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AdvancedTCA Quad-Core node blades from Kontron Australia

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Kontron, represented by Kontron Australia , have released their new AdvancedTCA 10 Gigabit node blade, the Kontron AT8050, designed with the new Intel Xeon 5500 Platform with an advanced 45nm quad-core processors.

According to Kontron, COTS-based carrier grade open platform hardware, such as AdvancedTCA and MicroTCA, open new opportunities for TEMs to create and design new network infrastructure gear on a reusable, common platform. This new Kontron blade, an addition to Kontron’s open modular platform portfolio, shows positive signs for unprecedented volume business.

In designing the Kontron AT8050 AdvancedTCA blade, Kontron provide clients the best possible options to ensure that they could maintain a continual competitive edge with their common platform business model.

Kontron chose to design with a single quad-core Intel Xeon processor L5518 with a 60W power envelope, as opposed to a dual CPU configuration. The benefits of this are: clients can still make use of one available AdvancedMC slot for further feature extensions, clients can maximise the amount of available memory at 24GB DDR3 Registered ECC VLP SDRAM and up to 48GB DDR3 once available, and clients can upgrade their existing node blades with the Kontron AT8050 without having to upgrade their chassis platforms, which they would have to do to be able to cool several dual-socket-designed quad-core node blades. The Kontron AT8050 provides performance and functionality without making sacrifices to power consumption.

The Intel Xeon processor 5500 series, based on the latest Intel microarchitecture, includes an Integrated Memory Controller with DDR3 support and Intel QuickPath Technology, Intel Turbo Boost, Technology and Intel Hyper-Threading Technology. These and other new microarchitecture innovations help to increase performance by reducing memory bottlenecks, executing more instructions per clock through improved caches for faster processing per core, and optimising for specific workloads by utilising cache and Intel Turbo Boost technologies. Moreover, there are up to 8 cores or 16 threads for simultaneous multi-threading, which makes this Intel quad-core processor suitable for virtualisation configurations.

Compliant to PICMG 3.1 Option 9, Option 2, the Kontron AT8050 features 10 + 10 Gigabit Ethernet on the Fabric Interface as well as two 10/100/1000Mbps Ethernet on the Base Interface and two 10/100/1000Mbps Ethernet through the Front Panel or RTM. Expansion features include one AdvancedMC mid-size slot supporting PCI Express x4, and SATA /SAS interfaces. The associated Intel 5520 chipset, which supports up to 36 lanes of PCI Express 2.0 and directly assignable I/O for virtualisation (VT-d), offers significant new enhancements to accelerate I/O traffic and lower CPU utilisation in both native and virtualised environments.

Standard with Kontron blades are full IPMI and supervisory features for remote control capability with power on-off, clean shutdown, warm reset/cold reset controls through any IPMI channels including LAN when the payload power is off. The Kontron RTM8050, a rear transition module built with a SAS controller to support a Hot Swappable SAS/SATA Hard Disk on the RTM and/or a SAS/SATA AMC module populated in the Kontron AT8050’s one AMC slot.

The Kontron AT8050 is available with Kontron pre-integrated AdvancedTCA OM platforms in 2U, 5U, and 13U heights, which may be fully tested and integrated with Red Hat Enterprise Linux V.5.2, Wind River PNE Linux 2.0, and High Availability middleware from Enea to produce a ‘TEM-ready’ platform for accelerated system development.

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