Intel Skylake empowers new embedded computing devices

News02 Feb 2016
Latest range of embedded computing devices from Impulse feature 6th Gen Skylake processors, making them ideal for computing applications demanding high performance and ultra-low power
Impulse is pleased to introduce our first range of embedded systems and boards to be designed around the latest 6th Generation Skylake Intel Core microarchitecture. We are pleased to announce the addition of a variety of new embedded computing boards in various form factors and a diverse range of new embedded computers and controllers aimed at supporting the next generation of embedded computing applications.

Our portfolio of carefully selected manufacturing partners such as Advantech, Aaeon, Axiomtek, Neousys and ASRock have developed these initial devices with Skylake Intel Core microarchitecture in order to meet the demands of a wide range of industrial computing applications. Examples include applications that require high end computing performance such as modern SCADA systems and machine vision applications,  through to applications that demand ultra-low power consumption such as remote DAQ and control systems that are reliant on consumable power sources.

Further products featuring the 6th Generation Skylake Intel Core microarchitecture will be added to our range throughout 2016 as our key manufacturing partners develop further devices and boards that embrace this latest evolution in CPU performance.
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Key features* of Skylake

Devices featuring the Skylake microarchitecture offer a number of improvements* over devices using previous generation CPUs:

Increased processing performance


  • Up to 20% increase in CPU performance over devices integrated with 5th Generation CPU
  • 33% increase in memory performance, with support for the new ultra-fast DDR4 RAM, which operates at just 1.2V compared to 1.5V for DDR3

Reduced power consumption


  • 60% less power consumption overall, with CPUs starting at just 4.5W
  • 30% improvement in battery life, vital for battery/wind/solar powered remote or data acquisition devices

Improved features and I/O support


  • 'Speed Shift' technology improves CPU frequency shifting between low power/idle to maximum performance from 30ms to just 1ms, this offers huge benefits to applications running in bursts
  • Support for additional USB ports and the faster improved PCI-Express version 3.0

Improved graphics performance


  • 30% better graphics performance with the new Intel 500 Series GPU, which is particularly important to SCADA or machine vision applications
  • Support for triple 4K displays

*  DISCLAIMER:
Figures quoted in this article are indicative only and are based on 3rd party published data, whereby performance tests are measured using specific computer systems, components, software, operations and functions. Actual results may vary depending on your system configuration, hardware specification and software used. You should consult other information and performance tests to assist you in fully evaluating your contemplated purchases, including the performance of that product when combined with other products. Impulse Embedded Limited accepts no responsibility for variations in actual test results against those detailed within or from those quoted by 3rd parties.

Skylake products available from Impulse

Impulse is already offering a wide range of embedded systems and boards with support for Skylake processors. We will continue to add to this range throughout 2016 alongside our manufacturing partners including Advantech, Axiomtek, Aaeon, Neousys and ASRock.

Skylake products already available from Impulse
Embedded PCs
Neousys Nuvo-5000
Advantech MIC-7500
ATX Motherboards
Advantech AIMB-705
Advantech AIMB-785
Micro ATX Motherboards
Advantech ASMB-585
Aaeon IMBM-Q170A
Mini ITX Motherboards
ASRock IMB-190
ASRock IMB-191
ASRock IMB-193
ASRock IMB-196
Aaeon EMB-H110B
Aaeon EMB-Q170A
Aaeon EMB-Q170B
3.5" SBC
Advantech MIO-5272
Aaeon GENE-SKU6
COM Express
Aaeon COM-SKUC6
Aaeon COM-SKHB6
PICMG
Axiomtek SHB-140
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