Latest Xeon Processors on New 6U cPCI Boards

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One of the first product ranges to feature the quad core 2.13 GHz Intel Xeon processor L5518 or the dual core 2.0 GHz Intel Xeon processor L5508, is a new family of 6U CompactPCI boards, the PP66x/07, from Concurrent Technologies. Based on 45nm process technology and the new Intel microarchitecture, formerly codenamed “Nehalem,” both processors are from the Intel embedded roadmap, which offers at least seven-year availability. With up to 64 Gbytes of DDR3-1066 ECC SDRAM, two 10 Gigabit Ethernet ports, and several SAS and SATA300 disk interfaces, the PP 66x/071 boards are particularly suitable for CPU-intensive processing applications within the telecommunications, defence and homeland security market sectors.

The PP 66x/071 family is based on the Intel Xeon 5500 Platform, consisting of the Intel Xeon processor, the Intel 5520 I/O Hub and the Intel ICH10R I/O Controller Hub. The Intel Xeon 5500 platform provides much improved performance-per-watt and integrates the memory controller into the processor for reduced memory latency. The Intel Xeon processors feature Intel QuickPath Technology and Intel Turbo Boost Technology which, along with Intel Hyper-Threading Technology, deliver top performance for bandwidth-intensive applications. Intel QuickPath Technology provides a high-speed, point-to-point connection between the microprocessor and the Intel 5520 I/O Hub. Intel Turbo Boost Technology elevates performance for specific workloads by increasing processor core frequency. The PP 66x/071 products benefit from the Intel Xeon processor’s large last level on-die cache of 8 Mbytes and its ability to directly access (via a 1066 MHz memory bus) up to 64 Gbytes of DDR3-1066 ECC SDRAM in four DIMM sockets. The processor has a very fast I/O data path to the Intel 5520 I/O Hub via the 20 Gbyte/s Intel Quick Path Interface.

For high-performance I/O, control and data processing flexibility, the PP 66x/071 supports, via the front panel, a PMC/XMC site (133 MHz PCI-X and up to x8 PCI Express lanes) as well as optional I/O interconnections via two 10 Gigabit Ethernet ports (copper or optical). The rear connectors provide an interface to an optional onboard 8-port hardware RAID Controller supporting SAS and SATA300 drives. The PP 66x/071 can operate as a system controller board (left slot or right slot), 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 33/66 MHz PCI signaling speeds.

The PP 66x/071 includes three 10/100/1000 Mbit/s Ethernet interfaces (one front and two rear), and the front panel also provides USB 2.0, RS-232, digital (1920 x 1200) and dual analog graphics (2048 x 1536), keyboard and mouse interfaces. The rear connectors provide four further USB 2.0 ports, an RS-232 port and four SATA300 interfaces, as well as the connections to the optional RAID controller. Other features included are a watchdog timer, long duration timer, LAN boot firmware and options for an onboard 2.5-inch SATA300 disk and CompactFlash storage. For applications requiring rear I/O connections, a single or dual slot transition module is available, which can be optionally fitted with a USB flash disk and up to two 2.5-inch SATA300 disks. The PP 66x/071 family supports Linux, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2003, Windows XP Embedded, Windows XP, Solaris, VxWorks and QNX.

Concurrent Technologies, Woburn, MA. (781) 933-5900. [].