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AdvancedMC processor board

3 March 2010 Computer/Embedded Technology

Kontron’s AM4020 is a new, powerful single-width AdvancedMC processor module designed with the new Intel Mobile Core i7 processor.

With up to 2 x 2,53 GHz, this AMC module offers advanced computing power and integrated graphics when utilised in MicroTCA and AdvancedTCA integrated platforms.

The single-width processor board integrates the memory controller, PCI Express, and the graphics processor within the multicore processor. Equipped with the highly-integrated Intel QM 57 Platform Controller Hub, it offers high power density and performance on a compact footprint. With its excellent overall performance it is well suited for MicroTCA and AdvancedTCA telecommunications applications such as IPTV, media servers and media gateways, conference systems and in test systems for wireline networks. It is also a good fit for the medical, automation, aerospace, military and security markets which require fast data processing. With MicroTCA.1 support for a robust system design and an optional temperature range of -40°C to +70°C, it withstands tough mechanical and thermal environmental conditions.

The AM4020 features the new Intel Core i7 processors with 2,0 (Core i7-620LE – 25 W TDP) or 2,53 GHz (Core i7-610E – 35 W TDP) and 4 MB L3 cache. The integrated memory controller enables direct access to up to 8 GB of dual channel DDR ECC RAM at 1066 MHz. Compared to the previously available AdvancedMC CPU boards with Intel Core 2 Duo processors, these cores offer up to 100% higher overall performance.

The AMC.1/.2/.3-compliant CPU board offers eight PCI Express lanes to the backplane, configurable as two x PCIe x 4 or eight x PCIe x 1. There are also four GbE ports – two on the front and two on the backplane (AMC.2) – as well as four x SATA. For systems without separate hard drives, up to 32 GB of Flash memory can be implemented via a SATA Flash module, which is securely screwed to the PCB. The board features a DisplayPort output on the front panel, making additional graphics modules unnecessary; alternatively a COM port for external management access is available. A USB 2.0 port with mini USB jack on the front panel rounds out the feature set.

The AM4020 has full hot-swap capabilities for monitoring, controlling and replacing the module. The Intelligent Platform Management Interface (IPMI) enhances the board’s availability while reducing the overall operating costs and mean-time-to-repair. For board management and basic IPMI commands, it features a dedicated Module Management Controller (MMC). The board supports Windows XP and Windows 7, as well as VxWorks 6.8.and various Linux distributions such as RedHat 5.3, SUSE 11.2 and Wind River Linux PNE 3.X.



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