COM Express Type 6 starter kits for Intel gen-6 CPU-based modules

June 24, 2016 // By Graham Prophet
Avnet Embedded has introduced two COM Express starter kits for Type 6 modules based on the 6th generation of Intel Core processors previously codenamed “Skylake”.

The MSC C6-SK-SLH-EV-KIT001 contains the complete environment for COM Express basic modules with high-end Skylake H processors, while the MSC C6-SK-SLU-EV-KIT001 allows operation of COM Express compact modules with Skylake U processors featuring 15W computing platforms ideal for high-performance computing at moderate power consumption. Both kits enable users to plug any Skylake-based module onto a proven and tested platform, ready for evaluation, test and development.


The Skylake H CPUs of the 6th generation of Intel Core processors range from Celeron dual-core, Core i3, i5 and i7 all the way up to Xeon quad-core processors clocking up to 3.7 GHz made in 14 nm silicon technology. Their computing and graphics performance is the highest available on COM Express modules today. The COM Express Compact modules with Skylake U processors, which are limited to a thermal power dissipation of 15W, are suitable for powerful and compact system solutions. With their special feature “configurable TDP” they may even be limited to 7.5W for system designs with passive cooling. These CPUs may be chosen from a range of Celeron, Core i3, i5 and i7 processors offering very good computing performance at low power consumption. With the integrated Intel Gen. 9 HD graphics, these modules feature a very good graphics capability.


The two starter kits feature the MSC C6-MB-EV COM Express Type 6 carrier board in the mini-ITX form factor, two SO-DIMM DDR4 memory modules, heat sink and suitable power supply. Along with a MSC C6B-SLH or MSC C6C-SLU COM Express Type 6 module, which are not included in the kit to leave the user the choice of processor performance and additional features, the two starter kits represent a complete solution to immediately start evaluating or developing with COM Express Type 6 modules based on the Skylake H and U processor families.


The universal mini-ITX baseboard provides the COM Express socket for Type 6 modules in the compact and basic form factors,