Many-core control: server-class processing power with Intel® Xeon® D processors
The new CX20x2 Embedded PCs provide many-core processing power in a DIN rail-mounted device
With the new CX2000 series Embedded PCs, Beckhoff offers many-core processing power in a DIN rail-mountable format. This new performance class leverages Intel® Xeon® D processors with 4, 8 and 12 CPU cores, enabling extremely powerful controllers in an exceptionally compact design. This new dimension of performance, which has already been demonstrated in the C6670 industrial servers from Beckhoff, can now also be implemented in a DIN rail-mounted controller.
The new Embedded PCs use 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. Three units are being introduced, which differ with respect to 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 cores offer ample processing power and parallelism, even for extremely demanding automation tasks. Optimal multi-core support from TwinCAT 3 automation software makes it possible to distribute the individual tasks of a control process across the available CPU cores. This means that the computing load can be planned in fine detail to achieve the best-possible processor efficiency.
Another important feature enabling the performance increase is the separate graphics card. Since Intel® Xeon® CPUs do not incorporate graphics cards, the CX20x0 devices integrate a separate graphics card, which is equipped with 2 GB RAM. Separating the CPU RAM from the GPU RAM prevents unwanted interactions between the two computing units. The high 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 easy fan replacement if required, and the regulated fan speed can be queried in the PLC.
All basic interfaces of the CX2000 series are also available in the new units: 2 x GBit Ethernet, 4 x USB 3.0, DVI-I (including VGA) as well as the flexibly-configured, factory-fitted multi-option interface. All existing CX2000 plug-in modules – those attached from the left and right – can also be used on the new devices to ensure maximum flexibility.