Impulse Embedded Ltd – Rugged embedded computing system powered by 12th Gen Intel Alder Lake Core processors

January 26, 2022

Impulse Embedded can now supply Vecow’s ECX-3000 series, a fanless embedded system powered by Intel’s latest line of 12th Generation Core ‘Alder Lake’ processors.

Featuring breakthrough technologies, enhanced graphics, and high-speed I/O, the ECX-3000 series is ideally suited for IoT, machine vision, embedded computing, public safety, and Edge AI applications.

About the 12th Gen processor. Alder Lake

The 12th Generation Intel Core processor family is the first from Intel to contain two different cores in a single-chip design. With up to eight performance cores and eight efficient cores, Alder Lake offers users a smart new workload optimization feature called Thread Director.

Thread Director was designed by Intel with help from Microsoft to manage CPU-level resources by assigning correct tasks. Low-power background processes can be handled by “Efficient” cores leaving the “Performance” cores free and available for heavy lifting when needed. This CPU optimization is ideal for AI and Edge applications where the system needs to be running all the time to perform low-level monitoring and reporting, while sometimes needing to react to an event with a heavy workload of processes just as quickly. as possible. In addition to these intelligent workload optimization features, the Alder Lake processor features Intel UHD Graphics 770, an integrated graphics processing unit (GPU) built around Intel Xe graphics featuring up to 32 graphics units. execution that can be used to accelerate neural networks in object identification, processing, and other Edge AI tasks.

Comprehensive I/O and expansion options for a variety of embedded applications

The ECX-3000 is packed with high-speed I/O, including new features such as six 10Gbps USB3.2 Gen 2 ports and up to eight 2.5GbE Ethernet ports with two models (ECX -3071XRT/XFR) supporting even faster 10GbE LAN speeds. Each system has at least one 2.5 GbE Ethernet port supporting Time Sensitive Networking (TSN), a critical advancement in high-speed edge communication standards, enabling the transmission of critical information in real time. Additionally, there are options for up to four 2.5GbE PoE+ ports providing 25.5W/48V power per port for the latest IP cameras and other PoE-powered devices.

In addition to its high-speed I/O options, all ECX-3000 models come with an M.2 3042/3052 B-key socket suitable for 5G modules, an M.2 2230 E-key socket plus a miniPCIe slot for expansion modules. Quad display output support is provided by two DisplayPort interfaces, one HDMI interface and one DVI-I interface. For storage, there are two SATA III ports, an mSATA connector and an M.2. Socket 2280 M-key (PCIe x4) with some models offering easy-access removable storage in the front.

As with all of its in-vehicle computing range, Impulse can fully configure the ECX-3000 to exact customer specifications at its UK-based engineering center with a wide choice of processor, memory, storage, peripheral board and system hardware. exploitation.

With its embedded systems capabilities, Impulse creates reliable, repeatable, and revision-controlled systems that can reduce project costs and development time. The team of in-house engineers and specialists, all with decades of experience, can deliver fully deployable embedded computing solutions right out of the box.

For more details on Impulse’s embedded systems capabilities, please Click here or call the Impulse system specialists on +44(0)1782 337 800 to discuss any IPC project.

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Gordon K. Morehouse