28 January 2010

Intel Core i7 processor-based VPX blade

Kontron's VX6060 is a VPX computing blade for parallel data and signal processing applications.

With two Intel Core i7 processing nodes linked to an Ethernet and PCIe infrastructure, the Kontron VPX blade VX6060 is suitable 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 the Intel Core i7 processor coupled with the Intel Platform Controller Hub (PCH) QM57 with numerous Gigabit Ethernet, SATA, USB 2.0 and PCIe channels.

Target applications include radar, sonar, imaging systems, airborne fighters and UAV radar which will use clusters of the Kontron VPX blade VX6060.
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 large program 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 program, which guarantees customers multi-year supply of the product beyond its active life.

Author
Chris Shaw

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http://www.kontron.com/vpx/

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Kontron UK Ltd

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