Kontron to Use Intel Xeon in Newest Modules, Servers

By Casey Houser November 12, 2015

Kontron, a provider of embedded computing hardware, recently announced that its modules and servers will include the Intel Xeon Processor D-1500 family of products.

Kontron’s first new products, set to arrive in 2016, will begin with the COM Express COMe-bBD6 computing module, the Kontron VPX VX3058 blade server, and SYMKLOUD cloud infrastructure. The Xeon processors are meant to provide high performance that can maximize output while keeping the physical dimensions of the hardware small.

The Xeon D-1500 family of processors is the third generation of 64-bit system-on-a-chip (SoC) systems from Intel. They help server manufacturers bring reliable and easily-serviceable products to market. Xeon also includes process controller hub (PCH) capabilities and, as such, can control specific data paths that run the entire system. In part, this makes it possible for Intel to also include Ethernet in conjunction with its raw processing power.

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In its new hardware, Kontron will take advantage of that capability and include between two and eight processor cores and two ports for 10Gb Ethernet. The modules are servers and will come with software for both Linux and Windows users. They will also boast improved vector and floating point calculation performance compared to previous generations of SoCs.

The SYMKLOUD, in particular, will take advantage of software-defined networking and network functions virtualization to quickly deliver high-definition video, all manner of big data, wireless communication data, and packets between objects in the Internet of Things to enterprises. Concerning communications, Kontron has previously demonstrated how software-based networking can positively affect the transmission of voice-over-LTE and WebRTC information. With SYMKLOUD and similar setups, Kontron can lower costs and speed up data transmission by multiple levels.

In the end, the hardware and cloud-based products set to land in 2016 should improve performance for enterprise calculations across the board. The newest processors will meet the latest in networking technology to give customers the best of all worlds.

Edited by Kyle Piscioniere

Contributing Writer

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