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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Octocore cPCI server blade targets 35W power envelope

By Nick Flaherty www.flaherty.co.uk

Kontron has developed a prototype 6U CompactPCI server blade using the latest Intel Xeon D-1500 processors with up to 16 cores. The 8 core version targets a 35W envelope at 1.6GHz.

The CP6006-SA has been designed specifically for multi-CPU server-class applications in demanding embedded environments with a longer product lifetime. A more powerful variant with 2.0 GHz targets a TDP of 45W.

Up to 64 GB of DDR4 ECC memory allows virtualization support, when many virtualized tasks require separated memory. This amounts to a fourfold increase compared to the memory support usually found in cPCI systems. This makes the CP6006 suited to servers and computing nodes, where ordinary server systems do not meet the embedded requirements for robustness and longevity.

The CP6006X-SA variant offers a significantly higher data throughput via PCI Express 3.0 and 2x 10 Gigabit Ethernet on the backplane for compute intense applications such as sonar, radar and video stream analytics in commercial avionics and the defence sector. It is also aimed at embedded telecoms, industrial automation and medical image processing applications.

The blades support Kontron’s APPROTECT security technology. This uses an integrated security chip in tandem with a specifically developed software framework that provides full IP, copy and reverse engineering protection. APPROTECT Licensing enables new business models such as 'pay per use' or time-based trial versions, as it can be used to easily enable or disable features via a predetermined set of variables. For additional hardware and software security measures Kontron’s CP6006-SA also ships with a Trusted Platform Module (TPM 2.0) as standard.

The CP6006-SA is available now as a prototype for testing purposes and regular production is scheduled in the next several months.


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