x86-based CoMs support QSeven & SMARC standards

27th January 2015
Posted By : Barney Scott
x86-based CoMs support QSeven & SMARC standards

In response to rapidly growing demand for small form factor system designs, ICOP Technology has announced its support of both SGET (Standardization Group for Embedded Technologies) CoM standards, Qseven and SMARC. The first two CoMs are based on the x86 ultra low-power DMP Vortex DX2 SoC processors and will be officially launched at Embedded World in Nuremberg (Hall 1, Booth 1-117).

The SMARC and Qseven modules from ICOP Technology comply with SGET specifications and are equipped with a soldered DMP Vortex86DX2 x86 SoC with 800MHz and 1GB of DDR2 system memory. Designed for ultra low-power consumption, the modules enable fanless, rugged designs in the temperature range of -20 to +70°C.

The CoMs integrate graphics supporting resolutions of up to 1280x1024 via VGA, LVDS and HDMI. Storage media can be connected via 1.5Gbit/s SATA, SD and eMMC interfaces. Further interfaces include GbE LAN and USB 2.0.

Customer-specific extensions can be implemented via PCIe x1, SPI, I²C, and GPIO. HD Audio rounds off the feature set. The modules offer a comprehensive OS support including DOS, Embedded Linux, X-Linux, QNX, VxWorks , FreeBSD as well as Microsoft Windows CE 6.0, Embedded Compact 7, Windows XP Professional, Windows Embedded Standard (XPE) and POS Ready (WePOS).

Within 2015, further DMP Vortex SoC processors are scheduled to become available on SMARC and Qseven modules.

“We see a strong trend towards small form factor system designs requiring a dedicated set of individually located I/O interfaces. Both QSeven and SMARC Computer-on-Modules deliver a sophisticated platform to meet this demand in a most efficient and highly cost effective manner,” explained Yin-Chen Chou President and CEO, European Headquarters, ICOP Technology. “Due to the die-integrated crossbar switch, the DMP Vortex SoC processors on SMARC and Qseven Computer-on-Modules can deliver very flexible I/O connectivity in combination with scalable ultra-low-power x86 performance which to date is unique in the entire x86 market. Consequently, DMP Vortex processor technology is a perfect fit for both the long tail x86 deployments as well as all the upcoming IoT-connected ultra- low-power appliances requiring bandwidths and performance that are tailored to manage multiple smaller package-sized applications which generate an abundance of valuable Big Data.”

Engelbert Hörmannsdorfer, Chairman, SGET, welcomes ICOP Technology's design initiative to make DMP Vortex processor technology available on SMARC and QSeven Computer-on-Modules: “By 2017, VDC predicts a CAGR of approximately 15% for the entire CoM and CoM carrier market. As SMARC and Qseven are the latest form factor standards in this area, here we expect to see a much higher CAGR within this period. ICOP Technology's designs with DMP Vortex processor technology will make a valuable contribution to this growth and we envisage quite a few application areas for this x86 processor performance class. Examples range from smart meters to smaller decentralised IoT data servers or edge devices which collect massive amounts of small data packages in the industrial fields and serve this to the industrial IoT clouds.”

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