6U cPCI board with 4th generation Intel Core processors

June 06, 2013 // By Graham Prophet
Alongside the launch of the 4th generation Intel Core processors, Kontron has introduced a 6U CompactPCI CPU board, as well as COM Express, Mini-ITX and SYMKLOUD Media cloud platforms – see www.kontron.com/nextgen

The Kontron CP6005-SA, featuring the Intel QM87 Express chipset, is scalable up to the Intel Core i7-4700EQ processor with up to 4x 2.4 GHz (3.4 GHz in turbo mode). Applications with high performance demands benefit from state-of-the-art processor efficiency and optionally PCIe 3.0 and 2x 10 Gigabit Ethernet over backplane, while still PICMG 2.16 compliant. The CPU board offers performance density and data throughput over the backplane. While keeping to the same TDP and footprint, in comparison to preceding generations, the new CPU board offers up to four times more GFLOP per watt, up to 15% higher CPU performance and double the graphic performance. In addition to Kontron’s legacy CP6005-SA, the Kontron 6U CompactPCI CPU board CP6005X-SA offers significantly improved data throughput over the backplane due to PCIe 3.0 and 2x 10 Gigabit Ethernet. Thus, the new Kontron 6U CompactPCI CPU board primarily targets compute-intense applications such as sonar, radar and video stream analytics in commercial avionics and military. Further application areas can be found in markets such as telecommunication and medical image processing.

New features such as the Intel Advanced Vector Extensions 2 (Intel AVX2) and the extended GPGPU support prove to be advantageous for high performance embedded computing. With the Kontron CP6005-SA, OEMs can now attain DSP performance density with generic x86 technology. By using established and standardised APIs such as DirectX11.1 OpenGL 4.0, OpenCL 1.2 and Compiler support for GPGPU, OEMs can develop high-performance applications much faster and with more flexibility. In the case of existing applications having to be upgraded, OEMs benefit from minimal re-design work thanks to the rear I/O compatibility to previous Kontron 6U CompactPCI CPU boards, such as, Kontron’s CP6004-SA, CP6003-SA, CP6002, CP6001, and CP6016 along with end-of-life (EOL) CP6012 boards.

Forhigh-availability applications, out-of-band communication via IPMI (Intelligent Platform Management Interface) increases performance in terms of system management and information. Data security is guaranteed with up to 16 gigabytes of energy-efficient DDR3L memory