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COM Express module supports PCIe Gen4 and AI optimization

Dramatic AI inferencing performance improvements at low power envelope for fanless edge computing

ADLINK Technology, a global provider of leading edge computing solutions, launches its next generation COM Express Type 6 module, the cExpress-TL, based on the 11th Gen Intel® Core™ i7/i5/i3 and Celeron® processor (formerly Tiger Lake UP3). Featuring a brand new high performance graphics core called Intel® Iris® Xe and supporting AVX-512 VNNI (Vector Neural Network Instructions), the cExpress-TL provides AI inferencing performance nearly 3X that previously available from non-VNNI platforms.

11th Gen Intel® Core™ processors have a configurable power range of 15 to 28 watts, which makes them ideally suited for fanless space-constrained embedded applications. Typical industries in need of such high-performance/low-power characteristics are transport, medical, industrial automation and control, edge controllers, robotics and multi-camera-based AI.

The cExpress-TL is the first COM Express module to support PCI Express Gen 4 at 16 GT/s, effectively doubling the bandwidth compared to prior generations COM Express modules. Two other important improvements are: support for 2.5 GbE Ethernet, that leverages existing CAT5e cable infrastructure being used today for 1GbE Ethernet, and support for four USB 3.2 Gen 2 ports with transfer rates of up to 10Gb/s. Both high speed interfaces are highly suited to serve as camera input ports in AI related applications.

The integrated Intel® Iris® Xe Graphics core provides 96 execution units (EUs) and can be configured to support two 8K independent displays or four 4K independent display (HDMI/DP/eDP). Legacy display interfaces such as LVDS and analog VGA can be supported as build options.

AVX-512 Vector Neural Net Instruction (VNNI) is an x86 extension designed to accelerate convolutional neural network-based algorithms. VNNI significantly improves the number of elements processed per cycle and, depending on the type of workload, can boost inferencing performance by up to 300%. The Intel OpenVINO toolkit makes sure that inferencing workloads are run across all CPU cores and Intel® Iris® Xe graphics execution units.

For mission critical or rugged applications, the cExpress-TL supports in-band ECC (IBECC) that provides ECC level error correction on standard DDR4 SODIMM memories. The module is optionally available in an Extreme Rugged version supporting ambient -40°C to +85°C operation and resistance against high vibration and shock.

For more information about the cExpress-TL COM Express module, please visit:

https://www.adlinktech.com/Products/Computer_on_Modules/COMExpressType6Compact/cExpress-TL?Lang=en

ABOUT ADLINK

ADLINK is a global leader in edge computing. Our mission is to affect positive change in society and industry by connecting people, places and things with AI. Our offerings include robust boards, real-time data acquisition solutions and application enablement for AIoT. We serve vertical markets including manufacturing, communications, healthcare, military, energy, infotainment and transportation.

We’re a Premier Member of the Intel® Internet of Things Solutions Alliance, a partner of NVIDIA, and a contributor to standards initiatives such as Eclipse, OCP, OMG and ROS2 TSC. ADLINK is ISO-9001, ISO-14001, ISO-13485 and TL9000 certified and is publicly traded on TAIEX (Stock Code: 6166).

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