News of the Intel® Communications Alliance

Intel® Pentium® M Processor-Based Blade Server Appears

NEXCOM International has released a new PC blade, the HDB41915, a member of its NexBlade family. The blade is based on the Intel® Pentium® M processor 760 and the Mobile Intel® 915GM Express chipset, supporting the PCI-Express architecture. Bundled with the package are as many as two Gigabit Ethernet ports and a maximum of 2 Gbytes of dual-channel DDR 400/533 memory. Other features include standard PCI Express expansion slots, integrated KVM switch, two serial ATA interfaces, a USB 2.0 port, and built-in VGA. As many as 16 blades will fit into one 4U chassis. Server blades are hot-swappable. NEXCOM International is an Associate Member of the Intel® Communications Alliance.

COM Express Module Launched

Kontron has released one of the first COM Express modules available that is based on the Intel® Pentium® M processor 760 and the Mobile Intel® 915GM chipset. The new ETXpress COM (computer on module) is based on the emerging PICMG standard for bringing PCI Express to COMs in a 95x125 mm form factor. The module incorporates interfaces for PCI Express, Serial ATA, LVDS and serial DVO as well as 2 GBytes of DDR2 DIMM RAM. For applications that require real-time video, an integrated graphics capability based on the Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator 900 is available. A 10/100 Ethernet port will be upgraded to be Gigabit ready in future versions. The module is sampling with pricing starting at $600.

Firmware Available For Intel® Pentium® M Processor

American Megatrends has announced firmware support for platforms based on the Intel® Pentium® M processor 760 and the Mobile Intel® 915GM Express chipset. The support includes the AMIBIOS8 and Aptio, AMI’s next-generation BIOS based on the Intel® Platform Innovation Framework for EFI. AMIBIOS8 features include power management, hot-key support, and PCI Express. A wide range of remote system management solutions, including Intelligent Platform Management Interface (IPMI) firmware for AdvancedTCA server blades as well as IPMI 2.0 daughter cards and reference designs complete AMI’s offerings. More information is available at www.ami.com.

Dual Intel® Pentium M Processor-Based Blade Doubles Capacity

Continuous Computing Corporation has released a CompactPCI processing board, the LINUXblade PM1118, which allows a single card slot to host two processor nodes. This effectively doubles the capacity of the boards and helps extend the lifecycle of existing CompactPCI systems. The board is designed for distributed applications such as soft switches, media gateway controllers, and 3G IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) server deployments. The boards run at 1.8 GHz and include their own memory and memory controller. They are PICMG 2.16 compliant and use the same rear transition board as single-processor cards. Additional information is available at www.ccpu.com.

Intel® Pentium® M Processor Comes to PC/104

Advantech Co has created its smallest PCI-104 embedded platform based on the Intel® Pentium® M processor. The PCM-3380 offers multiple I/O options and is able to run fanless, allowing it to serve in a variety of transportation and emergency services applications. The board supports six USB 2.0 ports, dual CRT/LVDS displays, and dual LAN ports. Its ability to accept stacked PC/104 expansion modules allows designers to incorporate a wide variety of additional functions such as SerialATA and IEEE 1394 I/O. Processor options include 1.1 GHZ to 1.6 GHz Intel Pentium M processors and 600 MHz Intel Celeron M processors, integrated with the Intel® 855GME chipset. For more information go to www.advantech.com.

PCI-Express Motherboard Gains Long Life

American Predator Corporation has announced the specifications for its Phoenix Micro ATX Express, a long-life motherboard based on the PCI Express technology. The board features dual PCI Express x1 slots and is powered by the Intel® Pentium® 4 processor and Intel® 915GV Express chipset. The chipset provides an 800 MHz front side bus and as many as 4 Gbytes of single-channel DDR2 SDRAM. Additional interfaces include four SerialATA connectors for disk drives, eight USB ports, two 10/100 and 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports, AC’97 sound, and an on-board Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator 900. Two PCI slots allow use of legacy devices and a full complement of standard PC connections are also available. The Phoenix MicroATX Express carries a written five-to-eight year product availability guarantee.