Kontron AdvancedMC™ with quad-core performance

Kontron AdvancedMC™ with quad-core performance

Announcing the Kontron AM5030 AdvancedM™C processor module powered by the new quad-core Intel® Xeon® processor LC5518

Eching, Germany/Barcelona, Spain, February 15, 2010 − Today at Mobile World Congress, Kontron announced the introduction of the Kontron AM5030, one of the first Advanced Mezzanine Card designed with a quad-core processor.

This new Kontron double-wide, full-size AMC module features the new Intel® Xeon® processor LC5518, which is based on the latest Intel® microarchitecture and delivers with its 45nm process technology even lower power consumption and higher integration. This makes the Kontron AM5030 an attractive solution for MicroTCA™ platforms designed for dense server environments deployed in storage, military/aerospace and communications networks such as IPTV, VoIP, NAS, SAN and wireless radio network controllers.

The 45 nm Intel® Xeon® processor LC5518 with integrated I/O Hub features a 4-to-1 consolidation of workload functions for greater real estate and power savings. This includes, for the first time, the integration of PCIe Gen 2.0 I/O within the processor. In addition, the new embedded processor offers up to 8MB shared Last Level Cache, Intel® Hyper-Threading technology support and Intel® Turbo Boost technology. Thanks to the accompanying Intel® 3420 platform controller hub (PCH) and Direct Media Interface (DMI), the Kontron AM5030 takes full advantage of reduced component count and streamlined data-paths between CPU, PCH and peripherals for overall greater performance. Furthermore an integrated Redundant Array of Independent Disks (RAID) acceleration, which is advantageous for storage customers migrating to Intel® architecture or transitioning RAID for core optimization, complements the unique technical feature set.

The Kontron AM5030 AdvancedMC™ processor module hosts up to 24 GB ECC memory (DDR3) at 1066 MHz implemented as 3-channel interface for the highest memory access, and is built with two 10GbE (XAUI) interfaces in accordance with AMC.2 for comprehensive networking capabilities. When used in conjunction with a 10GbE MicroTCA™ Carrier Hub (MCH), such as the Kontron AM4910, system designers can achieve exceptionally high performance multi-core MicroTCA™ platforms built for massive data throughput. Four GbE interfaces, two available on the front panel, two in accordance with AMC.2, provide additional networking capabilities. The Kontron AM5030 also offers connectivity in accordance with AMC.1 (PCIe x4) and AMC.3 (2x SATA) plus 2x SATA at the extended AMC connector – providing overall 4x SATA for demanding RAID applications. Two USB 2.0 ports, one VGA (D-SUB) and one COM (RJ45) port on the front panel round out the extensive feature set.

The AMC.1/.2/.3 compliant Kontron AM5030 AdvancedMC™ processor module has full hot-swap capabilities for replacing, monitoring and controlling the module without the need to shut down the MicroTCA™ system. A dedicated Module Management Controller (MMC) is used to manage the board and to support a defined subset of Intelligent Platform Management Interface (IPMI) commands. IPMI enhances the board’s availability while reducing the overall operating costs and mean-time-to-repair. For mechanical reliability, the front panel is designed to meet the MircoTCA.1 requirements.

The new Kontron AM5030 supports RedHat Linux, Windows 7, Windows XP and Windows 2008 Server.

Availability
The Kontron AM5030 will be in serial production by Q2/2010.
Samples are available upon request.

More information about the Kontron AM5030: http://www.kontron.com/products/boards+and+mezzanines/advancedmc/processor/am5030.html

More information about AdvancedMC™ modules: http://www.kontron.com/AdvancedMC

More information about MicroTCA™: http://www.kontron.com/MicroTCA

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