TQ COM Express Modules Optimize Industrial Automation, IoT and
Defense Applications

The explosion in Industrial Automation, IoT and Defense applications require smart embedded solutions that are robust, high-performance, flexible and available for decades.

TQ have released a complete line of COM Express modules (SOMs) for the new Intel® Atom E3900 (Apollo Lake) and 7th Generation Intel® Core processors (Kaby Lake). With this release TQ now has modules that cover the Intel® Atom Bay Trail and Apollo Lake and the Intel iCore 5th, 6th and 7th generation processors.

These new low-power processors from Intel® offer significantly higher performance and lower power consumption with greatly improved graphics capabilities. Using TQ mainboards in conjunction with these modules provide customers with significant growth and flexibility options - while continuing to use the same baseboard in their product.

The following product brief details the advantages of using the TQ COM Express Modules in Industrial Automation, IoT, Defense and other robust embedded applications.

TQ Intel® Modules come pre-packaged with their own Software

We provide 'Board Controller’ software for all our Intel modules to give designers control over:

  • Power management,

  • Fan and thermal control,

  • I2C (master/slave),

  • UARTS and GPIO

  • ‘Green ECO-off’ – reduced current consumption in S5 standby  > 0.1 watts

In addition to the Board Controller, TQ also supplies a feature-rich BIOS interface (UEFI):

  • Touch support in the BIOS setup screen

  • Configuration tool for default setup

  • Multiple setup configurations within one BIOS image

  • Security administration

Two optional features:

  • Trusted Platform Module (TPM). A dedicated microcontroller designed to secure hardware by integrating cryptographic keys into devices.

  • Industrial RTC (iRTC). Highly accurate and stable RTC over the complete temperature range with only a 250 nA current consumption

Extended Board Functionality with Patented COM Express Risers for PCIe I/O cards

  • TQ ‘s patented risers for the COM Express 10 carrier board extend functionality with PCIe I/O cards.


Simplified installation with the TQ COMKit-HDD/SSD

  • COMKit-HDD enables easy installation of HDD and SSD to the underside of the baseboard without cables or interfering with processor cooling.

 

TQ Intel® AtomTM Embedded Modules

TQMxE38Mxx – Intel Atom Bay Trail Modules

The TQMxE38M embedded modules enable the implementation of powerful, but also economical Atom based systems based on the standard COM Express® Mini Type 10 form factor, 84mm x 55mm, with a temperature range of -40° C to +85° C  With the type 10 compliant pin out (1x 220 pins), the user has access to all the basic interfaces of the CPU such as the digital display interface (DDI) / embedded DisplayPort (eDP), LVDS, up to 4x PCIe, 2x SATA and 4x USB (2.0 and 3.0). Full Specification

Low power consumption enables very compact, passively cooled system designs that are ideal for vending and POS terminals, medical imaging, compact diagnostic workstations as well as IoT-connected industrial controls, extremely compact, robust box PCs and thin clients.

 

TQMxE39M - E3900 Intel Atom Apollo Lake Modules

This TQ module (TQMxE39M-xx) is based on the latest generation of the Intel® Atom™. Code name Apollo Lake, these TQ modules achieve a new level of compute performance together with security and media processing performance. It is a COM Express Mini Type 10, form factor, 84mm x 55mm, with a temperature range of -40° C to +85° C  and a typical power envelope of 3- 8 watts.

With the latest Intel® integrated graphics processor the module delivers 4K high resolution graphics output, immersive 3D processing and greatly increased video encode and play-back performance. Module interfaces include 8 USB ports – including 2x USB 3.0 – and up to 4 PCIe lanes, this enables high bandwidth communication with peripherals and additional interfaces on the carrier board. Full Specification

With options such as conformal coating, optimized cooling solutions, TQMx Board Controller and UEFI interface, the TQMxE39M is ideal to power rugged real-time computing, industrial automation, digital surveillance, aviation, medical, retail and more.

 

TQMxE38Cxx – Intel Atom Bay Trail Modules

The TQMxE38Cxx embedded modules are COM Express Type 6 Mini (95mm x 95mm) modules with 2x 220 pins The TQMxE38C embedded module enables the implementation of a powerful but also rugged Atom platform. From the type 6 compliant pin out the user has access to all the interfaces of the CPU, so all the features of the Intel Atom processor can be used. Direct access to interfaces such as SATA, PCIe, USB 3.0 and 2.0, and the digital display interface (DDI)/embedded DisplayPort (eDP) gives you the freedom to use the features of the CPU in the way that suits your application. Full specification

Low power consumption enables very compact, passively cooled system designs that are ideal for vending and POS terminals, medical imaging, compact diagnostic workstations as well as IoT-connected industrial controls and extremely compact, robust box PCs and thin clients.

TQ Intel® CoreTM i3/i5/i7 Embedded Modules

TQMx50UCxx – Intel 5th Generation Broadwell Modules

The TQMx50UC modules are COM Express Compact (type 6) 95mm x 95mm and have CPUs with outstanding graphics performance and features such as 3D scanning, gesture control, and voice commands. The integrated Intel graphics core HD5500/HD6000 supports up to three independent display interfaces with up to 4K resolution. It’s possible, to drive multiple external HD displays from one single output with Multi Stream Transport (MST) in accordance with the DisplayPort 1.2 standard.
Full Specification

Typical applications include medical and industrial imaging, centralized control room technology, shop floor terminals, HMIs, robotics, professional gaming, infotainment, professional AV, smart video surveillance, autonomous vehicle control, and high-end digital signage applications. The ability to drive multiple displays makes the module ideal for applications in retail and kiosks where control of multiple screens of up to three independent cash or vending machines is necessary.

 

TQMx60EBxx - Intel 6th Generation Skylake Modules

Dual-Channel DDR4-2133 support, high bandwidth PCIe, 4x SATA (6 Gb/s) and 4x USB 3.0 the TQMx60EB make this series of modules ideal for applications that require high end performance and graphics. This COM Express Basic (Type 6) 125mm x 95mm module can be equipped with 6th Generation Intel® Core™ i7/i5/i3 or Intel® Xeon® E3-15xx v5 processors (Skylake-H). The integrated Intel® GT1/GT2/GT4e graphics controller supports up to three independent display outputs with up to 4K resolution @ 60 Hz and excellent 3D / rendering performance. Power and performance optimizing functions like Intel® Turbo Boost Technology 2.0 and Enhanced Intel® SpeedStep Technology provide an outstanding user experience but with moderate power consumption. Full Specification

Key applications for the TQ modules include 4k multi-screen solutions where one embedded module controls up to three independent screens without the need for a dedicated graphics card. Applications can be found in operating rooms and medical diagnostics terminals, HMIs in industrial machinery and facilities, digital signage, vending and retail applications as well as gaming and infotainment terminals.

 

TQMx70EBxx - Intel 7th Generation Kaby Lake Modules

The Kaby Lake 7th Generation modules from TQ deliver high-end computing with increased CPU and graphics performance when compared with Skylake. With Dual-Channel DDR4-2133 support, high bandwidth PCIe, 4x SATA (6 Gb/s) and 4x USB 3.0 the TQMx70EB guarantees best in class system performance.

This COM Express® Basic (Type 6) 125mm x 95mm module, TQMx70EB supports Intel® Core™ i3, i5 and i7 7000E series processors with higher clock speeds than Skylake (up to quad core 3.7 GHz / 8 MB cache). For server-like applications the module also supports quad core Intel® Xeon E3-1500 v6 processors. Equipped with 10bit codecs (HEVC/VP9) the module can decode and encode HEVC video at 4K resolution with 10-bit color in hardware. Latest SSD mass storage devices like Intel® Optane™ with 3D XPoint™ technology are supported with better results for read/write latency and high data throughput. Full Specification

With options such as conformal coating, optimized cooling solutions, TQMx Board Controller and UEFI interface, the TQMx70EB sets a new level of performance, lowers power consumption by up to half and is ideal for applications where data intensive streams need to be processed and displayed in real-time. Target markets include large data processing systems such as servers, medical imaging systems, video surveillance and vision-based quality control, simulation equipment, vision systems in industrial control rooms and other plant-wide supervision systems or high-end professional gaming and digital signage.

 

Production-ready Carrier Boards with COM Express® Form Factors

TQ delivers a number of mainboards for the different COM Express form factors in accordance with the PICMG™ standards and built to the same high standard as their Modules. They make ideal production ready carrier boards for the different modules that TQ manufacturers. In addition TQ ‘s patented risers for the COM Express 10 and COM Express 6 carrier boards extend functionality with PCIe I/O cards, and the COMKit-HDD enables easy installation of HDD and SSD to the underside of the baseboard without interfering with processor cooling.

 

MB-M10-1

This carrier board is a 100mm x 100mm eNUC board with 220 pins for the TQ Atom COM Express Type 10 Modules. It is scalable throughout the E38M (Bay Trail) and E39M (Apollo Lake) Intel Atom module range and forms a very compact hardware system. This means you can go from a single core 1.46 GHz Atom to a quad core 4x 2.0 GHz Atom on the same carrier board. Full Specification

 

 

MB-COME10-1

The MB-COME10-1 carrier board is a 170mmx 170mm COM Express Type 10 Mini compliant with 220 pins. This carrier board supports both the TQMxE38M (Bay Trail) and TQMxE39M (Apollo Lake) Atom COM Express Type 10 Modules. This means you can go from a single core 1.46 GHz Atom to a quad core 4x 2.0 GHz Atom on the same carrier board. Full Specification

 

 

MB-COME6-1

The MB-COM6-1 carrier board is also 170mm x 170mm but is COM Express Type 6 Compact compliant with 2x 220 pins. This carrier board supports the TQMxE38C (Bay Trail) and the TQMxE50UC (Broadwell) modules. This mean you can go from a single core 1.46 GHz Atom to a dual core 2x 2.2 GHz i7 on the same carrier board. Full Specification



 

MB-COME6-2

The MB-COM6-2 carrier board is also 170mm x 170mm in size but is COM Express Type 6 Basic compliant with 2x 200 pins. This carrier board supports the TQMx60EB (Skylake) and the TQMx70EB (Kaby Lake) modules. This means you can go from a quad core 4x 1.9 GHZ i5 to a quad core 4x 3.0 GHz i7 on the same carrier board. Full Specification






TQ’s Coast-to-Coast North American Sales and Support
TQ, distributed in North America by Convergence Promotions, is a $250M electronics company based in Munich, Germany. TQ has a significant range of modules supporting Intel, ARM and PowerPC. All TQ’s modules are designed for use in embedded applications where low power, fan-less, rugged designs are a key requirement. TQ’s obsolescence management program guarantees support and availability for 10 years after purchase.