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April 19, 1994


By CBR Staff Writer

Meantime the Madison, Wisconsin-based Heurikon Corp division of Computer Products Inc has launched what it claims is the first board to use the new Motorola Inc 68060. Called the Nitro60 there is also a Nitro40 version of the VMEbus board using the 68040 – the board was used to showcase the 68060’s capabilities at the launch. The board uses a 50MHz 68060 rated at 100 MIPS. The Nitro architecture is designed for use with both the 68040 and 68060 microprocessors, with a single socket that can take either chip, despite the different pin-outs and separate power and ground planes for the two voltages. The Nitro40 and Nitro60 feature an optimized 64-bit VME64 system bus interface, an 80M-byte per second Corebus mezzanine and local bus interface, andon-board Ethernet and SCSI-II interfaces with Direct Memory Access. The boards come with up to 16Mb memory, 4Mb of Flash memory, 512Kb of ROM, 2Kb of non-volatile RAM, and two high-speed serial ports. There is support for up to seven independent input-output controllers. The Nitro60 with 8Mb costs $5,500 and the Nitro40, $5,000. Both are available now, the company says.

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