Intel Skylake GT4e Core Photo Shows Very Long Chip!


Congatec has released images of the conga-TS170 module that has been designed for graphics intensive applications. The board uses 6th Generation Intel Core processor with the flagship CPU being the Intel Core i7-6820EQ (4 x 2.8 / 3.5 GHz, 8MB L2 cache, 45 W). That means this module sports Intel Gen9 HD Graphics (GT4e) with 72 execution units, 128 MB of eDRAM and a maximum clock rate of 1150MHz. This graphics solution supports OpenCL 2.0, OpenGL 4.3 DirectX12 and HEVC (H.265) as well as hardware-accelerated encode and decode of HEVC, VP8, VP9 and VDENC video. With all this power it also means that three independent 4K (3840 x 2160) displays can be connected to the module via HDMI 1.4 and DisplayPort 1.2. Congatec’s new SoC module looks like it will appeal to those looking to build a media server or IoT edge node server where video transcoding or other parallel computing tasks will be run.

This is the first time that we can recall seeing the Intel Skylake GT4e core and it’s fairly large and very long!

conga TS170

The die appears to be between 210mm^2 to 220mm^2 when the above image is measured off the known 77mm^2 eDRAM die size. Over 65% of the die is said to be for the integrated graphics (IGP) and it appears that Intel is continuing to take graphics very seriously.