Premier 6U processor offers enhanced graphics computing

28th September 2016
Posted By : Anna Flockett
Premier 6U processor offers enhanced graphics computing

A new compact processor blade from ADLINK Technology, offers up to 16-core computing power and high-performance graphics in a robust design. The cPCI-6940 processor blade features the Intel Xeon processor D-1500 and AMD Radeon E8860 embedded GPU. With an extended operating temperature range of -45 to 85°C and 16GB of DDR4 soldered memory, the cPCI-6940 is ideal for the rugged environments encountered by military field vehicles and naval or aerospace carriers.

Featuring the Intel Xeon processor D-1500, the latest server-grade CPU from Intel, and up to 48GB DDR4-2133 ECC memory (16GB memory down plus 32GB SODIMM), the cPCI-6940 achieves high performance for compute-intensive applications including aerospace data acquisition and remote vehicle control systems. Designed to satisfy low power, high-density requirements, the Intel Xeon processor D-1500 has a TDP of 35-45W and gives the cPCI-6940 a 1.5x performance increase over its predecessor, the cPCI-6930 (8-core Intel Xeon processor E5-2448L).

Server class computing capabilities include hardware virtualisation and Intel AES-NI for secure transmission in the field.

Graphics on the cPCI-6940 are supported by the AMD Radeon E8860 GPU, the first embedded GPU based on the ground breaking Graphics Core Next (GCN) architecture for enhanced processing power and efficiency. A 625MHz graphics engine, 2GB GDDR5 frame buffer, and PCIe Gen3 interface give the Radeon E8860 double the 3D graphics performance of its predecessor, the E6760. The E8860 GPU enables four independent displays at 4K resolution and supports DirectX 11.1, Open CL 1.2, and Open GL 4.2.

General Manager of ADLINK’s embedded computing product segment, Yong Luo said: “The cPCI-6940 processor blade is designed specifically for military and aerospace customers who have highly robust system requirements. No other processor blade on the market combines Intel Xeon processor D-1500 technology with the AMD Radeon E8860 GPU.”

Luo continued: “This solution brings advanced processing intelligence to the edge for mobile military applications, and the superior 3D graphics performance and parallel processing of the GPU makes the cPCI-6940 an excellent choice for graphics-intensive systems such as avionics. The cPCI-6940’s anti-shock and vibration design ensures operability under extreme conditions.”

Ruggedised design provides enhanced portability and security for ADLINK’s newest processor blade. In addition to an extended operating temperature range, the cPCI-6940 features soldered CPU, GPU, and memory, as well as a 3.5Grms vibration tolerance and conduction-cooled compatibility. The Radeon E8860 GPU provides outstanding performance with a 10% increase over the cPCI-6350BL with competitive graphics capabilities.

Increased performance-per-watt over previous ADLINK CompactPCI blades makes the cPCI-6940 an excellent choice for applications with restricted power consumption. Additional features include remote management by Intelligent Platform Management Interface (IPMI) v1.5 and Trusted Platform Module (TPM 2.0) support.


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