Newest Intel Dual-Core Processors on COM Express Modules

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A high-end COM Express Type 6 module family is based on the just-introduced dual-core variants of the fourth generation Intel Core processors (code name “Haswell”). The powerful MSC C6B-8S COM Express modules from MSC Embedded are characterized by highest computing and graphics performance with simultaneously low power dissipation. In addition to the first module with Intel Core i7-4700EQ (2.4 GHz, 3.4 GHz in turbo boost mode) quad-core processor, four more economical Intel Core i3 and i5 variants with two processor cores are now available.

The COM Express products are offered with Intel Core i5-4400E (2.7/3.3 GHz), i5-4402E (1.6/2.7 GHz), i3-4100E (2.4 GHz) or i3-4102E (1.6 GHz) processor. The thermal design power (TDP) is 37W or 25W. Depending on the type, the processors support the Intel AMT 9.0 Technology, Intel 64, the Intel Virtualization Technology, VT-d Virtualized I/O, Intel’s Trusted Execution Technology, the Intel Advanced Encryption Standard and the Intel Turbo Boost Technology. The Intel Advanced Vector Extensions (AVX) 2.0 Technology allows for high-end imaging applications.

The powerful 4600 (GT2) Intel HD graphics integrated into the processor die offers a significantly improved video and graphics performance over the third generation of Intel Core processors. Accelerated coding and decoding functions for high-resolution videos, DirectX 11.1 and OpenGL 3.2 are supported. OpenCL 1.2 allows for the additional use of the graphics engines for applications with extensive use of floating-point computations.

The new MSC C6B-8S module family integrates the improved QM87 Intel 8 series platform controller hub (PCH). Two fast dual-channel DDR3L (1333/1600) SDRAM modules with a maximum storage capacity of altogether 16 Gbyte assure a great computing performance and a low power consumption. An Infineon Trusted Platform Module offers a hardware-based security functionality according to the Trusted Computing Group (TCG).

The MSC C6B-8S modules have comprehensive display support offering three DisplayPort 1.2 with multi-stream-transport or HDMI digital display interfaces with a resolution of up to 3800 x 2400 pixels to connect three independent displays. Furthermore, the modules provide two embedded DisplayPort interfaces, along with a LVDS and CRT interface. The processor modules feature four fast USB 3.0 and four USB 2.0 ports, seven PCI Express x1 channels, a PCI Express graphics (PEG) x 16 interface, a LPC bus, Gbit Ethernet, HD audio and four SATA interfaces at up to 6 Gbit/s.

The high-performance platform runs under the Microsoft Windows 7, Windows 8 and Linux operating systems. BIOS firmware is based on the UEFI platform Aptio from AMI. In addition to the embedded modules, MSC offers starter kits and carrier boards to ensure a quick evaluation of the COM Express modules and corresponding cooling solutions like a passive and an active heat sink. The MSC C6B-8S module family is especially suitable for high-sophisticated applications, for example in image recognition and processing, for displaying multiple high-resolution (up to 4k) videos or for the control of large screen displays.

MSC Embedded, San Bruno, CA. (650) 616-4068. []