Low-Cost Entry to Fourth Generation Intel Core Processors on COM Express

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Congatec has announced expanded processor support for its conga-TS87, a pin out Type 6 COM Express module based on the fourth Generation Intel Core 2-chip solution. The most significant innovation is 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 Core i3-4100E (TDP 25W) are now also supported at an attractive entry price. Extended and consistent scalability is achieved by the new Core i5-4100E processor. A total of five processors of the fourth Generation 2-chip solution are now available on COM Express.

The focus of fourth 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 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 well-known cryptographic algorithm AES (Advanced Encryption Standard) into hardware. This results in high-performance encryption without putting a significant burden on the CPU cores.

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 Gbit/s 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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