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Rugged Qseven board taps Atom E3800, offers onboard SSD

Feb 10, 2014 — by Eric Brown — 1308 views

The new MSC Q7-BT Qseven COM offers a range of Intel Atom E3800 SoCs, dual display support, onboard SATA and eMMC SSDs, and extended temperature operation.

Back in October when Intel unveiled its Atom E3800 (“Bay Trail-I”) SoC family, MSC Embedded said it would be releasing a Qseven computer-on-module and COM Express modules based on the SoC by the fourth quarter. The Qseven COM is ready to go, but there’s no new announcement of the COM Express module, despite the presence of a mostly completed MSC C6C-BT product page.

MSC Q7-BT Qseven module
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Earlier, MSC said the Qseven module would offer the quad-core, 1.91GHz Atom E3845 (10W TDP). As it turns out, the MSC Q7-BT Qseven module is also available with the four other E38xx Atoms: the dual-core E3827, E3826, and E3825; and the single-core E3815. The latter was announced as having a low 5W TDP, although MSC cites typical power consumption for its module of between 4.5 and 12 Watts, depending on the Atom model, the same range promised by Congatec’s Conga-QA3 Qseven module. Apparently, Intel has tweaked the E3815 to run even more efficiently.

The Bay Trail-I Atoms are 22nm fabricated, using Tri-Gate 3D non-planar transistor technology, and offer signal improvements in power consumption and performance (in that order). Other E3800 benefits include optional ECC memory support and improved display support. The MSC Q7-BT supports ECC and TPM 1.2 security, both as options. Windows ES7 is the default install, but Linux is available on request, says the company.

The 70 x 70mm Qseven board is available with up to 4GB of DDR3 RAM, and unlike the Congatec module, it offers onboard options for both 16GB of eMMC flash and a 64GB SATA solid state drive. Like the Conga-QA3, the MSC Q7-BT supports dual display support via HDMI, DisplayPort, and LVDS interfaces.

The MSC Q7-BT is further equipped with a USB 3.0 interface and five USB 2.0 connections, as well as optional USB 3.0 and 2.0 device ports. A variety of serial interfaces are supplied, along with three PCI-Express x1 interfaces, among other I/O.

The module supports both commercial and industrial (-40 to 85°C) operating temperatures, claims MSC. Optional 3.5-inch ECX and ATX carrier boards, as well as a “ready-to-run Starterkit” are said to be available.

MSC Q7-BT specs

Specifications listed for the MSC Q7-BT Qseven module include:

  • Processor — quad-core Intel Atom E3845 (1.91GHz, 10W TDP), dual-core E3827 (1.75GHz, 8W), E3826 (1.46GHz, 7W), and E3825 (1.33GHz, 6W), and single-core E3815 (1.46GHz, 4.5W/5W); Intel HD Graphics Gen. 7
  • Memory — up to 4GB LVDDR3-1333 SDRAM, soldered; optional ECC
  • Storage:
    • Optional up to 16GB eMMC flash
    • Optional up to 64GB SATA flash
    • 2x SATA 3Gbps interfaces (1x for optional SATA SSD)
  • Display:
    • HDMI up to 1920 x 1200 @60Hz
    • DisplayPort 1.1a up to 2560 x 1600 @60Hz
    • LVDS 18/24 bit, dual-channel, up to 1920 x 1200 @60Hz
    • Dual independent displays
  • Networking — gigabit Ethernet
  • Other I/O:
    • USB 3.0 host
    • Up to 5x USB 2.0 host
    • Optional USB 3.0 device
    • Optional USB 2.0 device
    • I2C
    • SMBus
    • SPI
    • I2S audio
  • Expansion — 3x PCIe x1 Gen. 2; LPC Bus
  • Other features:
    • Optional TPM 1.2
    • Watchdog
    • System monitoring
    • PWM speed control for carrier fan
    • Optional 3.5-inch ECX and ATX carrier boards, and “ready-to-run Starterkit”
    • Optional heatspreader, heatsink, or heatrail (already present on carrier)
  • Power — +5V +/-5% (5V standby optional); consumption 4W to 12W typical, depending on CPU
  • Operating temperature — 0 to 60°C (commercial) or -40 to 85°C (industrial)
  • Dimensions — 70 x 70mm; Qseven 2.0
  • Operating system — Windows ES7; Linux on request; EAPI

Further information

The MSC Q7-BT Qseven module appears to be available now. More information may be found at the MSC Q7-BT product page.

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