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Rugged compactPCI CPU board

4 February 2009 Computer/Embedded Technology

Kontron’s new CP3210 is a PowerPC-based, rugged, conduction-cooled 3 U CompactPCI CPU board.

With a faster clock rate of 733 MHz, accelerated DDR SDRAM (33% faster at 266 MHz), double the amount of system and user Flash and a Gigabit Ethernet port for faster data throughput, the Kontron CP3210 is an enhanced version of the PowerEngineC7, a proven solution already embedded in major defence programs. Additionally, the new board incorporates a thermal sensor for health monitoring and thermal management.

The CPU board offers an extensive range of standard functions and expansion options, including the new powerful PowerPC G3 750FX RISC processor, onboard user memory of 512 MB DDR SDRAM, 128 MB of system Flash memory, 256 MB of user Flash memory and 128 KB of nvSRAM with realtime clock. It also offers two onboard serial lines, two Ethernet channels – one Gigabit and one 10/100 as well as one 33/66 MHz PMC expansion slot (PCI Mezzanine Card).

To further extend the I/O capabilities, an additional PMC can be implemented via the rugged PMC carrier CPMC1. The rugged conduction-cooled design of the CP3210 enables reliable operation in temperatures ranging from -40°C to +85°C according to VITA 47 recommendations.

The board is delivered with PowerOn built-in-tests and the open source U-Boot boot-loader firmware with full CPU source code under GPL. Kontron provides the realtime operating software VxWorks 6.2 board support package, and offers support for the ElinOS embedded Linux and the DO-178 B and ARINC 653 certifiable PikeOS software provided by Sysgo.

The CP3210 can be used both as a system slot or a peripheral slot processor board. Power consumption can be reduced to less than 10 W by configuring the processor frequency and the system bus frequency to 700/100 MHz, and by enabling the nap mode.



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