AdvancedMC compute module for carrier grade COTS high performance systems

June 19, 2014 // By Graham Prophet
This module from Kontron enables design of network elements on either MicroTCA or AdvancedTCA platforms; the AM4024 AdvancedMC module hosts the 4th generation Intel Core i5 / i7 processor series, for high-performance computing and general multi-processor systems.

Compliant to MicroTCA and AdvancedTCA commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) hardware designs, the AM4024 meets network requirements for media server and gateway applications, as well as test and measurement solutions; it offers a faster go-to-market strategy for the mobile and broadband content delivery segment.

From a 1U MicroTCA platform with six AdvancedMC slots to a 13U AdvancedTCA platform with up to 12 ATCA carrier card slots, the Kontron AdvancedMC module AM4024 can be conffigured to support streaming, live and off-line video transcoding.

The delivery of video requires significant compute resources which can be efficiently offloaded to the Intel Iris Pro Graphics 5200 engine incorporated into the 4th generation Intel Core i7 processor. Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) can take advantage of the Intel Media SDK 2014 to utilise the Intel Iris Pro and Intel HD Graphics hardware acceleration capabilities. The design process is significantly shortened to easily develop optimised media applications – for Linux and Windows server operating systems – that encode, decode, and transcode for real-time streaming, teleconferencing, and video analytics.

Relying on the graphics engines for media optimisation opens the door to other high-performance computing applications to run on the general purpose quad-core Intel Core i7 processor. The AM4024 supports multiple Intel Core processor SKUs, including the: quad-core Intel Core i7-4860EQ GT3 processor (1.8 GHz, 6 MB Cache), the quad-core Intel Core i7-4700EQ GT2 processor (2.4 (1.7) GHz, 6 MB Cache), and the dual-core Intel Core i5-4402E GT2 processor (1.6GHz or GT2 3 MB Cache).

The Kontron AdvancedMC module AM4024 features capacity of up to 16 GB ECC Memory DDR3 1600 MHz, and up to 64 GB NAND Flash, and supports a set of interconnecting capabilities. The front panel comes with a broad set of I/O interfaces – such as 2x GbE, DisplayPort, COM, and USB – that provide a convenient bring-up process while developing applications. A variety of high-speed interconnect ports to the backplane, such as, up to 8 GbE ports,