PICMG to Release new COM-HPC COM for Edge Computing

March 12, 2020 Perry Cohen

The PCI Industrial Computer Manufacturers Group (PICMG) announced it is completing the development of a new COM-HPC computer-on-module specification for the industrial edge computing market. The releases of the specification is expected during Q2 of 2020 and is intended to extend COM Express, not replace it.

The specification will handle processors that offer 16 compute cores at approximately 110W and reserves 30-40W headroom. COM-HPC supports processors with a TDP of up to about 150W.

As far as memory is concerned, COM-HPC can support up to 8 DIMMs and allows a maximum of 512GB of memory capacity. It also supports 64 general purpose PCLe configurations; a maximum of four USB 4 ports; 20Gbit of data transmission; and ethernet connectivity of up to eight 10GbE ports, the equivalent of two 100GbE ports.

Five module sizes are defined in the COM-HPC specification. The largest is Size E and is 200mm x160mm with room to accommodate 8 DIMMs. In contrast, the smaller board sizes are intended for use as client platforms utilizing SO-DIMMs or soldered onboard memory. Integrators can choose the size of module that best meets their application requirements.

Additionally, a 400-pin 32 GT/s capable connector is defined for the specification.

For more information, visit https://www.picmg.org/com-hpc-overview/.

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Perry Cohen

Perry Cohen, associate editor for Embedded Computing Design, is responsible for web content editing and creation in addition to podcast production. He also assists with the publication’s social media efforts which include strategic posting, follower engagement, and social media analysis. Before joining the ECD editorial team, Perry has been published on both local and national news platforms including KTAR.com (Phoenix), ArizonaSports.com (Phoenix), AZFamily.com, Cronkite News, and MLB/MiLB among others. Perry received a BA in Journalism from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications at Arizona State university. He can be reached by email at <a href="mailto:perry.cohen@opensysmedia.com">perry.cohen@opensysmedia.com</a>. Follow Perry’s work and ECD content on his twitter account @pcohen21.

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