Portwell, an Associate member of the Intel® Internet of Things Solutions Alliance, just announced the release of the PCOM-B700G, a COM Express® 3.0 Type 7 Basic Module (125mm x 95mm) based on the Intel® Xeon® processor D-1500 product family (codenamed Broadwell-DE). PCOM-B700G is designed according to the new COM Express®Type 7 standard. The module optimizes value models and service levels by running network applications securely and reliably on virtualization-optimized platforms. In addition to the PCOM-B700G, Portwell also introduces a Type 7 evaluation carrier board, PCOM-C700.
The new COM Express® Type 7 standard is a new specification with backward compatibility to the existing Type 6 pinout. While the focus of Type 6 is on display-oriented applications with support for audio and video interfaces, the Type 7 pinout definition is designed for applications that do not require graphics support. Specifically, the COM Express® 3.0 specification's Type 7 pinout, when compared to the Type 6 pinout, trades all the graphics interfaces for up to four 10GbE ports, and a total of 32 PCIe lanes. This makes it ideal for applications in micro server i.e. requiring low power consumption while supporting high computing performance and communication throughput. In Europe, Portwell products are supported by ViMOS Technologies, headquartered in Taufkirchen/Munich (Germany).