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Kontron rolls Intel Core i7-based embedded computing platforms

Posted: 04 May 2012 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:embedded computing? 3D tri-gate transistor? processor-based board?

Kontron has announced the support of the quad-core 3rd generation Intel Core i7-3615QE (4x2.3GHz, 6MB L2 cache) and i7-3612QE (4x2.1GHz, 6MB L2 cache) processors on seven embedded computing platforms. According to the company, these are the first boards and modules to feature the increased computing power, graphics performance, long-term availability and energy efficiency of the new transistor technology from Intel.

Available in COM Express basic, Flex-ATX, Mini-ITX, AdvancedMC, 3U and 6U CompactPCI as well as 3U VPX, Kontron gives OEMs a jump-start in developing a range of leading-edge compute- and graphics-intensive applications, noted the company.

Based on Intel's 22nm 3D tri-gate transistor technology, the 3rd generation Intel Core i7 processor-based boards provide up to 20 percent enhanced computing power and up to 40 percent increased performance/W compared to designs based on the 2nd generation Intel Core processors. Kontron's new embedded computing platforms enable OEMs to build applications with increased processing density and I/O bandwidth within tight thermal envelopes. This also meets and exceeds the requirement for improved size, weight and power (SWaP) of embedded designs and enables designers to use the power of the latest quad-core Intel processors for the first time on small form factors such as COM Express, AdvancedMC and 3U VPX.

Additionally, improved Intel Advanced Vector Extensions (AVX) floating point instruction set for signal processing and SSE instruction sets provide developers the tools to use the increased floating point performance for high performance embedded computing applications in markets such as military, avionics and medical, the company stated.

Kontron boards

Based on Intel's 22nm 3D tri-gate transistor technology, the processor-based boards offer up to 20 percent enhanced computing power and up to 40 percent higher performance/W compared to the previous generation.

Further advancements include the integrated Intel HD Graphics 4000 that features more than 16 execution units which is 30 percent more than the second generation Intel Core processors provide. It also offers, in addition to VGA and LVDS, native support of three independent digital display interfaces, each of which can be configured for DisplayPort (DP), HDMI or DVI displays for sophisticated applications found in markets such as medical, infotainment and industrial automation.

A high performance MPEG-2 hardware decoding unit allows for decoding of multiple high resolution full HD videos in parallel. OEMs and designers benefit from up to twice the HD media and up to 60 percent 3D graphics performance for an improved user experience and stunning visuals. With support for Intel Flexible Display Interface (FDI), DirectX 11, OpenGL 3.1 and OpenCL 1.1 developers can now use the latest APIs to accelerate the design of their applications. Kontron's platforms also support up to 16GB of dual channel DDR3 memory, multiple Gigabit Ethernet, SATA and the latest high-throughput interfaces such as PCI Express 3.0 and USB 3.0 for high-bandwidth applications. The AdvancedMC processor module offering this high bandwidth is ideal for MicroTCA and AdvancedTCA based telecommunications applications such as LTE or LTE-Advanced, wireless base stations, test systems for wire line and wireless network automation, and security applications, explained Kontron.

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