Carrier board bring multi-core server grade processors to COM Express specification

Illustrating its pledge to be an early adopter of new technologies and industry standards, Connect Tech has released the first, commercial-off-the-shelf, COM Express Type 7 carrier board to the embedded market.

It is based on the PICMG COM Express COM.0 R3.0 Type-7 specification, which brings multi-core, server grade processors into the COM Express space, as well as 10GbE interfaces which are essential for edge computing.

The board provides two 10G Ethernet interfaces, via SFP+ cages, which can be used as fibre or copper, depending on the selected transceiver modules.

Additional features include two GbE ports (RJ45), four USB 3.0, full and half size Mini PCIe expansion slots, console connection via Micro USB, eight 3.3V buffered GPIOs, and high speed storage with M.2 NVMe SSD support.

The board is is built in the tradition of all carriers from the company, which allows it to have an agnostic design approach, and support all of the major COM Express module vendors.

The COM Express Type 7 specification does not replace the popular Type 6 standard; it removes all audio and video interfaces in order to provide up to four times more 10GbE ports and more PCI Express connectivity. The new specification, and this carrier board are suitable for high-compute, enterprise-level applications that need a small form factor and rugged solution, providing access to high-speed Xeon D class processors, says the company.

The COM Express Type 7 carrier board will be on display at the company’s stand at Embedded World (Hall 2 – 318).

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