Pigeon Point Systems Announces Module Management Controller BMR Starter Kit Using Renesas

Pigeon Point Systems Announces Module Management Controller BMR Starter Kit Using Renesas


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Pigeon Point Systems Announces Module Management Controller BMR Starter Kit Using Renesas H8S/2472

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., May 11, 2009 — Pigeon Point Systems (PPS), an Actel company, announced a new Module Management Controller (MMC) Board Management Reference (BMR) Starter Kit based on the Renesas H8S/2472 microcontroller. The new kit provides a world-class solution for the mandatory management controllers used in AdvancedMC™ modules, both for AdvancedTCA® (ATCA) carriers and MicroTCA® shelves. The new kit inherits the outstanding compliance and interoperability record of Pigeon Point's existing MMC solution, which has been integrated into the AdvancedMC modules of dozens of companies around the world, with tens of thousands of units shipped.

The new MMC BMR Starter Kit provides a highly cost-effective way for AdvancedMC module developers to ensure the management subsystems of their AdvancedMC products are fully specification compliant and interoperable; these characteristics are crucial to market success and customer satisfaction for AdvancedMC modules. The core of the new reference design is the Renesas H8S/2472 controller, which has substantially more computing resources and integrated peripherals than the controller used in the existing BMR MMC solution (also supported).

Included in the new MMC BMR Starter Kit is a bench top management controller development board (implemented in an AdvancedMC form factor), full source code in C for the MMC firmware, comprehensive documentation, and a production license that grants the rights needed to design and bring to market AdvancedMC products such as this reference design and firmware. Also included in the Starter Kit is one year of email support and an option to have Pigeon Point's hardware engineers do a detailed review of the schematic for the MMC subsystem after integration into the customer board schematic, to ensure that the integration has been done successfully.

For more information on the H8S/2472-based MMC Starter Kit, visit

About Pigeon Point Systems
Pigeon Point Systems, a wholly owned subsidiary of Actel Corporation, delivers world-class management components for modular platforms based on the AdvancedTCA, AdvancedMC and MicroTCA architectures to leading companies worldwide. Pigeon Point's focus on providing dependable, proven solutions for the mandatory management controllers in these architectures allows customers to concentrate on the value-added aspects of their products. Deep expertise on these architectures ensures compliance and interoperability in the Pigeon Point components.

Pigeon Point, an executive member of PICMG®, is a leader in its AdvancedTCA, AdvancedMC and MicroTCA subcommittees and is active in many other technical subcommittees. Pigeon Point is also a contributing member of the Service Availability Forum™ and a leader in its HPI Working Group. For more information on Pigeon Point Systems, visit

About Actel
Actel is the leader in low-power FPGAs and mixed-signal FPGAs, offering the most comprehensive portfolio of system and power management solutions. Power Matters. Learn more at

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