Basic com express module comes equipped with desktop processors

2nd March 2017
Anna Flockett

The release of the PCOM-B642VG, a Type 6 COM Express Basic (125x95mm) module, has been announced by Portwell, which is based on the 7th generation Intel Core desktop processor (codenamed Kaby Lake-S) and Intel Q170, H110 and C236 Express chipset. PCOM-B642VG is Portwell’s second module with desktop CPU and one of Portwell’s new ideas to offer customers higher computing power but lower cost compared to mobile solutions.

The Portwell PCOM-B642VG COM Express module supports Intel Turbo Boost Technology via Intel Core i5 and i7 processors, Intel vPro Technology via Q170 chipset for superior remote capabilities and Intel Hyper-threading Technology via Intel Core i7 processors.

It’s also designed with new advanced features offered by the 7th generation Intel Core processors that boost IoT designs from the edge to the cloud, including IntelSGX (Software Guard Extensions), Intel MPX (Memory Guard Extensions), additional HSIO (High Speed Input/Output) with increased flexibility, and expanded HW/GPU accelerated codec support.

In addition, the PCOM-B642VG delivers greater graphics performance, stunning Ultra HD 4K display across three independent displays, as well as faster 3D and video playback capability, while maintaining improved energy efficiency.

These enhanced features and performance translate into improved security and reduced manageability cost, making the Portwell PCOM-B642VG a solution for medical healthcare systems, military equipment, retail systems and IoT application design across a broad spectrum of industries. 

Specifically, the PCOM-B642VG COM Express module supports up to 32GB ECC (supported by C236 chipset only) and non-ECC DDR4 up to 2400MHz on two 288-pin SODIMM sockets, making it faster than its predecessor.

Its expansion interface supports one PCI Express x16 Gen3 (8.0GT/s) for enhanced video performance, 1.6 times faster than the previous Gen2 (5.0GT/s), and eight PCI Express x1 Gen3 (8.0 GT/s). 

Furthermore, PCOM-B642VG supports three independent displays, DP (DisplayPort), VGA and eDP with greater 3D performance compared to its previous generation. Running with a low TDP CPU (35W), the PCOM-B642VG can deliver superior performance in various environments.

Flexibility, longevity and faster time to market
Designed with flexibility, the PCOM-B642VG is developed on a basic 125x95mm platform, and with the Intel Q170, H110, and C236 Express chipsets functioning smoothly with 7th generation Intel Core processors.

These features enable customers to preserve their legacy components and subsequent investments while minimising turn-around time – all of which ensures that the costs of inevitable upgrades are minimal.

Portwell finds the best balance of cost-and-performance
Cost and performance are always the key factors while deciding on the right solution. Portwell values the importance of optimising the two and always strives to walk on the Cost-and-Performance seesaw seeking the most balanced solution.

Consequently, the Portwell PCOM-B642VG is created specifically for such an optimised solution with the 7th generation Intel Core desktop processor series, formerly codenamed Kaby Lake-S. Specifically, the Kaby Lake-S desktop CPU provides low-cost solutions comparing to the Kaby Lake-H and Kaby Lake-U workstation, server and mobile series.

Moreover, while offered at low cost, the CPU series also comes in 14nm architecture with lower power consumption, better computing power, and better graphic performance. Finally, the new Kaby Lake generation CPU series provides enhanced media codec encode and decode capabilities.

As the markets evolve, Portwell’s versatile COM Express modules adapt to the changes by enabling designers to partition commodity host-processors from proprietary baseboards, thereby minimising current and future design risks during the initial phase of development.

This design of separating the CPU-upgradable module from system specific I/O carrier boards further safeguards development investments and lowers total cost of ownership.

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