System on chip brings lower power to 3U CompactPCI

19th December 2013

Board delivers three times higher graphics performance compared to previous Intel Atom processor-based designs coupled with a low thermal design power value. Nick Flaherty reports.

Kontron is bringing a new rugged performance-per-watt champion to its low-power 3U CompactPCI systems with the launch of the long-term available CP3010-SA CompactPCI processor aboard.

The new Kontron CP3010-SA is equipped with latest System-on-Chip (SoC) Intel Atom E3800 processors - formerly codenamed 'Bay Trail' - and quadruples the performance in the low-power class of Intel Atom processor based Kontron CompactPCI systems without increasing the thermal budget. This makes the new board a drop-in replacement even for Intel Core 2 Duo processor based CPCI systems.

The board delivers three times higher graphics performance compared to previous Intel Atom processor-based designs coupled with a low thermal design power (TDP) value. The special heatsink design optimised for convection-cooled environments makes the CP3010-SA a perfect fit for all applications where fans are not desired or not possible.

The new EN50155-compliant CompactPCI processor board features soldered SoC and memory and offers high resistance against shock and vibration, making it a perfect match for harsh environments. Moreover it supports the extended temperature range from -40°C up to 85°C.

Typical application areas can be found in industries such as transportation, automation, energy, military or aerospace.

By building applications based on the new Intel Atom E3800 processors-based CompactPCI board, system engineers and system integrators benefit from a highly flexible, modular system structure based on standard building blocks that can be assembled according to specific performance levels as well as extension requirements. The high standardisation level also paves the way for designing systems with a lifecycle beyond that of the components so that ultra long-term availability concepts can easily be achieved with functional and footprint identical components contributing to the high degree of investment security.

The EN50155-compliant CP3010-SA comes with up to quad core 1.9 GHz Intel Atom processor performance and up to 8 GB energy-efficient DDR3L memory. Integrating the new Intel Gen7 graphics, it delivers excellent 2D, 3D, and video capabilities to up to two independent displays connected via 2x DisplayPort and VGA.

The board has a comprehensive set of leading edge interfaces including 3x Gbit Ethernet, 1x USB 3.0, 3x USB 2.0 plus CAN bus and 2x COM ports. For data and software storage it provides 2x SATA interfaces used for an onboard CFAST socket, which can optionally be replaced by up to 64 GB soldered SATA Flash and a HDD/SSD option on the extension.

The new 3U CompactPCI CPU board is now available as single slot (4HP) or dual slot (8HP) version. It comes with comprehensive board support packages for Linux, the complete Microsoft Windows range, VxWorks and QNX.

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