New boards and systems: Skylake in action

Dirk Finstel, Adlink Technology: »We are also showing a design study of COM Express Type 7 with the Broadwell-DE.«
Dirk Finstel, Adlink Technology: »We are also showing a design study of COM Express Type 7 with the Broadwell-DE.«

Intel’s Skylake processor generation is one of the big issues at this year’s embedded world. Dirk Finstel, CEO EMEA & Executive Vice President Global Module Computer Product Segment at Adlink Technology, explains the benefits and what customers have to expect.

What advantages does Intel’s new processor generation offer?

Dirk Finstel: One can insert both ECC and non-ECC memory in the same SO-DIMM socket. In addition, the DDR4 memory provides increased bandwidth and with that more performance. In addition, the graphics performance is up to 40% higher than the previous generation, there are more PCIe lanes and Windows 10 support. Furthermore, the thermal dissipation remains the same or less, which means that new heatsink or heatspreader solutions are not needed. This leads to lower validation and certification costs and faster time-to-market. The further improved configuration of the power loss, in which the clock frequency and power dissipation can be set individually by the user or according to the application, means that other applications, cost savings and performance gains are possible.

How do the operating system or the software use the features of the new processor?

Newer operating systems support OpenCL or Media SDK “out of the box” and immediately benefit from the 40% increase. For older operating systems, these functions must, of course, be adapted. The same applies to the built-in security features that Windows 10 supports. Many new applications in medical technology or digital image processing benefit from the HW decoding/encoding capabilities for media streaming.

What does Adlink offer along with the new processors?

We have implemented Skylake in the following form factors: COM Express, Mini-ITX, PC/104, CPCI, VPX, PICMG slot card, industrial box PCs, medical panel PCs and fanless box PCs. We connect these with the IoT remote management products SEMA and SEMA Cloud. In addition we of course offer board support packages (BSPs) for Windows, Linux and VxWorks as well as OpenCL and Media SDK support. And for EMEA we offer, among others, full custom design services out of our location in Mannheim.

Which other new products is Adlink showing here at the Fair?

We are presenting the Intel Atom platform Braswell on SMARC, Qseven, Mini-ITX and COM Express Compact as well as the first SMARC module conforming to the SMARC 2.0 standard. We are also showing a design study of COM Express Type 7 with the Broadwell-DE (Xeon processor). Added to this are new IoT gateway products, the SEMA cloud and products from our recent acquisition Prismtech.