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6U CompactPCI Boards Sport Latest Core i7 processors

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6U CompactPCI Boards Sport Latest Core i7 processors 

One of the first embedded product lines to feature the Intel Core i7 processor is the PP 712/08x family of 6U CompactPCI boards from Concurrent Technologies. Depending on the application requirements, a choice of processors is available: the 2.53 GHz Core i7-610E, 2.0 GHz Core i7-620LE and the 1.06 GHz Core i7-620UE. Based on 32nm process technology and the new integrated memory/graphics controller architecture, these processors are from the Intel embedded roadmap, which offers at least seven-year availability. With up to 8 Gbytes of DDR3-1066 ECC SDRAM, dual PMC/XMC sites, three Gigabit Ethernet ports, four SATA300 disk interfaces and dual head graphics, the PP 712/08x also offers rear I/O interfaces that are compatible with the popular PP 512/06x family providing a continuing upgrade path. In addition, the PP 712/08x can optionally support extended temperatures ranging from -40? to +85?C. The boards are particularly suitable for CPU-intensive processing applications within the telecommunications, defence and homeland security market sectors. 

The PP 712/08x family is based on the combination of the Intel Core i7      processor and an Intel Platform Controller Hub (PCH), the Mobile Intel QM57 Express chipset. This combination benefits from the integration of the graphics controller and the memory controller into the processor, resulting in reduced memory latency and improved performance-per-watt. The Intel Core i7 processors feature Intel Direct Media Interface Technology and Intel Flexible Display Interfaces to the PCH to provide simultaneous high-speed non-graphic traffic and video/graphic traffic. The processors feature Intel Hyper-Threading Technology to allow multiple simultaneous execution threads in each core, and Intel Turbo Boost Technology, which elevates performance for specific workloads by increasing processor core frequency on one core when the second core and/or graphics engine utilization level is low. The CPU and graphics engines have separate Turbo modes, and by using simple BIOS setup options, the user can disable either or both of the turbo modes, or preset a bias toward one or the other feature.

For high-performance I/O processing, the PP 712/08x family supports two PMC/XMC sites and each PMC site supports up to 133 MHz PCI-X operation as well as x8 PCI Express XMC interfaces. As an option it is also possible to enable high-performance XMC modules to communicate with each other directly via the XMC Pn6 connectors between the two XMC sites independently of the main interconnecting buses. The boards can operate as a system controller board, a peripheral board or as a satellite board (blade). Support is also provided for PICMG 2.16 (Ethernet fabric), PICMG 2.9 (IPMI) and PICMG 2.1 (hot swap); the CompactPCI backplane interface operates at 33/66 MHz PCI signaling speeds. The PP 712/08x includes three 10/100/1000 Mbit/s Ethernet interfaces (one front and two rear) and the front panel also provides two USB 2.0, RS-232, dual head graphics via two digital (1600 x 1200) and analog (2048 x 1536) interfaces. The rear I/O connections, compatible with Concurrent Technologies’ popular PP 512/06x, provide three further USB 2.0 ports, an RS-232 port, four SATA300 mass storage interfaces and an Intel High Definition Audio interface. Other features are a watchdog timer, long duration timer, LAN boot firmware and options for an onboard 2.5-inch SATA300 disk and a CompactFlash site.  For applications requiring rear I/O connections a transition module is available.

For ease of integration, the PP 712/08x family of boards supports many of today’s leading operating systems, including Linux, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2003, Windows XP Embedded, Windows XP, Solaris, VxWorks and QNX.

Concurrent Technologies, Woburn, MA. (781) 933-5900. [www.gocct.com].