COM Express Basic module hosts 14nm Xeon processors and Intel Iris Pro graphics

COM Express Basic module hosts 14nm Xeon processors and Intel Iris Pro graphics

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Carrying either Intel Core or Intel Xeon processors (codename Broadwell) manufactured in 14nm technology and features Intel Iris Pro technology – Intel’s most powerful processor-integrated graphics and media engine supporting fast 3D rendering and realistic shading at high frame rates.

The conga-TS97 high-end module is designed for any industry sector where applications with customised I/O and IoT interface configurations must meet the highest performance standards in the smallest space. While the Intel Core processor-based modules are suited for applications ranging from industrial automation to medical, retail and gaming, the Intel Xeon processor-based modules are designed for industry-standard server platforms. Areas of application include carrier-grade edge node servers as well as industrial cloud servers with high packing density and/or minimum footprint. The high graphics performance of the integrated Intel Iris Pro technology, useful in carrier-grade applications for content delivery platforms with real time video transcoding and network functions virtualisation (NFV), will also work well in industrial applications to fulfil important situational awareness tasks – for example in autonomous vehicles. GPGPU-based applications can also be found in parallel deep packet inspection or content encryption and decryption. For server-based applications, the graphics engine delivers distributed clients responsive 3D performance for CAD, 3D modelling and video rendering.

The conga-TS97 modules are equipped with 14nm quad-core Intel Core and Xeon processors and offer 6 MB of L2 cache with a TDP of 47W. The following Intel processors are supported: Core i7-5700EQ, Core i7-5850EQ, Xeon E3-1258L v4 and E3-1278L v4. Thanks to 32 GB 1600 DDR3L memory support, the modules meet server-grade requirements and are specifically designed for use in data-intensive applications. With support for AVX 2.0, SSE 4.2 and OpenCL 2.0, the new modules are also capable of processing high-parallel tasks quickly and efficiently.

The integrated Intel Gen 8 HD Graphics scales to Intel Iris Pro P6300 with 48 execution units. This allows operation at 60 Hz of up to three independent 4K displays (3840 x 1260) via HDMI 1.4, DVI and DisplayPort 1.2. An additional dual-channel LVDS output is provided while OpenGL 4.3 and DirectX11.2 ensure high-quality images and the latest 3D features. The integrated video transcoder relieves the CPU by providing H265, H264, MPEG2 and VC1 video streams in real time.

I/O interfaces include PCI Express Graphics, seven PCI Express Gen 2.0 Lanes, 4x USB 3.0, 8x USB 2.0, I²C and LPC. SSD, HDD and BluRay mass storage can be added via 4x SATA 3.0, including support for RAID levels 0, 1, 5 and 10. Intel AMT 9.1 plus congatec’s board management controller, including watch dog timer and power loss control, means the modules are equipped for remote monitoring, management and maintenance tasks, all the way up to out-of-band management.


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