1 Reply Latest reply on May 7, 2013 3:31 PM by Felix_M

    I try to build very small computer. I only need i7 core not bridge chip. Is there any problem?

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      I try to very small computer. I only need i7 core not bridge chip. Is there any problem?

       

      I don't need bridge chip at all

       

      All I need is i7 core.

       

      I will make all IO with just PCI-E

       

      but is this okay with making normal pc under windows operating system?

       

      My aim is very low power device so I want remove bridge chip like QM77

       

      Any sujestion and warning?

        • Re: I try to very small computer. I only need i7 core not bridge chip. Is there any problem?
          Felix_M BlackBelt

          Hello:

           

          The short answer to your question is Yes, it is possible to create a system without "bridge chip" like QM77.  You might want to read the following blog that describes such an application. 

           

          Roving Reporting: Custom chipsets for Intel® Atom™ processor E6xx series

           

          This blog is about Intel® Atom™ implementing all of the I-O via PCI Express, but the same concept can be applied to Intel® Core™.  You will note this blog describes a system with "limited" I-O needs in an embedded application.    However, you say that you want to create a "normal PC".    Please consider below the functions provided by QM77.  The chipset provides many of the I-O functions needed in a "normal PC", including video display, audio, SATA, LAN, USB, etc.  If your design does not include the chipset, how will you provide these functions?   Can you make a custom chip (or FPGA) and implement the same functions at less power than the QM77 ?  

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          I hope this helps

           

          Felix

           

          J. Felix McNulty

          Community Moderator (Intel contractor)