Embedded computer board and systems provider American Portwell Technology Inc. announced today that it has expanded its COM Express product portfolio to include a high performance module design aimed at the digital signage and kioks sectors.
The module is built on a COM Express Compact (95mm square) form factor featuring mobile Intel Express QM77 PCH with 22nm third-generation quad-core/dual-core Intel Core i7/i5/i3 (formerly codenamed Ivy Bridge) processors, ECC DDR3 SDRAM, LVDS/Display Port, Gigabit Ethernet, USB 3.0, PCI-E Gen 3, SATA 3.0 and support for AMT 8.0.
According to Robert Feng, American Portwell's product marketing manager, the new PCOM-B219VG Type VI COM Express module's enhanced feature set — which includes an Intel HD Graphics 4000 high performance integrated graphics solution for three independent displays — is aimed at applications such as point of sale, lottery, network, military, medical, gaming, high resolution digital signage, surveillance security monitoring and kiosks.
Other features of this latest addition to Portwell's COM Express form factor family include CPU support for Gen 3 PCI-E x16; QM77 PCH that supports faster I/O interfaces on seven PCI-E lanes; power sharing technology between the CPU and graphics engine to maximize performance; support for four SATA ports (including two 6Gbps ports and two 3Gbps ports); display port, HDMI and DVI supported with an increase of up 50 percent in 3D performance and 18X HD to HD transcode performance; and support for four USB 3.0 ports.
"Designed on a compact 95 mm-by-95 mm platform, the PCOM-B219VG is backward compatible and protects our customers' legacy investments. Most Intel Atom processor-based COM Express modules have been developed on a 95 mm-by-95 mm platform and the QM77 PCH works equally as effectively with second generation (codenamed Sandy Bridge) and third generation (codenamed Ivy Bridge) Intel Core processors," Feng said. "In fact, PCOM-B219VG enables a wide range of low TDP Intel Core processors to be utilized, protecting legacy investment while providing improved performance without the expense of mechanical change."