Kontron has introduced two conduction-cooled 3U CompactPCI boards for mission critical, data intensive, and network-centric platforms at several military shows in Europe and North America. The conduction-cooled Kontron processor board CP3002-RC with integrated graphics based on the latest Intel Core i7 mobile processor technology and the conduction-cooled Kontron GB Ethernet (GBE) switch CP3923-RC with layer 2/3 GBE switching and full IPv4/v6 management capabilities. Both boards help OEMs and system integrators improve the size, weight and power (SWaP) of their applications with easy to implement COTS components.

Based on the latest, highly integrated silicon offering high performance and a comprehensive feature set the new Kontron 3U CompactPCI boards are the ideal fit for a wide range of new real-time, data-intensive and network-centric applications in military, aerospace, transportation and other sectors that require reliable performance in harsh environments. The rugged conduction-cooled (RC) 3U CompactPCI boards support operational temperatures ranging from -40°C to +85°C according to ANSI / VITA 47 temperature class CC4 and can withstand shock and vibration according to ANSI / VITA 47 classes V3 and OS2.

Kontron 3U Compact PCI processor board CP3002-RC

With the low voltage (LV) 2.0GHz Intel Core i7-620LE processor and the Intel QM57 Platform Controller Hub, the Kontron 3U CompactPCI processor board CP3002-RC not only speeds up multiprocessing tasks via hyper-threading technology (HTT), but also processes single-threaded tasks much faster thanks to the new Intel Turbo Boost technology.

This will automatically overclock the CPU without exceeding the defined thermal design power (TDP) of 25W and without the need to oversize the entire system for peak loads. Up to 8GB of soldered DDR3 1,066MHz ECC (error-correcting code) memory ensures data accuracy for demanding mission-critical and safety-critical applications. Network centric applications benefit from the four GBE ports, increasing data throughput for system intra and inter-connection.

“The Kontron CP3002-RC’s highly-integrated Intel Core i7 architecture allows for an overall performance increase of 30%-60% and twice the graphics performance compared to previous processor platforms in 3U CompactPCI,” says Sandra Korsinek, product manager for 3U CompactPCI at Kontron. In combination with the new powerful Kontron CP3923-RC advanced switch there is an unbeatable powerful pair for 3U CompactPCI designs. Furthermore, their rugged conduction cooled design allows for completely enclosed systems and protects the components from environmental influences such as shock and vibration most efficiently.

The Kontron CP3002-RC is configured with up to 32GB of NAND Flash for locally hosted operating systems and application software. Additionally, two Serial ATA (SATA) interfaces allow for off-board storage. For maximum application flexibility, the Kontron 3U CompactPCI processor board CP3002-RC offers a rich set of I/O via its rear connectors.

In addition to the CompactPCI Bus and one high-resolution graphics interfaces (VGA), it provides two USB 2.0 ports, two serial ports and eight general purpose signals (five inputs plus three outputs). Safety and security of the platform is enhanced via an optional trusted platform module (TPM) 1.2 allowing for secure hardware encryption of all transferred data. The CP3002-RC’s wake on LAN (WoL) feature allows the board to save energy when not in operation and then to be woken up from suspense state.

The Kontron CompactPCI processor board CP3002-RC runs with VxWorks 6.8, WindRiver Linux, Linux (RedHat), Microsoft Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows Embedded Standard 7, Windows Server 2003 or 2008. Support for other operating systems is available upon request. Samples of the Kontron CP3002-RC are available now. Full production is scheduled for January 2011. For evaluation and application development a rugged air-cooled version – the Kontron CP3002-RA – with a heatsink optimised for forced air-cooling is additionally available. An appropriate 3U CompactPCI evaluation system is available as well, to speed up application development.

Kontron 3U CompactPCI GBE switch CP3923-RC

The Kontron GBE switch CP3923-RC is a fully managed Layer 2/3 GBE switch with up to 16 GBE ports offering IPv4 routing and optional IPv6 routing as well as full management capabilities. It supports powerful CLI, Telnet, Web and SNMP management interfaces to configure the entire set of protocols and parameters including layer 2 and layer 3 (IPv4/v6) protocols, multicasting, QoS, and security. For applications requiring higher bandwidth, it also supports link aggregation. The Kontron CP3923 also maximises the reliability of rugged COTS applications by supporting intelligent platform management (IPMI) and hot-swap capabilities. Samples of the Kontron GBE switch CP3923-RC will be available in January 2011 and full production is scheduled for the second quarter of 2011.