Intel’s second-generation Core™ architecture (codenamed Sandy Bridge) has enjoyed great success in the embedded community with broad support across a multitude of form factors from EBX and COM-Express to very small PCIe/104 SBCs. The unparalleled computing and graphics performance of Sandy Bridge has opened up a world of possibilities for embedded applications ranging from unmanned aerial and underwater vehicles, to floating point and vector processing intensive applications such as imaging and DSP. The integrated HD3000 graphics engine has helped reduce size, weight and power–not to mention cost– of many embedded solutions tremendously by reducing the number of auxiliary DSP and vector processing cards necessary to perform many functions.
Intel’s third generation Core-series of mobile processors (codenamed Ivy Bridge) have recently been officially launched with a number of Quad processors announced in April 2012 followed by dual core variants on June 3 rd , 2012. These third generation Intel Core processors are built on Intel’s new 22nm Tri-gate process with expected improvements in computing performance, but more particularly in graphics performance as the bulk of the real estate savings achieved with the new 22nm process have been devoted to the new HD4000 integrated graphics core. This makes Ivy Bridge processors an eagerly awaited addition for embedded designers.
While some have noted the backward compatibility to second generation Intel Core processors of the new 7-series chipsets (codenamed Panther Point) which were released in conjunction with third generation Intel Core processors, it is also true that a number of 6-series chipsets (Cougar Point) are forward compatible with many new Ivy Bridge processors. ADL Embedded Solutions has taken advantage of this by extending its ADLQM67PC PCIe/104 platform (based on the QM67 chipset) to include Ivy Bridge processor options when they become available in production quantities. To this end, the June hardware release of the ADLQM67PC, will be fully “drop-in” compatible with Ivy Bridge embedded processors allowing our Sandy Bridge embedded customers a smooth transition into Ivy Bridge for their future applications.
A recent article in the noted German trade publication Markt&Technik (i.e. written in German), details the new Ivy Bridge variant of the ADLQM67PC.