Kontron announced its new Kontron AM4100 Advanced Mezzanine Card (AMC/AdvancedMC) at the NXTcomm 2007 Trade Show in Chicago, USA. Based on the 1.5 GHz Dual Core Freescale PowerPC(R) MPC8641D, the Kontron AM4100 delivers up to 2.3 MIPS/MHz computing performance and highest Ethernet bandwidth without breaking the power budgets of modular AdvancedTCA carriers or highly-integrated, redundant MicroTCA multi-processing systems.
The integrated Altivec 128-Bit Vector Processing Unit, which also replaces Digital Signal Processors (DSPs), makes the Kontron AM4100 a perfect design fit for telecommunication equipment manufacturers (TEMs) and enterprise datacoms. The Kontron AM4100 is also an ideal fit for non-telecom markets such as medical, industrial imaging, and military/aerospace. Its four Gigabit Ethernet interfaces have advanced capabilities for Transmission Control Protocol (TCP) and User Datagram Protocol (UDP) checksum acceleration, QoS support, and packet header manipulation and are able to sustain highest data rates. Communication hungry applications with a demand for high data throughput will benefit from the vector processing unit which works to minimize cache pollution while processing massive amounts of data.
The Kontron AM4100 includes up to 2GB of soldered DDR2-SDRAM, 4 MB bootable redundant NOR Flash, up to 4GB NAND Flash, and EEPROM for user and configuration data. Two of the GbE interfaces can be routed to AMC connector or to RJ45 connectors on the front panel. Additionally, the Kontron AM4100 supports PCIe x4 or Serial RapidIO x4 as a fat pipe fabric.
The Kontron AM4100 is fully hot-swappable, which makes it possible to replace the module without shutting down the AdvancedTCA carrier board or the MicroTCA system. A dedicated Module Management Controller (MMC) is used to manage the board and support Intelligent Platform Management Interface (IPMI) commands and PICMG (ATCA/AMC) command extensions, which enable operators to detect and eliminate faults faster at the module level.
The Kontron AM4100 AdvancedMC processor module will be available in Mid-Size and Full-Size variants. Samples are available on request and full production will start in September 2007. Board Support Packages (BSPs) are available for Linux and VxWorks.
Kontron designs and manufactures standard-based and custom embedded and mobile rugged solutions for OEMs, systems integrators, and application providers in a variety of markets. Kontron engineering and manufacturing facilities, located throughout Europe, North America, and Asia-Pacific, work together with streamlined global sales and support services to help customers reduce their time-to-market and gain a competitive advantage. Kontron’s diverse product portfolio includes: Computer-on-Modules, SBCs/blades, open-modular platforms and systems, HMIs, mobile rugged workstations, and custom capabilities. Kontron is a Premier member of the Intel(R) Communications Alliance and was awarded 2006 Intel Member of the Year. The company is a recent three-time VDC Platinum vendor for Embedded Computer Boards. Kontron is listed on the German TecDAX stock exchange under the symbol “KBC”.