COM Express Compact Type 6 module hosts 5th-generation Intel Core processor

January 29, 2015 // By Graham Prophet
With graphics support up to 4K resolution and high-efficiency processing, the cExpress-BL provides performance per watt targeting latest industrial designs

Adlink Technology’s cExpress-BL, based on the i7-5650U, i5-5350U (5th generation Intel Core processors) and the 5th generation Intel Core i3-5010U processor (codename Broadwell U), have support for up to 16 GB dual channel DDR3L memory. Featuring improved graphics and processing performance compared to the previous generation Intel processor, the cExpress-BL is suitable for fanless edge device solutions that demand intense graphics performance and multitasking capabilities in a space-constrained environment, such as digital signage for medical, transport and retail, or machine vision applications in factory automation.

"The Adlink cExpress-BL is pin-to-pin compatible with the previous generation cExpress-HL module and facilitates system integrators with a seamless scale-up to 5th generation Intel Core processors are designed to lower development costs and reduce time to market," said Henk van Bremen, director of ADLINK's Module Computing Product Segment.

The Adlink cExpress-BL features Intel HD Graphics 5500 and 6000 integrated in the CPU and provides two DDI channels (with up to 4K resolution) and one LVDS channel supporting three independent displays, enabling it to drive multiple HD screens without the need for a discrete graphics card. Embedded DisplayPort (eDP) is optionally available to support next generation displays. The cExpress-BL also provides high-bandwidth I/O, including four PCIe x1 or single PCIe x 4, four SATA 6 Gb/sec, two USB 3.0 and six USB 2.0 for peripheral devices and data transfer. A wide range of operating systems is supported, including Linux, Windows 7 and 8.1u, Windows Embedded Standard 7, Windows Embedded Industry 8.1, and VxWorks.

A complete range of COM Express engineering test tools accompany the cExpress-BL to expedite application development. These tools include the COM Express Type 6 starter kit, which allows customers to proceed with carrier board design and software verification simultaneously; the T6-DDI video adapter card, which provides access to the cExpress-BL's DDI ports; and the LPC POST debug board. A customised BIOS service is available, as well as Adlink's carrier board design service that