Low-cost COM Express options for 4th Generation Intel Core MPUs

September 03, 2013 // By Graham Prophet
The low-cost COM Express Type 6 module conga-TS87/i3-4102E is scalable up to the quad-core Intel Core i7

congatec's conga-TS87 is a pin out Type 6 COM Express module based on the 4th Generation Intel Core 2-chip solution, that marks the introduction of Intel Advanced Vector Extensions (Intel AVX) 2.0 for improved floating point instructions in signal and image processing.

In addition to the existing quad-core Core i7-4700EQ processor, other variants such as Intel Core i3-4100E (TDP 25W) are now also supported at a lower entry price. Extended and consistent scalability is achieved by the new Intel Core i5-4100E processor. A total of five processors from the 4th Generation 2-chip solution are now available on COM Express.

Compared with the previous generation, the focus of 4th Generation Intel Core 2-chip processors is on increased performance per watt. This is particularly evident in the instruction set and vector processing unit expansions, where the performance has almost doubled. Sophisticated calculations such as simulations and CAD or imaging/image processing applications for tomography, radar or optical inspection benefit greatly from this performance improvement. As an additional advantage, the processing units of the integrated GT2 graphics can be used via OpenCL programming when the 3D graphics is not used elsewhere. Thanks to the new variable coder and 4K2K support for large displays, it is possible to tackle even the most demanding multimedia and gaming applications.

The Intel Advanced Encryption Standard New Instructions (Intel AES-NI) set is more relevant than ever. It enables the offloading of particularly compute-intensive packaging and encryption routines of the AES (Advanced Encryption Standard) cryptographic algorithm into hardware. This results in high performance encryption without putting a significant burden on the CPU cores.

Intel AMT 9.0 enables remote maintenance and PC control (e.g switching on/off), the display of status information, and the modification of configurations. I/O devices are forwarded or redirected via Serial Over LAN (SOL). With AMT 9.0, it is possible to manage, list, diagnose and repair a system – even when it is disconnected, the operating system is