Node blade and server board offered with six-core Intel processor

Paul Boughton
Kontron has announced that its existing AT8050 AdvancedTCA node blade and KTC5520 server board are available with the newly released Intel Xeon processor 5600 series. This provides TEM and network equipment providers with a second feature-rich processor option for the two products that were originally designed with the Intel Xeon 5500 series processor.
Clients with much-needed performance upgrade requirements can now better design and deploy the right high-performance systems exactly where they are needed across today's data-intensive 3G/4G and broadband networks.
The key feature differences with the Intel Xeon 5600 series processor compared to the 5500 series are: six cores instead of four; 12 threads versus eight; 32nm technology compared to 45nm; increased performance within the same thermal power envelope; new low-power platform consumption with LVDDR3L; and the new model maintains all the performance functionalities of the 5500 series plus a new hardware-based security technology called Advanced Encryption Standard - New Instructions (AES-NI).
Benoit Robert, executive director of product management at Kontron, comments: "Carriers and wireless operators want systems that can handle more data traffic without spending more on power. Intel superbly achieves this high-performance, low-power milestone with the Intel Xeon processor 5600 series. Its boost in performance with 12 threads per processor at 60W is a breakthrough for our equipment vendor clients to design and market the kind of systems providers are demanding to support their all-IP network deployments."
The AT8050 ATCA node blade features a single socket for either one quad-core Intel Xeon processor L5518 or the six-core Intel Xeon processor L5638. Both options are compatible with the existing Intel 5520 chipset, which supports up to 36 lanes of PCI Express 2.0 and directly assignable I/O for virtualisation (VT-d), significantly accelerating I/O traffic and lowering processor use in both native and virtualised environments. The Kontron AT8050 is claimed to achieve the best price versus performance for ATCA-based systems used in media server (IMS), 3G, and LTE Evolved Packet Core (EPC) networks.
Intended for high end, data centre and cloud computing applications, the EATX SSI EEB-compliant KTC5520 server board is a dual-socket design that also supports both Intel Xeon processor series. Originally designed with the quad-core Intel Xeon 5500 series, the Kontron KTC5520 is available with two six-core Intel Xeon processors (L5638) at 80W per processor. Both versions provide extreme performance, high I/O bandwidth and exceptional reliability - backed by a seven-year life-cycle support programme. It can also be fully managed remotely using an Integrated Management Processor (IMP) that integrates VGA/2D, BMC, and KVM/VM over IP to support real-time access with full control by keyboard, video monitor and mouse (KVM) and virtual media (VM) by a single local computer from anywhere, at any time.
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