Kontron is launching the AM4024 AdvancedMC module featuring the 4th generation Intel Core i5 / i7 processor series, suitable for high-performance computing and general multi-processor systems. Compliant to MicroTCA and AdvancedTCA commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) hardware designs, the AM4024 serves the network requirements for media server and gateway applications, as well as test and measurement systems. In particular, the Kontron AM4024 also offers a faster go-to-market strategy for the 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 utilise the Intel Iris Pro and Intel HD Graphics hardware acceleration capabilities. The design process is significantly shortened to easily develop optimised 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 optimisation 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 (1.8GHz, 6MB Cache), the quad-core Intel Core i7-4700EQ GT2 processor (2.4 (1.7)GHz, 6MB Cache), and the dual-core Intel Core i5-4402E GT2 processor (1.6GHz or GT2 3MB Cache).
The Kontron AdvancedMC module AM4024 features an impressive capacity of up to 16GB ECC Memory DDR3 1600MHz, and up to 64GB NAND Flash, and supports a comprehensive set of interconnecting capabilities. The front panel comes with a broad set of I/O interfaces – such as 2× 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.
Kontron’s 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.