Embedded Control: CompactPCI board sports 45 nm dual-core processor

Company says board is designed for densely packed, thermally constrained CompactPCI systems that require outstanding performance in 50 W or less power envelope.

09/17/2008



Eching, Germany Kontron says its new CP6016 processor board sets new performance-per-watt standards in the high-end 6U CompactPCI class for rugged RASM (Reliability, Availability, Scalability, Manageability) applications. The blade-style computer features a 45 nm Intel Core2 Duo processor T9400 , which Kontron characterizes as featuring high performance and low-power requirement. The company explains that the new board excels over the previous 65nm Intel Core2 Duo processor T7500-based board by reaching up to 25% faster core speeds (2.53 GHz), 50% more L2 cache (6 MB) and a 60% faster FSB (1,066 MHz) with similar energy consumption.

Designed for densely packed, thermally constrained CompactPCI systems that require outstanding performance in a typical 50 W or less power envelope, the company says, the board meets the highest standards for the management of high-availability applications. It is said to carry an onboard Trusted Platform Module (TPM 1.2) for data and software protection, making it attractive to highly sensitive, security-relevant telecom and datacom applications. Bandwidth intensive image processing, multi-media and test and measurement applications can benefit from the 6 MB of L2 cache and up to 16 GB of registered DDR2 ECC SO-RDIMM memory.

The 6U processor board runs under Linux, Microsoft Windows XP, XP embedded or Windows Server 2003 OSs, according to the company. Highly integrated software packages support all onboard hardware devices, and specific features like Hotswap, IPMI, power and thermal management, enabling integration among scalable multi-CPU systems.

Samples of the Kontron CP6016 CompactPCI processor board are said to be available now. The company says full production is scheduled for third-quarter 2008.

C.G. Masi , senior editor
Control Engineering
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