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Intel Core-based COM Express suits high-end graphics

Posted: 19 Jan 2010     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:computer-on-module  processor  CPU 

Express-CB module

Adlink Technology Inc. rolls out the Express-CB Computer-on-Module (COM) based on the Mobile Intel QM57 Express chipset supporting the 64bit Intel Core i7/i5 processor with CPU, memory controller, and graphics processor on the same chip. The Express-CB is specifically designed for customers with high-performance processing graphics requirements who want to outsource the custom core logic of their systems for reduced development time.

The COM Express Type 2 module targets designs that require high-level processing and graphics performance and long product life solution. Integrated graphics support includes features such as OpenGL 2.1, DirectX10, and Intel Dynamic Video Memory Technology (Intel DVMT 5.0). Graphics outputs include CRT, LVDS and Embedded DisplayPort. Target applications include: medical diagnostic equipment and medical imaging; portable medical devices; instrumentation; industrial automation; transportation; data storage; infotainment; gaming; video preprocessing; POS and kiosks.

The featured Intel Core i7/i5 processor supports Intel Hyper-threading Technology (two cores, four threads) and up to 8GB of DDR3 dual-channel memory at 1,066MHz, giving the Express-CB the edge over the Adlink COM line-up in overall performance. Intel Flexible Display Interface and Direct Media Interface provide high speed connectivity to the Intel QM57 Express chipset.

"The Express-CB delivers faster multicore processor technology that embedded applications require. With integrated high-definition graphics support on the Intel processor, the Express-CB provides an enhanced graphics core and the required interface support for the embedded market," explains Henk van Bremen, product director for embedded product centre, Adlink. "For customers who are searching for a fast time-to-market solution, the Express-CB offers them accelerated development process with high performance and long product life." concludes van Bremen.

"The new Intel Core i7/i5 processor and Mobile Intel QM57 Express chipset is an integrated two-chip solution that provides the necessary performance-boosting technologies, advanced power management capabilities, improved graphics performance, and enhanced I/O interface functionality needed to power Adlink's next-generation embedded solutions," says Ryan Parker, director of marketing, embedded and communications division, Intel.

The Express-CB has dual stacked SODIMM sockets for up to 8GB DDR3 memory. The Intel Mobile QM57 Express chipset integrates CRT and single/dual-channel 18/24bit LVDS display output. In addition to the onboard integrated graphics, a multiplexed PCIe graphics x16 (PEG x16) bus is available for discrete graphics expansion, Embedded DisplayPort, or general purpose x8, x4 or x1 PCIe connectivity.

The Express-CB features a single onboard GbE port, up to eight USB 2.0 ports and four SATA 3Gbps ports with optional support for RAID 0/1/5/10. Additional storage interfaces include an optional SATA based Solid State Disk (8-/16-/32GB), and a single IDE (PATA) channel. Legacy support is also provided for 32bit PCI, LPC, SMBus and I². The module is equipped with an AMI EFI BIOS with CMOS backup, supporting embedded features such as remote console, CMOS backup, hardware monitor, and watchdog timer.

Samples of the Express-CB will be available to early access customers in limited quantities at the end of February 2010. Production quantities are expected to start shipping in Q2 10.





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