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January 06, 2011

Advantech Launches New Series of Embedded Boards Based on Second-Generation Intel Core Processors

By Anil Sharma, TMCnet Contributor

Advantech, the embedded platform and integration service provider, has introduced a series of embedded boards based on the new second-generation Intel (News - Alert) Core i7 processor, featuring intelligent performance, power efficiency, and integrated Intel HD graphics with DX10.1 support.

Officials with Advantech (News - Alert) said that the second-generation Intel Core i7 processor-based platforms range from computer on modules, industrial motherboards, single-slot boards to embedded systems.

Company officials said that these high-end platforms provide targeted performance for multitasking and high-quality digital media solutions. They serve a wide range of applications that include: telecom, factory automation, military, medical and gaming.

According to company officials, Advantech, by using the second-generation Intel Core i7 processor and Intel Q67 chipset, developed a new series of embedded platforms in various form factors that include: industrial motherboards, PICMG (News - Alert) 1.3 SHB, and ATX based server-grade motherboards. Advantech’s MicroATX motherboard — AIMB-581 (244 mm x 244 mm), ATX motherboard — AIMB-781 (304.8 mm x 244 mm), and the PICMG 1.3 SBC—PCE-5126 (338.58 mm x 126.39 mm) feature intelligent performance, power efficiency, and integrated Intel HD graphics, DX10.1, and OpenGL 3.0.

Company officials pointed out that, based on the second-generation Intel Core i7 processor and Intel QM67 Express chipset, Advantech is releasing a COM-Express basic module—SOM-5890 (95 x 125 mm), that is compliant with the newly released PICMG COM.0 R2.0 Type 6 specification. SOM-5890 supports memory with ECC/non-ECC versions, up to SATA 6 Gb/s, PCI (News - Alert) Express x16 Gen2, and integrated HDMI/DVI/Displayport display interfaces.

Advantech will also be introducing a new industrial motherboard called AIMB-272, capable of SATA RAID 0, 1, 5 & 10 to ensure reliable storage and system protection for network-intensive applications, which brings top performance with power saving features to the Mini-ITX motherboard class.

Anil Sharma is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of his articles, please visit his columnist page.

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