The compact MicroTCA platform OM6040D from Kontron is designed for up to four high-end AdvancedMCs and features a 10 Gbit/s Ethernet switched backplane enabling high data flow rates. In the maximum configuration with 4x Kontron AM5030 processor modules, the 5U platform hosts up to 16 Intel Xeon processor cores and 96 GB of RAM. The compact and modular 42HP / 5U MicroTCA platform is highly suitable for applications with demands on performance and data throughput.
The demands of applications requiring high performance and heavy data throughput can be met with the densely-packed, parallel processing power of up to four high-performance double-width AMC modules, like the Kontron AM5030 and the high-speed fabric of 10GbE on the backplane. Typical applications include communications (data conversion and encryption), energy (smart grid infrastructure), industrial automation (high-speed video processing for quality control), medical (diagnostic applications with sophisticated image-enhancement techniques) as well as military and aerospace (radar towers).
The OM6040D is based on a compact chassis (266 x 428 x 365 mm) which provides four double-width slots for AdvancedMC modules (up to 80 watts) and one slot for the MicroTCA Carrier Hub (MCH). The new platform comes in a cost-optimized design with two pluggable AC/DC power supply units, integrated power management, and fan control on the backplane. The fans are housed in a removable fan tray, which is easily accessible from the front for maintenance purposes.
The pre-validated application-ready platforms are available now from a single source, which drastically reduces time-to-market. Dedicated modules for the platforms are the Kontron MicroTCA Carrier Hub AM4910, which supports 10 GbE Ethernet switching, and modules such as the Kontron AdvancedMC processor module AM5030 (Intel Xeon processor LC5518), or the Kontron AdvancedMC processor module AM5010 (Intel Core 2 Duo). The AMC slots can also accommodate the Kontron AdvancedMC storage module AM5500 (one with every AMC processor) with up to 1 terabyte of storage capacity via either two 2.5" SATA HDDs or extremely robust SDDs. Further customer-specific AdvancedMC implementations using the 10 GbE, 1 GbE, PCIe x4 and SATA supporting backplane can be provided by Kontron on request.
The new Kontron MicroTCA platform OM6040D is available now. For more information on the Kontron OM6040D, visit: http://www.kontron.com/products/systems+and+platforms/microtca+integrated+platforms/om6040d.html.
For more information on Kontron integrated MicroTCA platforms, visit http://www.kontron.com/microtca.
For more information on Kontron AdvancedMC modules, visit http://www.kontron.com/advancedmcs.
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