IBM Announcement Letter No. ZG93-0336 dated September 07, 1993.
IBM ARTIC960 CO-PROCESSOR PLATFORM
The ARTIC960 is a high-speed, high through-put coprocessor adapter with multiple memory options. This adapter is designed to operate in 32-bit Micro Channel(R) compatible systems. ARTIC960 relieves the host from tasks associated with I/O communication applications and protocols. It also provides busmaster capabilities for peer to peer transfers across the Micro Channel. The ARTIC960's wide bandwidth provides coprocessor performance much higher than that of previously available IBM realtime interface coprocessors.
Included in this announcement is a high-speed 4-Port Multi-interface Application Interface Board (AIB), which is a daughter board that offers either EIA-232, EIA-530 (RS422), ISO 4903 (X.21) or ISO 4902 (V.36) electrical interfaces for generalized applications. Four matching interface cables allow the user to select the interface desired.
(R) Registered trademark of International Business Machines Corporation.
Planned General Availability Date is October 29, 1993.
AAS Part Description Feature Number --------------------------- ------- ------- ARTIC960 Adapter, single 5552 61G2925 1MB Memory, ARTIC960 5554 61G2930 4MB Memory, ARTIC960 5557 61G2940 8MB Memory, ARTIC960 5558 61G2945 16MB Memory, ARTIC960 5560 61G2950 4-Port AIB, ARTIC960 single 5562 61G2960 EIA-232 Cable, ARTIC960 5563 61G2918 EIA-530 (RS 422) Cable, ARTIC960 5564 61G2923 ISO 4903 (X.21) Cable, ARTIC960 5566 61G2928 ISO 4902 (V.36) Cable, ARTIC960 5567 61G2933 4-Port Multi-interface HML, ARTIC960 5570 61G2931 Developer's Kit, ARTIC960 5572 61G2932
(R) Registered trademark of International Business Machines Corporation. (1) Registered trademark of Intel Corporation.
The ARTIC960 is a high-speed, high through-put coprocessor adapter with multiple memory options. This adapter is designed to operate in 32-bit Micro Channel compatible systems. The ARTIC960 relieves the host from tasks associated with I/O communication applications and protocols. It also provides busmaster capabilities for peer to peer transfers across the Micro Channel. The ARTIC960's wide bandwidth provides coprocessor performance much higher than that of previously available IBM realtime interface coprocessors.
The ARTIC960 is intended to be used either as a complete feature with its optional AIB or as a coprocessor platform by third parties who develop their own applications and/or AIBs. A Developer's Kit is offered which provides AIB design information, sample programs, a programmer's guide and reference, and a hardware technical reference manual. As part of the Developer's Kit a Developer's Assistance Program (DAP) provides technical Q&A service supported by telephone and E-mail.
Included in this announcement is a high-speed 4-Port Multi-interface AIB that offers either EIA-232, EIA-530 (RS422), ISO 4903 (X.21) or ISO 4902 (V.36) electrical interfaces for generalized applications. Four matching interface cables allow the user to select the interface desired.
The ARTIC960 is ideally suited for applications in credit card banking, satellite high-speed data retrieval, telephony, airline reservation systems, graphic imaging, and for network routers and generalized local area network (LAN) applications ranging from X.25 to integrated services digital network (ISDN) to Asynchronous Transfer Mode (ATM).
The ARTIC960 provides a significant increase in data throughput across the Micro Channel when compared to the existing family of IBM realtime interface coprocessors. The 4-Port Multi-interface Application Interface Board handles four lines of communications data at 2.048 Mbps.
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The ARTIC960 performance improvements allow users to install one adapter where four adapters would have been required before. Four 2.048 Mbps high-speed communication lines have not been available until now, and ARTIC960 provides increased bandwidth capabilities.
The following publications are shipped with the product. Additional copies are available to be ordered separately. All publications are in US English.
Order Feature Part Title Number Code Number --------------------------------- --------- ------- ------- ARTIC960 Guide To Operations S61G-2920 7572 61G2920 The following is included when the 4-Port AIB is purchased: AIB Supplement to the GTO S61G-2965 7576 61G2965 The following are included when the Developer's Kit is purchased: ARTIC960 Hardware Tech. Ref. S61G-2936 7578 61G2936 ARTIC960 Programmer's Guide S61G-2938 7580 61G2938 ARTIC960 Developer's Guide S61G-2939 7581 61G2939 The following is included when the 4-Port Multi-interface HML feature is purchased: 4-Port AIB Hardware Maint. Library S61G-2963 ---- 61G2963 (without wrap plugs)
Length: 320 mm (12.6 inches) Height: 85.5 mm (3.4 inches) Width: 18 mm (.675 inches), includes protective shield Weight: .23 kg (.5 pounds)
Temperature: Up to 0 - 60 degrees C (32 - 140 degrees F) system ambient Relative Humidity: 5 to 95 %The ARTIC960 will assume the operating environment of the host system. Radio Frequency Interference Statement: ARTIC960 complies with the United States FCC class A, ECC CISPR-A, and Japan VCCI-1 RFI standards.
The ARTIC960 adapter requires a 32-bit slot in the following Micro Channel machines:
PS/2 machine types 8580, 8590, 9576, 9577, 9585, and 9595, and Industrial Computer machine types 7546, 7561, 7562, and 7568-D40.
Application programs written for the ARTIC960 will operate most efficiently using the operating kernel and system drivers provided.
The ARTIC960 firmware is DBCS enabled.
Although the ARTIC960 operating kernel and supporting code is functionally equivalent to the existing family of IBM realtime interface coprocessors, the ARTIC960 operating kernel and system support code is designed for the Intel 80960 processor.
There is no limitation on the quantity of ARTIC960 cards per system other than 32-bit Micro Channel long slot availability and the amount of power furnished by the system. A typical ARTIC960 adapter, without the AIB, draws 12.5 watts of 5VDC power. The Multi-interface AIB draws an additional 3.7 watts.
The adapter is designed with two memory banks. The instruction memory is 1MB large and is soldered in place. The other memory bank or data memory (also referred to as "packet") is provided in the form of a selectable pluggable SIMM package. The SIMM sizes are 1, 4, 8, and 16MB, with the card designed to accept a 32MB SIMM. A SIMM must be installed for the ARTIC960 to operate.
The customer is responsible for the unpacking, installing and setting up the adapter per the instructions provided.
IBM recommends that one of the following cables be ordered with the 4-Port AIB. The cable selection determines the four ports of electrical interface of the AIB. Other interface cables can be ordered at published prices. Each cable is 1.8 meters in length and has four connectors in a fanout fashion terminating into a 100-pin connector that plugs onto the AIB.
Feature Part Description Code Number ----------------------------- ------ ------- Cable Option EIA-232 5563 61G2918 Cable Option EIA-530 (RS 422) 5564 61G2923 Cable Option ISO 4903 (X.21) 5566 61G2928 Cable Option ISO 4902 (V.36) 5567 61G2933
An experienced installer is able to complete the hardware and firmware installation and run a diagnostic check within one hour.
The ARTIC960 Guide To Operations option diskette has customer and advanced diagnostics on it. For problem determination, follow the instructions in the GTO.
Product Ship Group Boxes ------------------- ----------------------------------- ----- ARTIC960, single 1 adapter, Guide To Operations, 1 4 diskettes, inventory checklist 4-Port AIB, single 1 card, Guide To Operations, 1 diskette, inventory checklist Memory options SIMM 1 Cable options Cable 1 4-Port AIB Diskette, 5 wrap plugs 1 Hdw Maint Lib. Developer's Kit Hardware Tech. Ref., Programmer's 1 Guide, AIB Developer's Guide, sample program/code diskette, inventory checklist
User management is responsible for evaluation, selection and implementation of security features, administrative procedures and appropriate controls in application systems and communications facilities.
Consult your IBM Marketing Representative.
All Terms and Conditions are the same as those which apply to the IBM host system into which the feature is installed.
All European, Middle Eastern and African Countries.
The data in this letter is subject to the disclaimer in Letter
ZS90-0112, which is available from IBM on request.