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Extreme Engineering Solutions Announces Fourth-Generation Intel® Core™ i7 Processor-Based VPX, VME, cPCI, XMC, and COM Express SBCs

Wednesday, June 05, 2013 by Sarsen Technology

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Extreme Engineering Solutions (X-ES) has introduced its new family of single board computers (SBCs) based on the fourth-generation Intel® Core™ i7-4700EQ processor, formerly codenamed 'Haswell'.

Rob Scidmore, CEO of X-ES, has affirmed X-ES's commitment to being first to market with a wide selection of fourth-generation Intel Core i7 processor-based products.

"We are proud to continue our leadership in the industry by providing a full line-up of embedded form factors based on Intel's latest processor architecture," he said.

X-ES has applied its extensive experience in designing and manufacturing high-performance Intel SBCs for commercial, industrial, and rugged platforms to produce fourth-generation Intel Core i7 processor-based products for high reliability embedded applications. X-ES has incorporated the new Intel Core i7 processor on a range of form factors, including 3U VPX, 6U VPX, XMC, 3U CompactPCI, 6U CompactPCI, 6U VME and COM Express.

"By integrating fourth-generation Intel® Core™ i7 processors into some of the smallest embedded form factors and the most demanding of environments, X-ES is highlighting the performance strengths of the new microarchitecture," said Sam Cravatta, product line manager, Intel® Intelligent Systems Group.

Ben Klam, VP of engineering at X-ES, said: "We are utilising our unique understanding of Intel architecture to provide highly reliable fourth-generation Intel Core i7 processor-based products that maximise I/O capabilities, operate at extreme low temperatures, and provide industry-leading cooling for unequalled high-temperature performance."

"We are utilising our unique understanding of Intel architecture to provide highly reliable fourth-generation Intel Core i7 processor-based products that maximise I/O capabilities."

The new line up of conduction and air-cooled fourth-generation Intel Core i7 products from X-ES includes the XCalibur4500 6U cPCI, the XCalibur4530 6U VME, and the XCalibur4540 6U VPX modules, which maximise I/O capabilities and add configurability with two PMC/XMC sites.

X-ES has also introduced the XPedite7570 3U VPX and XPedite7530 3U cPCI modules, which are ideal for space-constrained aerospace and vehicle platforms that require maximum processing performance and I/O capabilities, with the flexibility of PMC and XMC support. For applications with extreme size, weight, and power (SWaP) challenges X-ES also offers the XPedite7501 XMC and XPedite7550 rugged COM Express modules.

X-ES recognised the significant maintenance and diagnostics advantages achieved by the remote configuration and management feature, Intel® Active Management Technology (Intel® AMT), from its use within X-ES's previous generation Intel Core i7 processor-based products. As a result, X-ES is continuing to offer those advantages to its customers by including Intel® AMT 9.0 support for its fourth-generation Intel Core i7 processor-based products.

Further improvements within the fourth-generation Intel Core i7 processor include increased raw processing performance per watt, hardware-based memory encryption with Intel® AES New Instructions (AES-NI), and increased floating-point and integer performance utilising Intel® Advanced Vector Extensions 2.0 (AVX 2.0).

The graphics processing unit in the fourth-generation Intel Core i7 processor has also been enhanced, adding additional execution units and up to a 24% increase in raw performance. The fourth-generation Intel Core i7 processor also supports OpenCL 1.2, enabling it to perform as a general-purpose graphics processing unit (GPGPU).

Contact Sarsen Technology to find out more about how the new boards from X-ES, featuring the fourth-generation Intel Core i7 processor, can solve your processing and I/O needs.