Advantech upgrades industrial motherboards to 12th gen processors

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By Nick Flaherty

Advantech is upgrading its industrial ATX motherboards, industrial ATX/MicroATX server boards, and PICMG 1.3 Full-Size Single Board Computers (SBC) to the latest Intel processors.

Industrial process computer (IPC) systems including Modular IPC, Compact IPC and Edge Accelerator Servers will also be upgraded to the 12th generation Intel Core i9/i7/i5/i3 processors with up to 16 cores and 24 threads. This will almost double performance with a boost of up to 89% to upgrade smart factory and machine automation, machine vision, transportation, and edge AI applications.

The 12th gen Alder Lake processors are the first with the hybrid architecture, integrating up to eight performance-cores (P-cores) that enhance workload consolidation, and up to eight Efficient-cores (E-cores) that enhance background task management and multitasking.

This will boost performance up to 1.36x times faster in single- thread performance and up to 1.35x times faster in multi-thread performance compared to the 10th Gen processors currently used.

The new processors also support DDR5-4800 memory modules that will boost memory bandwidth by 50%. The upgrade of PCIe 5.0/4.0 and more lanes also increases the platform expansion possibilities and the ability to support high numbers of simultaneous applications.

Advantech’s upgraded ATX motherboards, the AIMB-788 and AIMB-708 series will use Core, Pentium or Celeron LGA1700 processors and are equipped with 7 x PCIe/PCI expansion slots (including 1 x PCIe x16 Gen 4, and up to 3 x PCIe x4 Gen 3), M.2 (NVMe), and DDR4-3200 memory.

The upgrade also includes the ASMB-588 and ASMB-788 MicroATX/ATX server boards, as well as PCE-5033 and PCE-5133, PICMG 1.3 full-size SBC. ASMB- 588/788 supports DDR5 ECC/ non-ECC memory and PCIe 5.0 connectivity, can connect to frame grabber cards, motion control cards, and accelerators for top-tier I/O bandwidth and massive compute performance. PCE-5033/5133 feature multiple backplanes, diverse I/O, and various expansion slots which deliver unrivaled flexibility and performance.

Other upgrades include the MIC-770 V3, IPC-320 and PCE-2033/2133 and ASMB-610V3. The MIC-770 V3 is an embedded box IPC with high performance, modular and fanless design for heavy industrial hazardous environments. IPC-320 will have a whole new launch for compact and tower IPCs with the latest Core processors. These systems are designed for central control rooms in substations and industrial automation requiring industrial-grade design, longevity support, silent operation, and low noise (40dB) acoustics.

The PCE-2033/2133 motherboards in the IPC-200 chassis series (IPC-220/240/242) are designed for machine vision and motion control in equipment manufacturing and the semiconductor industry.

The ASMB-610V3 is a proprietary server board bundle sale with short-depth edge accelerator server chassis HPC-6120, its compact design offers 4 x PCIe expansion capability in a 1U 18” short-depth chassis suitable for machine automation, machine vision, factory automation, AI, smart cities, medical technology, and more.

These upgraded products support multiple operating systems and Advantech’s WISE-DeviceOn, and WISE-Cloud software platforms. The AIMB-788 is available for order now; others are expected to be released in late 2022.

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