X-ES has applied its extensive experience in designing and manufacturing high-performance Intel SBCs for commercial, industrial, and rugged platforms to produce 4th generation Intel Core i7 processor-based products for high reliability embedded applications. X-ES have incorporated the new Intel Core i7 processor on a range of form factors, including 3U VPX, 6U VPX, XMC, 3U CompactPCI, 6U CompactPCI, 6U VME, and COM Express.
“By integrating 4th generation Intel Core i7 processors into some of the smallest embedded form factors and the most demanding of environments, X-ES is highlighting the performance strengths of the new microarchitecture,” said Sam Cravatta, Product Line Manager, Intel Intelligent Systems Group. Ben Klam, VP of Engineering at X-ES says, “We are utilising our unique understanding of Intel architecture to provide highly reliable 4th generation Intel Core i7 processor-based products that maximise I/O capabilities, operate at extreme low temperatures, and provide industry-leading cooling for unequalled high-temperature performance.”
The new line up of conduction and air-cooled 4th generation Intel Core i7 products from X-ES includes the XCalibur4500 6U cPCI, the XCalibur4530 6U VME, and the XCalibur4540 6U VPX modules, which maximise I/O capabilities and add configurability with two PMC/XMC sites. X-ES have also introduced the XPedite7570 3U VPX and XPedite7530 3U cPCI modules, which are ideal for space constrained aerospace and vehicle platforms that require maximum processing performance and I/O capabilities, with the flexibility of PMC and XMC support. For applications with extreme size, weight, and power (SWaP) challenges X-ES also offers the XPedite7501 XMC and XPedite7550 Rugged COM Express modules.
X-ES recognised the significant maintenance and diagnostics advantages achieved by the remote configuration and management feature, Intel Active Management Technology (Intel AMT), from its use within X-ES’s previous generation Intel Core i7 processor-based products. As a result, X-ES is continuing to offer those advantages to its customers by including Intel AMT 9.0 support for its 4th generation Intel Core i7 processor-based products. Further improvements within the 4th Generation Intel Core i7 processor include increased raw processing performance per watt, hardware-based memory encryption with Intel AES New Instructions (AES-NI), and increased floating-point and integer performance utilising Intel Advanced Vector Extensions 2.0 (AVX 2.0). The graphics processing unit in the 4th generation Intel Core i7 processor has also been enhanced, adding additional execution units and up to a 24% increase in raw performance. The 4th generation Intel Core i7 processor also supports OpenCL 1.2, enabling it to perform as a general-purpose graphics processing unit.