Quad-core PowerPC VPX board uses hypervisors to consolidate applications into single platform
May 29, 2013 // Nick Flaherty
Kontron has introduced its latest quad-core PowerPC 3U VPX board for rugged embedded systems that need to process compute-intensive applications using the lowest possible power consumption.
Network-centric applications also benefit from the data path acceleration architecture (DPAA), which offloads packet handling tasks from the core, providing increased processor performance for critical tasks while the secure boot feature of the CPU can be used for trusted boot implementation, allowing only authenticated code to run on the board. Applications for the 3U VPX processor board include C4ISR, software defined radio and networked applications that require rugged OpenVPX designs to operate in the most demanding environments. Safety-critical railway applications also benefit from this architecture.
Its wide range of I/Os, including Gigabit Ethernet, GPIOs, USB, SATA and serial interfaces, simplifies integration in new, data- intensive, low-power system designs. Furthermore, an on-board PMC/XMC slot offers engineers a space-saving extension option to integrate dedicated I/O, field bus or storage modules without occupying an additional VPX system slot. The multi-core processor is also designed to execute application code written for legacy PowerPC versions, enabling simple upgrades of existing installations without the need to change the code basis. Backed up by Kontron's Long Term Supply Program, the Kontron VX3240 is an ideal fit for long-term projects, providing 20+ years secured availability.All news
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