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TQ-Group introduces SMARC 2.1 module based on Alder Lake-N processors

Jan 3, 2023 — by Giorgio Mendoza 275 views

Germany based TQ-Group unveiled a SMARC 2.1 embedded module compatible with multiple Intel Atom x7000E Series, Core i3 and Intel N Series processors. The TQMxE41S is a low-power module equipped with 2x 2.5GbE ETH, triple [email protected]  display support, high-speed PCIe and multiple I/O interfaces.

The product page specifies that the TQMxE41S can be configured with any of the following Intel processors:

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SMARC Module TQMxE41S
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The system memory can be configured with 4/8/16GB of LPDD5 and 16/32/64/126/256GB of industrial iNAND eMMC. 

A product manager from TQ-Group stated, “For the first time in this performance segment, AVX256 and advanced AI instruction sets (VNNI) as well as Intel Deep Learning Boost are also supported. Together with the enhanced security features including TPM 2.0, the module is also particularly well suited for applications in the healthcare, IoT, retail and video & conferencing sectors.”


Starter kit with MB-SMARC-100100
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The company also mentioned they will also launch compatible carrier boards and starter kits to accelerate customers’ product development. 

Specifications listed for the NUC BOX-1300 Series D5/D4 include: 

  • Memory/Storage:
    • Up to 16GB LPDDR5 w/ In-Band-ECC option
    • Up to 256 GB Industrial iNAND eMMC 
    • 1x SATA Gen3 (up to 6Gb/s)
    • 32kbit EEPROM
  • Display/Audio:
    • 1x eDP (4K @ 60 Hz) or Dual Channel LVDS (18/24-bit)
    • 1x DP++ (4K @ 60 Hz)
    • 1x DP++ or HDMI (4K @ 60 Hz)
  • Camera:
    • 2x MIPI-CSI-2 ports (limited SW support)
  • Connectivity:
    • 2x 2.5 Gigabit Ethernet (Intel i226)
  • Expansion:
    •  4x PCIe Gen3 (up to 8 Gb/s per Lane)
  • USB:
    • 2x USB 3.2 Gen2 (up to 10 Gb/s)
    • 6x USB 2.0
  • I/O Interfaces:
    • 1x eSPI (standard) or SPI (assembly option)
    • 1x SPI (for external UEFI BIOS flash)
    • 1x I2C
    • 1x SMBus
    • 4x Serial port (2x 16550, 2x HS-UART)
    • 14x GPIO, incl. fan-control
  • Other Features:
    • TPM 2.0  (SLM9670)
    • SGeT SMARC 2.1 (RC1) compliant
    • TQMx86 board controller w/ WDT and flexiCFG Hardware monitor
  • Software:
    • Win 10, Win 10 IoT Enterprise 2021 LTSC
    • Win 11
    • Linux
  • Power:
    • Main Voltage  — 4.75V – 5.25V
    • Standby Voltage — 4.75V – 5.25V
    • RTC Battery Voltage — 3V
    • 3 – 12 W Power consumption
  • Operating Temperature:
    • 0°C~60°C
  • Mechanical:
    • 82 mm x 50 mm

 Further information

The company didn’t provide details about pricing, but they mentioned “production launch is planned for the first half of 2023”. The product page for the TQMxE41S can be found on TQ-Group’s website

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