KONTRON Australia has introduced the CP6500-V, a new CompactPCI board in 6U height. It comes with a 1GHz or 400MHz (LV/ULV version) Intel Celeron processor and is designed for price-sensitive applications.
The 400MHz version works with passive cooling alone. The inexpensive 144-pin SODIMM RAM of the board is scalable at three levels, with 128MB, 256MB, or 512MB SDRAM.
In addition, the hot swap capable CPU board offers various interfaces, including four USB 2.0 ports as well as two Fast Ethernet interfaces, which are either accessible via the front panel or, alternatively, realised through the backplane in accordance with PICMG 2.16, enabling wireless switched fabrics.
There are also two serial ports, plus the usual keyboard, floppy drive and graphics connections (VGA CRT with a resolution of 1600 x 1200 pixels).
Two EIDE ports facilitate the connection of mass-storage devices; one of these interfaces is designed for an on-board HDD. In addition, the CPU board includes a CompactFlash socket.
Via a 32-bit/33MHz PMC slot with rear I/O support, the CP6500-V can be further expanded through mezzanine cards as required. Additional I/O can be connected through an LPC interface, or via rear I/O or CompactPCI extension components.
The CP6500-V works in the system slot as well as in the peripheral slot. In the former, it will communicate with all peripheral boards via CompactPCI or Ethernet over backplane in accordance with PICMG 2.16; in the latter, the communication channel is Ethernet over backplane.
Software support is available for Windows XP, XP Embedded and 2000, as well as Linux and VxWorks.
For higher performance, Kontron offers the Performance Line; the CPU boards CP605, CP6000, CP6010, and CP6011 are equipped with Intel Pentium 4 or Intel Pentium M processors.
In its cost-optimised XL-POCKET housing, the CP6500-V competes with industrial rail computers and industrial PCs (IPCs).
Until recently, these have offered a price advantage, but they are not very convenient in terms of adaptation to different purposes and applications: while, in a CompactPCI system, components can be swapped from the front, industrial rail computers and IPCs always require more or less complicated assembly work.
Thus, the new CompactPCI system offers more convenience and flexibility, at a price that compares to that of industrial rail computers and IPCs.