Avnet Embedded launches new COM Express Compact module family based on new Intel Atom x7000E Series processor generation

Stutensee, Germany – January 03, 2023 – Avnet Embedded today launches the MSC C6C-ALN COM Express® Type 6 module family, utilizing the next generation of Intel® Atom® processor technology. The scalable MSC C6C-ALN COM Express module family can be equipped with the Intel® Atom® processors x7000E Series, Intel® Core™ i3 processor and Intel® Processors N Series with up to eight processor cores.

Compared to previous models, the Intel Atom x7000E Series processors feature significant gains in CPU and graphics performance while providing less power dissipation. Depending on processor type, the thermal design power (TDP) is between 6W and 15W. The CPU architecture is based on the same efficient cores and Intel® UHD graphics driven by Xe architecture as used by the 12th Gen Intel® Core™ processors, thus easing up application migration across Intel CPU performance and power ranges.

Typical applications of the energy-efficient MSC C6C-ALN modules in the Compact Format (95 x 95mm) include point-of-sales terminals, digital signage controllers, HMI solutions and medical equipment.

With the availability of the first COM Express module family based on the new Intel Atom series and the adequate Board Support Packages, Avnet Embedded allows an early access to the new processor technology and shows its leading role as manufacturer of innovative embedded modules. Avnet Embedded incorporates the Intel Atom x7000E Series processor technology into the two popular embedded standards COM Express and SMARC™.

Tim Jensen, Director of Product Innovation at Avnet Embedded, said: “Our COM Express range of embedded compute modules are designed to bring powerful processing technology to the edge, while minimizing development time and cost for our customers. Combining our COM Express form factor with Intel’s cutting-edge processing technology means customers can leverage the most efficient and capable processing options straight into their products, and into the hands of their customers. Our long-term support means this technology is designed to last in whatever application it is designed for.”

Avnet Embedded develops its innovative embedded modules in company-owned design centers and manufactures the boards in its highly automated production facilities. System investments are well protected through long-term availability and the high quality of the computer-on-modules. In addition, the COM Express standard enables performance scaling and migrating applications to future technology upgrades.

Technical specifications

The scalable MSC C6C-ALN COM Express Type 6 module family can be equipped with various processors of the actual Intel Atom generation:

Intel® Core™ i3-N305, eight-core, 1.0GHz/1.8GHz, 32EU, 9/15W
Intel® Atom® x7425E, four-core, 1.5GHz, 24EU, TCC, 12W
Intel® Atom® x7213E, two-core, 1.7GHz, 16EU, TCC, 10W
Intel® Atom® x7211E, two-core, 1.0GHz, 16EU, TCC, 6W
Intel® Processor N200, quad-core, 1.0GHz, 32EU, 6W
Intel® Processor N97, quad-core, 2.0GHz, 24EU, 12W
Intel® Processor N50, dual-core, 1.0GHZ, 16EU, 6W

The MSC C6C-ALN modules can drive up to three independent displays with a maximum of 4k resolution. The COM Express Type 6 interface allows direct access to digital display interfaces including DisplayPort, HDMI, VGA, and the choice of LVDS versus eDP. High speed IO includes up to six PCIe Gen 3 lanes and up to four USB 3.1 interfaces. Mass storage is provided with the optional on-board eMMC memory and externally accessible via up to two SATA channels. The network interface based on Intel® i226 network controller supports up to 2.5GbE bandwidth. For network applications, the standard modules support Time-Sensitive Networking (TSN) and Intel® Time Coordinated Computing (TCC).

With a maximum capacity of 16GB fast DDR5 memory the board satisfies even demanding applications. Optional in-band ECC capability allows for protecting code and data kept in memory. The embedded modules are equipped with an Infineon Trusted Platform Module (TPM) 2.0.

For more information, please visit: https://embedded.avnet.com/product/msc-c6c-aln/

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