The Q7-AL Computer-On-Module (COM) combines the QSeven® 2.1 standard with the Intel (“Apollo Lake”) Atom® E-series and Pentium® and Celeron® N-series System-on-Chips (SoCs), providing ideal solutions for low power consumption and high pin/area density requirements. The module provides the high integration, high performance, low power, and ruggedness favored by Internet-of-Things (IoT) applications such as retail transactional clients, digital signage, and in-vehicle infotainment systems.
The QSeven form factor affords a more compact profile and footprint than the other COM platforms. With mechanical dimensions of 70mm width, 70mm length, and 2.3mm of overall height, Qseven ranks as one of the smallest COM standards currently available.
The Q7-AL utilizes the upgrades in Intel’s latest (“Apollo Lake”) N-series and E-series SoCs such as the Intel 64 Architecture (“Goldmont”), the new HD graphics 500/505 engine (Gen-9), and a faster, 4-vector image processing unit. The SoCs are manufactured on Intel’s industry-leading, tri-gate 14nm process, improving system performance by supporting up to 8GB of system memory. Compared to the previous generation (“Braswell”), the Apollo Lake SoC comes with a larger package size (24x31mm2) and pin count (1296 pins) and has updated the OS support by adding Windows 10 IOT and removing support for Windows7/8.1 and WEC7/2013. Because Apollo Lake has more I/O interfaces than Braswell, no pin compatibility exists between these two generations of SoCs.