Kontron Unveils Two Server Blades, Base Fabric Switch and ATCA Chassis

12/8/2004 - Kontron, a market leader in embedded computer technology, signaled its commitment to the emerging industry standard Advanced Telecom Computing Architecture (ATCA) with the introduction of a full line of computing hardware and enclosures compliant with PICMG 3.0, the latest AdvancedTCA core specification. Products introduced include: the AT8000 high-performance server blade; the AT8900 base fabric switch providing Gigabit Ethernet to up to twelve blade servers; and the XL8000, 12U, 14 slot NEBS-compliant ATCA chassis. Also, the AT8001 high-performance server blade, designed to support Gigabit Ethernet over the Fabric Interface (PICMG 3.1) as well as the soon-to-be-announced Advanced Mezzanine Card (AMC) specifications, is slated to be available later this year.

According to Irene Hahner, Product Marketing Manager for Kontron, "Over the past couple of years, Kontron has worked with other industry leaders in the ATCA standard-setting process. Now, as the market is finally poised for rapid adoption of the ATCA standard, these product introductions reflect Kontron's commitment to offering powerful and flexible solutions that will facilitate ATCA's deployment."

The AT8000 is Kontron's new ATCA-compliant hot-swappable telecom server blade. It supports single or dual low-voltage Intel® XeonTM processors at 2.0 GHz with a 400 MHz system bus and an integrated 512 KB L2 cache. The AT8000 includes the Intel® E7501 memory hub controller chipset and supports 4 GB of DDR266 ECC registered SDRAM in four DIMM sockets. The board includes backplane connections for dual Gigabit Ethernet and optional dual Fibre Channel interconnects. Compliant with IPMI 1.5, the board includes an Intelligent Platform Management Controller (IPMC) that monitors, controls, and performs diagnostic functions using dual Intelligent Platform Management Bus (IPMB) Connections.

The Kontron AT8900 Switch provides 12 backplane ports to service payload slots, 3 front panel Gigabit Ethernet switch egress ports and a dedicated port for switch-to-switch connection in redundant configurations. Based on the Intel IXE5416 Gigabit Ethernet switch fabric interface, the AT8900 is designed for High Availability (HA) implementation of a fully redundant dual-star network. For additional management connections, two out-of-band 10/100 Ethernet management ports and one RS-232 port are provided. Chassis management compliance with PICMG 3.0 is provided by its on-board IPMC.

Kontron's XL8000 ATCA system chassis is offered in a 12U version with passive cooling for rear transition modules (RTM). Offered in a 14 slot configuration, the XL8000 features innovative cable management and 200W/slot 'push' cooling. Centralized Intelligent Platform Management provides a cost-effective solution to monitoring fans, sensors and power entry modules without the requirement for multiple IPMCs. Shelf management to monitor, control and ensure proper operation of ATCA boards and intelligent field-replaceable units (FRUs) is also provided with the platform.

More Info:
Kontron Modular Computers GmbH
Sudetenstr. 7
87600 Kaufbeuren, Germany
Tel: +49(8341)803-0
Fax: +49(8341)803-499

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