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6U VPX Blade Debuts with Two Core i7 Processors

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An innovative VPX computing blade for parallel data and signal processing applications incorporates two independently implemented Intel Core i7 processing nodes linked to a powerful Ethernet and PCIe infrastructure. The Kontron VPX blade VX6060 is targeted as a building block for intensive parallel computing workloads where a cluster of 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 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.

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/O included for each node, rugged multi-display consoles and many other types of embedded applications will find in the 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 large program development time. PowerMP software is already in use today in UAVs, radars and sonars throughout the world. The new 6U VPX board comes with EFI BIOS and supports Linux and VxWorks 6. 

Kontron, Poway, CA. (888) 294-4558. [www.kontron.com].