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COM Express Type 6 module revs up to 3.2GHz Core i7

Jul 30, 2015 — by Rick Lehrbaum — 656 views

CompuLab, which debuted its first COM Express modules last month, has added a high-end Type 6 module using Intel’s Core i7/i5/i3 CPUs, clocked up to 3.2GHz.

Last month, Israel-based CompuLab unleashed its first series of COM Express modules, based on Intel’s Broadwell and BayTrail SoCs, and AMD’s Embedded G-Series and E-Series SoCs. This week, the company unveiled a higher-end COM Express Type 6 offering, the Core i7/i5/i3-based “COMEX-IC40D,” which is claimed to be “the most powerful COM Express module on the market.”

COMEX-IC40D computer-on-module
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The COMEX-IC40D’s LGA-1150 socket can be stuffed with a choice of four 22nm Intel “Haswell” processors — the quad-core Core i7-4790S or Core i5-4590T, or the dual-core Core i3-4350T or Celeron G1820TE — all of which were introduced in the first half of 2014 and are on Intel’s long lifecycle embedded product roadmap.

COMEX-IC40D angled view and block diagram
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The COMEX-IC400 conforms to PICMG’s COM Express Type 6 specs, and targets applications including networking, industrial automation, communications, and IoT applications. In particular, the module’s high performance CPU and Intel HD Graphics GPU make it suitable for high-end multimedia applications such as digital signage, point of sale, and surveillance, says CompuLab. The board offers triple-mode video, with the options being LVDS, eDP, HDMI, and DisplayPort (note: use of LVDS precludes use of the eDP port).

The COMEX-IC400 also supports an industrial operating temperature range of -40 to 85°C, enabling its deployment in outdoor installations. With processor TDPs of 35W and 65W, well designed heat dissipation solutions will need to accompany the modules for operation at the high end of that range, and to that end CompuLab offers both passive and active heat extraction options. On the software side, CompuLab says the modules work with both Linux and Windows, while not indicating specific distributions or versions.

Additional details appear in the detailed specs list, farther below.

SB-COMEX-T6 carrier board

CompuLab supports development around the COMEX-IC40D module by means of its ATX form factor SB-COMEX-T6 carrier board, which can also be used with its Broadwell-based, Type 6 Compact-sized COMEX-IC50L module that we wrote about last month.

SB-COMEX-T6 carrier board (left) and block diagram
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The 305 x 244mm carrier board offers an extensive feature set, including ports for all the display ports as well as SATA, optional mSATA, and a microSD slot. Other interfaces implemented by the carrier include Realtek ALC886 audio with both analog and digital audio I/O connectors, six USB ports, including dual USB 3.0 connections, an ultra-mini RS232 port, an RJ45 CAN port, and more. For additional expansion, the SB-COMEX-T6 carrier offers a pair of mini-PCIe sockets, along with desktop-style PCIe x16, PCIe x4, and PCIe x1 expansion card slots.

Summary of COMEX-IC40D specs

Specifications listed by CompuLab for the COMEX-IC40D module include:

  • Processor — Intel i7/i5/i3 “Haswell” Core processors (LGA-1150) with Q87 chipset:
    • Core i7-4790S — quad-core, 3.2GHz, 65W TDP
    • Core i5-4590T — quad-core, 2.0GHz, 35W TDP
    • Core i3-4350T — dual-core, 3.1GHz, 35W TDP
    • Celeron G1820TE — dual-core, 2.2GHz, 35W TDP
  • Memory — 2x 204-pin SODIMM, for up to 16GB DDR3L-1600
  • Storage — 4x SATA 6Gb/s
  • Networking — Gigabit Ethernet, Intel I218 GbE PHY
  • Display — Intel HD Graphics 4600; triple display mode supported:
    • 2x DDI — HDMI / DVI / DP / DP++, up-to 3840 x 2160
    • eDP v1.2, up to 3840 x 2160
    • Dual-channel LVDS, up-to 1920 x 1200 (precludes use of eDP)
    • VGA — up to 1920 x 2000
  • Audio — HD Audio interface; HDMI audio output
  • USB — 4x USB3.0, 8x USB2.0
  • Other I/O — 2x UART, LPC, I2C, SMBus, 8x GPIO
  • Expansion — 1x PCIe x16 (PEG) Gen. 3.0; 7x PCIe x1 Gen. 2.0
  • Other features — watchdog, RTC, TPM, ACPI 4.0a, fan control
  • Power — 12V DC
  • Dimensions — 125 x 95mm; COM Express Basic Type 6
  • Environmental:
    • Operating temp. — Commercial (0 to 70°C), Extended (-20 to 70°C), Industrial (-40 to 85°C)
    • Shock/vibration — 50G / 20ms shock; 20G / 0-600Hz vibration
  • Operating systems — Linux; Windows

Further information

CompuLab says it plans to begin shipping the COMEX-IC40D in August, priced from $237 (for the low-end Celeron model) in OEM volumes of 1000 or more, and with a 20 percent premium for single piece orders. More information may be found at the company’s COMEX-IC40D module and SB-COMEX-T6 carrier board product pages. Heat spreader and “active heatsink” thermal management accessories are also available.

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