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First Ice Lake COM-HPC industrial server modules

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By Nick Flaherty


German board maker congatec has launched the first COM-HPC modules to use the latest Intel Xeon D processor family, formerly codenamed Ice Lake D, for industrial servers.

The COM-HPC Server modules in Size E and Size D as well as the COM Express Type 7 modules can be used for real-time microserver workloads in rugged environments and extended temperature ranges. The Ice Lake Xeon 1700D and 2700D processors provide up to 20 cores, RAM to up to 1 TB, double throughput per PCIe lanes to Gen 4 speed, as well as up to 100 GbE connectivity and TCC/TSN support.

Target applications range from industrial workload consolidation servers for automation, robotics and medical backend imaging to outdoor servers for utilities and critical infrastructures – such as smart grids for oil, gas and electricity as well as rail and communication networks – and also includes vision enabled applications such as autonomous vehicles and video infrastructures for safety and security.

“The launch of our massive workload accelerating Intel Xeon D processor based COM-HPC Server-on-Modules is a milestone for the various edge server industries in three respects,” said Martin Danzer, Director of Product Management at congatec.

“Intel Xeon D processor based Server-on-Modules now target not only standard industrial environments but also outdoor and in-vehicle applications due to the extended temperature range support. The COM-HPC Server-on-Modules extend the available number of cores for the first time to 20 and with up to 8 RAM sockets enable massively more memory bandwidth, which is essential for server workloads. Third, these server modules have real-time capabilities both with respect to the processor cores and TCC/TSN enabled real-time Ethernet,” he said.

The three new Server-on-Module families will significantly extend the lifecycle of rugged edge server designs compared to common servers as long-term availability of up to ten years is planned. The module families further convince with a comprehensive server-grade feature set:

For mission critical designs, the modules include hardware security features including Intel Boot Guard, Intel Total Memory Encryption – Multi-Tenant (Intel TME-MT) and Intel Software Guard Extensions (Intel SGX). AI applications can access built-in hardware acceleration including AVX-512 and VNNI.

The modules will be available in a High Core Count (HCC) and a Low Core Count (LCC) variants: 

The conga-HPC/sILH COM-HPC Server Size E modules will be equipped with 5 different Intel Xeon D-2700 processors with a choice of 4 to 20 cores, 8 DIMM sockets for up to 1 TByte of 2933 MT/s fast DDR4 memory with ECC, 32x PCIe Gen 4 and 16x PCIe Gen 3 as well as 100 GbE throughput plus real-time capable 2.5 Gbit/s Ethernet with TSN and TCC support at a processor base power of 65 to 118 Watt.

The COM-HPC Server Size D and COM Express Type 7 modules will come with 5 different Intel Xeon D-1700 processors with a choice of 4 to 10 cores. While the conga-B7Xl COM Express Server-on-Module supports up to 128 GB DDR4 2666 MT/s RAM via up to 3 SODIMM sockets, the conga-HPC/sILL COM-HPC Server Size D module offers 4 DIMM sockets for up to 256 GB of 2933 MT/s fast DDR4 RAM. Both module families offer 16x PCIe Gen 4 and 16x PCIe Gen 3 lanes and up to 100 GbE throughput and TSN TCC support via 2.5 Gbit/s Ethernet at a processor base power of 40 to 67 Watt.

The Intel Xeon D-2700 processor based conga-HPC/sILH COM-HPC Server Size E modules (200 mm x 160 mm) will be available in the following variants:

Xeon Processor

 

Cores / Threads

 

Freq. [GHz]

 

LLC Cache [MB]

 

CPU Base Power [W]

 

Temperature
range

D-2796TE

 

20 / 40

 

2.0

 

30

 

118

 

Extended

D-2775TE

 

16 / 32

 

2.0

 

25

 

100

 

Extended

D-2752TER

 

12 / 24

 

1.8

 

20

 

77

 

Extended

D-2733NT

 

8 / 16

 

2.1

 

15

 

80

 

Commercial 

D-2712T

 

4 / 8

 

1.9

 

15

 

65

 

Commercial 

The Intel Xeon D-1700 processor based conga-HPC/sILL COM-HPC Server Size D modules (160mm x 160mm) and conga-B7Xl COM Express Type 7 modules (95 mm x 120 mm) will be available in the following configurations:

Xeon Processor

 

Cores / Threads

 

Freq. [GHz]

 

LLC Cache [MB]

 

CPU Base Power [W]

 

Temperature
range

D-1746TER

 

10 / 20

 

2.0

 

15

 

67

 

Extended 

D-1732TE

 

8 / 16

 

1.9

 

15

 

52

 

Extended 

D-1735TR

 

8 / 16

 

2.2

 

15

 

59

 

Commercial 

D-1715TER

 

4 / 8

 

2.4

 

10

 

50

 

Extended 

D-1712TR

 

4 / 8

 

2.0

 

10

 

40

 

Commercial 

The COM-HPC and COM Express Server-on-Modules are available with appropriate rugged cooling, from active cooling with heat pipe adapter to fully passive cooling solutions for mechanical resilience against vibration and shocks. The modules come with comprehensive board support packages for Windows, Linux and VxWorks. For workload consolidation, real-time virtual machine support is available thanks to congatec’s comprehensive support of RTS Hypervisor implementations from Real-Time Systems.

www.congatec.com/en/products/com-hpc/conga-hpcsilh/; www.congatec.com/en/products/com-hpc/conga-hpcsill/; www.congatec.com/en/products/com-express-type7/conga-b7xi/

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