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Kontron Unveils CompactPCI Processor Board CP6002


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June 09, 2010

Kontron Unveils CompactPCI Processor Board CP6002

By Jai C.S., TMCnet Contributor

Kontron, a company specializing in embedded computing technology solutions, has launched the 6U CompactPCI (News - Alert) processor board CP6002 based on the latest Intel Core i7 mobile processor technology.

This new processor board is said to offer high performance with low power consumption and low heat dissipation to a broad range of applications in the communications, military, aerospace, medical, industrial and monitoring systems markets.

"The highly-integrated Intel (News - Alert) Core i7 architecture on 6U CompactPCI allows for overall performance increase of 30 to 60 percent and nearly three times the graphics performance compared to previous processor platforms," Reiner Grübmeyer, product manager for 6U CompactPCI at Kontron (News - Alert) said.

Kontron CP6002 not only is said to speed up multiprocessing tasks via hyper-threading technology, but also is designed to process single-threaded tasks much faster due to the new Intel Turbo Boost technology. This allows for a clock speed of up to 3.33GHz without exceeding the defined thermal design power and without the need to oversize the entire system for peak loads. 

Mentioning about the memory, Kontron official clarified that up to 8 GB of soldered DDR3 1066 MHz ECC memory ensures data accuracy for demanding and safety-critical applications like radar, sonar, or imaging systems. In addition to the CompactFlash socket for rugged, industrial grade flash modules, up to 32 GB of NAND Flash are possible via SATA interface, which are able to hold complete operating systems or application code, substantially increasing overall system speed and availability.

Moreover, the new processor board CP6002 comes with six Serial ATA interfaces with RAID support, one front and two rear high-resolution graphics interfaces (VGA/DP/HDMI) and up to two PMC/XMC slots, enabling more compact and cost-efficient system designs by omitting previously required add-ons such as PMC carriers, graphics and/or RAID CPCI-boards. This, according to the company offers maximum application flexibility.

In addition, six USB 2.0 ports are also made available on the board, two on front I/O and four on rear I/O. Further interfaces include two COM ports, one RS-232 port implemented as an RJ-45 connector on the front panel and routed to rear I/O as well as one RS-422 port on the rear I/O.

As stated, the Kontron CP6002 comes in three versions - the Kontron CP6002-R1 and CP6002-R1-MC and the R3 version which is fully conduction cooled and meets the VITA 47's ECC4 requirements.
The Kontron CompactPCI processor board CP6002 runs with VxWorks 6.8, Linux, Microsoft (News - Alert) Windows 7, Windows XP, XP embedded or Windows Server 2003 or 2008.
Initially, samples of the Kontron CP6002 are made available with immediate effect. Full production is scheduled for Q3 2010.

Jai C.S. is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Jai's articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Marisa Torrieri

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