Avnet Integrated releases Whiskey Lake-based compact module 

Intel’s 8th generation quad-core Core U processors (Whiskey Lake) are the basis for the MSC C6C-WLU COM Express Type 6 module family, available from Avnet Integrated.

This is the first time, the powerful processor technology is available in the COM Express compact form factor of 95 x 95mm. The module is designed for applications where space is a premium. Early access to the latest U processor series enables developers to accelerate market introduction of their innovative end products, points out Avnet Integrated.

The scalable MSC C6C-WLU COM Express module family increases performance compared with the 7th generation of dual-core Intel Core processor. The performance of multi-threading applications can be increased by up to 40 per cent and the typical thermal design power (TDP) of the processor is only 15W and can be reduced to around 10W, reports Avnet, by clock enhancement at 25W TDP.

This MSC C6C-WLU module family, is suitable for industrial applications, such as real-time systems for automation systems, modern industrial PCs, complex HMI systems, innovative digital signage solutions and gaming systems.  For wireless applications like IoT, the boards can be equipped optionally with a WiFi module for up to 2×2 IEEE 802.11ac Wireless networking and Bluetooth 5.

The modules will be available for 15 years from the date of product introduction, says Avnet.

The MSC C6C-WLU COM Express integrates the i7-8665UE Intel Core with 8Mbyte L2 cache. Variants include modules with quad-core i5-8365UE Intel Core with 8Mbyte or dual-core i3-8145UE Intel Core with 4Mbyte and the “cost-optimised” module integrates the 4305UE Intel Celeron with two cores and 2Mbyte cache memory. The integrated Intel UHD 610/620 graphics controller offers innovative 3D acceleration, video decoding and encoding functions and supports the simultaneous operation of up to three independent 4K displays.

Four to 16Gbyte DDR4-2400 DRAM can be inserted into the MSC C6C-WLU modules via two SO-DIMM slots. To protect against unauthorised access, the boards are equipped with a Trusted Platform Module (TPM).

Interface choices include two DisplayPort/HDMI/DVI interfaces, an embedded DisplayPort /LVDS port, four USB 3.1/2.0 and USB 2.0 ports each, eight PCI Express x1 lanes, and two SATA 6Gbits per second.

The 95 x 95mm form factor modules is specified for operation temperatures ranging from 0 to +60 degrees C.

For rapid prototyping of the modules, Avnet Integrated offers a compatible carrier board and a complete starter kit.


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