Kontron has unveiled its latest 6U CompactPCI CPU board alongside the launch of the 4th generation Intel Core processors. 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).
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. As a result the new 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 are expected to prove particularly advantageous for high performance embedded computing.
According to Kontron using the CP6005-SA means that 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.
The Kontron 6U CompactPCI CP6005-SA CPU board provides flexibility for a wide variety of application scenarios. The range includes six SATA ports with RAID 0/1/5 functionality for improved data security , six USB 2.0 ports, two RS232 ports, three independent graphic interfaces (1x VGA, 2x DisplayPort/DVI/HDMI) for resolutions of up to 4K and High Definition Audio (HDA) interfaces as well as 5 x Gigabit Ethernet plus optionally 2x 10GbE to serve complex networking topologies. A SATA 6Gb/s port can be used for an onboard 2.5 inch SSD or HDD. Flash-SATA modules with up to 64 gigabyte can be integrated to capacitate operating systems and application data, which significantly improves system speed and availability and can be optionally write-protected.
The Kontron 6U CompactPCI CPU board CP6005-SA supports Linux (Fedora, RedHat, Windriver), VxWorks (from 6.9), Microsoft Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008-R2. It also comes with a VMWare ESXi certification.