140×147mm micro server carrier board offers 10GbE support

March 02, 2018 // By Julien Happich
The congatec micro server carrier board, delivered in the 5x5 inch Mini-STX form factor (140x147mm) offers high scalability across all suitable embedded server processor sockets thanks to its COM Express Type 7 slot.

This enables 10GbE edge node performance upgrades at lowest cost, as nearly all investments in the real-time system design of 10GbE edge nodes can be re-used. To upgrade the performance, OEMs and network operators only need to exchange the Server-on-Module. This is especially interesting for operators of 5G networks and edge data centers, who expect real-time performance demands to increase once 10GbE infrastructures become deployed more widely, leading to constantly lower revenues per processed data volume. Also, all IIoT, Industry 4.0 and fog server applications will require continuous performance upgrades as security, analytics and artificial intelligence demands will keep evolving for at least a decade to come. The edge server board is built around the COM Express Type 7 conga-B7AC module based on the Intel Atom C3000 processor.

With processor power consumption starting at just 11W TDP, the system offers 4x real-time 10GbE network performance and up to 16 cores, which is ideal for processing many smaller packet sizes in parallel. Compared to other multi-core solutions, such as the Intel Xeon D processors, the costs and power consumption here are significantly lower; this makes it possible to roll out very high network bandwidths and storage capacities far into the industrial field.
The unit can be equipped with eight different Intel Atom server processor versions - from the 16-core Intel Atom C3958 to the quad-core C3508 processor for the extended temperature range (-40°C to +85°C). All offer up to 48GB of fast 2400 DDR4 memory, which can be designed with or without Error Correction Code (ECC) depending on customer requirements. The 10GbE interfaces are standardly implemented via SFP+ cages, enabling network connection via both fiber optic and copper cables. In addition, the carrier board provides 2x 1GbE and 2x USB 3.0 interfaces for service and peripherals. One of the 1GbE ports is connected to the integrated board management controller and can therefore be used for server-typical remote management tasks.

Congatec - www.congatec.com


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