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6U CompactPCI SBC runs Linux

Aug 25, 2009 — by Eric Brown — from the LinuxDevices Archive
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Concurrent Technologies announced a 6U CompactPCI SBC aimed at the defense, industrial control, and transportation markets. The PP 531/06x includes a dual-core Intel Core 2 Duo clocked at 1.86GHz or 2.26GHz, up to 8GB of soldered DDR3 SDRAM, dual PMC/XMC sites, and four gigabit Ethernet interfaces.

The single-slot PP 531/06x single board computer (SBC) can operate as a system controller board, a peripheral board, or as a satellite blade, according to Concurrent Technologies. The board can be purchased with either a 2.26GHz Intel Core 2 Duo SP9300 or a 1.86GHz Intel Core 2 Duo SL9400 CPU, both supported by the Intel GS45 northbridge and 9M-E I/O southbridge, the company adds.

Both these dual-core, 45nm-fabricated CPUs offer a shared last-level cache of 6MB, as well as a 1066MHz Front Side Bus (FSB), enhanced power management, and support for 64-bit operating systems (OSes), says the company. The PP 531/06x is said to access up to 8GB of DDR3-1066 soldered dual channel SDRAM with a peak bandwidth of 16 Gb/s.


Concurrent's PP 531/06x

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The PP 531/06x supports two PMC/XMC sites that boast front and rear I/O, as well as compliance with PICMG 2.16 (Ethernet fabric), PICMG 2.9 (IPMI), and PICMG 2.1 (hot swap), says Concurrent. Each PMC site is said to support up to 100MHz PCI-X operation, and to offer x4 PCI Express (PCIe) XMC interfaces, with site 1 also supporting x8 PCIe. The PP 531/06x's CompactPCI control/data plane can operate at 33/66MHz backplane PCI signaling speeds, says the company.

Onboard I/O is said to include four gigabit Ethernet interfaces, and four USB 2.0 interfaces, both split equally between front and rear I/O. Rear-panel interfaces include keyboard, mouse, and RS-232/422/485 serial interfaces. The board also offers dual SATA300 interfaces and analog graphics output at resolutions up to 2048 x 1536, Concurrent adds.

PP 531/06x block diagram
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Options include an onboard 2.5-inch SATA300 hard disk drive (HDD) and CompactFlash storage, as well as a rear transition module. Extended temperature versions are also available, with other versions available soon, including ruggedized conduction-cooled, and air-cooled models. OS support is said to include Linux, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2008, Windows XP Embedded, Windows XP, Solaris, VxWorks, and QNX.

Specifications listed for the PP 531/06x include:

  • Processor — 2.26GHz Intel Core 2 Duo SP9300 or 1.86GHz Core 2 Duo SL9400, with 1066MHz FSB and 6MB shared last-level on-die cache
  • Chipset — Intel GS45; ICH9M-E I/O Controller Hub
  • Memory — Up to 8GB soldered, dual-channel DDR3-1066 SDRAM at up to 16 Gb/s
  • Storage:
    • 2 x SATA interfaces via J5
    • 1 x SATA 300 interface for on-board HDD or solid state drive (uses a PMC/XMC site)
    • 1 x SATA 300 interface for on-board CF socket via EIDE converter
  • Networking (4 x gigabit Ethernet):
    • 2 x front-facing interfaces via Intel 82574L controllers and PCIe
    • 1 x rear interface via J3, Intel 82574L controller, and PCIe
    • 1 x rear interface via J3 and Intel 82567 gigabit Ethernet controller
    • Supports PICMG 2.16 R1.0 packet switching backplane (PSB)
  • Other I/O:
    • 4 x USB 2.0 interfaces (2 x front-facing; 2 x rear-facing via J5)
    • 1 x RS232/RS422/RS485 serial interface
    • Serialized GPIO via J5 (4 x GPO via AD PP5/006 RTM; 8 x GPI via AD PP5/006 RTM)
    • Keyboard and mouse
    • Analog VGA out via J5 rear I/O for up to 2048 x 1536 @ 16M colors
    • Legacy speaker output via J3
  • Expansion:
    • PMC/XMC (2 x sites):
      • 32/64-bit, 33/66MHz PCI bus
      • 64-bit PCI-X bus up to 100MHz
      • 5V and 3.3V signaling levels
      • Front-panel I/O and Pn4 connectors for rear I/O
      • XMC (PCI Express Mezzanine Card); site 1 via x4 PCIe; site 2 via x8 PCIe
    • CompactPCI:
      • Compliant with PICMG 2.0 R3.0; 3.3V or 5V signaling levels
      • 33/66 MHz, 32/64-bit interface accessed via J1/J2
      • PCIe to PCI bridge
      • J4 connector not fitted
      • PICMG 2.1 R2.0 hot swap compliant
      • Runs as system slot controller or in peripheral slot
      • CompactPCI disable option (Satellite mode)
  • Other features:
    • Real-time clock
    • Watchdog timer
    • 32-bit long duration timer
    • CPU temperature monitor, voltages monitor, and optional system fan monitor via IPMI
    • IPMI support — PICMG 2.9 R1.5 system management for IPMB0 and IPMB1 interfaces
  • Power — +5V/[email protected]; [email protected] and [email protected]
  • Operating temperature — -32 to 131 deg F (0 to 55 deg. C); extended temp. versions ranging to -40 to 185 deg. F (-40 to 85 deg. C)
  • Dimensions — 9.2 x 6.3 inches (233 x 160mm); 6U
  • Operating system — Linux, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2008, Windows XP Embedded, Windows XP, Solaris, VxWorks, and QNX

Availability

The Concurrent Technologies PP 531/06x appears to be available now at an undisclosed price. More information may be found here.


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