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Beckhoff introduces many-core hardware to its CX2000 series of embedded PCs

December 022016
Beckhoff introduces many-core hardware to its CX2000 series of embedded PCs

December 2, 2016 –The CX2000 Embedded PC series from Beckhoff is being expanded with many-core control technology versions. These compact CX20x2 devices will integrate Intel Xeon D processors, each with 4, 8 or 12 CPU cores of the 5th generation Intel Core microarchitecture, and manufactured using 14 nm process technology.

Beckhoff originally demonstrated many-core control technology in the C6670 series industrial servers for cabinet installation. For the Embedded PC many-core control format, three units are being introduced, which differ in terms of the CPU used:

  • CX2042 | Intel Xeon D-1529 @1.3 GHz, 4 Cores
  • CX2062 | Intel Xeon D-1539 @1.6 GHz, 8 Cores
  • CX2072 | Intel Xeon D-1559 @1.5 GHz, 12 Cores

The 4, 8 and 12 processor core options provide processing power and parallelism for demanding automation tasks. Optimal multi-core support via TwinCAT 3 automation software from Beckhoff makes it possible to distribute the individual tasks of a control process across the many available CPU cores. This means that the computing load can be planned in fine detail to achieve processor efficiency.

Another important feature that enables performance increases is the separate graphics card. Since Intel Xeon CPUs do not incorporate graphics cards, the CX20x0 devices integrate a separate graphics card, equipped with 2 GB RAM. Separating the CPU RAM from the GPU RAM prevents unwanted interactions between the two computing units. The power density created by the CPU and GPU makes it necessary to incorporate a fan for heat dissipation. A cable-free plug-in connection facilitates fan replacement if required, and the regulated fan speed can be queried in the PLC software.

All standard interfaces of the CX2000 series are also available for use with the many-core units: 2 x GBit Ethernet, 4 x USB 3.0, DVI-I (including VGA) as well as the factory-fitted multi-option interface. All existing CX2000 plug-in modules – those attached from the left and right – can also be used with the new devices to ensure maximum flexibility.
 

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