New VX305C-40G by Kontron Features a 12 Core Intel Xeon Processor

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Kontron’s new VX305C-40G single board computer module offers a variety of I/O, including a 40 GbE port and other system and user I/O. The module, which is meant for military sensor platform and other HPEC applications, is a battlefield server class computer that uses open systems architectures for digital signal processing. Other features include an IPMC, a PBIT, and CMON, a continuous system monitoring tool.

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AUSA News: Kontron 40 GbE 3U OpenVPX SBC developed in alignment with SOSA

Kontron introduces a new Intel® Xeon® D Processor VPX computing module featuring 40 Gigabit Ethernet

Kontron continues to raise the bar for high performance computing architectures for defense systems with the VX305C-40G based on a new I/O intensive SBC OpenVPX profile

Washington DC, October 8, 2018 – Kontron, a leading global provider of IoT/Embedded Computing Technology (ECT), announced the new VX305C-40G 3U OpenVPX single board computer module at the AUSA Annual Meeting 2018 in Washington DC. Building on its successful VX3058 and VX305C products, and developed in alignment with the SOSA™ Technical Standard, the VX305C-40G is the first instance of a new fully-defined OpenVPX SBC profile which marries a 40 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) port and a rich assortment of user I/O to the powerful 12-core version of the Intel® Xeon® D processor. The VX305C-40G brings a new level of performance to battlefield server-class computing and digital signal processing (DSP) using Open Systems Architectures.

Kontron ushers in a new era in Open Systems Architecture (OSA) computing with their new VX305C-40G 3U OpenVPX single board computer (SBC). Designed to the soon-to-be-released VITA 65 slot profile SLT3-PAY-1F1F2U1TU1T1U1T-14.2.16 (known as the “I/O Intensive SBC profile”), the VX305C-40G combines the computational power of the 12-core Intel® Xeon® D-1559 processor with a rich assortment of I/O, most notable being a 40 GbE Data Plane. This combination in an OSA platform makes it ideal for demanding military sensor platforms and other high performance embedded computing (HPEC) applications. This holds true especially for virtual machine or containerized architectures that can take advantage of the extensive capital and operational efficiencies provided by isolated workloads configured to dynamically share common resources.

“Kontron is committed to providing industry-leading products in support of Open Systems Architecture efforts, both in the US DoD and worldwide,” says Andy Mason, VP/Head of Technology Platforms at Kontron. “The VX305C-40G is the first of what should be a long line of products designed for OSA platforms which will, in time, both drive down lifecycle costs and promote more rapid technology refreshes for critical and demanding defense platforms. The result being, better and more innovative applications and capabilities for the warfighter.”

The Kontron VX305C-40G in Detail

The Kontron VX305C-40G leverages the Intel® Xeon® D-1559 processor, which provides best-in-class computation performance for demanding signal and image processing applications. The VX305C-40G combines that with a 40 GbE Data Plane, dual 10 GbE Control Plane, four-lane PCI Express (PCIe) 3.0 expansion plane to the backplane for system I/O. Add user I/O including USB (2 and 3), video (HDMI, with DisplayPort available in 2019), SATA 3, Serial Ports (TIA-232 and TIA-422), GPIO, an M.2 site for storage or for integration of customized personality modules, and an XMC site with a wide backplane signal map, and the result is a versatile 3U SBC platform in a ruggedized package for harsh size, weight, power and cost (SWaP-C) constrained environments.

Other features of the VX305C-40G include a Kontron-designed VITA 46.11 compatible Intelligent Platform Management Controller (IPMC) to provide system-wide health management, sequenced system power-up and Temperature/Power/Performance management. To complement this, the VX305C-40G offers a Power-On Built-in Test (PBIT) that gives designers a comprehensive package for board and system diagnosis. An additional layered product includes CMON, a lightweight, user-configurable, continuous system monitoring tool.

Early field test (EFT) boards are scheduled to ship before the end of 2018. To request an evaluation unit, please go to: VX305C-40G eval request.

For more information on the Kontron VX305C-40G VPX board:

About Kontron –  Member of the S&T Group

Kontron is a global leader in IoT/Embedded Computing Technology (ECT). As a part of technology group S&T, Kontron offers a combined portfolio of secure hardware, middleware and services for Internet of Things (IoT) and Industry 4.0 applications. With its standard products and tailor-made solutions based on highly reliable state-of-the-art embedded technologies, Kontron provides secure and innovative applications for a variety of industries. As a result, customers benefit from accelerated time-to-market, reduced total cost of ownership, product longevity and the best fully integrated applications overall. For more information, please visit:

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