MSC Presents a Starter Kit for COM Express(TM) Type 6 Modules With AMD Embedded R-Series APUs

San Bruno, California, UNITED STATES

SAN BRUNO, Calif., May 2, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- MSC Embedded Inc., manufacturer of highly integrated standard board level products and customer-specific boards and systems, offers a complete starter kit for quick evaluation and prototyping of embedded systems based on COM Express modules with AMD Embedded R-Series Accelerated Processing Unit (APU). The intelligent starter kit MSC C6-SK-A7-T6T2 contains a COM Express Type 6 baseboard, an active heat sink with fan and two DDR3 memory modules. Users of the kit are free to choose one of four COM Express Type 6 computer modules with Embedded R-Series APU from MSC's MSC C6C-A7 product family. Furthermore, the starter kit is also offered with a 15 inch XGA TFT display with LED backlight. Different display types or touch screen panels are available on request.

The compact baseboard with dimensions of 140 mm x 184 mm offers the module socket and numerous important connectors, above all the newly available Type 6 interfaces defined in the COM Express specification V2.0. The interfaces include configurable Digital Display Interfaces (DDI) which can be used via three each DisplayPort and HDMI connectors and a DVI port. In addition, four USB 3.0 ports, Ethernet, VGA, HD audio, SATA and even a PCI Express x4 slot also found place onboard.

The COM Express™ Type 6 module platform MSC C6C-A7 from MSC integrates an Embedded R-Series APU from AMD and is characterized by very powerful graphics and high parallel computing performance with low power dissipation. Today, there are four processor variants available. For power demanding applications, the MSC C6C-A7 computer-on-modules integrate an AMD R-460L 2.0 GHz (2.8 GHz Turbo) or AMD R-452L 1.6 GHz (2.4 GHz Turbo) quad-core processors. The thermal design power (TDP) levels are 25 W and 19 W, respectively. The two dual-core versions are populated with the AMD R-260H 2.1 GHz (2.6 GHz Turbo) processor or the AMD R-252F 1.7 GHz (2.3 GHz Turbo) processor – each featuring 17 W TDP. The processors support the AMD64 technology and the AMD-V™ virtualization technology.

The Radeon HD7000G-Series graphics engine integrated into the AMD R-Series APU support DirectX 11, OpenGL 4.2 and OpenCL™ 1.1. With DisplayPort and HDMI interfaces with resolutions of up to 4096 x 2160 (DP) or 1920 x 1200 (HDMI), along with LVDS, Embedded DisplayPort and VGA interfaces, the MSC C6C-A7 modules offer comprehensive display support.

Thanks to the MSC C6C-A7 module family's high computing and graphics performance, the platform is especially suited for demanding applications with 3D graphics or high-definition videos and for the control of high resolution displays such as in those found in medical technology as well as in the fields of infotainment, digital signage and gaming.

Pricing and Availability

The starter kit is available now at US$ 495.00. The cost-optimized modules are available from US$ 290.00.


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