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June 07, 2012

Kontron Unveils AdvancedMC Processor Module AM4022

Kontron (News - Alert), a specialist in embedded computing technology, launched its most powerful single AdvancedMC processor module AM4022, designed with the 3rd generation Intel (News - Alert) Core i7 processor.

The newly launched Kontron AM4022 is noted to be an ideal fit for applications based on MicroTCA (News - Alert) and AdvancedTCA integrated platforms that require high-end computing performance.

With up to 4 x 2.1 GHz, the new Kontron AdvancedMC processor module AM4022 offers more than twice the processing performance and up to four times the 3D graphics performance of its predecessor. Also, with MicroTCA.1 support for a robust system design and an optional temperature range of -25 to +70 °C, it withstands the toughest mechanical and thermal environmental conditions.

The Kontron AM4022 comes with latest dual-core and quad-core CPU performance that is scalable up to the 2.1 GHz Intel Core i7-3612QE processor. Company’s statement also clarified that additional versions with further standard voltage, low voltage and ultra-low voltage processors will be made available, providing developers and OEMs the highest flexibility when designing leading edge systems with high performance and low heat dissipation.

The integrated Intel HD4000 graphics of the Kontron AM4022 is noted to provide an immense performance boost supported by DirectX 11, OpenGL 3.1, OpenCL 1.1 and Intel QuickSync Video for high performance video transcoding. The new AMC features up to 8 GB of soldered DDR3 1600 MHz ECC-protected memory for increased data integrity and system stability. Additionally, up to 64 GB of SLC NAND Flash can be integrated to host a complete operating system and application code, which substantially increases overall system speed and availability.

Moreover, the AMC.0/.1/.2/.3 compliant Kontron AM4022 offers eight PCI Express Gen3 lanes to the backplane, configurable as 2 x PCIe x 4 or 1 x PCIe x 8. There are also four GbE ports; two on the front and two 1000BASE-BX (SerDes) on the backplane as well as two 6 Gbit/s SATA ports.

Also, the Kontron AM4022 features a DisplayPort output on the front panel making additional graphics modules unnecessary. Alternatively, a COM port for external management access is available. An USB 2.0 port with mini USB jack on the front panel rounds out the feature set.

For customization purposes the Kontron AM4022 also offers additional interfaces to the extended options region of the AMC ports - one SATA, one COM, one USB 3.0, three USB 2.0 ports (one for debug) and four GPIO signals.

The Kontron AdvancedMC (News - Alert) processor module AM4022 has full hot-swap capabilities for monitoring, controlling and replacing the module. The Intelligent Platform Management Interface enhances the board's availability while reducing the overall operating costs and mean-time-to-repair. It also features a dedicated Module Management Controller.

Kontron also offers a choice of MicroTCA systems for the Kontron AM4022 and it supports Windows 7 (64 bit), Windows 2008 Server R2, as well as various Linux distributions such as RedHat, Fedora and Wind River (News - Alert) Linux PNE 4.X.

The company is planning to make the highly-integrated Kontron AdvancedMC processor board AM4022 available in Q3 2012.

Edited by Brooke Neuman

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