MSC Vertriebs GmbH presents the first COM Express modules based on the 3rd generation Intel Core processor family (formerly codenamed 'Ivy Bridge'). The 3rd generation Intel Core processor family uses Intel's advanced 22nm process technology with three-dimensional transistors for higher performance at lower power.
Two new COM Express module families supporting Type 2 (MSC CXB-6SI) and Type 6 (MSC C6B-7S) pin-out will be available. 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 (35W TDP).
Additional versions will follow shortly. The quad-core processors include support for Intel 64 architecture, Intel Virtualization Technology, Intel Advanced Vector Extensions and the Intel Advanced Encryption Standard (AES). Thanks to the integration of enhanced Intel Turbo Boost Technology, single cores can be over-clocked in order to increase the performance. 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 GB - 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 MB/s, an enhanced IDE port or on an optionally populated NAND flash SSD. An on-board connector for a speed controlled fan on a special cooling solution allows low-noise systems for noise-critical environments. The MSC C6B-7S comes with a very similar feature set. Designed according to Type 6 pin-out definition it additionally offers four USB3.0 interfaces and easy access to digital display interfaces like DisplayPort, HDMI and DVI.
The powerful platforms run under the operating systems Windows 7, Windows XP (embedded) and Linux. The AMI UEFI BIOS has been implemented on the modules.
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This article originally appeared on EE Times Europe.