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COM Express module offers 6th, 5th, and 4th Gen Intel Cores

Mar 19, 2016 — by Eric Brown — 386 views

Data Modul’s Linux-ready “eDM-COMB-BW6” COM Express Basic Type 6 module supports Intel Core and Xeon CPUs in Skylake, Broadwell, and Haswell flavors.

The eDM-COMB-BW6 supports an unusually wide range of Intel processors, starting on the high end with Intel’s latest 14nm-fabricated 6th Generation Core “Skylake” processors. Data Modul has yet to post a product page for the eDM-COMB-BW6, but the display-oriented Munich, Germany based firm has supplied most of the key details.

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The module supports medical, gaming, and industrial automation, and when fitted with an optional Xeon CPU, industrial server applications. The eDM-COMB-BW6 joins a number of other 125 x 95mm Skylake-ready COM Express Basic Type 6 modules from vendors like Aaeon, Adlink, Advantech, Avalue, Congatec, and Kontron.

No specific Skylake models were listed, but they are said to be quad-core Core chips with 6MB L2 cache and 37-47W TDPs. The chips are equipped with Intel’s latest, high-end Iris Pro graphics.

Intel Xeon CPUs are also available. In one part of the announcement these are referred to as 14nm Xeons, which would make them one of the latest Xeon Skylake models. In another, they’re called 5th Gen “Broadwell-H” Xeons (Broadwell-H). Perhaps both Xeon generations are available.

In the middle range, the eDM-COMB-BW6 supports Intel’s 22nm, 4th Gen Core “Haswell-H” chips from the generation that preceded the 5th Gen Broadwell line. Specifically, it supports dual-core Core i5 and i3 models with 3MB L2 cache and 25-37W TDPs. On the low end, there’s a dual-core Intel Celeron 2002E variant from the Haswell generation with 2MB cache and a 25W TDP.

The module provides dual SODIMM sockets for memory, but no RAM specs were supplied. All the compatible processors support up to 32GB, although many Haswell and Broadwell based products top out at 16GB. When equipped with 6th Gen Core processors, the eDM-COMB-BW6 supports up to three independent displays with a [email protected] resolution. Display interfaces include three DP++/HDMI/DVI ports, as well as VGA and dual-channel 24-bit LVDS interfaces.

The LVDS can be swapped out for an eDP. Data Modul notes that the eDP option supports the latest 4K TFT displays, which feature eDP ports.

The eDM-COMB-BW6 is equipped with the Intel I218-LM Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) controller with AMT 10 support. The module offers four USB 3.0 (XHCI), eight USB 2.0 (EHCI), two UART, and and seven PCIe interfaces configurable as 1×8, 2×8, 1×4, 2×4, or 1x PEG x16. An Intel HD audio controller is also onboard.

Four SATA (6Gbps) ports are available with RAID 0,1,5,10, and supported by Rapid Storage and Smart Response technologies, says Data Modul. Other I/O includes LPC, GPIO, SMB 2.0, I2C, and SPI.

Data Modul’s board controller, which offers a multi-stage watchdog, provides additional functions and custom interfaces including CAN, UART, GPIO, I2C, and RTM. The controller also provides production and board information, power sequencer and monitor, and a runtime logger. TPM 1.2 or 2.0 security chips appear to be optional.

The eDM-COMB-BW6 supports “common Linux distributions,” as well as Windows 10/8.x/7, WES7/8, WEC7, and WEC2013. Services include OS configuration and continuous development of firmware, as well as development and customization support for hardware drivers.

Although the module’s temperature range was not listed, Data Modul’s COMs generally support 0 to 60°C operation.

Data Modul builds up embedded team

Data Modul, which calls itself “the flat panel display specialist,” is increasingly focused on embedded boards. The company recently opened an embedded computing development center in Deggendorf, Germany.

Some previous Data Modul boards appear to be based on designs from other manufacturers such as the 5th Gen Core based MS-98F3 3.5-inch SBC and Intel Braswell-based MS-98F1 Mini-ITX board, both from MSI. There’s also a Skylake based Data Modul EMX-Q170P-A1R (Avalue).


The new eDM-COMB-BW6, however, is an in-house effort, as are many other recent boards including the Intel Bay Trail eDM-pITX-BT Pico-ITX SBC. Other “new” Data Modul boards that are not sourced to other manufacturers include Data Modul’s eDM-COMC-BS6-N3710 COM Express Basic Type 6, which features a quad-core, 2.56GHz Pentium N3710 from Intel’s Atom-related, 14nm Braswell generation.

Another recent COM Express Basic Type 6 offering is Data Modul’s eDM-COMB-BW-i7-5850EQ, which supports 5th or 4th Gen Intel Core chips. Like the Braswell based eDM-COMC-BS6-N3710, it tops out at 16GB RAM.

Further information

No pricing or availability details were provided for the new eDM-COMB-BW6 module. More information should eventually appear on Data Modul’s embedded product page.

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