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Server board features Intel quad-core processors

Posted: 13 Apr 2009     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:server board  quad-core processors  virtual media 

Kontron KTC5520-EATX

Kontron has expanded its portfolio of embedded and basic motherboard products with the introduction of its new server board, the Kontron KTC5520-EATX.

Designed with an extensive feature-set and two new Intel Xeon 5518 45nm quad-core processors, this cost-effective SSI EEB-compliant server board is expected to surpass what is available on the market today. Its extreme performance, high I/O bandwidth and exceptional reliability suits applications found in the medical imaging, simulation, storage and multimedia telecom and data centre markets.

As an attractive selling point for network managers is the server board's built-in ability to be fully managed remotely. Kontron uses an Integrated Management Processor (IMP) that integrates VGA/2D, BMC, and KVM/VM over IP to support real-time access with full control by keyboard, video monitor and mouse (KVM) and virtual media (VM) by a single local computer from anywhere, at any time. Intelligent Platform Management Interface (IPMI) 2.0 compliant using IPMI over LAN, the server board provides the OS-independent and cross-platform interface for monitoring the server system's temperature, voltage, and fan status, among other items, and permits out-of-band management even when the main processors are not powered-in.

KVM and VM over IP allow administrators to install software from a remote drive to target servers for convenient installation. At the same time, the KVM/VM function enables faster troubleshooting by fixing server problems from anywhere, while IPMI proactively sends alarms about environmental issues that could threaten the server's services, therefore reducing system downtime and operation costs.

Microarchitecture innovation
The Intel Xeon 5500 processors represent the innovation 'tock' of Intel's very successful 'tick-tock' model to deliver the next-generation of silicon technology as well as new processor microarchitecture year after year. New features in this particular silicon are an integrated memory controller with 3 DDR channels which eliminates the memory bottleneck, a greater instruction per clock with improved caches for faster processing per core, and a dynamic optimisation of cache and bandwidth resource usage and power levels for specific workload needs. Moreover, there are up to 8 cores or 16 threads for simultaneous multi-threading, which makes this Intel quad-core processor ideally built for virtualisation configurations.

The Kontron KTC5520-EATX server board also provides one dual port GbE controller for external connectivity, support for iSCSI storage technology and boot-up via iSCSI, and expansions via two USB headers (flash drive compatible), one TPM 1.2 header, one PCI 32 bits/33 MHz slot, one PCI-Express x4 Gen1 slot and four x8 PCI-Express Gen2 slots. It also features six SATA II connectors, four USB 2.0 ports, seven fan headers, VGA, legacy PS/2 keyboard/mouse and HD audio interfaces.

The Kontron KTC5520-EATX server board uses the Intel IOH 36D (I/OAT, VT-d) and Intel ICH10R chipset that offer significant new enhancements to accelerate I/O traffic and lower CPU utilisation in both native and virtualised environments.

Memory options feature support for up to 48GB DDR3 800/1066/1333 MHz on three channels of two DIMM sockets per CPU, for a total of 12 DDR3 ECC Registered DIMMs. Software support includes Windows Server 2008 and Red Hat Enterprise Linux version 5.2 or later (64 bits) operating systems.

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