Suitable for fanless edge device solutions that demand outstanding graphics performance and multitasking capabilities in a space-constrained environment, the cExpress-BL COM Express Type 6 module has been introduced by ADLINK Technology. Based on the i7-5650U, i5-5350U and i3-5010U 5th gen Intel Core processors, with support for up to 16GB dual channel DDR3L memory, the cExpress-BL is the company’s first compact COM Express Type 6 module.
The module is suitable for digital signage applications in the medical, transport and retail sectors, and machine vision applications in factory automation.
Alongside Intel HD Graphics 5500 and 6000, the module features two DDI channels (with up to 4K resolution) and one LVDS channel supporting three independent displays, allowing it to drive multiple HD screens without the need for a graphics card. For next-gen displays, Embedded DisplayPort is optionally available. I/O interfaces include four PCIe x1 or single PCIe x 4, four SATA 6Gb/s, two USB 3.0 ports and six USB 2.0 ports for peripheral devices and data transfer. The cExpress-BL supports a wide range of OSs, including Linux, Windows 7 and 8.1u, Windows Embedded Standard 7, Windows Embedded Industry 8.1 and VxWorks.
For application development, the module is offered with a range of COM Express engineering test tools. These tools include the COM Express Type 6 starter kit, which allows customers to proceed with carrier board design and software verification simultaneously; the T6-DDI video adapter card, which provides easy access to the cExpress-BL's DDI ports; and the LPC POST debug board. As well as a customised BIOS service, ADLINK offers a carrier board design service, which provides a quick and cost-effective alternative to full custom development by the manufacturer.
To provide access to detailed system activities at the device level, including temperature, voltage and power consumption, the cExpress-BL is equipped with ADLINK's Smart Embedded Management Agent (SEMA). This also prevents failures and minimises downtime by allowing operators to identify inefficiencies and malfunctions in real-time. The device connects seamlessly to the company’s SEMA Cloud solution, enabling remote monitoring, autonomous status analysis, custom data collection and the initiation of appropriate actions. All collected data, including sensor measurements and management commands, are available anywhere via an encrypted data connection.
"The ADLINK cExpress-BL is pin-to-pin compatible with the previous generation cExpress-HL module and facilitates system integrators with a seamless scale-up to 5th gen Intel Core processors are designed to lower development costs and reduce time-to-market," said Henk van Bremen, Director, Module Computing Product Segment, ADLINK. "End customers can easily upgrade their equipment with minimised investment and get the most out of their existing infrastructure with outstanding CPU and graphics performance, extended life cycle and maximised ROI."
"The 5th gen Intel Core processor family built using Intel's latest 14nm process technology is designed to deliver excellent graphics and performance in a small thermal envelope, supporting next-gen IoT solutions," said Samuel Cravatta, Product Line Director, IOTG. "With 5th gen Intel Core processors inside, edge devices can have stunning video performance and fast computing power in optimised cost modes for end users."