Kontron designs versatile AdvancedMC(tm) module for carrier-grade COTS high-performance systems

Module enables the flexibility to design network elements on either MicroTCA(tm) or AdvancedTCA(r) platforms

Eching, Germany – Kontron today announced the launch of the AM4024 AdvancedMC™ module featuring the 4th generation Intel® Core™ i5 / i7 processor series, ideal for high-performance computing and general multi-processor systems. Compliant to MicroTCA™ and AdvancedTCA® commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) hardware designs, the AM4024 perfectly serves the network requirements for media server and gateway applications, as well as test and measurement solutions. In particular, the Kontron AM4024 also offers a faster go-to-market strategy for the burgeoning mobile and broadband content delivery segment.

From a 1U MicroTCA™ platform with six AdvancedMC™ slots to a 13U AdvancedTCA® platform with up to 12 ATCA® carrier card slots, the Kontron AdvancedMC™ module AM4024 is an integral component to support the various streaming, live and off-line video transcoding.

The delivery of video requires significant compute resources which, in the case of the Kontron AM4024, can be efficiently offloaded to the Intel® Iris™ Pro Graphics 5200 engine incorporated into the 4th generation Intel® Core™ i7 processor. Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) can take advantage of the Intel® Media SDK 2014 to utilize the Intel® Iris™ Pro and Intel® HD Graphics hardware acceleration capabilities. The design process is significantly shortened to easily develop optimized media applications – for Linux and Windows server operating systems – that encode, decode, and transcode for real-time streaming, teleconferencing, and video analytics.

Relying on the graphics engines for media optimization opens the door for other high-perfomance computing applications to run on the general purpose quad-core Intel® Core™ i7 processor, itself. The AM4024 supports multiple Intel® Core™ processor SKUs, including the: quad-core Intel® Core™ i7-4860EQ GT3 processor (1.8 GHz, 6 MB Cache), the quad-core Intel® Core™ i7-4700EQ GT2 processor (2.4 (1.7) GHz, 6 MB Cache), and the dual-core Intel® Core™ i5-4402E GT2 processor (1.6GHz or GT2 3 MB Cache).

The Kontron AdvancedMC™ module AM4024 features an impressive capacity of up to 16 GB ECC Memory DDR3 1600 MHz, and up to 64 GB NAND Flash, and supports a comprehensive set of interconnecting capabilities. The front panel comes with a broad set of I/O interfaces – such as 2x GbE, DisplayPort, COM, and USB – that provide a convenient bring up process while developing applications. A variety of high-speed interconnect ports to the backplane, such as, up to 8 GbE ports, PCI Express, and SATA, ensures a wide range of potential application use cases.

The Kontron AM4024 AdvancedMC™ processor module is available now.

It supports RedHat Fedora, RedHat Enterprise 6.x, Windows7 64bit, Windows 2008 Server R2, WindRiver Linux PNE 5.x, and VxWorks 6.9.3.x or later. For further information please visit the Kontron AdvancedMC™ module AM4024 page.

About Kontron

Kontron is a global leader in embedded computing technology. With more than 44% of its employees in research and development, Kontron creates many of the standards that drive the world’s embedded computing platforms. Kontron’s product longevity, local engineering and support, and value-added services, help create a sustainable and viable embedded solution for OEMs and system integrators. Kontron works closely with its customers on their embedded application-ready platforms and custom solutions, enabling them to focus on their core competencies. The result is an accelerated time-to-market, reduced total-cost-of-ownership and an improved overall application with leading-edge, highly-reliable embedded technology.

Kontron is listed on the German TecDAX stock exchange under the symbol "KBC". For more information, please visit: www.kontron.com/