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Connect Tech’s V7G System Is An AI-Targeted SBC with 5th Gen Xeon-D CPU And Nvidia Pascal Cards

Connect Tech Inc’s V7G System, which is also listed as the “COM Express Type 7 + GPU Embedded System”, is the first Xeon-D based SBC-like product. The V7G houses a 5th Gen “Broadwell” Xeon-D based COM Express Type 7 module and it can house three Nvidia Pascal-driven graphics boards. No OS support was listed yet, but it is expected to work with Linux or Windows.

This 216 x 164mm footprint system can drive 4x independent display outputs. Alternatively, it could also be used for headless GPGPU CUDA processing for Deep Learning and Artificial Intelligence applications.

V7G - COM Express Type 7 + GPU Embedded System
V7G – COM Express Type 7 + GPU Embedded System

The V7G is the successor to its earlier, Xeon-E3 and Type 6-based “COM Express + GPU Embedded System”, which similarly offers the choice of Nvidia Quadro P3000 and P5000 boards. Instead of the V7G’s new Nvidia Tesla P6 option, the earlier model offers Nvidia Tesla M6 and GeForce GTX 1080 or 1050Ti graphics options. The V7G combines 10GbE and HDMI support, as well as new mini-PCIe and M.2 expansion slots.

The user can choose from a 12-core, 1.5GHz Xeon-D1559 or a 16-core, 1.3GHz Xeon-D1577, both with 45W TDP CPUs for the module. The module also comes with up to 48GB DDR4 (2400MT/s) ECC RAM. Both the 100W Quadro P5000 and more recent, 90W Tesla P6 (PDF) offer 2048 CUDA cores. The Quadro P3000, which launched last year, is limited to 1280 CUDA cores but has a lower power consumption of 75W.

The Tesla P6 is a GPU accelerator optimized for blade servers and designed originally for deep learning, visualization, and virtualization. As a drawback of this, the Tesla P6 equipped version of the V7G board lacks HDMI ports.

Storage department includes dual SATA interfaces and dual M.2 M-Key with the support of NVMe. The board implements 4x GbE and 2x 10GbE ports. The design is said to support a future upgrade path to 4x 10GbE ports.

There are also eight USB port, 4x USB 3.0 and 4x USB 2.0 ports, a micro-USB console port, and 8-bit GPIO. For expansion, there are dual mini-PCIe slots and two more M.2 slots with PCIe expansion. A heat spreader is included but the fan is optional.

The V7G (COM Express Type 7 + GPU Embedded System) is available now at an undisclosed price. More information may be found at Connect Tech’s V7G product page.

5.25″ SBC with Intel Kaby Lake or Xeon CPU

The new LS-579 announced by BVM Limited is one of the most powerful SBCs available in the compact 5.25” embedded form factor. With outstanding computing power from the latest generation processors, comprehensive I/O capability, four SATAIII mass storage interfaces and supporting up to 32GB of DDR4 DRAM, the LS-579 is optimised for use as a network computer or workstation. CAD work stations, video processing, graphics design, database management and network servers are typical applications that will benefit from the enhanced performance over previous generations of embedded SBCs.

The LS-579 is based on the Intel 6th and 7th Generation Skylake and Kaby Lake Core processor families or the Xeon E3-1200 v5/v6 processor in a FCLGA1151 socket all with the Intel C236 chipset.  The HD530 GPU in the Xeon processor offers 24 execution units (EUs), clocked at up to 1150MHz, decoding H.265/HEVC completely in hardware; the 630 GPU in the Kaby Lake version is largely identical to the 530 found in Skylake but with HEVC and VP9 support as the key feature of the upgrade. Displays can be connected via 1 VGA, 1 LVDS, 2 HDMI and one DP port, with up to three separate displays controlled simultaneously.

The LS-579 is equipped with 4 Gigabit Ethernet LAN ports, 3 x Intel I210-AT Gigabit Ethernet and 1 x Intel I219-LM Giga bit PHY LAN.  The I210-AT enables 1000BASE-T implementations using an integrated PHY; it can be used for server system configurations. The I210-AT implements 4 receive queues and 4 transmit queues, with up to two queues dedicated for stream reservation or priority, and up to three queues allocated for strict priority.

Other features of the LS-579 are six USB3.0 ports, four SATAIII ports, four RS232 and two RS232/422/485 ports, four USB2.0 ports, two Key M PCIe M.2 ports for NVMe and two Key E PCIe M.2 ports for Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, two Mini PCIe sockets with support for mSATA and a SIM slot. Power is via and external 9 – 32VDC input or a standard 24-pin ATX P/S.