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Server board packs two Intel Xeon processors

Posted: 13 Apr 2009 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

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Kontron has entered the server board market segment with the release of KTC5520-EATX, adding a server class category to its extensive portfolio of embedded and basic motherboard products.

The cost-effective Kontron KTC5520-EATX SSI EEB-compliant server board is designed with a feature-set and two new Intel Xeon 5518 45nm quad-core processors. Its extreme performance, high I/O bandwidth and reliabilitybacked by a up to 7-year life-cycle support programsuit OEMs designing a multitude of applications found in the medical imaging, simulation, storage and multimedia telecom and data center markets.

"We are extremely excited to introduce this server board," said Benoit Robert, executive director, product management at Kontron. "For five years, Kontron has been rapidly expanding its embedded motherboard business and, with its long design experience with server class, embedded Intel processors such as in our AdvancedTCA and CompactPCI bladed products, the business case was there to parley that experience into our motherboard portfolio. Thanks in large part to the design-in of the new Intel Xeon microarchitecture, early reaction from clients have been strong and immediate."

Remote management
An attractive selling point for network managers is the server board's built-in ability to be fully managed remotely. Kontron uses an integrated management processor (IMP) that integrates VGA/2D, BMC and KVM/VM over IP to support real-time access with full control by keyboard, video monitor and mouse (KVM) and virtual media (VM) by a single local computer from anywhere, at any time. Intelligent Platform Management Interface (IPMI) 2.0 compliant using IPMI over LAN, the server board provides the OS-independent and cross-platform interface for monitoring the server system's temperature, voltage, and fan status, among other items, and permits out-of-band management even when the main processors are not powered-in.

In addition, KVM and VM over IP allow administrators to install software from a remote drive (floppy, CD/DVD-ROM, flash device, HDD) to target servers for convenient installation. At the same time, the KVM/VM function enables faster troubleshooting by fixing server problems from anywhere, while IPMI proactively sends alarms about environmental issues that could threaten the server's services, therefore reducing system downtime and operation costs.

The Kontron KTC5520-EATX server board also provides one dual port GbE controller for external connectivity, support for iSCSI storage technology and boot-up via iSCSI, and expansions via two USB headers (flash drive compatible), one TPM 1.2 header, one PCI 32 bits/33MHz slot, one PCIe x4 Gen1 slot and four x8 PCIe Gen2 slots. It also features six SATA II connectors, four USB 2.0 ports, seven fan headers, VGA, legacy PS/2 keyboard/mouse and HD audio interfaces.

The RoHS-compliant server board uses the Intel IOH 36D (I/OAT, VT-d) and Intel ICH10R chipset that offer significant new enhancements to accelerate I/O traffic and lower CPU utilization in both native and virtualized environments. Memory options feature support for up to 48Gbyte DDR3 800/1066/1333MHz on three channels of two DIMM sockets per CPU, for a total of 12 DDR3 ECC Registered DIMMs. Software support includes Windows Server 2008 and Red Hat Enterprise Linux version 5.2 or later (64 bits) OS.

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