High bandwidth interfaces
COM-HPC supports up to 64 general purpose PCIe lanes and 1 dedicated PCIe lane for connecting to the IPMI BMC on the carrier. PCIe configurations with more wide link-width combinations than were supported by COM Express are achievable with COM-HPC, such as 4x PCIe x16 or 8x PCIe x8. Initially, PCIe Gen 4.0 is supported and PCIe Gen 5.0 support will come as a totally new high density and high speed connector is phased in. The most popular interface for peripherals, Universal Serial Bus, has also taken been taken into account. A maximum of four USB 4 ports are supported by COM-HPC to provide 20Gbit data transmission. Furthermore, Ethernet connectivity is provided by up to eight 10GbE ports or 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.