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“Price-sensitive” CompactPCI board uses Celeron

Dec 16, 2008 — by LinuxDevices Staff — from the LinuxDevices Archive — 3 views

Kontron announced a 6U CompactPCI (CPCI) board for “price-sensitive” automation and IP switching applications. The CP6001-V has a 1.86GHz Intel Celeron M440, up to 4GB of RAM, four gigabit Ethernet interfaces, 2.5-inch hard disk support, CompactFlash, and a PMC (PCI mezzanine card) expansion site, says Kontron.

(Click here for a larger view of Kontron's CP6001-V)

Kontron says the single-slot, space-saving CP6001-V can be installed in a CPCI system slot as a system master, or in a peripheral slot in PCI passive mode, in which case it is hot-swappable. The device includes Intel components including the 1.86GHz Celeron M400 CPU, 82945GM northbridge, and 82801 ICH-7 R southbridge (all indicated on the block diagram below).

A block diagram of Kontron's CP6001V
(Click to enlarge)

According to the company, the CP6001-V provides 1MB of second-level cache, a 533MHz frontside bus, and up to 4GB of RAM on two So-DIMM sockets. As for storage, this can be via a NAND flash module as large as 8GB, a CompactFlash slot, or an onboard 2.5-inch HDD (hard disk drive), all apparently available at the same time.

Obvious on the device's front panel, pictured at the top of our story, are dual USB ports, a VGA port, dual gigabit Ethernet ports, and a serial port that features an RJ45 connector. Also up front is an opening for the PMC expansion site, which provides access to 32-bit/33MHz PCI signals, according to Kontron.

At the rear of the board, the device's CompactPCI interface provides two additional gigabit Ethernet ports via J3, says Kontron. Meanwhile, it's said that the CP6001V's third USB port is routed to a dedicated onboard connector, where a USB NAND flash module can be connected. The board also has two SATA II ports, one available for the 2.5-inch disk drive mentioned earlier, and one featuring a standard SATA connector.

The CP6001-V includes front-panel LEDs, a watchdog timer, plus onboard temperature and voltage sensors. All of these can be triggered to support specific applications, development of which is said to be helped by the fact that the device comes with a “complete and self-installing” BSP (board support package) for Linux, Windows XP, and Windows XP Embedded.

Features and specifications listed by Kontron for the CP6001-V include:

  • Processor — 1.86GHz Intel Celeron M440
  • Memory — Up to 4GB of DDR2 RAM, via dual SO-DIMM sockets
  • Storage — 2.5-inch HDD (hard disk drive), CompactFlash, or USB flash module
  • Display — VGA output up to 2045 x 1536 pixels
  • Networking — 4 x gigabit Ethernet (2 via front panel, 2 via CPCI connector)
  • Other I/O:
    • 1 x VGA (front panel)
    • 3 x USB (2 on front panel; third dedicated to USB flash module)
    • 1 x serial (on front panel, with RJ45 connector)
    • 2 x SATA
  • Expansion:
    • PMC (32-bit/33MHz PCI)
    • CPCI

  • Operating range — 0 to 60 deg. C
  • Dimensions — 6U, 9.17 x 6.3 x 0.8 inches (233 x 160 x 20.5mm)
  • Power consumption — 28 Watts max

Kontron did not release pricing for the CP6001-V but said the device is available now. More information may be found at the company's website, here.

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