COM Family with Freescale QorIQ Speeds Telecomm and Number Crunching Systems

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A new family of COM Express-compliant Power Architecture processor modules features Freescale’s QorIQ 32-bit P2020 (COMe-cP2020) and the 64-bit P5020 (COMe-cP5020) processor. The Kontron COMe-cP2020 is especially suited for low-power, deeply embedded number crunching systems that do not require graphic functionality, but instead need especially high single-threaded performance-per-watt of the Power Architecture. With its long-term availability of more than 10 years, fanless operation and support for the extended temperature range up to -40° to +70°C, the new modules are also designed to run in especially durable applications even in harsh environments. The Kontron COM Express basic sized COMe-cP5020 targets high-bandwidth telecommunication and data processing applications.

The Kontron COMe-cP2020 in the COM Express compact (95 mm x 95 mm) form factor is based on the Freescale QorIQ P2020 dual-core power architecture with 1.2 GHz. The Kontron COMe-cP5020 in the COM Express basic (95 mm x 125 mm) form factor is based on the Freescale QorIQ P5020 dual-core power processor with 2.0 GHz. Featuring 64-bit technology, it integrates up to 8 Gbyte of soldered DDR3 RAM at 1333 MHz and ECC. Two additional Mbyte of shared third level cache facilitate core-to-core communications to minimize accesses to main memory. The Kontron COMe-b5020 with its Data Path Acceleration Architecture (DPAA) assures that even heavy network traffic does not affect the processing performance of the cores. With DPAA it offloads the cores from the common packet-handling tasks, which leaves more headroom for the relevant processing even at full load.

Common features to both Computer-on-Modules are up to 2 Gbyte of NAND Flash as well as a socket for MicroSD cards on the module to offer reliable storage space for application data. In terms of I/Os, the new modules interface the QorIQ-specific I/Os toward the carrierboard. Besides USB 2.0 ports there are also UART (TxD, RxD, RTC and CTS) und Gigabit Ethernet interfaces. Flexible interface support is guaranteed by 4 (COMe-cP2020) or 18 (COMe-bP5020) SERDES lanes, which can be configured according to application-specific needs in a whole range of different combinations for example as PCIe x4, sRIO x4 or Serial Gigabit Media Independent Interface (SGMII). In addition, the Kontron COMe-bP5020 offers XAUI and SATA interfaces.

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