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ADLINK announces Express-BL COM Express computer module

ADLINK announces Express-BL COM Express computer module

July 23, 2015 – ADLINK Technology announces Express-BL, a COM Express Basic Size Type 6 module incorporating the latest Intel Xeon E3-1200 processor and Intel Core i7 processor (formerly codenamed “Broadwell”) with Intel QM87 Chipset.

Featuring improved graphics and processing performance compared to previous generation processors, the Express-BL is ideally suited for carrier-grade edge device solutions that demand intense graphics performance and multitasking capabilities in a space-constrained environment, such as industrial cloud and media servers performing real-time video transcoding for content delivery networks (CDNs), network functions virtualization (NFV), and medical imaging applications.

Video-on-demand streaming services can leverage the transcoding capabilities of the Express-BL for on-the-fly compression of video streams to reduce data transfer costs and provide users with the best resolution for their viewing devices (e.g. 240p, 360p, 480p, 720p, 1080p). Intel Media SDK and OpenCL provide system developers with the necessary tools to implement these streaming solutions.

In ultra-high resolution ultrasound systems requiring intensive 3D imaging calculations, the Express-BL can utilize its integrated GPU as a coprocessor with the use of an OpenCL software layer. The Intel Xeon processor with Iris Pro Graphics 6300 feature set avoids the need for a discrete coprocessor, reducing complexity and cost.

The ADLINK Express-BL supports up to 32GB of dual channel DDR3L memory at 1600MHz and features Intel Iris Pro Graphics 6300 integrated in the processor (dependent on the processor selected). The module provides three DDI channels, as well as LVDS and VGA display outputs, enabling it to support up to three independent displays at 4K resolution and drive multiple HD screens without the need for a discrete graphics card.

In addition, Embedded DisplayPort (eDP) is optionally available to support next generation displays. The Express-BL also provides rich, high-bandwidth I/O, including one PCI Express x16, seven PCI Express x1, Gigabit Ethernet, four SATA 6 Gb/s, four USB 3.0 and four USB 2.0. A wide range of operating systems is supported, including Linux, Windows 7 and 8.1 Update, Windows Embedded Standard 7, Windows Embedded 8.1 Industry and VxWorks. In addition, the Express-BL is available in an Extreme Rugged version featuring an operating temperature range of -40°C to +85°C.

The Express-BL is equipped with ADLINK’s Smart Embedded Management Agent (SEMA) to provide access to detailed system activities at the device level, including temperature, voltage, power consumption and other key information, and allow operators to identify inefficiencies and malfunctions in real-time, thus preventing failures and minimizing downtime. ADLINK's SEMA-equipped devices connect seamlessly to its SEMA Cloud solution to enable remote monitoring, autonomous status analysis, custom data collection and initiation of appropriate actions. All collected data, including sensor measurements and management commands, are available from any place, at any time via encrypted data connection.

 

“Compared to previous generations, the Express-BL with Intel Iris Pro Graphics engine delivers up to 1.4x more video encode/decode/transcode performance for media server streaming, and up to 1.8x more 3D graphics performance with CPU/GPU co-processing capability under OpenCL for medical applications such as endoscopy, MRI, CT/X-ray and ultrasound,” said Henk van Bremen, senior director of ADLINK’s Module Computing Product Segment. “The COM Express module-on-carrier concept enables customers to seamlessly upgrade their existing designs to extend current platform life cycles and leverage the performance and power consumption improvements of Intel’s 14nm process technology, with lower development costs and reduced time to market.”

About ADLINK

ADLINK Technology is enabling the Internet of Things (IoT) with innovative embedded computing solutions for edge devices, intelligent gateways and cloud services. ADLINK’s products are application-ready for industrial automation, communications, medical, defense, transportation, and infotainment industries. Our product range includes motherboards, blades, chassis, modules, and systems based on industry standard form factors, as well as an extensive line of test & measurement products and smart touch computers, displays and handhelds that support the global transition to always connected systems. Many products are Extreme Rugged, supporting extended temperature ranges, shock and vibration.

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