3U OpenVPX SBCs Bring 10 Gig Ethernet and PCI Express 3.0

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A pair of third generation 3U OpenVPX single board computers (SBC) supports the latest interface technology based on the third generation Intel Core i7 processors. The two 3U OpenVPX SBCs from Kontron have native support for 10 Gigabit Ethernet and PCI Express 3.0 to meet the high bandwidth demands of network centric military, aerospace and transportation applications. The Kontron VX3042 and VX3044 are specifically designed to provide the appropriate combination of leading-edge performance, power efficiency and bandwidth to long-lifecycle applications.

The Kontron VX3042 is based on the 2.2 GHz dual-core Intel Core i7-3517UE processor with configurable TDP between 14W and 25W. It offers up to 16 Gbyte soldered ECC DDR3 SDRAM and one XMC site to enable application-specific customization by populating the XMC slot with additional specialized XMCs including I/O, field bus and storage modules. Specifically designed for high-performance embedded computing, the leading-edge Kontron VX3044 integrates the Intel Core i7-3612QE quad-core processor with 2.1 GHz and up to 16 Mbyte soldered ECC DDR3 SDRAM. Combined with its powerful I/O backbone, multiple Kontron VX3044 enable HPEC systems with an unprecedented computing density in the compact 3U form factor.

Common to both SBCs are the comprehensive Ethernet connectivity with 10GBASE-KR, 1000BASE-T and 1000BASE-BX, eight lane PCI Express gen 3.0 and x1 PCI Express gen 2.0, 1x USB 3.0 and 4x USB 2.0. Storage media can be connected via 2x SATA 3 and 2x SATA 2, both with RAID 0/1/5/10 support. As an option, onboard soldered SATA-Flash is available to host OS and application code. Three DisplayPort interfaces provide the increased graphics power of the integrated Intel HD Graphics 4000 to three independent monitors.

And with the Kontron Smart Technologies with VXFabric’s ability to use Ethernet TCP/IP over PCI Express, VXControl for monitoring and control of critical parameters, and the PBIT system test solution, OEMs have the ability to simplify and accelerate the development of optimized and highly reliable applications. Their 100 percent backward and upward compatible pin-out to all Kontron based 3U VPX SBCs, enables system upgrades without a redesign of the backplane. OEMs can also profit on the software side, as they just have to write the code once and can run it on the complete Kontron OpenVPX product range, enabling real drop in replacements.

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