Skylake for IoT Computing Solutions – Overview

With the launch of the 6th Generation Intel® Core™ Processor product family (formerly codenamed "Skylake"), Intel® takes performance and computing power to a new level. These new processors combine a new micro architecture with Intel's 14nm process technology, and DDR4 memory support. The product family offers manufacturers a wide selection of processors to build new hardware solutions for an extensive range of applications.

Portwell's Perspective on Internet of Things (IoT)

The IoT and Industrial 4.0 are exploding. According to Gartner, Inc. (a technology research and advisory corporation), there will be nearly 26 billion devices on the Internet by 2020. In other words, the number of devices or things connected to the Internet is increasing with unstoppable speed. Demand for IoT solutions in Networking, Industrial Automation, Medical, Transportation, and other IoT Industrial 4.0 applications are rising.

As a leader in providing trusted innovative embedded and automation products and solutions, Portwell offers more advanced system, hardware, software, services, and customer-oriented customization support. To meet IoT market demands, Portwell is ready to help customers speed new innovative solutions to market. The picture below shows our position and vision in this global trend.

Target Applications

6th Generation Intel® Core™ Processor Comes Up with Performance & New Features

The new 6th Generation Intel® Core™ Processor delivers greater CPU and graphics performance over the previous generation. While offering better performance, the new architecture brings new features like DDR4, DirectX 12, 4K, and PCIe Gen 3 support. The new PCH also brings more I/O ports and flexible high speed I/O combinations. Through the 14nm process technology and other enhancements, Intel® is able to provide up to 30% faster graphic performance with Intel® Gen 9 graphics.

With flexible high speed I/O combinations, customers have several options of PCH selection to fulfill and meet requirements from different applications. The Gen 3 PCIe support allows faster connection on add-on cards and peripherals. The DDR4 support brings more memory bandwidth which is good for general system performance, but it's especially good for integrated graphics performance. The integrated GPUs are enhanced by Gen 9 technology and DirectX 12.

Ready-To-Go System Solutions

Portwell's wide-range product line gives customer rich choices. Customers can select different form factors from modules (COM Express, Q7, ETX) and embedded boards (ATX, Mini-ITX, Nano-ITX), SBC (PICMG 1.0, PICMG 1.3, Backplane), to systems (Panel PC, Box PC). With Portwell's unique modular design, no matter what kind of solution you're looking for, you can simply start by selecting your preferred platform. Then our complete one-stop service will help you on integration with software (BIOS, EC, embedded OS, BSP, API), hardware (expansion, form factor, peripheral devices, PSU), and system (thermal, chassis). It's simply like playing Lego; just picking up options of bricks then building them up into a system. This easy but quick way will only consume a short period of time on verification and validation. The next step is to meet customer's requirements with our flexibility and customization capability.

Portwell's Solutions based on 6th Generation Intel® Core™ Processor

Portwell uses the new 6th Generation Intel® Core™ Processor to offer five new products in different form factors designed to fulfill requirements from vertical markets. We're proud to announce that the 6th Generation Intel® Core™ Processor is successfully implemented on our COM Express module. With our thermal solution, we're able to use desktop SKUs on PCOM-B637 which help customers on cost reduction. In addition, we also offer PICMG 1.3, ATX and Mini-ITX boards with these new processors.

With our 22-year experience, rich successful projects/use cases, and as a Premier member of the Intel® Internet of Things Solutions Alliance, Portwell is able to bring you state-of-the-art technology and product solutions that help you accelerate time-to-market. Our modular design concept may help you adopt the latest platforms in a shorter period of time. With our flexibility and customization abilities, you can achieve verification and validation without much effort.