Kontron Introduces First Intel Core I7 Processor-Based VPX Blade
Poway, CA, US – In the wake of the Intel Core i7 processor announcement at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Kontron has introduced the Kontron VX6060, an innovative VPX computing blade for parallel data and signal processing applications.
With two independently implemented Intel Core i7 processing nodes linked to a powerful Ethernet and PCIe infrastructure, the Kontron VPX blade VX6060 is the ideal building block for intensive parallel computing workloads where a cluster of Kontron VX6060s can be used in full mesh VPX or switched OpenVPX environments.
Each processing node implements Intel’s next-generation high-performance embedded processor with integrated memory controller and Intel HD graphics — the Intel Core i7 processor — coupled with the highly integrated Intel platform controller hub (PCH) QM57 with numerous gigabit Ethernet, SATA, USB 2.0 and PCIe channels.
“Our Kontron VX6060 is the ultimate computing tool MAG HPEC users have been waiting for, allowing them to finally walk away from ten years of PowerPC Altivec dominance in radar, sonar and imaging applications,” declares Dirk Finstel, CTO of Kontron. “Combined with the power of 6U VPX backplane infrastructure, a new range of outstanding HPEC applications are now becoming possible using only standard technology (Linux or RTOS on x86 and TCP/IP) for which the future is already laid out.
With two dual-core high performance embedded processors, the Kontron VX6060 is the right answer for rugged embedded computing where the power envelope and dissipation constraints at extreme temperatures of computers designed for harsh environments still prohibit the use of quad-core silicon.”
Target applications include radar, sonar, imaging systems, airborne fighters and UAV radar which will use clusters of the Kontron VPX blade VX6060. On the other hand, thanks to the rich collection of I/Os included for each node, rugged multi-display consoles and many other types of embedded applications will find in the Kontron VX6060 a unique value proposition of two independent single-board computers in a single 6U VPX slot, with the potential to run a different OS on each processor.
Available in forced-air-cooled and conduction-cooled versions, the Kontron VX6060 comes with PowerMP, a collection of off-the-shelf software featuring complex computer cluster health management and a stress test tool allowing computer qualification prior to the final application availability, a key asset to shorten programme-development time. PowerMP software is already in use today in UAVs, radars and sonars throughout the world, where it is utilised in previous generations of Kontron VME and CompactPCI computing nodes.
Kontron’s new 6U VPX board comes with EFI BIOS and supports Linux and VxWorks 6. It is covered by Kontron’s long-term supply programme, which guarantees customers multi-year supply of the product beyond its active life.