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By Nick Flaherty


congatec in Germany has launched Intel’s latest 10nm low power processor five embedded form factors for real time edge computing.

The Atom x6000E Series processors, Intel Celeron and Pentium N & J Series processors (code named “Elkhart Lake”) will be available on SMARC, Qseven, COM Express Compact and Mini Computer-on-Modules as well as Pico-ITX Single Board Computers (SBCs) with power envelopes from 6W to 12W.

The boards and modules provide twice the graphics performance for up to three simultaneous displays running at 4kp60 and a 50 percent more multi-thread computing power compared to their predecessors on up to 4 cores. These add Time Sensitive Networking (TSN), Intel Time Coordinated Computing (Intel TCC) and Real Time Systems (RTS) hypervisor support as well as BIOS configurable ECC and extended temperature options from -40°C to +85°C.

“The combination of rugged real-time operation, real-time connectivity and real-time hypervisor technologies is what we need for IoT-connected industrial applications. Our boards and modules with the new Intel Atom, Celeron and Pentium processors deliver massive improvements in this respect for the automation and control markets, ranging from distributed process controls in smart energy grids to smart robotics, or PLCs and CNCs for discrete manufacturing. Further real-time applications can be found in test and measurement as well as in transportation such as train and wayside systems or connected autonomous vehicles,” explains Jürgen Jungbauer, Senior Product Line Manager at congatec. “Mission critical applications will also benefit from more cost-efficient ECC implementations as In-band Error Correction Code allows the use of more affordable conventional memory instead of dedicated ECC RAM.”

congatec is at pains to point out that the boards can also be used for non-real-time application such as POS, kiosk and digital signage systems as well as distributed gaming and lottery terminals, to name just a few installations requiring remote machine-to-machine communication.

“The Internet of Things spans an array of devices, technologies, and applications, each with unique demands that often require task specific components, interfaces and even subprocessors. The Intel Atom x6000E Series and Intel Pentium and Celeron N and J Series processors combine state of the art 10nm compute and graphics technologies with a host of integrated functions and I/Os to create a single platform solution for IoT applications,” said Jonathan Luse, Senior Director, Intel’s Industrial Solutions Division.

For this purpose, congatec’s new Intel Atom, Celeron, and Pentium processor based boards and modules include, innovative co-processor executable options for comprehensive out-of-band management plus a full range of embedded security capabilities to build consistent real trusted applications such as verified boot, measured boot, Intel Platform Trust Technology (Intel PTT) and Intel Dynamic Application Loader (Intel DAL). Supporting the Intel Distribution of OpenVino toolkit and Microsoft ML, the new boards and modules will also accelerate the implementation of machine learning algorithms, e.g. for predictive maintenance.

Further technical enhancements include up to 16 GB LPDDR4x memory support with up to 4267 MT/s, PCIe Gen3 and USB 3.1 for enhanced data bandwidth as well as onboard UFS 2.1 (Universal Flash Storage). Compared to eMMC, this new storage technology has substantially higher bandwidth, faster data processing and greater storage capacities. All this is offered on the same footprint and can be used even for primary boot and storage. 

The new boards and modules are available in Pico-ITX Single Board Computer (SBC), SMARC, Qseven, COM Express Compact and Mini form factors in the following processor configurations:

Processor

 

Cores /
Threads

 

Clock [GHz] (High Frequency Mode//Turbo/Burst)

 

CPU L2 Cache (MB)

 

GFE Execution Units

 

TDP
(W)

Intel Atom X6425E

 

4

 

1.8 / 3.0

 

1.5

 

32

 

12

Intel Atom X6413E

 

4

 

1.5 /3.0

 

1.5

 

16

 

9

Intel Atom X6211E

 

2

 

1.2 /3.0

 

1.5

 

16

 

6

Intel Atom X6425RE

 

4

 

1.9/ –

 

1.5

 

32

 

12

Intel Atom X6414RE

 

4

 

1.5/ –

 

1.5

 

16

 

9

Intel Atom X6212RE

 

2

 

1.2 / –

 

1.5

 

16

 

6

Intel Pentium J6425

 

4

 

1.8 / 3.0

 

1.5

 

32

 

10

Intel Celeron J6413

 

4

 

1.8/ 3.0

 

1.5

 

16

 

10

Detailed feature sets of the different SMARC, Qseven, COM Express Compact and Mini Computer-on-Modules as well as the Pico-ITX SBC can be found in the corresponding datasheets at congatec’s landing page: www.congatec.com/Intel-Atom-x6000E

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