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November 2008 | Volume 11/ Number 11
Nitty Gritty

Kontron’s CP6016 CompactPCI CPU Board

Proving that CompactPCI computing platforms haven’t been totally overshadowed by AdvancedTCA and MicroTCA (News - Alert), Kontron ( has introduced the powerful CP6016 processor board in a 6U high (10.5-inch) CompactPCI form factor.

Based on the 45nm Intel (News - Alert) Core2 Duo processor T9400, Konton’s new CompactPCI board has up to 25 percent faster core speeds (2.53 GHz), 50 per cent more L2 cache (6MB, to help support bandwidth-intensive image processing, multimedia and test and measurement apps) and a 60 per cent faster FSB (1,066 MHz) than the 65nm Intel Core2 Duo processor T7500-based board. It can also hold up to 16GB of registered DDR2 ECC SO-RDIMM memory, and can communicate with other onboard hardware components via an Intelligent Platform Management Interface (IPMI).

Konton’s new board even has an onboard Trusted Platform Module (TPM 1.2) for data and software protection, it’s unique key generator making the board suitable for sensitive and securityrelated telecom and datacom applications.

The CP6016 sports various interfaces: six SATA ports with RAID 0/1/5 functionality for data protection, seven USB 2.0 ports, two RS232 ports, VGA and High Definition Audio (HDA) interfaces as well as five Gigabit Ethernet interfaces connected via a PCI Express switch fabric.

One of the six SATA ports can be used for an onboard 63.5mm SATA hard drive. An XMC socket (via PCI Express 8) and PMC socket for mezzanine cards allow room for any customized expansions. Also, there’s an onboard USB Flash option.

The CP6016 runs with Linux, Microsoft (News - Alert) Windows XP, XP embedded or Windows Server 2003. Kontron’s packages support all onboard hardware devices, as such expected features as Hotswap, IPMI, power and thermal management, enabling integration among scalable multi-CPU systems. IT

Richard “Zippy” Grigonis is Executive Editor of TMC (News - Alert)’s IP Communications Group.

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