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8 July 2010

Kontron Introduces 4U Backplane xPB-13E9P3: PICMG 1.3-Compliant Backplane

The new Kontron 4U Backplane xPB-13E9P3 for PICMG 1.3-based system designs, boasts comprehensive PCI and PCI Express Gen 2 support for full-height 4U systems.

With double the PCIe lanes of any previous solution, 32 in total, the PICMG 1.3-compliant backplane tackles bandwidth-intensive applications with its cost-effective and densely-packed design for use with standard PCIe and PCI extension cards.

In order to support any standard PCIe extension card, an integrated non-blocking switch doubles the 16 PCI Express lanes from the system host board (SHB) to the four PCIe x4 Gen 2 slots and the PEG slot on the backplane.

The switch is configurable via software, allowing each of the x4 slots to be individually populated with x1, x2 or x4 I/O cards. The PCIe bandwidth can also be routed directly to dedicated ports without disturbing the CPU board. The three PCI slots of the Kontron xPB-13E9P3 allow OEMs to easily leverage existing PCI extension cards.

The Kontron 4U backplane xPB-13E9P3 offers a cost-efficient solution for applications with extreme bandwidth requirements. Designed for highest throughput (5.0 GT/s per PCI express lane) with the latest frame grabbers, graphics and network cards, the full-size backplane was developed for markets such as medical, digital signage, gaming and infotainment applications as well as multi-monitor solutions for surveillance and industrial engineering.

The PICMG 1.3 backplane also provides ample resources for applications where multiple video cards are required, such as in test and measurement, digital mock-up and simulation. This also makes the new backplane the perfect host for a GPGPU system for cost-efficient high performance Embedded Computing Tasks (HPEC).

All these applications benefit from the double value of the PICMG 1.3 specification which combines the cost efficiency of a motherboard-based solution with the high bandwidth of a complex and densely-packed serial switched backplane system design.

The Kontron xPB-13E9P3 offers 1 x PEG (PCIe x16), 4 x PCIe x4 and 4x PCIe x1 as well as the PICMG 1.3 slot for the SHB (system host board). Connections for 4x USB 2.0, 2x SATA and 1x LAN round out the interface offerings of the PICMG 1.3 backplane.

The new Kontron 4U Backplane xPB-13E9P3 is now available.

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