Boosting graphics applications with multi-head display

25th April 2018
Source: Kontron AG
Posted By : Enaie Azambuja
Boosting graphics applications with multi-head display

Kontron has announced the XMC-GPU91. The XMC mezzanine card features the latest AMD Embedded Radeon E9171 power-efficient GPU. The card is in line with the Kontron strategy of enabling customers to upgrade their existing applications with the latest technology. The XMC-GPU91 supports the PCI Express 3.0 interface for higher data throughputs and features 12mm stacking height for better temperature and cooling.

The XMC-GPU91 is intended to combine with an off-the-shelf SBC to form a SBC-/GPGPU combination in the 1'' pitch standard VITA VPX form factor.

The XMC-GPU91 takes full benefit of the PCI Express 3.0 architecture provided by Kontron on its latest family of blade computers, featuring up to 16 cores Intel Xeon D processors. It extends Kontron's portfolio of COTS embedded blade computers with PCI Express 3.0, power efficient 1.2TFlops/40W class AMD E9171 General Purpose Graphic Processing Unit (GPGPU).

"The XMC-GPU91 confirms our commitment to support our customers' applications over the long term", said Mark Littlefield, Vertical Product Manager at Kontron America. "The seven years factory availability of the 1.2TFlops/40W Class AMD E9171 GPGPU perfectly meets requirements of defence programs, which span several years."

The AMD E9170 series GPGPU, based on the "Polaris" architecture, leverages an optimised 14nm FinFET manufacturing process to provide up to three times the performance-per-watt over previous generations of AMD embedded GPUs.

With support for up to five simultaneous 4K displays, the E9170 series GPU eliminates the need for additional processors or duplicate hardware to create an immersive multimedia environment.

A VITA 61.0 'XMC 2.0' compliant version of the XMC-GPU91 for 1" pitch systems is available, along with a legacy VITA42 'XMC 1.0' version for 0.8" pitch.

In addition to the significant thermal improvements brought by the 1" pitch VPX standard over the 0.8'' pitch found in legacy VME or PCIbus, the VITA 61.0 standard connectors support higher throughput PCI Express 3.0 connectivity in a more rugged package. The VITA61 XMC2 standard is ideally suited for VPX environments.

"The VITA 61 version of the XMC-GPU91 on a 1'' 6U VPX SBC carrier like the Kontron VX6058 Intel Xeon D is ideal to best leverage the performance of the AMD E9170 for GPGPU processing," said Mark Littlefield.

Windows and Linux drivers of the XMC-GPU91 will be enhanced with OpenCL2.0 under Linux in the coming months.

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