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BOARDS: 6U CompactPCI boards based on Intel Core i7

LONDON — Concurrent Technologies (Colchester, UK) has released the PP 712/08x family of 6U CompactPCI boards, one of the first embedded product ranges to feature the Intel Core i7 processor family.

Depending on the application requirements a choice of processors are supported: the 2.53GHz Intel Core i7-610E, 2.0GHz Intel Core i7-620LE and the 1.06GHz Intel Core i7-620UE.

Based on 32nm process technology and the Intel integrated memory/graphics controller architecture, these processors are from the Intel embedded roadmap which offers at least seven year availability.

With up to 8 Gbytes of DDR3-1066 ECC SDRAM, dual PMC/XMC sites, three Gigabit Ethernet ports, four SATA300 disk interfaces and dual head graphics, the PP 712/08x also offers rear I/O interfaces that are compatible with the popular PP 512/06x family providing a continuing upgrade path.

The PP 712/08x can optionally support extended temperatures ranging from -40°C to +85°C. The boards are particularly suitable for CPU intensive processing applications within the telecommunications, defence and homeland security market sectors.

The PP 712/08x family is based on the combination of the Intel Core i7 processor and an Intel Platform Controller Hub (PCH), the Mobile Intel QM57 Express chipset. This combination benefits from the integration of the graphics controller and the memory controller into the processor, resulting in reduced memory latency and improved performance-per-watt.

The Intel Core i7 processors feature Intel Direct Media Interface Technology and Intel Flexible Display Interfaces to the PCH to provide simultaneous high-speed non-graphic traffic and video/graphic traffic.

The processors also include Intel Hyper-Threading Technology to allow multiple simultaneous execution threads in each core and Intel Turbo Boost Technology which elevates performance for specific workloads by increasing processor core frequency on one core when the second core and/or graphics engine utilization level is low.

The CPU and graphics engines have separate Turbo modes, and by using simple BIOS setup options, the user can disable either or both of the turbo modes, or pre-set a bias towards one or the other feature.

For high performance I/O processing the PP 712/08x family supports two PMC/XMC sites, each PMC site supports up to 133MHz PCI-X operation as well as x8 PCI Express XMC interfaces. As an option it is also possible to enable high performance XMC modules to communicate with each other directly via the XMC Pn6 connectors between the two XMC sites independently of the main interconnecting busses.

The boards can operate as a system controller board, a peripheral board or as a satellite board (blade). Support is also provided for PICMG 2.16 (Ethernet fabric), PICMG 2.9 (IPMI) and PICMG 2.1 (hot swap); the CompactPCI backplane interface operates at 33/66MHz PCI signalling speeds.

The PP 712/08x includes three 10/100/1000Mbps Ethernet interfaces (one front and two rear) and the front panel also provides two USB 2.0, RS-232, dual head graphics via two digital (1600 x 1200) and analog (2048 x 1536) interfaces.

The rear I/O connections, compatible with Concurrent Technologies' popular PP 512/06x, provide three further USB 2.0 ports, an RS-232 port, four SATA300 mass storage interfaces and an Intel High Definition Audio interface. Other features are a watchdog timer, long duration timer, LAN boot firmware and options for an onboard 2.5-inch SATA300 disk and a CompactFlash site. For applications requiring rear I/O connections a transition module is available.

More details including a datasheet are available.

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