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Intel Announces its First “Bay Trail” Fanless NUC Kit

April 18th, 2014 3 comments

Intel already announced a Bay Trail NUC selling for $140 earlier this year, but despite the low power dissipation (7.5W TDP) of the Intel N2820 processor, it requires a fan for cooling. The company has now unveiled its first fanless mini PC with Intel NUC Kit DE3815TYKHE powered by Intel Atom E3815 Bay Trail-I processor with 5W TDP. This NUC is destined for industrial and enterprise solutions such as digital signage, point-of-sales, kiosks, and thin clients.

Intel_NUC_Kit_DE3815TYKHEHere are the specs of this tiny x86 computer:

  • SoC – Intel Atom E3815 single core processor @ 1.46GHz single core with 512KB cache and 5W TDP, coupled with Intel HD Graphics up to 400 MHz.
  • System Memory – Up 8 GB 1.35V, 1333/1600 MHz (down clocked to 1066 MHz) DDR3L SO-DIMM
  • Storage – 4-GB eMMC, support for one internal 2.5″ SATA HDD or SDD (up to 9.5mm thick)
  • Video Output:
    • 1x HDMI 1.4a
    • 1x Embedded DisplayPort* (eDP) 1.3 (2-lane with backlight and adjustable voltage/timings)
    • 1x VGA
  • Audio – Multi-channel digital audio via HDMI interface, headphone/microphone jack
  • USB – 1x USB 3.0 port, 2x USB 2.0 ports, and 3x internal USB 2.0 ports
  • Serial - 2x serial port headers (TXD/RXD/RTS/CTS, w/5V transceivers)
  • Connectivity – 10/100/1000Mbps Ethernet port, Half-length PCIe mini-card slot and wireless antennas pre-assembled (for wireless card support)
  • Expansion header with DMIC, AppLaunch GPIO, HDMI_CEC, SMBus, I2C[0:1], PWM[0:1] w/5V buffers, 1.8/3.3/5 Vstby power
  • Misc – Discrete Trusted Platform Module (TPM 1.2), Watchdog timer,
  • Power – 12V, 36W wall-mount AC-DC power adapter. 12-24V DC internal power header.
  • Dimensions – 190mm x 116mm x 40mm
Intel NUC Kit DE3815TYKHE Description (Click to Enlarge)

Intel NUC Kit DE3815TYKHE Description (Click to Enlarge)

The kit includes Intel NUC Board DE3815TYBE with enclosure, a vertical stand, a VESA mount bracket with screws (75x75mm and 100x100mm compatible), a 12V/3A power adapter with multi-countries AC plugs, an Intel Atom sticker, and an integration guide. It can run Windows Embedded 8 Standard (WES 8), WES 7, or various Linux distributions. Intel promises a 3-year product life cycle, and 3-year advanced warranty replacement.

The latest Intel NUC is expected to start shipping on April 28, but price has not been disclosed. You can find more information on the product page.

Via FanlessTech

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$99 MinnowBoard MAX Development Board Powered by Intel Bay Trail-I SoC

April 1st, 2014 8 comments

When Intel released the original MinnowBoard which was a step in the right direction, but there were some complains, as the company had chosen to use an older Intel processor, and the price was much higher than most high performance low cost ARM development boards. MinnowBoard MAX (aka Minnow2 Board) fixes all that, as it features the latest Intel Bay Trail-I (E3800 series) processor, and costs as low as $99 for the single core version, and $129 for the dual core version.

MinnowBoard MAX (Click to Enlarge)

MinnowBoard MAX (Click to Enlarge)

Let’s jump directly to the specifications:

  • SoC – 64-bit Intel Atom E3815 (single-core, 1.46 GHz) or Atom E3825 (dual-core, 1.33 GHz) both with integrated Intel HD Graphics coming with Open Source hardware-accelerated drivers for Linux OS
  • System Memory – 1GB ($99 model) or 2GB ($129 model) DDR3 RAM
  • Storage – 1x Micro SD card slot, 1x SATA2 3Gb/sec, 8 MB SPI Flash for firmware (UEFI)
  • Video Output – micro HDMI connector
  • Audio Output
    • HDMI (digital)
    • Analog audio to become available via a separate Lure, the name for MinnowBoard expansion boards, which will be sold separately –
  • Connectivity – 10/100/1000M Ethernet RJ-45 connector
  • USB – 1x USB 3.0 host, 1x USB 2.0 host
  • Debugging & Programming – Serial debug via FTDI cable (sold separately), programming header compatible with Dedi-Prog programmer, and JTAG via high-speed expansion port.
  • Expansion headers
    • Low-speed expansion port – 2×13 (26-pin) male 0.1″ pin header with access to SPI, I2C, I2S Audio, 2x UARTs (TTL-level), 8x GPIO (including 2x supporting PWM), +5V, and GND
    • High-speed expansion port -  60-pin, high-density connector with access to 1x PCIe Gen 2.0 Lane, 1x SATA2 3Gb/sec, 1x USB 2.0 host, I2C, GPIO, JTAG, +5V, and GND
  • Dimensions – 99 x 74mm
  • Temperature Range -  0 – 70 deg C. Industrial temperature range may also be also available, but price will be higher, and has not been disclosed.
  • Power – 5V DC (Sold separately)

The board will run Debian GNU/Linux, Android 4.4 Kitkat, and be supported by the Yocto Project. It will boot with UEFI firmware stored in the 8MB SPI flash. The specifications also mention Intel HD graphics will be supported in Linux with open source graphics drivers, something that’s almost impossible to find for ARM development boards, although there has been some progress recently with the Raspberry Pi and Nvidia Tegra K1.  It will be an open source hardware board, and design files will be made available under Creative Commons licensing within weeks of production boards being available at distributors.

MinnowBoard MAX competes directly with quad core ARM Cortex A9 development board such as HardKernel ODROID, Wandboard, and so on, that sells for about the same price. We’ll need to check benchmarks to get a better idea of the performance.

The boards are scheduled to be manufactured by CircuitCo by the end of June 2014. You can’t pre-order them just yet, and they will be available through various distributors.  if you happen to be in EE Live! in San Jose, you can see a working demo with MinnowBoard MAX on booth #916.

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Intel To Launch Quad Core Z37x5 Atom Bay Trail-T SoCs

March 31st, 2014 2 comments

CPU World reports Intel is preparing to launch at least 9 new Bay Trail-T processors for Android and Windows 8.1 tablets. The new processors will be part of Atom Z37x5 product line, which offers up to 16% better graphics performance. All SoCs are built on Silvermont (22nm) microarchitecture, come with 4 CPU cores, 2 MB L2 cache, and Ivy Bridge-based GPUs.

Intel_Bay_Trail The most powerful will be Z3795 with four CPU cores clocked at 1.6 GHz, with burst speeds reaching up to 2.39 GHz, a GPU clocked between 311 and 778 MHz, and support for up to 4GB RAM. Z3735E is the processor with the weakest specs, and must be the cheapest of the lots. It’s clocked at 1.33 GHz (Turbo: 1.83 GHz) and support a mere 1GB RAM max. CPU World has specs for seven models as shown in the table below.

Model Cores Frequency /Turbo L2 cache Max RAM GPU Frequency Memory
Atom Z3735D 4 1.33 / 1.83 GHz 2 MB 2 GB 313 / 688 MHz DDR3L-RS 1333
Atom Z3735E 4 1.33 / 1.83 GHz 2 MB 1 GB 313 / 688 MHz DDR3L-RS 1333
Atom Z3745 4 1.33 / 1.86 GHz 2 MB 4 GB 311 / 778 MHz LPDDR3-1066
Atom Z3745D 4 1.33 / 1.83 GHz 2 MB 2 GB 313 / 792 MHz DDR3L-RS 1333
Atom Z3775 4 1.46 / 2.39 GHz 2 MB 4 GB 311 / 778 MHz LPDDR3-1066
Atom Z3775D 4 1.5 / 2.41 GHz 2 MB 2 GB 313 / 792 MHz DDR3L-RS 1333
Atom Z3795 4 1.6 / 2.39 GHz 2 MB 4 GB 311 / 778 MHz LPDDR3-1066

The new Intel Bay Trail-T processors are expected to ship later in Q2 2014.

Via Liliputing

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Livefan F3C Intel Baytrail-T Z3740D Tablet Running Windows 8.1 or “MS-DOS” Sells for $324 and Up

February 26th, 2014 13 comments

It’s now pretty difficult to find an Intel Bay Trail Z3740 or Z3770 running anything else than Windows 8.x, and even if you just want to try running a Linux distribution or Android on the device, you’d still have to pay around $60 for the Windows license. There’s now a solution thanks to Geekbuying which sells Live F3C tablet with Windows 8.1 for $382.99, and with “MS-DOS”, probably FreeDOS, for just $323.99.

Livefan _F3CLivefan F3C specifications:

 

  • SoC – Intel Baytrail-T Z3740D quad core processor @ 1.33 GHz (Turbo freq. : 1.8GHz)
  • System Memory – 2GB DDR3
  • Storage – 32 GB NAND Flash + microSD card slot
  • Display – 10.1″ IPS Capacitive touch screen (1280×800)
  • Video Output – mini HDMI
  • Audio – Built in stereo speakers and microphone. 3.5 mm earphone jack
  • Camera – Dual Camera, 2.0MP+2.0MP
  • Connectivity – Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, and Bluetooth 4.0. 3G via USB dongle.
  • USB – micro USB OTG port
  • Sensors – G-Sensor
  • Battery – ~8000mAh Li-ion battery]
  • Power Supply – DC 9V 2A (2.5mm jack)
  • Dimensions – 256.5 x 172.8 x (6.3 to 9.8) mm
  • Weight – 595g

I understand there’s no hardware difference between the Windows 8.1 and “MS-DOS” version. The tablet is sold with a micro USB cable, a 9V/2A power adapter and a user’s manual.  If you’d like a keyboard with Livefan F3C tablet, Geekbuying sells one with a leather case for $57.99.

I understand Livefan F3C will work with a standard Windows 8.1, so you could install it on the MS-DOS version provided you have a license, but if you plan to install alternative operating systems such as Android or Ubuntu, some parts are unlikely to work out of the box, e.g. Wi-Fi, touch screen…, if it can boot at all.

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Congatec Announces Low Power x86 SoMs based on AMD G-Series and Intel Atom E3800 SoCs

February 26th, 2014 No comments

Congatec has announced two new low power x86 computer modules for embedded systems: Qseven modules based on AMD G-Series GX-210HA, GX-209HA and GX-210JA (6 to 9W TDP), and COM Express modules powered by Intel Atom “Bay Trail-I” E3800 series SoC (5 to 10W TDP), a well as Celeron N2930.

conga-QG Qseven SoM Powered by AMD G-Series SoCs

conga-QC Qseven SoM (Click to Enlarge)

conga-QC Qseven SoM (Click to Enlarge)

Congatec conga-QG Qseven modules specifications:

  • SoC
    • AMD Embedded GX-210HA (2 x 1.0 GHz, L2 cache 1MB, 9 W) with AMD Radeon HD 8210E Graphics
    • AMD Embedded GX-210JA (2 x 1.0 GHz, , 6W) with AMD Radeon HD 8180E Graphics
    • AMD Embedded GX-209HA (2 x 1.0GHz, , 9W) with AMD Radeon HD 8180E Graphics
  • System Memory – max. 8GB ECC with up to DDR3L-1333. 2GB by default
  • Storage – Silicon Motion FerriSSD up to 64G
  • Connectivity – Gigabit Ethernet
  • I/O Interfaces
    • Up to 4 x PCI Express 2.0
    • 2 x SATA 2.0 3Gb/s
    • 1 x USB 3.0, 5 x USB 2.0
    • LPC bus,  SM-Bus, I²C bus, UART
    • SDIO
  • Video Output – One DisplayPort 1.2 / HDMI 1.4a interface, 18/24-bit Single/Dual Channel LVDS Interface
  • Sound – High Definition Audio Interface
  • congatec Board Controller – Multi Stage Watchdog, non-volatile User Data Storage, Manufacturing and Board information, Board Statistics, BIOS Setup, Data Backup, I²C bus (fast mode, 400 kHz, multi-master), Power Loss Control
  • Security – Optional Trusted Platform Module (TPM) . Hash and RSA algorithms, key lengths up to 2,048 bits, real random number generator
  • Power Management – ACPI 3.0 with battery support
  • Dimensions – 70 x 70 mm (Qseven form factor)
  • Humidity – Operating: 10 to 90% r. H. non cond. / Storage 5 to 95% r. H. non cond.

The modules comes with AMI Aptio UEFI BIOS, and support Microsoft Windows 7/8, Windows Embedded Standard, Windows 8 Embedded, Windows Embedded Compact 7, and Linux.

The company claims an average 3 watts power consumption in typical application, and mention AMD G-series SoC has been designed to consume 33% less power than previous AMD G-Series (APUs). Most modules are destined to be used in the commercial temperature range, but those based on GX-209HD support industrial temperature range (40°C to +85°C). The Radeon GPU in G-Series SoC are compliant with DirectX 11.1, OpenGL 4.2 OpenCL 1.2, and a Universal Video Decoder 4.2 dedicated hardware can decode H.264, MPEG4, VC-1, MPEG-2 video streams. These modules target cost-sensitive applications in the control and automation industry, digital gaming, communications infrastructures, and graphics-rich devices such as thin clients, digital information boards and medical-imaging equipment.
You can find more information on Congatec conga-QG page.

conga-MA3 COM Express module Powered by Intel Atom E3800 and N2900 Series

conga-MA3 COM Express Module (Click to Enlarge)

conga-MA3 COM Express Module (Click to Enlarge)

Congatec conga-MA3 COM Express modules specifications:

  • SoC
    • Intel Atom E3845 (4 x 1.91 GHz, 2MB L2 cache, 10 W) with Intel HD Graphics Gen 7
    • Intel Atom E3827 (2 x 1.75 GHz, 1MB L2 cache, 8 W) with Intel HD Graphics Gen 7
    • Intel Atom E3815 (1.46 GHz, 512kB L2 cache, 5 W) with Intel HD Graphics Gen 7
    • Intel Celeron N2930 (1.86 GHz, 2MB L2 cache, 7.5W) with Intel HD Graphics Gen 7
  • System Memory – Onboard DDR3L memory support for up to 8 GByte with 1333MT/s. 2GB 1333MT/s DDR3L by default
  • Storage – eMMC 4.51 interface, up to 64GB of MLC NAND or up to 4GB of SLC NAND
  • Connectivity – Intel I210 Gigabit Ethernet controller
  • I/O Interfaces
    • 4 x PCIe x1 lanes with 5 Gb/s
    • 2 x SATA 2.0 3Gb/s
    • 7 x USB 2.0, 1 x USB 3.0
    • LPC bus, SPI, I²C bus
  • Display – TMDS (HDMI/DVI), DisplayPort 1.1, and one LVDS channel.
  • Sound – Digital High Definition Audio Interface
  • Motion Video Support – Full hardware acceleration for MPEG2, H.264, DirectX11, OCL 1.2, OGL 3.2, WMV9 and VC1
  • congatec Board Controller – Multi Stage Watchdog, non-volatile User Data Storage, Manufacturing and Board information, Board Statistics, BIOS Setup, Data Backup, I²C bus (fast mode, 400 kHz, multi-master), Power Loss Control
  • Power Management – ACPI 5 .0 compliant, Smart Battery Management
  • Temperature Range – Operating: -40° to + 85°C. Storage: -40° to + 85°C
  • Humidity – Operating: 10 to 90% r. H. non cond. / Storage 5 to 95% r. H. non cond.
  • Dimensions – 55 x 84 mm (COM Express Mini Type 10)

The modules comes with AMI Aptio UEFI BIOS, and support Microsoft Windows 7/8, Windows Embedded Standard, Windows Embedded Compact 7, and Linux.

The Intel HD graphics is said to support DirectX 11, OpenGL 3.2, OpenCL 1.2, as well as hardware decode for multiple high-resolution full HD videos in parallel. Output up to 2,560 x 1,600 pixels with DisplayPort and 1,920 x 1,200 pixels with HDMI are natively supported in the processor, and it is possible to connect two independent displays, including via the 24-bit LVDS output.

Further details may be available on Congatec conga-MA3 page.

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Intel Unveils Atom Z3460 & Z3480 (Merrifield) and Z3560 & Z3580 (Moorefield) Mobile SoCs

February 24th, 2014 1 comment

Intel has introduced four new SoCs part of Z34xx series (Merrifield) and Z35xx series (Moorefield) with Intel XMM LTE modems to be used in smartphones and tablets at Mobile World Congress 2014.

Atom_Merrifield_Moorefield_Block_DiagramThe SoCs share the following specifications:

  • Processor
    • Z34xx series (Merrifield) – 2 cores/2 threads with out-of-order execution, maximum core frequency up to 2.13 GHz
    • Z35xx series (Moorefield)- 4 cores/4 threads with out-of-order execution, maximum core frequency up to 2.33 GHz
  • Graphics – Imagination PowerVR G6400 (Merrifield) or GC6430 (Moorefield) with OpenGL ES 3.0, OpenCL and RenderScript support
  • Image Signal Processor (ISP) – 13 MP support hardware-capable; 8 MP enabled on Form Factor Device (FFD)
  • Memory – LPDDR3 (COPoP); 2×32 bit, up to 4 GB; Merrifield: 533MHz max, Moorefield: 800 MHz max.
  • Multi-Band, Multi-Mode LTE Modem – Intel XMM 7160 with support for up to 15 LTE bands, up to 150 Mbps download/50 Mbps upload speed. Z35xx series can also support XMM 6360 HSPA+ modem or XMM 7260 LTE cat 6 modem.
  • Display – Up to 1920×1200 internal (LCD?), 1080p external (HDMI?)
  • I/O and Storage – USB 3.0; eMMC 4.5. 256 GB max.
  • Support for Third-Party Wireless Solutions – Bluetooth 4.0 low energy; Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n/ac)
  • Package – 12 mm x 12 mm

The only apparent difference between SoC of the same family are the maximum turbo clock. Z3460 maxes out at 1.60 GHz, Z3480 at 2.13 GHZ, whereas Z3560 goes up to 1.80 GHz, and Z3580 up to 2.33 GHz.

The processors are part of Intel’s Silvermont microarchitecture, and are manufactured using 22 nm process technology. Z34xx series have up to 1.7 time more single thread CPU performance, 2 times more Graphics performance, and 4 times more GPU compute performance compared to Intel Atom Z2580. The SoCs currently support Android 4.4.2.

Intel Atom Z2580 vs Intel Atom Z3480

Intel Atom Z2580 vs Intel Atom Z3480

Intel also showed some benchmark comparing Z3580 to the current top ARM mobile SoCs, namely Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 and Apple A7. Surprisingly not, the benchmarks show the Intel SoC outperforming both Apple and Qualcomm SoC in several tests, as the company has probably cherry picked the benchmark suiting their SoC, but they all do.

Intel_Atom_Z3480_Snapdragon_800_Apple_A7

Battery life tests also show Intel Z3480 reference design getting ahead of Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 in Galaxy S4 and Sony Xperia Z1F.

Atom_Z3480_Battery_LifeThis looks promising, but we’ll have to wait for independent tests to get a proper appraisal of Intel Z34xx and Z35xx series SoC both in terms of performance and power consumption. In the past, many Android games were not optimized for x86, so even though Intel Z2580 was competitive in theory and in benchmarks, some real-life test were disappointing.

You can find more slides on Engadget and Anandtech.

Thanks to Harley for the tip.

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Intel Bay Trail Graphics Overview – FOSDEM 2014

February 17th, 2014 No comments

Bay Trail SoCs are new low power Intel ICs for tablets (Bay Trail-T, Z3000 series), mobiles (Bay Trail-M, N2800, N2900 and N3500 series), desktops (Bay Trail-D, J1800, J1900 and J2900 series) and embedded / industrial platforms (Bay Trail-I, E3800 series). Many Atom processors used to features PowerVR GPU, but it has now been replaced by Intel HD graphics in Bay Trail SoC.

Z3700_Series_Block_Diagram
Jesse Barnes, working at Intel on software and drivers for Intel graphics devices, gives a presentation about Bay Trail SoCs with a focus on graphics. After an overview, and some ARM bashing regarding performance (Nvidia Tegra 4 and Qualcomm Snapdragon 800), and even power consumption (Tegra 4 only), he describe further details about Intel HD graphics found in the new Intel processors. Everything is basically in mainline, and you’ll need Linux 3.10 or greater, Mesa 9.2 or greater, and libva 1.2.1 or greater for proper support. Some initial GPU benchmarks showed somewhat disappointing results, but in this talk, Jesse explains some parts of the drivers still need performance improvements, as they only run at half the expected speed. VP8 support (hardware decode?) is work in progress in VP8.

He also mentioned available hardware platform with Windows 8.x tablets already available, and Android tablets becoming available later this year, except in China where you can already buy Bay Trail Android tablets…

Presentation slides are not available.

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