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45nm Xeon blade runs Linux

Jan 26, 2009 — by Eric Brown — from the LinuxDevices Archive

Adlink Technologies is shipping a 6U CompactPCI dual-Xeon processor blade that runs Linux and targets networking, telecom, and military equipment. The PICMG 2.0 compliant cPCI-6920 blade supports up to two Quad-Core or Dual-Core Intel Xeons built on 45nm process technology.

(Click for larger view of the dual-slot cPCI-6920D blade)

The cPCI-6920 blade uses Intel's 5100 “San Clemente” chipset, together with Intel's 5400 series (“Harpertown”) Xeon processor. The parts debuted earlier this year, and boast a seven-year lifecycle guarantee. Intel describes the Harpertown/San Clemente combo as “the first 45nm CPU platform” targeting computing blades with thermal constraints.

The cPCI-6920 series is available in 4HP(cPCI-6920) and 8HP (cPCI-6920D) CompactPCI form factor versions, says Adlink. The single-slot 4HP model (pictured below) offers a single CPU socket that can be equipped with a Quad-Core Intel Xeon (L5408) or a Dual-Core Intel Xeon (LV 5138) processor. It offers dual SO-RDIMM (small-outline, registered DIMM) sockets, for up to 8GB memory.

The dual slot 8HP (cPCI-6920D), meanwhile, supplies dual CPU sockets that can be equipped with two Quad-Core L5408 Xeons or two Dual-Core LV 5138 Xeons. It has four SO-RDIMM sockets provided for up to 16GB memory.


Single-slot, single-processor cPCI-6920, with heatsink

Both cPCI-6920 series models offer 1066MHz front side buses, says Adlink. The blades ship with 4GB of embedded USB NAND flash, and offer a CompactFlash slot for expansion. For I/O expansion, the cPCI-6920 includes a 64bit/66MHz PMC site (processor mezzanine card), or a x8 (“by-eight”) PCI-Express XMC site that supports options such as 10-gigabit Ethernet and high-end graphics boards.


Dual-slot, dual-processor cPCI-6920D, with RTM
(Click to enlarge)

A rear transition module (RTM) provides for RAID 0/1 enabled SATA/SCSI storage, and offers room for a 2.5-inch SATA hard drive directly mounted on the single-board computer (SBC) and RTM, says Adlink. Connectivity is said to include four RJ-45 gigabit Ethernet ports, eight USB 2.0 ports, two DB-9 serial ports, and a DB-15 analog graphics port.

Specifications listed for the 4HP cPCI-6920 and 8HP cPCI-6920D include:

  • Processor — Single Xeon in 4HP cPCI-6920; Dual Xeons in 8HP cPCI-6920D
  • Quad-Core option — FC-LGA771 Quad-Core Intel Xeon Processor 2.13GHz (L5408), 12MB L2 cache, 1066MHz FSB
  • Dual-Core option — FC-LGA771 Dual-Core Intel Xeon Processor LV 2.13GHz (5138), 4MB L2 cache, 1066MHz FSB
  • Chipset — Intel 5100 MCH and ICH9R I/O Controller Hub
  • Memory — Dual channel DDR2-667 registered memory with ECC, up to 16GB (8HP only); 2 x (4HP) or 4 x (8HP) 200-pin SO-RDIMM sockets
  • Flash — 4GB USB NAND flash onboard
  • CompactPCI Bus — 64bit/66MHz CompactPCI Bus, V(I/O) 3.3V only (master or standalone)
  • PICMG compatibility:
    • PICMG 2.0 CompactPCI R3.0
    • PICMG 2.1 Hot Swap R2.0
    • PICMG 2.9 System Management v.1.5 R1.0
    • PICMG 2.16 Packet Switch Backplane R1.0
  • PMC/XMC — PCI 64bit/66MHz PMC or PCI-Express x8 XMC site; 3.3V PCI signaling (8HP version only)
  • Graphics — AMD ATI ES1000 on PCI 32bit/33MHz bus with DDR2-533 64MB memory; analog RGB up to 32bit 1600×1200@60Hz refresh
  • Display interface — DB-15 VGA port on front and rear panels, mirror display
  • SBC storage — removable CompactFlash slot; optional SATA port on SBC for 2.5-inch HDD direct mounting
  • RTM storage:
    • 2 x 7-pin connectors for external SATA
    • SATA port for 2.5-inch onboard SATA HDD (8HP version only)
    • Optional CompactFlash slot onboard (8HP version only)
    • 1 x internal and 1 x external 68-pin SCSI connector by LSI53C1020 SCSI Ultra320 single-channel controller
  • Networking:
    • 2 x PCI-Express Intel 82571EB dual-port gigabit Ethernet controllers
    • 2 x 10/100/1000BASE-T front panel egress ports
    • 2 x 10/100/1000BAST-T PICMG 2.16 ports
  • USB — 8 x USB 2.0 ports; up to 4 x front-facing ports; up to 6 x ports routed to rear
  • Serial — DB-9 16C550 compatible RS-232 port on front panel (8HP version only); 2 x serial ports routed to rear
  • Other I/O — PS/2 keyboard/mouse combo port on front or rear panel (8HP version only)
  • Other features — Watchdog timer; hardware monitoring; coin-cell Lithium battery; status LEDs
  • Operating temperature — 32 to 131 deg. F (0 to 55 deg. C)
  • Power — 5V 13.9 A, 69.5 W; 3.3V 11.9 A, 39.3 W; total 109.8 W (for single Quad-Core L5408, 4 x 2GB SO-RDIMMs, 60GB SATA HDD onboard under Windows XP with 100 percent CPU loading)
  • Dimensions — 9.2 x 6.3 inches (233 x 160mm); 6U 4HP/ 8HP CompactPCI format
  • Operating system — Fedora Linux Core 8; Windows XP Professional; Windows Server 2003

Availability

The cPCI-6920 and cPCI-6920D blades are available now at an undisclosed price, according to Adlink. More information may be found here.


 
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