Built on Intel’s cutting edge 14nm process technology, 5th generation Intel® Core™ processors take retail computing to the next level with advanced security, manageability, and performance. Here’s how you can take advantage of the new features.
Security is vital for POS, mobile POS systems and other transaction devices. Considering the damage that malware like Backoff can do to a retailer’s bottom line and reputation, the enhanced silicon-level technologies built into 5th generation Intel Core processors are reason enough to purchase devices featuring them. These technologies include:
- Support for Intel® Data Protection Technology for Transactions (Intel® DPT for Transactions). This software creates a secure transaction path from the card reader to the backend servers by separating transaction processing physically and logically from the POS operating system. (For more on Intel DPT for Transactions, see this previous post.)
- Intel® Platform Protection Technology with Boot Guard. This technology helps detect malware and other unauthorized code. It measures and stores a known trusted execution environment, verifying that it remains trusted each time the device boots.
- Intel® Platform Protection Technology with BIOS Guard. BIOS Guard helps protect against the many emerging sophisticated BIOS attacks. It only accepts authenticated BIOS updates from the equipment manufacturer.
- Intel® Data Protection Technology with Advanced Encryption Standard New Instructions (Intel® DPT with AES-NI). 5th generation Intel® Core™ U processors help keep company and customer data safe with encryption accelerators that can protect data during transactions and on disk.
Like previous generations, 5th generation Intel Core U processors help retailers lower total cost of ownership through remote manageability. Built-in automated and real-time remote manageability using Intel® Active Management Technology (Intel® AMT) minimizes truck rolls for maintenance while maintaining a strong security posture with resilient operations. Enhanced capabilities in 5th generation Intel Core U processors with Intel AMT allow IT to blank the device’s screen while remotely accessing it to protect against prying eyes—accidental and intentional.
Rich Visual Experiences
New Intel HD Graphics – with Ultra HD 4K resolution support and up to 24 percent better graphics performance – deliver stunning and responsive imagery for immersive, big-as-life, in-store visual experiences. The advanced graphics capabilities make the processors perfect for signage, kiosks, digital security surveillance (DSS) applications, and POS systems. In fact, 5th generation Intel Core U processors can simultaneously support three independent displays with greater resolution than previous generation without any additional discrete hardware. These processors are particularly attractive for POS systems designed with a additional monitors for checkout advertising. For DSS systems, the included Intel® Quick Sync Video hardware accelerates transcode and video effects processing at lower active power, providing more efficient video processing of simultaneous video streams.
High Performance at Low Power
Intel continues to drive battery life improvements, and the newest processor family raises the bar yet again. With power management and design improvements, plus the increased efficiency of Intel’s 14nm manufacturing process, mobile devices get up to 1.5 hours more battery life than the 4th generation Intel® Core™ processor family U-series. The result is more power and performance without sacrificing battery life. This makes the processors perfect for mobile POS devices.
Putting It All Together for Next Generation Retail Devices
Members of the Intel® Internet of Things Solutions Alliance are already deploying these powerful processors in systems and boards that will deliver new, more secure retail experiences. A good example the WEBS-5482 from Portwell (Figure 1). This tough industrial computer offers a full range of 5th generation Intel® Core™ i3/i5/i7 processors and supports dual channel DDR3L memory up to 16GB. An ideal platform for POS systems, digital signage, and kiosks, the WEBS-5482 includes dual GbE ports, dual Mini PCIe slots, two USB 3.0, two USB 2.0, and DVI-D, DP, HDMI connections. Options include wireless (WiFi or 3G/GPS modules) and support for running five independent displays.
Figure 1. Portwell WEBS-5482.
For digital signage applications, IBASE offers the SE-92 Fanless Digital Signage Player (Figure 2). Winner of a 2015 iF design award, this ruggedized fanless system features a wide-operating temperature range from -40°C to 75°C and 6V to 32V wide-range DC input, making it ideal for harsh outdoor environments and in-vehicle signage applications. The unit has an aluminum thermal frame that serves simultaneously as the entire system’s structural backbone, thermal conduit, airflow divider, EMI shield, and mounting bracket. The integrated dual DVI-I interface supports either a DVI-D or VGA display and has a built-in Extended Display Identification Data (EDID) emulation function for maximizing video output to displays. The SE-92 has two dual-channel DDR3L-1600 sockets for up to 16GB of memory, dual GbE ports, a SIM card slot, and an optional 64GB mSATA SSD drive for fast system boot and low heat emissions. In addition to Intel AMT for remote control, the unit includes IBASE’s iSMART green technology for power on/off scheduling and power resume functions.
Figure 2. IBASE SE-92 Fanless Digital Signage Player.
For manufacturers looking to make their own POS, signage media player, or other retail device using these latest Intel Core processors, a number of advanced boards are available from Alliance members (Figure 3).
COM Express Type 6
|Nexcom ICES 672 COM Express|
COM Express Type 6
|SBS COMe8500 COM Express|
COM Express Compact
|VentureVG-U5000 Embedded Motherboard|
150mm x 150mm motherboard
Figure 3. These boards all offer manufacturers a range of 5th generation Intel® Core™ processors.
Look in coming months for more systems and boards that bring the advantages of 5th generation Intel Core processors to retail applications. One way to do that is to periodically check the product listings in our constantly updated Solutions Directory.
Solutions in this blog:
ADLINK and Portwell are Premier members of the Intel® Internet of Things Solutions Alliance. IBASE, Nexcom, SBS Science & Technology, and Venture are Associate members of the Alliance. Aewin is an Affiliate member of the Alliance.
Roving Reporter (Intel Contractor), Intel® Internet of Things Solutions Alliance
Associate Editor, Embedded Innovator magazine