Kontron releases advanced mezzanine card

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Edited by the Electronicstalk editorial team Nov 21, 2008

Kontron has announced the AM4101 advanced mezzanine card (AdvancedMC), a processor module for use in applications that require multi-core performance and versatile communication capabilities.

Based on the 1.5GHz dual-core Freescale PowerPC MPC8641D, the AM4101 delivers up to 2.3 MIPS/MHz computing performance and high Ethernet bandwidth.

With the integrated Altivec 128-bit vector processing unit, the AM4101 is expanding system design capability in telecom applications and other markets such as medical, industrial imaging and military/aerospace.

The Kontron AM4101 supports four Gigabit Ethernet interfaces: two ports are routed to the front panel and two are available at the AdvancedMC connector.

Processing intense applications will benefit from the vector processing unit that works to minimise cache pollution while processing massive amounts of data.

The AM4101 AdvancedMC port mapping is aligned with the telecom specific Scope Alliance AMC Gap analysis and has dedicated ports for PCI Express at AMC ports 4 - 7 and SerialRapidIO at AMC ports 8 - 11.

This implementation allows the use and re-use of the AdvancedMC module in AdvancedTCA and MicroTCA platforms for telecom-specific applications.

The Kontron AM4101 AdvancedMC includes up to 2GB of soldered DDR2-SDRAM, up to 2GB of soldered Nand Flash and Eeprom for user and configuration data.

The AM4101 is fully hot-swappable, which makes it possible to replace the module without shutting down the AdvancedTCA carrier board or the MicroTCA system.

A dedicated Module Management Controller (MMC) is used to manage the board and support Intelligent Platform Management Interface (IPMI) commands and PICMG (AdvancedTCA/AdvancedMC) command extensions, which enable operators to monitor the state of the AdvancedMC module in the system.

The Kontron AM4101 AdvancedMC processor module will be available in mid-size and full-size variants.

Samples are available on request and full production will start in December 2008.

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