Kontron Introduces High-Performance COM Express Module

By Mike Ball / 24 Apr 2018
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Kontron COM Express Module

Kontron, a developer of Internet of Things (IoT)/Embedded Computing Technology (ECT) solutions, has announced the new Computer-on-Module Kontron COMe-bCL6 in the COM Express basic Type 6 form factor (125×95 mm). It is based on processors of the latest 8th Gen Intel Core/ Xeon E family with a mobile chipset (CM246/QM370 PCH).

The new COM Express module is available in different processor variants, including hexacore CPU versions. All variants are available with up to 64 GB non-ECC/ECC DDR4 storage, a third and fourth slot can be equipped on demand. The new Kontron COM Express module supports the fast Intel Optane systems acceleration for quick high-capacity mass storage data transfer, as well as the fastest available storage technology NVMe SSD in a very compact design. USB 3.1. support with up to 10Gbps and USB Type C support offer twice the bandwidth as compared to USB 3.0 for fast data transfer. The COMe-bCL6 also benefits from the graphics performance of the 8th generation Intel processors. Four 4K displays can be controlled, three of them separately. UHD streaming supports high quality video applications.

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By consistently continuing slot allocation and feature implementation, the COMe-bCL6 is well suited as a high-performance successor for existing solutions. Typical areas of application for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and other unmanned systems include communications, surveillance and security. In its robust R E2S version, the COMe-bCL6 meets the particular demands of the defense and transportation sectors by offering integrated rapid shutdown, ECC storage support, and deployment in industrial temperature ranges from -40°C to +85°C.

Additionally, the new COMe-bCL6 supports the Kontron APPROTECT Security Solution. Based on an integrated Wibu-Systems security chip and in tandem with a specifically developed software framework, it provides IP and copy/reverse engineering protection. Kontron APPROTECT Licensing also enables new business models such as “pay per use”, demo versions for limited time periods, or activation/deactivation functions.

The COMe-bCL6 module is available in these processor variants:

  • Intel Xeon E-2176M, 6x 2.7 GHz (4.4 GHz), GT2, 45/35 W
  • Intel Core i7-8850H, 6x 2.6 GHz (4.3 GHz), GT2, 45/35 W
  • Intel Core i5-8400H, 4x 2.5 GHz (4.2 GHz), GT2, 45/35 W
Posted by Mike Ball Mike Ball is our resident technical editor here at Unmanned Systems Technology. Combining his passion for teaching, advanced engineering and all things unmanned, Mike keeps a watchful eye over everything related to the unmanned technical sector. With over 10 years’ experience in the unmanned field and a degree in engineering, Mike’s been heading up our technical team here for the last 8 years. Connect & Contact