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New R2.0 Type 6 Pin-out COM-Express Basic Module for 2nd Gen. Intel Core processor

30 August 2011

Advantech is pleased to introduce SOM-5890, the 2nd generation Intel® Core™ i7/ i5 / i3 / Celeron processor based solution.

Implemented on a COM-Express R2.0 basic module with type 6 pin-out, this new model supports non-ECC or ECC DDR3 1333MHz SODIMM up to 16 GB, and advanced I/O interfaces such as PCI Express Gen 2, SATA Gen 3, and USB 2.0. SOM-5890 is integrated with a new HD graphics core for powerful graphic processing and multiple-display capability through display interfaces like HDMI or DisplayPort. With over 20% improvement on CPU performance, SOM-5890 is ideal for performance display-driven and I/O rich applications such as telecom, finance, medical, gaming, digital signage, video conference, and networking.

The First COM-Express R2.0 Type 6 Module
SOM-5890 is Advantech’s first COM-Express basic module (125 x 95 mm) with Type 6 pin-outs that fully comply with the PICMG (PCI Industrial Computer Manufacturers Group) COM Express R2.0 standard. With the 2nd generation Intel® Core™ i architecture, this module is the first to adopt an embedded low power Quad Core processor which provides extreme computing performance. Two DDR3 SODIMM sockets support non-ECC or ECC (A/B version) memory up to 1333 MHz, 16 GB capacity. The ECC version counters strong demands from applications requiring even better system reliability.

New Graphics Core with H/W Transcoding and Multiple Display Interface Support
The Intel 2nd Generation Intel® Core™ i processor has a new HD graphics core integrated which supports full hardware decoding of MPEG2, AVC, and VC1, encoding/trascoding of HD content, and also DirectX 10.1 and OpenGL 3.0 for improved 3D performance. SOM-5890 graphics core offers multiple display interfaces like VGA, dual channel LVDS, and 3 DDI (Digital Display Interface) which supports HDMI/DVI/DisplayPort/SDVO. Two independent content displays are supported in any of two combinations. This module also includes an individual PCI-Express x16 interface (not multiplexed) with Gen 2 (5.0 GT/s) bandwidth, controlled by up to 3 controllers which means it can offer up to one x8 and two x4 configurations for flexibility.

QM67: Rich I/O with Higher Performance
SOM-5890 uses the highly integrated Intel QM67 chipset which provides 7 PCI-Express x1 ports with Gen 2 (5.0 GT/s) bandwidth, 2 SATA Gen III (6.0 Gb/s) ports, 2 SATA Gen II (3.0 Gb/s) ports, and 8 USB 2.0 ports through COM-Express type 6 pin-outs. These rich I/O interfaces not only allow more functional extensions but also give improved performance over previous platforms.

iManager 2.0 - Robust, Reliable, Easy to Use
Advantech has just released the latest iManager 2.0 intelligent self-management agent which is an OS-independent suite of utilities and tools for providing reliable control and monitoring of applications. Multi-level protection quickly puts failover systems back in service. For example, a multi-level watchdog restarts software applications if they hang up—rather than restarting the OS directly, and keeps background services running without data loss if only a specific application fails. The CPU throttling feature can reduce clock frequency and CPU workload to lower temperature, while a smart fan can monitor system temperatures and kick in if they hit pre-set temperature values, increasing stability and conserving energy. There are many other functions provided by iManager 2.0 such as LCD backlight/brightness control, GPIO, I2C bus, voltage and temperature monitoring, and safe user date storage with security key protection. Advantech provides a corresponding unified API which is compliant with EAPI (Embedded Application Programming Interface) to control these features in different OS, providing customers with simplified integration, more reliability and easier system update paths.

SOM-DB5800 Development board for COM-Express Type 6 Pin-out Applications
Advantech provides a new development board—SOM-DB5800, for COM-Express type 6 pin-out basic (125 x 95 mm), compact (95 x 95 mm), and mini (84 x 55 mm) module evaluation. SOM-DB5800 is a full design-for-testing board and includes most features needed to test and develop applications efficiently. Legacy support and popular sockets/slots will satisfy customer requirements for full function testing and ease of use. Accessories for functional extension are also offered for various applications, such as a PCIe x4-to PCIe x1 riser card, and DDI extension card for HDMI/DisplayPort testing.

SOM-5890 Features:
* COM-Express R2.0 type 6 pin-out, basic form-factor
* Intel 2nd generation Core i7/i5/i3/Celeron processor
* DDR3 1333MHz ECC or non-ECC memory up to 16 GB
* HD graphics core support DX10.1, OGL3.0, full MPEG2/VC1/AVC hardware transcoding
* VGA, 2-CH LVDS, 3 DDI support HDMI/DVI/DisplayPort
* PEG x16 (5.0 GT/s), 7 PCIe x1 (5.0 GT/s), HD audio, LPC, SPI
* 1 GbE, 2 SATA Gen III (6.0 Gb/s), 2 SATA Gen II (3.0 Gb/s), 8 USB 2.0
* iManager 2.0: Multi-level Watchdog, Thermal Protection, Smart Fan Control, LCD backlight/brightness control, 8-bit GPIO, I2C, SMBus, Hardware Monitor, Secure User Storage

SOM-DB5800 Features (needs module support):
* Development board for COM-Express R2.0 Type 6 pin-out
* Compliant to basic, compact, mini form-factor
* 1 PEG x16, 1 PCIe x4, 1 PCIe x1, 1 Mini-PCIe, 2 Express Card
* DDI slot (support 3 HDMI/DisplayPort by accessory card)
* VGA, 2-CH LVDS
* 1 GbE, 4 SATA, 4 USB 3.0, 8 USB 2.0 (2 integrated in Express Card socket)
* HD audio includes line-in, line-out, MIC, SPDIF
* Legacy switchable, supports PS/2 KB/MS, Print Port, RS232/422/485

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