Low-cost COM Express options for 4th Generation Intel Core MPUs

Low-cost COM Express options for 4th Generation Intel Core MPUs

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congatec’s conga-TS87 is a pin out Type 6 COM Express module based on the 4th Generation Intel Core 2-chip solution, that marks the introduction of Intel Advanced Vector Extensions (Intel AVX) 2.0 for improved floating point instructions in signal and image processing.

In addition to the existing quad-core Core i7-4700EQ processor, other variants such as Intel Core i3-4100E (TDP 25W) are now also supported at a lower entry price. Extended and consistent scalability is achieved by the new Intel Core i5-4100E processor. A total of five processors from the 4th Generation 2-chip solution are now available on COM Express.

Compared with the previous generation, the focus of 4th Generation Intel Core 2-chip processors is on increased performance per watt. This is particularly evident in the instruction set and vector processing unit expansions, where the performance has almost doubled. Sophisticated calculations such as simulations and CAD or imaging/image processing applications for tomography, radar or optical inspection benefit greatly from this performance improvement. As an additional advantage, the processing units of the integrated GT2 graphics can be used via OpenCL programming when the 3D graphics is not used elsewhere. Thanks to the new variable coder and 4K2K support for large displays, it is possible to tackle even the most demanding multimedia and gaming applications.

The Intel Advanced Encryption Standard New Instructions (Intel AES-NI) set is more relevant than ever. It enables the offloading of particularly compute-intensive packaging and encryption routines of the AES (Advanced Encryption Standard) cryptographic algorithm into hardware. This results in high performance encryption without putting a significant burden on the CPU cores.

Intel AMT 9.0 enables remote maintenance and PC control (e.g switching on/off), the display of status information, and the modification of configurations. I/O devices are forwarded or redirected via Serial Over LAN (SOL). With AMT 9.0, it is possible to manage, list, diagnose and repair a system – even when it is disconnected, the operating system is not responding, or the hard drive is defective.

The conga-TS87 COM Express module with Type 6 pin out takes advantage of integrated graphics and the associated advanced digital display interfaces. The module also uses the high bandwidth of USB 3.0 and PCI Express 3.0 with additional PCI Express lanes. Equipped with the Mobile Intel QM87 Express chipset it supports dual-channel DDR3L memory up to 16 GB, 1600 MT/sec. The integrated graphics is significantly more powerful than previous models and supports Intel Flexible Display Interface (FDI), DirectX 11.1, OpenGL 4 and OpenCL 1.2, as well as high-performance, flexible hardware decoding for parallel decoding of multiple high-resolution full HD videos.

4K2K pixel resolution of up to 3840 x 2160 with DisplayPort and 4096 x 2304 with HDMI is natively supported in the processor. In addition, it is possible to daisy chain up to three independent display interfaces via DVI, LVDS and VGA.

Seven PCI Express 2.0 lanes, PCI Express 3.0 graphics (PEG) x16 lanes for high-performance external graphics cards, four SATA ports with up to 6 Gb/sec and RAID support and one Gigabit Ethernet interface enable fast and flexible system extensions. Active fan control, LPC bus for easy integration of legacy I/O interfaces and Intel High Definition Audio complete the feature set.


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