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3U VPX Uses Fourth Generation Intel Core Processor for Performance Boost
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A new 3U VPX processor board is based on the quad-core fourth generation Intel Core processor family (previously codenamed “Haswell”). The TR B12/msd from Concurrent Technologies features the Intel Core i7-4700EQ processor and the associated mobile Intel QM87 Express chipset. With up to 16 Gbytes of DRAM and a rich assortment of I/O interfaces, this board is a suitable processor board for 3U VPX solutions requiring the latest in processing performance. 3U VPX is particularly well suited to high-end compute-intensive applications in military embedded, aerospace and transportation systems for data acquisition, control systems and video signal processing.
The fourth generation Intel Core processor family is based on 22nm process technology. This quad-core processor provides enhanced CPU and graphics performance over previous generations at TDP levels up to 47W. Additionally, new instructions are introduced, including: the Intel Advanced Vector Extensions 2.0 (Intel AVX) to provide a performance improvement in integer and floating-point-intensive computations particularly appropriate for image processing applications. It also features the Intel AES New Instructions (Intel AES-NI) enhancements to accelerate data encryption and decryption in hardware.
Additional features include 4 x SATA600 mass storage interfaces, onboard SATA Flash, serial and USB interfaces, graphics and stereo audio interfaces. The wide range of I/O interfaces can be further expanded by the addition of an XMC module. The board supports a configurable control plane fabric interface (VITA 46.6) and a flexible PCI Express (PCIe) data plane fabric interface (VITA 46.4) supporting up to Gen 3 data rates and can be used in systems defined by OpenVPX (VITA 65).
Optional features include Built in Test (BIT) and a board level security package that provides a means to enhance the security of equipment to prevent access to sensitive data and key Intellectual Property.
The TR B12/msd can be integrated into systems together with Concurrent Technologies’ switches and mass storage boards. To ease integration, many of today’s leading embedded operating systems including Windows, Linux and VxWorks are supported. Systems using multiple processing boards will benefit from the optional Fabric Interconnect Networking Software (FIN-S), which provides a high-performance, low-latency, communications mechanism for multiple host boards to intercommunicate across the high-speed fabric interface. The TR B12/msd processor board is released as a commercial air-cooled board, while later releases will include dual-core processor options and ruggedized variants.