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INDUSTRIAL COMPUTING Fig. 5: Table comparing Bay Trail Intel processor versions for COM Express Mini and Qseven. vice. In total, there are up to eight USB 2.0 ports, two of which can be used for USB 3.0 SuperSpeed. Four PCI Express 2.0 lanes and two SATA interfaces with up to 3 Gb/s enable fast and flexible system extensions. An Intel® I210 Gigabit Ethernet Controller guarantees best software compatibility. ACPI 5.0, I2C bus, LPC bus for easy integration of legacy I/O interfaces and Intel® High Definition Audio complete the feature set. Windows 8, Windows 7, and embedded Linux operating systems are supported. Current uses and applications Due to their compact footprint, high performance and low power draw, both modules are ideal for compact and semistationary applications in the medical and industrial automation sector. Special characteristics include the built-in, touch-sensitive HD graphics with support of two independent, high-resolution screens and high operational reliability due to the exclusive use of ceramic capacitors. Unlike comparable ARM-based systems, full x86 code compatibility is provided with minimum power consumption. Existing x86 applications can therefore continue to be used without Fig. 6: Block diagram: conga-MA3 on COM Express Mini vs conga-QA3 on Qseven. any need to port them to a new platform. Other application areas include fanless, passively cooled digital signage and monitoring systems and display PCs, as well as standard industrial applications such as machine controllers. The performance is equal if not superior to recent Pentium and Celeron systems, which allows the use of compact, fully enclosed systems where complicated cooling solutions were previously required. The additional performance gain also allows the use of modern virtualization techniques, such as hypervisors. The gap to the high-performance Core i series processors has been successfully closed with the latest Intel Atom generation and both Qseven as well as COM Express Mini have broadly established themselves in industrial applications. With M2M and “Internet-of-Things” (IoT) applications needing to become smarter and safer at the same time, Qseven and COM Express Mini modules supporting the Intel Atom E3800 processor family (codenamed Bay Trail-I) provide the appropriate embedded hardware. The validated combination of hardware with software from McAfee and Wind River, the so-called “Intel Gateway Solution for IoT”, provides a stable and secure platform for all IoT applications and ensures secure communication with the cloud. Kalray launches 1TFLOP PCI Express supercomputer French multicore processor developer Kalray has launched a supercomputer on a PCI Express board that delivers 1TFLOPS of processing for just 50W of power. The MPPA TURBOCARD2 uses four of Kalray’s MPPA-256 manycore processors with 32Gbytes of DDR3 memory to boost servers and workstations used in Oil & Gas, Computational Finance, Cryptanalysis and Numerical simulation. Other applications include real time transcoding of 4K UltraHD video, compressing large amounts of data from seismic measurements for storage and genome sequencing. The TURBOCARD2 is a full length, full height PCIe board that can use either active or passive cooling and will also allow the deployment of 1 PFLOPS of double precision floating point compute in two industry standard racks. Each of the processors provides 256 compute cores addressing 4 or 8 GB of DDR3 memory as well as a series of high speed interfaces such as two 8-lane PCIe Gen3, eight 10 Gb Ethernet and a unique low latency inter-chip interface called NoCX that scales up to 80Gbps. “We are delighted to answer the demand of our customers in the server market by addressing intensive computing and video processing applications with this TURBOCARD2. There is a big expectation from the market on this card. Not only does it bring a huge computing power but it does so for a fraction of the energy needed by all other acceleration solutions available on the market today” said Eric Baissus, the new CEO of KALRAY. The TURBOCARD2 will be shipped to key customers in September 2014 and general availability will be in Q4 2014. The MPPA ACCESSCORE SDK provides a nonesuch trace and debug tool to quickly develop and optimize an application, speeding up the development time by a factor of four, according to customers. In April Kalray raised $8m in funding and appointed Eric Baissus as CEO to replace co-founder Jol Monnier. Monnier remains as a non-executive director. Gilles Delfassy and Eric Bantegnie, two prominent industry executive, also joined the companys Supervisory Board as President and Vice-President respectively. Delfassy like Baissus worked at Texas Instruments wireless division, and is now Chairman of the Board of Movea, and a director at both Imagination Technologies and Sequans Communications. Eric Bantegnie is the founder and CEO of test software house Esterel. Kalray www.kalray.eu 32 Electronic Engineering Times Europe July/August 2014 www.electronics-eetimes.com


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