COM Express Modules with Quad-Core Third Generation Core Processors

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Two families of COM Express modules are based on the third generation Intel Core processor family formerly codenamed “Ivy Bridge,” which utilizes Intel’s advanced 22nm process technology with three-dimensional transistors for higher performance at lower power.   The two new COM Express module families from MSC Embedded support Type 2 (MSC CXB-6SI) and Type 6 (MSC C6B-7S) pin-outs. The first products of these module families are equipped with the quad-core Intel Core i7-3615QE processor with 45W thermal dissipation power (TDP) and the Intel Core i7-3612QE processor with 35W TDP. The quad-core processors include support for Intel 64 architecture, Intel Virtualization Technology, IntelAdvanced Vector Extensions and the Intel Advanced Encryption Standard (AES).

The Intel HD 4000 Graphics controller on the processor die offers significantly better video and graphics acceleration than the second generation Intel Core processors. One major advantage is the support of three independent displays. In addition to accelerated full HD video encoding and decoding, DirectX 11 and OpenGL 3.1 are supported. The MSC CXB-6SI module family uses the improved Intel 7-series chipset. Fast dual-channel DDR3 SDRAM modules (two SO-DIMM sockets)—each with a maximum storage capacity of 8 Gbyte—also ensure high computing power and at the same time low power consumption.

The COM Express module family offers six PCI Express x1 channels, a PCI Express Graphics (PEG) x16 interface, the classical 32-bit PCI bus, eight USB 2.0 ports, HD audio and Gbit Ethernet. DisplayPort and HDMI interfaces with a resolution of up to 2560 x 1600 pixels multiplexed on the PEG lanes are available for the connection of high resolution displays. Data can be stored via four SATA II channels with up to 300 Mbyte/s, an enhanced IDE port or on an optionally populated NAND flash SSD. An onboard connector for a speed-controlled fan on a special cooling solution allows low-noise systems for noise-critical environments. Designed with a Type 6 pin-out definition, the MSC C6B-7S additionally offers four USB3.0 interfaces and easy access to digital display interfaces such as DisplayPort, HDMI and DVI.

The platforms run under the operating systems Windows 7, Windows XP (embedded) and Linux. The AMI UEFI BIOS has been implemented on the modules. The pricing for the high-end quad-core Intel Core i7-3615QE will be approximately $680 in volume quantities.

MSC Embedded Computer Technology
San Bruno, CA.
(650) 616-4068