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Kontron has introduced the Kontron VX6060, a VPX computing blade for parallel data and signal-processing applications.

With two independently implemented Intel Core i7 processing nodes linked to an Ethernet and PCIe infrastructure, the Kontron VPX blade VX6060 provides a building block for intensive parallel-computing workloads where a cluster of Kontron VX6060s can be used in full-mesh VPX or switched OpenVPX environments.

Each processing node implements Intel’s next-generation, high-performance embedded processor with integrated memory controller and Intel HD graphics – the Intel Core i7 processor – coupled with the highly integrated Intel Platform Controller Hub (PCH) QM57 with numerous Gigabit Ethernet, SATA, USB 2.0 and PCIe channels.

With two dual-core high-performance embedded processors, the Kontron VX6060 is suitable for rugged embedded computing where the power envelope and dissipation constraints at extreme temperatures of computers designed for harsh environments prohibit the use of quad-core silicon.

Target applications include radar, sonar, imaging systems, airborne fighters and UAV radar, which will use clusters of the Kontron VPX blade VX6060.

Due to the rich collection of I/Os included for each node, Kontron VX6060 provides two independent Single Board Computers in a single 6U VPX slot, with the potential to run a different OS on each processor.

Available in forced-air-cooled and conduction-cooled versions, the Kontron VX6060 comes with PowerMP, a collection of off-the-shelf software featuring complex computer-cluster health management and a stress-test tool, allowing computer qualification prior to the final application availability and shortening large-program development time.

Kontron’s 6U VPX board comes with EFI BIOS and supports Linux and VxWorks 6.

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