Kontron xPB-6E5PO: PICMG® 1.3-compliant 2U butterfly backplane for PCI Express Gen 2 system designs

Kontron xPB-6E5PO: PICMG® 1.3-compliant 2U butterfly backplane for PCI Express Gen 2 system designs

Cost-efficient standard backplane for multiple high-end video cards and frame grabbers in the smallest of spaces

Eching, Germany, March 25, 2010 – The new Kontron 2U Butterfly Backplane xPB-6E5PO for PICMG® 1.3-based system designs boasts comprehensive PCI Express Gen 2 support in the smallest of spaces. Compared to competing custom solutions, the PICMG® 1.3-compliant standard component offers a more cost-effective and fast system design using COTS components, ultimately helping to accelerate OEMs’ time-to-market and reducing total cost of ownership.

Thanks to PCI Express Gen 2 support, the Kontron 2U backplane xPB-6E5PO is designed for highest throughput (5.0 GT/s) with the latest frame grabbers, graphics and network cards. The space-saving butterfly backplane was developed for image processing, gaming and infotainment as well as networking applications. Via standard graphics cards, the high-speed backplane can provide, for example, 10 displays with different video signals. With high-end components, control of up to 40 monitors - each with different content - is possible. In the same way, very fast image processing systems with multiple frame grabbers and graphics cards or ultra-bandwidth routers with integrated firewall and 2 x 10 Gigabit Ethernet for upstream and downstream can be implemented.

For expansion ports, the new Kontron backplane offers 1 x PEG (PCIe x16), 1 x PCIe x8 and 3 x PCIe x4 as well as the PICMG® 1.3 slot for the SHB (system host board). Connections for 4 x USB 2.0, 2 x SATA and 1 x LAN round out the interface offerings of the new Kontron PICMG® 1.3 Backplane.

To be able to support multiple PCI Express Gen 2 interfaces with any standard PCMG® 1.3 module, an integrated non-blocking switch links four PCIe slots to the PCI x16 interface of the system host board. OEMs in the gaming, medical, communications, storage and industrial image processing markets thus benefit from a scalable solution with high bandwidth in any configuration. OEM versions of the PICMG® 1.3 Butterfly Backplane with individual port configuration and QoS characteristics are optionally available.

The new Kontron 2U PICMG® 1.3 Butterfly Backplane XPB-6E5PO is now available.

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