Wednesday, 14 September 2011

Supporting high-speed serial point-to-point connections

ADLINK Technology  has introduced the cPCI-3970 Series, the first 3U CompactPCI PlusIO compatible processor blade in its product lineup that supports high-speed serial point-to-point connections.

The ADLINK cPCI-3970 Series is equipped with the latest quad and dual core 2nd Generation Intel® Core™ i7/i5 processor with ECC memory support, and the Intel® QM67 Platform Controller Hub (PCH). It is a high performance solution for applications in industrial control and automation, transportation, and medical segments that require enhanced graphics capabilities, ECC memory and high speed I/O interconnects.

The cPCI-3970 Series includes two blade types based on the same electrical and mechanical design: the cPCI-3970 which is equipped with HM connectors, and the fully PICMG 2.30 compliant cPCI-3971 which features an Ultra Hard Metric (UHM) J2 connector with a data transfer speed of 5 Gb/s. Both products are compatible with the CompactPCI PlusIO pin assignment and support PCI Express Gen2 x4, three SATA ports, three USB 2.0 ports and two Gigabit Ethernet ports at the J2 connector.

“ADLINK’s cPCI-3970 Series has an outstanding performance-per-watt ratio and is designed for maximum interoperability, expandability and flexibility," states Eric Kao, Director of ADLINK's Modular Computing Product Center. "CompactPCI PlusIO compatibility allows the cPCI-3971 to be electrically and mechanically backward compatible with CompactPCI and paves a smooth path for upgrading the legacy CompactPCI parallel bus to modern high speed serial interfaces. It can work in hybrid backplanes with a legacy 32-bit/33MHz CompactPCI bus for existing CompactPCI peripherals and modern high speed point-to-point serial connections. The cPCI-3970 Series is well suited for the requirements of today’s embedded applications.”

“ADLINK's cPCI-3970 Series is equipped with the 2nd Generation Intel® Core™ i7 processor and the Intel® QM67 PCH. This powerful combination provides built-in HD graphics, smart multi-tasking capabilities and improved power efficiency. Intel® Hyper-Threading Technology and Intel® Turbo Boost Technology 2.0 are supported to use processor resources more efficiently with multiple threads to running on each core and dynamically adapt processor frequency to match the workload,” said Matt Langman, marketing director of Intel’s Embedded Computing Division.”

The cPCI-3970 Series is a 3U CompactPCI blade with rich features for different applications. For high density computing applications, it can operate in a system slot as a master or in a peripheral slot as a standalone blade. In addition, the cPCI-3970 Series is compliant with the PICMG 2.9 specification and supports system management functions based on the Intelligent Platform Management Interface (IPMI) as well as hardware monitoring of physical characteristics such as CPU and system temperature, DC voltages and power status. With different riser cards installed and the addition of a Rear Transition Module (RTM), the cPCI-3970 Series provides versatile I/O interfaces up to two DisplayPort/DVI/HDMI, four serial ports, four SATA ports, five USB 2.0 ports, four GbE ports, PS/2 KB/MS, audio ports, and one PMC/XMC site for expansion flexibility. Trusted Platform Module (TPM 1.2) is also supported to provide efficient hardware-based data protection.

The  cPCI-3970 Series supports up to two dual-mode DisplayPorts for dual independent digital display outputs. The DisplayPort supports single link DVI or HDMI by passive adapter cable and analog VGA interface by active adapter cable. With the ADLINK XMC-G460 graphics module installed in the XMC site, the cPCI-3970 Series supports up to four independent displays. Storage interfaces supported by the cPCI-3970 Series include one SATA 6 Gb/s direct connector for a 2.5” HDD/SSD, CompactFlash socket, CFast socket and three SATA ports on RTM with RAID 0/1/5/10 support.

The ADLINK cPCI-3970 Series supports the following operating systems: Microsoft Windows® XP, Microsoft Windows® 7, RedHat Enterprise Linux 6 and VxWorks.

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