Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Kontron Server Includes PCI Express Functionality

Using the PCI Express Butterfly Backplane, the Kontron Industrial Silent Server (Kiss) 2U may be equipped with up to four PCI Express x4 cards and one PCI Express x16 (PEG) card. The highly integrated 2U industrial server is suitable for complex visualisation and image processing tasks that require the independent operation of up to eight high-definition monitors or the integration of four PCI Express x4 frame grabber cards for machine vision or video surveillance.

The industry server is designed particularly for applications in control rooms and operation centres of energy suppliers, rail companies or airports. Additional applications are found in infotainment and digital signage on trains and airplanes as well as in the gaming industry as a central computer for multiple gaming machines. A bandwidth of up to 8GB/s enables graphic-intensive simulations for weather forecasting, digital mock-ups, or virtual reality for operator training.

By integrating Cuda (Compute Unified Device Architecture) compliant graphics cards, the Kiss 2U PCIe can act as a compact supercomputer (with around 500 gigaflops), accelerating complex image processing operations through parallel processing. The Kiss 2U industrial server with compact PICMG 1.3 system host boards (SHB) packs scalable processor performance up to an Intel Core 2 Quad processor and up to 8GB of DDR2 dual-channel RAM.

Equipped with the Kontron PCI-760, the long-term available 2U industrial servers offer up to three GB Ethernet ports, eight USB 2.0, two RS232C and HD audio. The integrated Intel GMA 3100 graphics media accelerator provides resolutions up to QXGA (2048 x 1536) at 75Hz via VGA. For high data throughput, an integrated RAID (RAID 0/1/5/10) controller for SATA drives can improve speed and/or data safety.

Application-specific extensions are adaptable via a Type IIA miniPCI connector. Specific Kontron extensions are available for LAN, WLAN and SCSI. With an MTBF of 50,000 hours, the robust and shock-resistant systems are designed to ensure high availability and low maintenance costs. This is also achieved with integrated Intel Active Management Technology 3.0, which allows remote management of the server. Designed for continuous operation, the Kiss systems are CE certified and UL suitable.

The highly integrated Kontron Kiss 2U PCIe supports Linux and the complete Windows desktop and server range, including Windows 7. It is available direct from the warehouse as a standard configurable system, or it can be customised as needed and delivered as a tested and independently certified solution. The Kiss 2U PCIe is available in EMEA now and will be available in North America and APAC at the end of Q1.

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