New embedded system board provides enhanced CPU and graphic performance

26-01-2021 | Portwell | Subs & Systems

Portwell has released the WADE-8212, the latest addition to its family of Mini-ITX form factor embedded system boards. Brian Lai, Portwell’s product manager, said the new device is created to offer more powerful multi-tasking function and improved high-definition imaging capability with faster network (2.5Gb) connectivity. Its rich I/Os and expansion support multiple peripheral devices in various applications including industrial automation, automated test equipment, robotic manufacturing, semiconductor equipment, factory process control, medical equipment, AGV, communications appliances, IoT gateway, smart transportation and much more.

The device supports the Intel Q470E chipset and the latest 10th Intel Core i9/i7/i5/i3/Pentium/Celeron processor platform (formerly Comet Lake S) up to 10 cores/20 threads (35W-80W) in LGA1200 socket. It also provides dual-channel DDR4 2400/2666/2933 MHz Non-ECC SDRAM on two SO-DIMM sockets up to 64GB; 1 and 2.5 Gigabit Ethernet (Intel I219LM and I225LM); 5x COM ports (Two are BIOS configurable); 6x USB 3.2 Gen 1 and 4x USB 2.0; 4x SATA III ports, GPIO and Audio Jack; a rich expansion interface includes 1x PCIe Gen 3 x16, 1x M.2 key E 2230 for wireless modules (Bluetooth/Wi-Fi), 1x M.2. key M 2242/2260/2280 for SSD, 1x M.2 key B 3042 and SIM card socket for 4G/5G; triple display includes 1x DP 1.2 (4K resolution), 1x HDMI 2.0a (4K resolution), 1x VGA (resolution up to 1920x1200) on the rear, 1x LVDS (resolution up to 1920x1200) connector on board; ATX power; and onboard TPM 2.0 for security.

“The newly-designed WADE-8212 features the latest Intel 10th Generation Core processors,” says Lai. “This means it now offers up to 20 per cent more cores than previous generation processors, up to 31 per cent better performance on multi-tasking compute-intensive applications, and as much as 11 per cent improved performance on single-task compute-intensive applications. But the benefits don’t stop there,” Lai adds. “It features MOSFET Heatsink to dissipate heat more efficiently and is suitable for fanless systems. To enhance serviceability, it has the option to use rechargeable CMOS battery for longer CMOS data retention. A compact PCIe card guide is designed to make easier installation and prevention of damage. Its 2.5 Gigabit LAN support (Intel I225LM) can boost networking performance up to 2.5 times faster than a traditional 1 Gigabit LAN, so the user benefits from faster file transfers and smoother video streaming while retaining high quality.”

“What’s more,” Lai continues, “the improved WADE-8212 boasts a wide range of I/O and rich expansion, including 1x PCI Express x16 and multiple M.2 slots for wireless connectivity, storage and increased functionality in a wide range of applications. In addition,” Lai confirms, “our customers not only benefit from the most up-to-date technology and features, but they also gain peace of mind from the long product life span (15+ years) inherent with every Portwell product.”

By Natasha Shek