Kontron has launched the AM4024 AdvancedMC module which features the 4th generation Intel Core i5 / i7 processor series, and is suitable for high-performance computing and general multi-processor systems. Compliant to MicroTCA and AdvancedTCA commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) hardware designs, the AM4024 perfectly serves the network requirements for media server and gateway applications, as well as test and measurement solutions.
The AM4024 is also able to offer a faster go-to-market strategy for the fast growing 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 AM4024 is an integral component to support the various streaming, live and off-line video transcoding.
The delivery of video requires significant compute resources which, in the case of the AM4024, can be offloaded to the Intel Iris Pro Graphics 5200 engine incorporated into the Core i7 processor. Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) can take advantage of the Intel Media SDK 2014 to utilize 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 for other high-perfomance computing applications to run on the general purpose quad-core Intel Core i7 processor, itself. 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 AM4024 features a capacity of up to 16 GB ECC Memory DDR3 1600 MHz, and up to 64 GB NAND Flash, and supports a comprehensive 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, PCI Express, and SATA, ensures a wide range of potential application use cases.