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Overview

TORNADO-HCX series of host & communication controllers add powerful hosting and communication capabilities to TORNADO-E2 DSP controllers and TORNADO Digital Radio Controllers  and unload their on-board DSP from routine external communication and networking tasks and to add data post-processing and mass storage capabilities. Very compact board design, industry standard communication interfaces, high-performance  external I/O expansion capabilities, and comprehensive software bundle make TORNADO-HCX controllers an ideal selection for embedding into virtually any custom industrial and telecom designs.

TORNADO-HCX controllers use high-performance Freescale PowerQUICC communication processors with on-chip PPC CPU core and integrated peripherals including encryption unit, PCI/PCI-X/PCIe bus interface, a set of communication interfaces including 1G Ethernet EMACs, USB 2.0 host/device and UART, and a set of peripheral I/O interfaces including I2C and SPI.  The  PowerQUICC CPU along with on-board high-capacity DDR and FLASH memories, PIOX2 and HCX daughter-card module (DCM) interfaces, and system μ-controller (MC) provide extremely powerful and flexible host  communication engine for TORNADO-E2 DSP controllers, TORNADO Digital Radio Controllers  and for custom embedded applications.

TORNADO-HCX controllers come with ported Linux and FreeRTOS kernel, TCP/IP stack and FAT32 file system support, all free. Application development is  supported by Freescale CodeWarrior compiler/debug tools.

Key features

Freescale PowerQUICC CPU
up to 2 Gbyte DDR and 64 MByte FLASH
10/100/1000 Base-T Ethernet ports
480 Mbit/s USB 2.0 host/device interfaces
384 kBaud UARTs  with RS232C interfaces
SPI and I2C ports
general purpose I/O (GPIO)
533 Mbyte/s PIOX2 32-bit parallel DCM site interface for high-speed AD/DA/coprocessor expansion
533 Mbyte/s 32-bit parallel host (HCX) DCM site interface
system μ-controller (MC) with on-board power supply control, board and external temperature monitoring, on-board and chassis fans control, remote power-supply control, battery back-up real-time clock/calendar (RTCC), programmable multi-event alarm, NvRAM and EEPROM areas, and more...
JTAG port for CPU debugging via Freescale JTAG USB JTAG emulator
compact form-factor
Linux ready
simple and fast FreeRTOS kernel
free TCP/IP stack and FAT32 file system support
Express Logic ThreadX, NetX, FileX, USBX, TraceX RTOS port comes all-in-one library package with special pricing
bare board utilities and ready-to-run demo samples
  Freescale CodeWarrior compiler/debug tools

System integration capabilities

stand-alone operation with host PC communication via Ethernet, USB, or UART ports

carries one PIOX2 TORNADO Digital Radio Controller, or AD/DA/coprocessor DCM, or one legacy PIOX/PIOX-16 DCM (PIOX2-to-PIOX adapter board is required)

installs onto TORNADO-E2 controllers and TORNADO Digital Radio Controllers  via HCX DCM site interface for hosting, data post-processing, networking, external communication and mass storage capabilities

Applications

telecommunication
digital radio
networking
audio and multimedia
industrial and medical
instrumentation
education

TORNADO-HCX/8349 Host Communication Controller
TORNADO-HCX/8349
Host Communication Controller DCM
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TORNADO-HCX Host Communication Controllers Block Diagram
TORNADO-HCX Host Communication Controllers
Block Diagram
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TORNADO-HCX/8349 Host Communication Controller DCM installed onto TORNADO-E2/6713 DSP Controller
TORNADO-HCX/8349 Host Communication Controller DCM installed onto TORNADO-E2/6713 DSP Controller
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TORNADO-HCX/8349 Host Communication Controller DCM installed onto TORNADO-PX/DDC4G rev.3 Digital Radio Receiver Controller
TORNADO-HCX/8349
Host Communication Controller with TORNADO-PX/DDC4G rev.3A Digital Radio Receiver Controller DCM
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TORNADO-E2/6713 DSP Controller with TORNADO-PX/DDC4G rev3 Digital Radio Receiver Controller DCM and TORNADO-HCX/8349 Host Communication Controller DCM
TORNADO-E2/6713
DSP Controller with TORNADO-PX/DDC4G rev.3A Digital Radio Receiver DCM and TORNADO-HCX/8349 Host Communication Controller DCM
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TORNADO-HCX Controllers

p/n CPU max
memory
external
I/F
HCX DCM
site I/F
I/O DCM
site I/F
power &
 physical
software
 support
mass
 storage
I/F
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TORNADO-
HCX/8349
Freescale
 MPC8349AE
 PowerQUICC II Pro with encryption unit
(666 MHz core)
64Mx64
266MHz DDR

64Mx8
FLASH

2x. UART
384 kBaud

2x USB 2.0
(host/device)

2x 10/100/1000
Ethernet

1x SPI
1xI2C

10bit GPIO

32-bit master HCX
with
SYNCslave or SYNCmaster
(533 Mbyte/s)

up to 512Kx32 SDPRAM in SYNCslave
32-bit PIOX2
(533 MByte/s)

64/66 PCI-X

+5v @ 1.3A

98x82mm

Linux BSP

 FreeRTOS kernel
with IP stack

Express Logic ThreadX, NetX, FileX, USBX, TraceX

bare board utilities and demos
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Utility software and on-line manuals:

TORNADO-HCX/8349 Host Communication Controller DCM Software Utilities and On-line Documentation
(Call MicroLAB Systems to receive this documentation)

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