COM-Express board taps 14nm processors for handheld market

Paul Boughton

Advantech has launched a low power, fanless COM Express Mini Module that support the latest 14nm embedded processor technology for handheld and portable designs.

The Type 10 SOM-7568 module uses the latest Intel Pentium N3700, Celeron N3150 and Celeron N3000 single-chip processors, which are manufactured on new Intel14-nm process technology. It supports up to 4GB dual channel DDR3L 1600 MT/s non-ECC onboard memory, with higher memory bandwidth for better performance, as well as 4GB to 32GB of eMMC onboard storage. This makes it suitable for lower power handheld applications such as in-vehicle, medical, military, and transportation.

The SOM-7568 module also features Intel’s eighth generation low power graphics integrated in the SoC, with up to 16 Execution Units, and has twice the graphics performance of the previous version. As a result this is the first COM Express module to support H.265 (HEVC) hardware video decode and the latest 3D acceleration DX 11.1, OpenGL 4.2 function. The module also provides multiple display interfaces–one channel LVDS or eDP, and HDMI/DisplayPorts, which are able to support dual displays with 4K display resolution.

The COM Express format provides a module measuring 84 x 55 mm), with a high thermal performance down to 4W/6W and support for a wide range of voltage inputs from 4.75 to 20V; this provides flexible options for the various application requirements. It also supports a wide range of I/O interfaces including 3 PCIe x1 for better data transmission, and offers one Intel i210AT LAN controller, 3 SATA Gen3, 8 USB 2.0, 2 USB3.0, 2 COM ports, SMBus, I2C, and HD audio interface functions.

SOM-7568 will be available in Q3 2015.