ADLINK Technology recently announced the release of its latest COM Express Compact Size Type 6 module, the cExpress-WL which follows the same path with earlier modules like the cExpress-SL and the cExpress-AL with a 95 x 95mm form factor.
The cExpress-WL features the new 8th Generation Intel® Core™ processor, the Whiskey Lake-UE (formerly “Whiskey Lake-U”) and it represents the first time an Ultra-low-power Intel Core i7 and i5 processors will support 4 cores compared to the previous generations with 2-core processors, increasing performance by almost 40% without significant increase in the price of the board.
The cExpress-WL offers standard support for Windows 10, Ubuntu LTS, and CentOS, and offers a Yocto Project based extended BSP posted on GitHub, running on the following processors:
- Core i7-8665UE (4x cores @ 1.7GHz, 8MB cache, 15W; Intel UHD Graphics 620)
- Core i5-8365UE (4x cores @ 1.6GHz, 6MB cache, 15W; Intel UHD Graphics 620)
- Core i3-8145UE (2x cores @ 2.2GHz, 4MB cache, 15W; Intel UHD Graphics 620)
- Celeron 4305UE (2x cores @ 2.0GHz, 2MB cache, 15W; Intel UHD Graphics 610
A new critical feature is the support for USB 3.1 Gen 2 that for the first time allows for a maximum transfer speed of 10 Gbit/s, making the cExpress-WL ideally suited for transferring uncompressed UHD video streams from multiple USB cameras. The combination of USB 3.1 Gen 2 paired with a high-performance Intel® UHD Graphics, a scalable choice of processor and Intel® Distribution of OpenVINO™ Toolkit makes this module a highly flexible building block for emerging AI, machine vision and surveillance applications. More traditional applications that can benefit from the low power consumption and high performance of the cExpress-WL are medical ultrasound, test and measurement, factory automation, and industrial HMI.
The cExpress-WL features quad- and dual-core 8th Gen Intel® Core™ processors in a 15W TDP envelope and up to 64GB dual-channel non-ECC DDR4 memory, providing uncompromised performance in a compact form factor. The Intel® Gen 9 LP Graphics Core supports up to 3 independent displays with a combination of DisplayPort/HDMI/LVDS, eDP or VGA outputs to support both new and legacy applications. The module is also equipped with up to 8 PCIe lanes for system expansion.