remote
applications not serviced by wired Ethernet connections. The
VS2000TCM-ETH1 and ETH2 can be used as drop-in replacements for
other competitive offerings in the market.
"The introduction of Velocity's TCM family gives designers
the ability to quickly and efficiently design, implement, and
manufacture networked products that require communication and
control via a variety of wired and wireless interfaces,"
stated Scott A. Avery, Vice President of Marketing and Business
Development at Velocity. "These modules essentially make
TCP/IP an off-the-shelf product which will substantially reduce
design cycles and cost. Velocity has now introduced one of the
most complete module product offerings in the industry."
Pricing and Availability
The VS2000TCM-ETH1 ($69.00/100 units), VS2000TCM-ETH2 ($89.00/100
units) and VS2000TCM?USB ($89.00/100 units) modules are now
available and are in volume production. The VS2000TCM?WLAN will be
available in November 2003.
The VS2000 Evaluation Kit (VS2000EVB) is also available and is
priced at $399.00. The evaluation kit contains an evaluation board,
software development kit (SDK) including RTOS, ANSI C, TCP/IP stack
and Java-compatible libraries, quick start guide, comprehensive
documentation, serial cables, and worldwide-compatible power supply.
Complete documentation and product photos are is available at
Founded in 2002, Velocity Semiconductor is a fabless
semiconductor company that develops and markets specialized
microcontroller and development tools. Velocity is the industry's
premiere supplier of 32-bit microcontrollers supporting
mixed-language development utilizing industry-standard legacy C code
and Java. Offering unequalled performance and code density,
Velocity's microcontrollers deliver exceptional 32-bit performance
at 8-bit systems cost. The company is a privately-held corporation
with offices in Pleasanton, California and London, England.
© 2003 Velocity Semiconductor Inc. All rights reserved. Typhoon,
Velocity, Velocity Semiconductor and the Velocity Semiconductor logo
are trademarks of Velocity Semiconductor. Java is a trademark of Sun
Microsystems, Inc. Rabbit 3000 is a trademark of Rabbit
Semiconductor. eZ80 is a trademark of ZiLOG Corporation. AVR is a
trademark of Atmel Corporation.
For more information:
Michael V. De Caro, Director of Marketing
Tel: (925) 549-0341