Products based on 6th generation Intel Core processors

3rd September 2015
Siobhan O'Gorman

ADLINK Technology has announced the first of fourteen new products in various form factors based on the 6th generation Intel Core i7/i5/i3 processors (codename Skylake) and latest Xeon processors, coming to market in the second half of 2015 and early 2016. These current Intel processor-based offerings feature an updated 14nm microarchitecture and added support for Ultra HD 4K resolution displays. ADLINK’s offerings include COM Express COMs in both Compact and Basic sizes, a fanless embedded computer, and Mini-ITX and ATX industrial grade motherboards.

“Utilising Intel’s core strengths in computing and graphics innovation, ADLINK has developed embedded building blocks and platforms to better address the increasing demand for high performance deployments,” said Roy Wan, General Manager of the Measurement & Automation Product Segment, ADLINK. “Added support for Ultra HD 4K is evidence that Intel recognises the importance of strong graphics and GPGPU capabilities that are necessary in today’s embedded applications.”

“This latest CPU tock not only brings lower power envelopes but also doubles memory capacity by supporting 32GB memory DDR4 modules, which is an important feature for space-constrained systems with increased density and reduced power consumption,” commented Dirk Finstel, Executive Vice President of the Module Computing Product Segment, ADLINK. “In addition, support for JTAG over USB 3.0 allows for chip-level debugging without requiring direct access to the processor, which is something every embedded designer will appreciate.”

“Our 6th generation Intel Core and Intel Xeon processors exceed customer expectations for computing and graphics performance while offering new, faster DDR4 memory support and additional high speed I/Os to enable next-gen IoT applications," said Samuel Cravatta, Product Line Director, Internet of Things Group, Intel. "We've also focused on security with Intel Boot Guard, Intel Secure Guard Extensions, and Intel Memory Protection Extensions to help prevent systems threats from malware, protect sensitive data from rogue software, and prevent malicious attacks using buffer overflows."

ADLINK’s COM Express COM offerings include the cExpress-SL and Express-SL in PICMG COM.0 Type 6 Compact and Basic Size form factors, respectively. Both Basic and Compact size modules are available with 6th generation Intel Core i7, i5 or i3 processors and accompanying Intel QM170 and HM170 Chipset. ECC memory is supported by models utilising the Intel Xeon processor E3-15XX v5 family and Intel CM236 chipset. DDR4 memory is supported up to a total of 32GB, with a lower voltage compared to DDR3 resulting in a reduction in overall power consumption and heat dissipation. These new COMs also provide support for three independent UHD/4K displays and are well-suited for applications in automation, medical, and infotainment, with extended operating temperature range optionally available for transportation and defence applications.

The ADLINK MXC-6400 series of rugged, fanless embedded computers is based on the 6th generation Intel Core i7-6820EQ, Intel Core i5-6440EQ or Intel Core i3-6100E processor with Mobile Intel QM170 Chipset. Rich I/O includes two Mini PCIe, one USIM, six USB 3.0 ports plus an internal USB 2.0 port. The MXC-6400 series supports up to three independent displays with UHD/4K resolution support and up to four hot-swappable SATA 6GB/s, as well as internal SATA 6GB/s ports. An extended fanless operating temperature range of -20 to +70°C is available to support applications in harsh transportation or industrial automation environments.

ADLINK also offers the IMB-M43 ATX industrial motherboard based on the 6th generation Intel Core i7-6700 and Intel Q170 Express Chipset to provide high-speed data transfer interfaces such as PCIe Gen3, USB 3.0 and SATA 6Gb/s. The IMB-M43 supports dual-channel DDR4 2133 MHz memory up to a maximum of 64GB in four DIMM slots. To deliver a scalable, high performance platform for machine automation systems, machine vision systems, and test and measurement applications, the IMB-M43 supports fully flexible expansion with a variety of PCI and PCIe configurations available. The robust I/O design guarantees reliable and secure high-speed data transmission, supporting USB 3.0, LAN and SATA.

Finally, the versatile ADLINK AmITX-SL-G Mini-ITX embedded motherboard is based on the 6th generation Intel Core i7/i5/i3 and Pentium desktop processors with Intel Q170/H110 Chipset and offers dual DDR4 SODIMM memory sockets. The AmITX-SL-G is specifically designed for customers who need high-level processing and graphics performance with a long product life solution. It features three DisplayPort outputs, dual Gigabit Ethernet ports, USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 ports, SATA 6Gb/s ports, and High Definition Audio with 7.1 channels. Features of the AmITX-SL-G include expansion capability via one PCIe x16, one PCIe x1, and two Mini PCIe slots; support for GPIO, SMBus, and I2C; and AMI EFI BIOS providing embedded features such as hardware monitoring and watchdog timer.

All new products are equipped with ADLINK’s Smart Embedded Management Agent (SEMA) to provide access to detailed system activities at the device level, including temperature, voltage, power consumption and other key information, and allow operators to identify inefficiencies and malfunctions in real-time, thus preventing failures and minimising downtime. ADLINK's SEMA-equipped devices connect seamlessly to our SEMA Cloud solution to enable remote monitoring, autonomous status analysis, custom data collection, and initiation of appropriate actions. All collected data, including sensor measurements and management commands, are accessible any place, at any time via encrypted data connection.

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