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CPCI board sports Penryn

Oct 13, 2008 — by Eric Brown — from the LinuxDevices Archive — 3 views

Kontron is shipping a CompactPCI (CPCI) board with Intel's 2.5GHz Core 2 Duo T9400. Targeting telecom/datacom applications, the Linux-compatible Kontron CP6016 offers up to 16GB of RAM, five gigabit Ethernet ports, six SATA II ports, and a PMC/XMC (PCI Mezzanine Card/Switched Mezzanine Card) site, says Kontron.

(Click for larger view of the CP6016 board)

The CP6016 offers both IPMI (Intelligent Platform Management Interface) for high-availability (HA) out-of-band communications, as well as an onboard Trusted Platform Module (TPM 1.2), making it a good fit for secure, high-performance communications applications, says Kontron. The company specifically touts the board as being optimized for RASM (Reliability, Availability, Scalability, Manageability), referring to the Red Hat terminology for HA enterprise applications.

The CP6016 offers three front-facing gigabit Ethernet ports
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The board is designed to support “densely packed, thermally constrained CompactPCI systems,” says Kontron. Thanks to Intel's 45nm-fabricated “Penryn” Core 2 Duo T9400, the board is said to offer energy consumption (45-65 Watts) that's similar to Kontron's previously released CPCI boards based on the 65nm Core 2 Duo T7500. Yet at the same time, the device offers up to 25 percent faster core speeds, 50 percent more L2 cache (6MB), and a 60 percent faster FSB (1066MHz), the company claims.

The CP6016 is said to support up to 16GB of DDR2 ECC SO-RDIMM memory, as well as up to 8GB NAND flash via USB. Interfaces include five gigabit Ethernet ports connected via PCI Express, as well as seven USB 2.0 ports, and two serial ports. The board offers six SATA ports with RAID 0/1/5 functionality, one of which can be used for an onboard 2.5 inch hard drive.

The CP6016 also includes an expansion site that supports either PMC or XMC modules. If PMC is used, a 64-bit 133MHz PCI slot is available. Alternatively, XMC provides eight PCI Express lanes, says Kontron.

CP6016 block diagram
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Specifications listed for the Kontron CP6016 include:

  • Processor — Intel Core 2 Duo T9400 2.53GHz; Intel 5100 MCH and ICH9R I/O Controller Hub
  • Cache/FSB — 6MB cache; 1066MHz FSB
  • Memory — up to 16GB with ECC, DDR2 SO-RDIMM at 667MHz
  • Flash — up to 8GB USB NAND flash
  • Graphics — ATI ES1000 (64MB external video memory)
  • Expansion — 1 x slot XMC PCIe x8, or 1 x slot PMC 64-bit/133MHz
  • Storage — 6 x SATA 2.0, RAID 0/1/5/10; 1 x onboard SATA disk option
  • Networking — 5 x gigabit Ethernet (3 front-facing); PICMG 2.16 compliant
  • USB — 7 x USB 2.0 (2 front-facing)
  • Other I/O:
    • 2 x VGA
    • 3 x COM
    • LEDs/Reset
    • HD audio
    • PS/2
    • 2 x Fan
    • Battery In
  • Security/management features — IPMI 1.5; Trusted Platform Module 1.2; watchdog; hardware monitor
  • Power consumption — 64 Watts max. at 2.53GHz (typically 55 Watts); 55 Watts max. at 2.0GHz (typically 45 Watts)
  • Operating temperature — 32 to 140 degrees F (0 to 60 deg. C)
  • Operating system — Linux, Windows XP, XP Embedded, or Windows Server 2003

Stated Norbert Hauser, VP Marketing at Kontron, “One special value adding feature is the ability to increase system performance while maintaining stable thermal design power or reduce system cooling investments without compromising performance.”


The Kontron CP6016 CompactPCI processor board is available now. The CP6016 offers “highly integrated support packages that support all onboard hardware devices,” says Kontron. More information may be found here.

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