Computer on modules supplies powerful graphics

26th November 2013
Mick Elliott

A new COM Express Type 6 MSC C6C-GX module family based on the AMD Embedded G-Series SOC (system-on-chip) platform has been released by MSC. The computer-on-modules offer a powerful graphics and multimedia performance with low power dissipation. The module family will be available with four different quad-core and dual-core processors.

These are the AMD GX-420CA (2.0GHz, 25W TDP) and AMD GX-415GA (1.5GHz, 15W TDP) with four CPU cores each and dual-core variants with AMD GX-217GA (1.65GHz, 15W TDP) and AMD GX-210HA (1.0GHz, 9W TDP). The processors support AMD64 64-bit ISA technology. The chipset is integrated into the SOC.

Furthermore the SOC contains the on-chip Radeon HD 8000 Series GPU including a hardware video decoder (H.264, MPEG4, VC-1, WMV) and the VCE 2.0 video compression engine (H.264, SVC). The innovative graphics controller supports DirectX11.1, OpenGL 4.2 and OpenC 1.2.

The modules support two independent displays. These can be connected via Digital Display Interface (DP 1.2, DVI, HDMI 1.4a) with resolutions of up to 4096 x 2160, an Embedded DisplayPort 1.3 with 2560 x 1600, LVDS or VGA.

Flexible connectivity is assured by three PCI Express x1 channels, PCI Express graphics (PEG) x8, two USB 3.0 and six USB 2.0 ports, LPC, Gbit Ethernet, HD audio, a microSD card socket and two SATA interfaces at up to 3 Gb/s are available. The main memory can be expanded to 16 GB dual-channel DDR3-1600 SDRAM via two SO DIMM sockets.

In addition to the embedded modules, MSC offers Board Support Packages (BSPs) for the Microsoft Windows Embedded Standard 7 and Linux operating systems. Starter kits and carrier boards, as well as cooling solutions and memory modules are available. The computer-on-modules integrate Infineon’s Trusted Platform Module TPM 1.2.

The module family is especially suited for various applications with demanding graphics, high-definition videos and for the control of large displays for medical, infotainment, digital signage, POS/POI and gaming systems.

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