Kontron Creates First PIGMG 1.3-Compliant CPU Board

Kontron announced the availability of its new PICMG 1.3compliant- slot CPU board, the Kontron PCI-960, features Intel(R) Core(TM) 2 Duo processor (up to T7600) and Mobile Intel 945G Express chipset. This latest advancement from Kontron, featuring Intel processors, provides faster processing in a compact form factor with minimal increase in power consumption.

First tests indicate that the Core 2 Duo T7600 works noticeably faster in comparison to the Core Duo processor T2600. The Core 2 Duo T7600 shows only marginally higher power consumption despite its higher clock rate and twice as much L2 cache (4 MB). This is ideal for closely packed, space-saving PICMG 1.3 industrial servers with high computing power and an extensive interface configuration. For example, the PICMG 1.3 assemblies are used in multi-processor systems with several servers in just one chassis. They are used in testing and measurement technology with simultaneous data collection and evaluation, with parallel processing of several video and/or audio streams. Other applications are in the field of control and visualization of imaging technologies in the medical or medical imaging area generally and in the broad field of simulation.

Thanks to PCI Express over backplane (1x PCIeX16, 4 x PCIeX1 or 1 x PCIeX4), the graphics and peripheral card address a total of 8Gbyte/s full duplex and is noticeably accelerated in comparison to PCI. On the new Kontron PCI-960 touts two 6x USB 2.0 in front, 3x 10/100/1000 base-T Ethernet, one parallel and two serial interfaces (16550 UART-compatible), DIMM sockets for up to 4 GB DDR2-SDRAM, CompactFlash card sockets, 1 EIDE and 4 SATA interfaces and 6-channel AC97 Audio Codec (including digital input and output). If there is no external graphics card, it is possible to connect CRT or LVDS. Additional interfaces can be adapted via mini-PCI connectors. Kontron offers additional assemblies for LAN, WLAN and SCSI. Software support is offered for Windows XP and 2000 (also in server versions) and Linux. Additional operating systems are possible on a project basis.

About PICMG 1.3
With PICMG 1.3 (published August 2005), PICMG, standardization board for industrial computing platforms, has brought its specifications (PICMG 1.x / first publication 1994) up to the state of the art. PCI Express and other slot assembly interfaces are implemented over the backplane with PICMG 1.3. Thus the advantages of this specification also remain state of the art for PCIs: with PICMG 1.0, it was originally a matter of bringing CPUs onto classic slot assemblies. The principle of the expansion cards was also applied to processor assemblies in order to save space and to facilitate the exchange of components via passive backplanes. This argument still speaks in favor of PICMG 1.3. Beyond that, an additional advantage was achieved: additional dedicated interfaces such as SATA or USB 2.0 are implemented via the backplane, so that the slot assemblies are freed from this on-board wiring. In addition, Ethernet over backplane makes PCIMG 1.3 even more flexible by addressing several CPU assemblies, enabling their independent operation as servers in one housing. Motherboard systems are alternatives to PICMG 1.3, but with correspondingly less packing density, or CompactPCI systems with a markedly more complex feature set (e.g., IPMI) and hot-swap functionality. All three solutions are available at Kontron.

Kontron will be present on the following trade shows:

HET instrument, Netherlands, Oct 30 – Nov 03, 2006, booth Texim/ Koning and Hartman
electronica 2006, Germany, Nov 14 – 17, 2006, hall A6, booth A6.706
ComPaMED, Germany, Nov 15 – 17, 2006, hall 8, booth M11
SPS/IPC/DRIVES, Germany, Nov 28 – 30, 2006, hall 7, booth 7-306

About Kontron
A global leader in embedded computer technology and mobile rugged solutions, Kontron supplies a diversified customer base of OEMs, system integrators, and application providers in the: automation, test and measurement, communications, medical, gaming and entertainment, military, aerospace, transportation, and energy markets. The company helps its customers considerably reduce their time-to-market and gain a competitive advantage with products including: high-performance open computer platforms and systems, single board computers, human-machine interfaces, and mobile rugged computers. Kontron employs more than 2,300 people worldwide and has manufacturing facilities in Europe, North America, and Asia-Pacific. The company is listed on the German TecDAX 30 stock exchange under the symbol “KBC”. Kontron is a Premier member in the Intel(R) Communications Alliance which means earliest access to leading-edge Intel technologies and privileged engineering support.