Kontron AdvancedMC Processor Module AM5020 Selected as Editors Choice Product by Military Embedded Systems Magazine


Editor chose Kontron's latest double-width AdvancedMC processor module for adding maximum horsepower in the minimum available space

Poway/California, Eching/Germany - Kontron today announced that its new double-width AdvancedMC processor module AM5020 has been selected as an Editor's Choice Product for the March/April issue of the Military Embedded Systems Magazine . Kontron introduced the AM5020 as a powerful and fully featured single board computer for SWaP (size, weight and power) optimized high-performance MircoTCA.1 system designs.

"Crunching math and computing algorithms forms the basis of many C4ISR applications. Adding maximum horsepower in the minimum available space is the norm, and Kontron's AM5020 Advanced Mezzanine Card is one way of leveraging telecom processing in military applications," said Chris A. Ciufo, OpenSystems Media, Group Editorial Director, Military and Aerospace Group. "Based on an Intel dual-core Core i7 CPU, the AMC bolts onto a base card to form a MicroTCA system. MicroTCA has gained some favor in military applications because it can be ruggedized, leverages COTS modules, and eschews the backplane concept found in VME and VPX-based Line Replaceable Units."

"The new Kontron AM5020 produces an amazing amount of computing power to run parallel, multi-threaded applications on MicroTCA integrated platforms," said Claudia Bestler, Marketing Manager at Kontron. "By including CPU, graphics and hard drive on one double-width mid-size AMC, it represents a space-saving single board solution to enable densely packed and cost effective MicroTCA.1 system designs, which are capable to withstand most demanding mechanical environmental conditions."

The feature-set in detail

The Kontron AdvancedMC processor module AM5020 incorporates the high-performance Intel Core i7 processor with up to 2.53 GHz coupled with the highly integrated Intel QM 57 platform controller hub (PCH). With support for PICMG AMC.1/.2/.3 sub-specifications, the Kontron AM5020 ensures a comprehensive set of interconnecting capabilities. Eight PCI Express lanes to the backplane guarantee high throughput for I/O-intensive applications. Four GbE interfaces, two on the front panel and two on the backplane, provide comprehensive networking capabilities. As for mass storage support, users can choose between an onboard 2.5" SATA drive and/or up to 32 GB of SATA flash memory. In addition, four SATA channels are routed to the AMC connector, enabling applications with a high amount of storage capacity and RAID. The Kontron AM5020 also features a DVI-D interface at the front combined with two USB interfaces, two GbE and a serial port via RJ45.

The Kontron AM5020 has full hot-swap capabilities for monitoring, controlling and replacing the module. The Intelligent Platform Management Interface (IPMI) enhances the board's availability while reducing the overall operating costs and mean time to repair. A dedicated Module Management Controller (MMC) is used to manage the board and supports basic IPMI commands, which enable operators to monitor the state of the AdvancedMC module in the system.

For more information about the Kontron AdvancedMC processor module AM5020, please go to: http://www.kontron.com/products/boards+and+mezzanines/advancedmc/processor/am5020.html
For more information about AdvancedMC modules, please go to: http://www.kontron.com/AdvancedMC
For more information about MicroTCA, please go to: http://www.kontron.com/MicroTCA

About OpenSystems Media

OpenSystems Media has been a leading publisher of electronics magazines, e-mail newsletters, websites, and product resource guides for more than 20 years. OpenSystems Media offers E-casts and Techcasts for engineers and provides interactive tools where engineers can communicate directly with presenters and top industry editors. Current publications include: CompactPCI, AdvancedTCA, & MicroTCA Systems; DSP-FPGA.com; Embedded Computing Design; Industrial Embedded Systems; Military Embedded Systems; PC/104 and Small Form Factors; and VME and Critical Systems.

For more information, visit www.opensystemsmedia.com

About Kontron

Kontron is a global leader in embedded computing technology. With more than 30% 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, helps 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: http://www.kontron.com/

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