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Kontron exploits six-core Xeon processors

7 July 2010 Computer/Embedded Technology

Kontron recently announced that both its existing AT8050 AdvancedTCA node blade and its KTC5520 server board are available with the Intel Xeon processor 5600 series. This provides TEM and network equipment providers a second processor option for the two products that were originally designed with the Xeon processor 5500 series.

The key feature differences of the Xeon processor 5600 series over the 5500 series are: six cores instead of four; 12 threads versus 8; 32 nm technology compared to 45 nm; increased performance within the same thermal power envelope; new low-power platform consumption with LVDDR3L; and maintains all the performance functionalities of the 5500 series plus a new hardware-based security technology called Advanced Encryption Standard – New Instructions (AES-NI).

The AT8050 ATCA node blade features a single socket for either one quad-core Xeon processor L5518 or the six-core Xeon processor L5638. Both options are compatible with the existing Intel 5520 chipset, which supports up to 36 lanes of PCI Express 2.0 and directly assignable I/O for virtualisation (VT-d), accelerating I/O traffic and lowering processor use in both native and virtualised environments. The AT8050 achieves good price versus performance for ATCA-based systems used in media server (IMS), 3G and LTE Evolved Packet Core (EPC) networks.

Intended for high end, data centre and cloud computing applications, the EATX SSI EEB-compliant KTC5520 server board is a dual-socket design that also supports both Xeon processor series. Originally designed with the quad-core Xeon 5500 series, the KTC5520 is available with two six-core Xeon processors (L5638) at 80 W per processor. Both versions provide extreme performance, high I/O bandwidth and extended reliability – backed by a 7-year lifecycle support program. It can also be fully managed remotely using an integrated management processor (IMP) that integrates VGA/2D, BMC and KVM/VM over IP to support real-time access with full control by keyboard, video monitor and mouse (KVM) and virtual media (VM) by a single local computer from anywhere.



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