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ETX Module Supports SATA SSD and DDR2 Memory on a Single SODIMM

An ETX-AT computer-on-module based on the Intel Atom N270 is now designed and verified for use with Virtium’s SSDDR SODIMM dual function memory modules, while maintaining full backward compatibility with standard SODIMM memory. Virtium’s SSDDR combines a NAND Flash Serial ATA Solid State Drive (SATA SSD) and DDR2 memory on a single SODIMM module by utilizing reserved pins on the SODIMM for SATA interface signal transfer, thereby remaining fully JEDEC compatible. This allows the SSDDR modules and standard DDR2 modules to be fully interchangeable within the same SODIMM socket.

When the ETX-AT from Adlink Technology is equipped with the SSDDR SODIMM solution, data throughput increases two to four times compared to that of standard embedded SSD, USB interface, CompactFlash and SD cards. The SSDDR SODIMM is the higher performance SATA disk-on-module solution for embedded applications.

The ETX-AT, based on Intel’s Atom N270 processor and 945GSE/ICH7 combination, is positioned as an entry level ETX module for generic systems but also for systems that require a full set of graphics features. The module comes with integrated support for high resolution CRT, single/dual channel LVDS and TV-out (SDTV and HDTV). The ETX-AT conforms to the latest ETX 3.02 form factor standard that provides two additional SATA ports on the module while maintaining full backward compatibility with earlier ETX standards. A power consumption of below 10 watts makes this module suited for truly fanless or deeply embedded systems.

Adlink provides schematics, mechanical files, design guides, BSPs, I2C libraries, R&D support, product review service and BIOS customization for companies performing their own carrier board design. Adlink also offers full development and/or production services for those wishing to outsource their carrier board/system design and/or manufacturing. The ETX-AT is currently available at a list price of $249.

ADLINK Technology, San Jose, CA. (408) 360-0200. [www.adlinktech.com].

Upgraded 2-Slot ATCA Backplane Has Shelf Manager Interface

An upgraded 2-slot ATCA backplane now includes pluggable shelf management connectors. The 2-slot ATCA backplane from Elma Bustronic now features standard MicroTCA connectors used for connections to Elma’s IPM Sentry shelf manager. The small and dense connector minimizes the space used on the backplane, allowing it to fit inside a 2U enclosure. Compliant to the latest PICMG 3.0 specification, the backplane also has connectors for SHMC, power entry, Sense, I2C Bus, Ring and more

With a 10-layer controlled-impedance stripline design, the 2-slot ATCA backplane utilizes point-to-point serial connections. Signal integrity studies confirm superior performance of the board. Bustronic also offers ATCA backplanes in 5, 6 and 14-slot Mesh configurations and a 14-slot Dual Star design. Pricing for the 2-slot ATCA backplane starts under $350.

Elma Bustronic, Fremont, CA. (510) 490-7388. [www.elma.com].

Fast microSDTM with Extended Temperature Rating

A line of industrial grade microSDTM cards read and write at faster speeds than previously seen from the microSDTM platform, and are built to excel in extreme temperature conditions. The new cards from Delkin Devices meet the increasing demand for Flash Memory Cards in military and industrial markets where a small form factor and specialized performance is required.

The microSDTM card’s tiny size, fast data transfer rate, extended temperature range, and increased programming write cycle capability make it suitable for designers that require optimal performance in a small form factor. The cards are capable of write speeds up to 16 Mbytes/s and read speeds up to 17 Mbytes/s, which surpass the typical Multi-Level Cell (MLC) microSDTM card by at least six times. Furthermore, the cards are capable of operating in extreme temperatures ranging from -40° to 85°C. They also offer enhanced shock and vibration stability and over ten times the number of standard programming write cycles. The industrial microSDTM cards are built with SLC NAND Flash and are available in 128 Mbyte to 2 Gbyte capacities.

The microSDTM cards adhere to a strictly controlled specification using only certified Single-Level (SLC) flash to ensure no variation in performance or longevity. Control of each memory card’s performance is assured by a configurable part number and a locked down Bill of Materials, minimizing the prospect of unscheduled field inspections and product replacement. Only extended temperature components are used and cards are continually tested for enhanced shock and vibration performance.

Delkin Devices, Poway, CA. (858) 391-1234. [www.delkinoem.com].

High-Speed, 256 Gbyte Rugged 3U VPX Solid-State Drive

A new rugged, high-performance and high-capacity solid-state SATA storage 3U VPX card includes a NIST certified 256-bit AES data encryption capability. The VPX3-FSM flash storage module from Curtiss-Wright Controls Embedded Computing is rated at 160 Mbyte/s memory read/writes when configured as RAID0, and 75 Mbyte/s per port in a JBOD configuration. The conduction-cooled VPX3-FSM speeds and simplifies the addition of high-reliability encrypted mass storage to VPX-based embedded systems in deployed applications.

The VPX3-FSM provides 256 Gbytes of high-reliability SLC NAND flash storage in a 3U VPX (VITA 46) or VPX-REDI (VITA 48.2) form factor with a 1.0” pitch. The onboard flash memory is arranged as four 64 Gbyte banks, and can be configured to appear to the host single board computer (SBC) as four separate SATA drives or as a single SATA drive with hardware RAID0 support. The card’s flash components have an MTBF rating of 2M hours, and the memory cells are rated for over 100,000 write cycles. Industry standard wear leveling and bad-block management is provided. The VPX3-FSM’s onboard microcontroller monitors temperature, power, and error conditions and provides BIT status to the host SBC over either RS-232 or the I2C bus. Three LEDs are also provided for external indication of power, encryption enabled and fault condition. With a wide range of ruggedization configurations available, the VPX3-FSM will be supported with Curtiss-Wright Controls Conduction-Cooled Levels 100, 200 and 300.

The VPX3-FSM’s microcontroller also performs 256-bit AES encryption key management functions and supports five modes of key management. The encryption key can be generated internally or externally and is storable, on-board if desired, in battery-backed SRAM or EEPROM. An AES key fast erase feature can be used to declassify the unit. Fast erase can be initiated by an authorized user via the I2C bus, by a backplane discrete, and/or via a front-panel push button. Declassification typically takes less than 500 nS as only the 256-bit AES key needs to be purged to secure 256 Gbytes of data, compared to the many hours that typical solid-state purge algorithms can require to complete. Volume pricing starts at $12,000.

Curtiss-Wright Controls Embedded Computing, Leesburg, VA. (613) 254-5112. [www.cwcembedded.com].

Ultra Accurate Instrument for Correlation of Temperature and Voltage Measurements

A highly accurate, multipurpose single instrument solution for measuring any combination of RTD, thermocouple and voltage ranges from 300µV to 400V allows the user to simultaneously correlate temperature and voltage measurements. The MeasurPoint from Data Translation addresses a broad array of applications including Li-ion and fuel cell battery measurement, hybrid electric vehicle battery performance, thermal battery management and portable equipment measurement.

MeasurPoint incorporates proprietary ISO-Channel technology that makes measurements almost indestructible and eliminates any common mode noise and ground loop problems under all environmental conditions. In addition, up to forty-eight configurable input channels in groupings of eight voltage, thermocouple and RTD inputs offer ultimate flexibility to the user.

Key features include B,E,J,K,N,R,S and T thermocouple types to 0.0004°C resolution, support for Platinum RTD Types: Pt100 (±0.07°C accuracy), Pt500, Pt1000 (±0.01°C accuracy). The unit has software selectable voltage ranges of ±10V, ±100V, or ±400V on a channel basis, and flexible software configuration on up to 48 input channels. Isolation of 1000V between input channels is guaranteed and there is advanced ±500V isolation to earth ground.

Each MeasurPoint instrument ships with a ready to measure application that allows the user to be up and measuring quickly. The program allows rapid configuration and acquiring of temperature, resistance and voltage channels, displaying, logging, analyzing and exporting data to other formats including Excel. Pricing ranges from $3,195 to $8,695.

Data Translation, Marlboro, MA. (508) 481-3700. [www.datatranslation.com].

Atom-Based ETX 3.0 CPU Module Targets Harsh Environments

An ETX 3.0-compliant computer-on-module (COM) based on Intel’s low-power, high-performance Atom N270 processor is rated for operation over an enhanced, -20° to +70°C temperature. The ETX-N270 from Diamond Systems is aimed at defense, transportation, energy management, industrial automation and medical applications. Within a compact 4.5 x 3.7-inch (114 x 95 mm) footprint, the ETX-N270 integrates a high-performance, low-power 1.6 GHz Intel Atom processor, up to 2 Gbytes of high-speed DDR2 system DRAM, and a complete set of PC- compatible system controllers and interfaces. The module’s high-resolution display controller supports analog and LVDS-interfaced CRTs and LCDs and also provides a TV output option.

The ETX-N270 COM’s extensive set of I/O interfaces also includes one 10/100 Mbit/s Ethernet port, one IDE interface that supports two drives and two SATA interfaces that support one drive each. The board includes four USB 2.0 ports and two serial ports as well as AC’97 audio (mic in, line in/out).

The ETX-N270 is intended to be used as a macrocomponent, plugged into system baseboards containing application-specific circuitry, interface buffering, I/O connectors and other required functions and components. The module’s inclusion of both 32-bit PCI and 16-bit ISA expansion buses on its ETX 3.0-compliant interface maximizes the ease and flexibility of system development. Supported operating systems currently include Windows XP and Linux 2.6, with support for additional OSs and RTOSs (real-time OSs) available on request. Quantity one pricing is $325.

Diamond Systems, Mountain View, CA. (650) 810-2500. [www.diamondsystems.com].

Atom-Based PC/104+ Fanless SBC with Advanced Graphics

An Intel Atom-based PC/104+ single board computer (SBC) is designed for space-limited applications requiring fanless operation, such as portable medical, interactive kiosk, human-machine interface (HMI), infotainment, in-vehicle, gaming and industrial control. The MB-73200 from Win Enterprises offers a choice of two Ultra-Low-Power (ULV) Embedded Intel Atom Z5xx series processors, providing either 1.1 GHz or 1.6 GHz of performance. As Intel embedded processors, these components enable long life for OEM products. Support for both PC/104+ and PC/104 enables additional wired and wireless I/O, or other feature expansion. An optional high-definition audio card is available. Two serial ports, four USB 2.0 ports are featured. The device provides two SATA II interfaces and one CompactFlash type I/II socket. Two Gbytes of memory are provided as well.

The Intel System Controller Hub US15W supports 2D, 3D and advanced 3D graphics, high-definition video decode and image processing. The chipset also enables support for Single Channel 24-bit LCD/LVDS. Dual simultaneous displays can be supported by MB-73200. CRT resolution of up to 2048 x 1536 is provided.

The MB-73200 provides support for Windows XP Professional, Windows XP Professional Embedded, Windows XP Embedded; plus the following Linux versions: Red Hat Embedded, Wind River Real-Time Embedded and Ubuntu Linux 9.04 (using Mobile Graphics Driver, no 3D support). OEM pricing begins at $242 and includes CPU; memory and storage are extra.

WIN Enterprises, North Andover, MA. (978) 688-2000. [www.win-ent.com].

Rugged 3U VPX SBC for Size-, Weight- and Power-Constrained Applications

Taking advantage of the latest Penryn processor technology from Intel with its 2.26 GHz SP9300 Core2 Duo processor and 25 watts thermal design power (TDP), a new rugged single board computer from GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms responds to the growing requirement for maximum throughput with minimum power dissipation. The VPXcel3 SBC341 3U VPX processor features a 13% higher clock speed and a 20% lower TDP than the SBC340 it supersedes; it also features 50% more on-cache memory and a 50% faster front side bus for even more significant performance gains. For applications that are even more sensitive to power dissipation, the SBC341 is alternatively available with the SL9400 1.86 GHz Core2 Duo processor with a TDP of just 17 watts. As well as being highly attractive to new customers, the SBC341 offers existing SBC340 customers simple, seamless access to a solution that delivers even better performance/watt than its predecessor in demanding applications including sophisticated processing, communications and graphics.

The SBC341 is available in five ruggedization levels, enabling it to provide the most cost-effective solution whether it is deployed in a benign development environment or in a harsh operational environment.

Other key features of the SBC341 include support for up to 8 Gbytes of DDR3 memory (twice as much as the SBC340), allowing multiple demanding applications to be run concurrently. Extensive I/O flexibility allows complex systems to be built, with Gigabit Ethernet, x16 PCI Express for high-speed communication with an external graphics processor (x4 PCI Express and x1 PCI Express also provided), four USB ports, COM1 and COM2 ports and two SATA interfaces.

Supported software environments include Windows XP, XP Embedded, Windows Vista and Linux. GE Fanuc also provides support for VxWorks 6.6 from Wind River Systems. The SBC341 will also feature in GE Fanuc’s MAGIC1 Rugged Display Computer, where it will combine latest generation Core2 Duo processor technology with an advanced NVIDIA G73 GPU to deliver a complete, self-contained solution for demanding video and graphics applications in harsh environments.

GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms, Charlottesville, VA. (800) 368-2738.
[www.gefanuc.comwww.gefanucembedded.com].

Carrier Boards Enable Applications in PCI Express Environment

A new series of high-performance I/O boards is built upon a half-length x8 PCI Express (PCIe) 2.0 carrier board, which also hosts a PMC/XMC module to fulfill a wide range of software radio, data acquisition and beamforming applications. The 7800 series carrier boards from Pentek enable designers to utilize PCI Express, FPGAs and high-speed interfaces in low-cost PCs as well as in blade servers.

In addition to the x8 PCIe interface, the 7800 series features a number of high-speed gigabit serial connectors for inter-board communication. Using protocols such as Xilinx Aurora and Serial Rapid I/O, these interconnections support communication between multiple 7800 series boards completely independent of the backplane. This provides a critical advantage for high-connectivity systems such as radar and beamforming applications, where significant data must be transferred across multiple boards. A built-in fan provides forced-air cooling for dissipating heat developed by high-speed A/Ds, D/As and FPGAs, without requiring an extra slot. In addition, a 4-pin standard disk drive power connector accepts power directly from the PC power supply to augment PCIe slot power. This supports modules with power consumption as high as 50 watts or greater.

The 7800 carrier board includes a x8 PCIe 2.0 interface capable of plugging into a x8 or x16 slot in a PC or a blade server. As a half-length board approximately 6.5 inches long, it fits virtually in any PC. The first two digits of the model number, 78, designate the 7800 carrier board, and the second two digits identify the PMC or XMC module attached to it. At this time Pentek is introducing the following modules:

• 7841 – Dual Multiband Transceiver with FPGA

• 7842 – Multichannel Transceiver with Virtex-4 FPGAs

• 7850 – Quad 200 MHz, 16-bit A/D with Virtex-5 FPGAs

• 7851 – 256-Channel DDC with four 200 MHz, 16-bit A/Ds

• 7852 – 32-Channel DDC with four 200 MHz, 16-bit A/Ds

• 7856 – Dual 400 MHz A/Ds, 800 MHz D/As with Virtex-5 FPGAs

• 7890 – Multifrequency Clock Synthesizer

The family of 7800 products is sold as complete PCIe subsystems with all necessary software and documentation. This includes the GateFlow FPGA design kits and ReadyFlow board support libraries. The 7800 product line supports Linux and Windows operating system environments. Pricing starts at $9,995.

Pentek, Upper Saddle River, NJ.
(201) 818-5904.
[www.pentek.com].

TCA Management Controller Solution Incorporates In-Shelf LAN Attachment

Board management reference (BMR) starter kit updates announced by Pigeon Point Systems provide extended TCA management controller solutions, including the first with support for advanced in-shelf network attachment via the Network Controller Sideband Interface (NC-SI) standard. The NC-SI support is implemented in BMR solutions based on the Actel Fusion mixed-signal FPGA. These and corresponding solutions based on Renesas H8S microcontrollers are the first to support R3.0 of PICMG 3.0, the AdvancedTCA specification.

These new solutions boost BMR support for in-shelf network attachment, with the support available on Actel’s Fusion mixed-signal FPGAs. In addition, the solutions comply with the latest revision of the AdvancedTCA specification and are available for both Actel’s Fusion and Renesas H8S core silicon. The new and advanced facilities in the Fusion-based BMR solutions make them even more attractive for new management controller implementations for both existing and new PPS customers.

In-shelf network attachments for management controllers in AdvancedTCA boards allow these high-speed connections to be used for a variety of purposes that improve usability and reduce operational expense, including remote access to on-board serial interfaces and quick management controller firmware updates. Compliance with the third major revision of the AdvancedTCA specification enables features such as intelligent subsidiary field replaceable units (FRUs), and aligns AdvancedTCA products with the requirements for traceability improvements in the new specification revision.

Pigeon Point Systems,
Scotts Valley, CA.
(831) 438-1565.
[www.pigeonpoint.com]

Line of Mini Industrial Servers Features Reduced Installation Depth

A new line of 1U mini-format industrial servers features a 25 percent reduced installation depth. Despite an extremely compact format, KISS 1U Short mini-servers from Kontron offer the latest multicore processor performance, two SATA hard disks with optional RAID functionality and two PCI expansion slots for customer-specific expansion options.

The new small form factor industrial servers have an installation height of 44 mm and are just 350 mm in depth, leaving enough space in the back of the rack for installing cables and dock-on devices. The most important electronic components, such as the embedded motherboard and the RAID controller, are engineered and manufactured by Kontron, ensuring optimized system performance and reliability. The modularity of the KISS 1U Short mini-servers makes the system configurable and scalable according to users’ needs. The ready-to-go configurable servers eliminate the need for many expensive, custom design efforts, which may also be subject to high minimum order quantities, extensive compatibility testing or special certification efforts.

The first mini-server in the KISS 1U Short product family comes with Kontron’s own Mini ITX embedded motherboard Kontron 986LCF-M/mITX and is equipped either with 1.86 GHz Intel Celeron processors or 2.0 GHz or 2.16 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processors. Up to 4 Gbytes of DDR2 SDRAM also contribute to the high system performance. The KISS 1U Short feature 4 x USB 2.0 interfaces on the front and 3 x Gbit Ethernet, 4 x USB 2.0 along with serial and VGA interfaces at the rear. Customer-specific expansions can be carried out via two 32-bit Half-Size PCI expansion slots. Hard disk access via SATA is extremely fast, and due to the shock-resistant internal 3.5” slot it is also extremely secure. Additionally, on the front side, the KISS 1U offers slots for a 3.5” hard disk and a slim DVD drive. The optional Kontron KISS Stor Slim RAID 1 subsystem with two hot-swappable 2.5” hard disks offers additional data security.

The compact systems are designed for continuous operation and are CE certified and designed to meet UL. The Kontron KISS 1U Short industrial servers support Linux and Windows XP.

Kontron, Poway, CA. (888)-294-4558. [www.kontron.com].

Gaming Board with NANO/Eden, Dual VGA, NVRAM, Crypto Memory and More

A new low-power gaming board features integrated functionality. The MB-64000 from Win Enterprises enables a price performance advantage by integrating several features on a single board rather than using a multiple card approach to support different features. The single board design helps reduce system size, enhances reliability and reduces cost.

The board supports XGA resolution dual display with 2D acceleration for gaming applications. A stereo power amplifier enables accentuated sound effects. Various security mechanisms are incorporated to protect intellectual property. The ultra-low-power design provides for greener, more economical operation. The Japan Amusement Machine Manufacturers Association (JAMMA)-compliant pin-out provides for easy upgrade and migration of current gaming machines. The board can be applied across several applications, including multimedia gaming machines, slot/poker machines, amusement machines and slave units for multi-player systems.

The board includes an FPGA and API, which can be used to program direct handling of I/O, thus offloading these tasks from the CPU. This helps eliminate processing interrupts and leads to better system response for the game user. The FPGA also provides intrusion detection, NVRAM and random number generation.

The board features an onboard Via Eden ULV 500 MHz/1 GHz fanless processor or a Via Nano 1.6 GHz processor as well as Via UniChromePro & MPEG-2 acceleration for 2D/multimedia applications and supports dual VGA display. Memory includes one DDRII DIMM at 400/533 MHz with support to 2 Gbytes; NVRAM 32 Kbyte/128 Kbyte/512 Kbyte; and a 256 Mbyte NANDrive up to optional 4 Gbytes. Optional onboard Crypto Memory is available for custom individual security as are customized BIOS and tailor-made FPGA functions.

Windows XPe, CE 6.0 and Linux are supported. Gaming I/O API and sample code for Microsoft Windows CE 6.0 are included. Microsoft Windows XPe or Linux are included upon request. Customized software, BIOS and FPGA functions are available to OEMs as part of ODM projects. Pricing begins at $199.

WIN Enterprises, North Andover, MA. (978) 688-2000. [www.win-ent.com].

Secure Digital Storage Cards Meet Rugged Industrial Conditions

An industrial series of Secure Digital (SD) Flash storage cards is specifically designed, manufactured and tested to withstand extreme environmental conditions. The usage of single level cell (SLC) Flash components in the S-200 Series from Swissbit combined with a 32-bit RISC controller provide many enhanced product features, like built-in error correction (ECC), bad block management, wear leveling algorithms, power loss protection and power saving modes. Critical component control, overall electrical and mechanical robustness, as well as extensive product qualification procedures guarantee high product quality and reliability. In addition, Swissbit offers a diagnostic command set to read out wear level classes and bad block counts, which help customers determine the remaining lifetime of the product in the field or during qualification.

Swissbit’s SD cards are designed specifically to match the needs of the industrial market. The S-200 series of SD cards are robust in nature because of the use of small Land Grid Array (LGA) components and the selection of the materials used to create the housing and printed circuit board. A 100% ultrasonic welded border and extra thick plastic is the chosen material to construct the stable ABS/PC housing that surrounds the SD card’s internal components. Special connector supports also provide high stability against bending and torque. Another characteristic of the S-200 SD cards is the enhanced Electro-Static Discharge (ESD) protection. The use of housing materials with high dielectric strength combined with the greater distance between the card’s border and its components allow for enhanced ESD protection up to 15 kV. In addition, the use of special gold plated connectors versus commonly used flash gold connectors allows for a minimum of 10,000 insertions and resistance to corrosive gases.

As an optional feature, the S-200 series SD cards support internal write protection as well as a read “Lock / Unlock” feature for cards in compliance with the SD Specification 1.01, 1.10 and 2.0. Swissbit SD cards also support SPI Mode. Additionally, in order to protect copyrighted data recorded on SD cards, all cards support the Content Protection for Recordable Media (CPRM) protocol. Swissbit has SD cards available from 256 Mbyte to 8 Gbyte and in Industrial and Extended temperature grades.

Swissbit, Bronschofen, Switzerland,
+41 71 913 03 03. [www.swissbit.com].

CompactPCI Board and Rear Transition Module for RAID Applications

A new CompactPCI processor board features enhanced Serial ATA capabilities on the Rear IO for enhanced storage capacity, faster transmission rates and high data safety. With 4 SATA 3.0 Gbit/s ports and high-performance RAID functions (0, 1, 5, 10), the CP307-RS from Kontron performs as a leading-edge RAID controller for rugged environments.

Based on the Kontron CP307 3U CompactPCI series, the CP307-RS doubles the SATA ports (Kontron CP307 2xSATA) to the backplane. Furthermore, in combination with the Kontron CP-RIO3-RS Rear Transition Module, the new CPU board enables RAID 5 and 10 solutions without additional RAID controller boards. With this combination, the Kontron CP307-RS feeds the growing demand for increased disk space, storage bandwidth and data integrity based on the robust and reliable CompactPCI technology. Applications such as video surveillance, image processing and media servers in the transportation, aerospace, governmental and industrial automation markets profit from the enhanced storage capabilities. Adding to this, the CP307-RS helps to overcome the storage space limitations for extremely rugged Solid-State-Drive-based designs.

The Kontron CP307-RS is available with Intel Core Duo or Intel Core 2 Duo processors. Integrated with the Intel Mobile 945GM Express chipset and Intel ICH7-R Southbridge, the CP307-RS achieves excellent performance-per-watt values in a 3U form factor. The high-performance version of the CP307-RS features the Intel Core 2 Duo 1.5 GHz low-voltage (L7400) processor; 667 MHz front side bus, up to 4 Gbytes of DDR2-SDRAM with 10.6 Gbit/s memory bandwidth. All Kontron CP307 CPU boards provide extensive communications interfaces including 2 x Gbit Ethernet. The graphics accelerator integrated into the Mobile Intel 945GM Express ensures 2-D, 3-D and video features for the VGA output. The robust CompactPCI board design allows the Kontron CP307-RS to be used even under harsh environmental conditions. The CP307-RS CompactPCI 3U processor board runs with Windows XP, XP Embedded, Linux and VxWorks software packages.

Kontron, Poway, CA. (888)-294-4558. [www.kontron.com].

6U cPCI Processor Blade with Optional Extended Temp and Conduction Cooling

A series of 6U CompactPCI blades features the 45 nm Intel Core2 Duo processor T9400 with a 2.53 GHz core speed, 6 Mbyte L2 cache, 1066 MHz FSB, and a 40W typical total power consumption. The cPCI-6880 from Adlink Technology utilizes the latest Mobile Intel GM45 Graphics Memory Controller Hub, supporting dual-channel DDR2-800 SDRAM on one SO-DIMM socket and an optional 4 Gbytes of soldered onboard memory for a maximum of 8 Gbytes.

By balancing computing performance and power consumption in a CompactPCI blade for the embedded market, the cPCI-6880 is targeted for transportation, military and mission-critical applications thanks to its soldered memory and optional extended operating temperature range of -20° to +70°C. To meet the needs of applications in harsh environments with extreme thermal range, vibration, shock or other stresses, a rugged conduction-cooled version, the CT-60, with the same electronic design as the cPCI-6880 will be available in Q4 of 2009.

With the Intel 45 nm Core2 Duo processor, GM45 Express Chipset and integrated Mobile Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 4500MHD, the cPCI-6880 provides graphics efficiency along with computing performance as well as a 40% improvement on the 3DMark06 score over the previous generation GME965. A DVI-I interface is provided on the front panel and VGA is routed to the Rear Transition Module (RTM). The cPCI-6880 can be operated in a system slot as master or in a peripheral slot (universal mode) to meet compute-density needs.

The cPCI-6880 Series accommodates a 2.5” Serial ATA hard drive directly mounted on the SBC and RTM, an optional CompactFlash slot and built-in 4 GB USB NAND flash for additional storage options. Available I/O includes four GbE ports (two on the front panel, two for rear I/O or PICMG 2.16), three USB 2.0 ports and one RJ-45 serial port. For I/O expansion, the cPCI-6880 Series offers one PCI-X 64-bit/66 MHz PMC site and user-defined I/O signals to the rear I/O. Available RTMs additionally provide three SATA ports, five USB 2.0 ports, two RS-232 serial ports, two GbE ports, PS/2 keyboard/mouse port, Mic-in and Line-out ports and 68-pin Ultra 320 SCSI interface with hardware RAID 1 capability.

The cPCI-6880 Series is validated for use with Microsoft Windows XP Professional and x64 Edition, Windows Vista x64 Edition, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.1 and Vxworks 6.6. The cPCI-6880 is available at a list price of $2,299.

ADLINK Technology, San Jose, CA. (408) 360-0200. [www.adlinktech.com]

Atom-Based COM Express Module Features Video, 2 LAN and 2 Gbyte Memory

An Intel Atom-based COM Express module from Win Enterprises is designed for handheld, mobile and remote applications that require low power with high performance, such as medical, industrial, kiosk and point-of-service devices. A choice of ULV Intel Atom onboard processors provides 1.1 GHz or 1.6 GHz of performance for the new MB-62020. The hardware-based video decode acceleration offloads the decode burden from the Atom processor for better throughput at reduced power consumption. Full hardware acceleration of H.264, MPEG2, MPEG4, VC1 and WMV9 is supported.

The new PICMG COM Express R1.0-compliant module features the embedded Intel Atom processor Z5xx series with the Intel System Controller Hub US15W. It offers flexible PCI Express and PCI Expansion. One DDR2 SO-DIMM socket supports up to 2 Gbyte memory at 533/400 MHz. The module supports dual 10/100 Mbit/s PCI bus Ethernet along with one Gigabit Ethernet and one Fast Ethernet. Standard COM Express I/O features including USB, SATA, ATA, GPIO, HDA are supported as is a CRT, 18/24-bit interface

The MB-62020 supports Windows operating systems including XP/Pro SP2, XP Embedded SP2 and Embedded CE 6.0. Supported Linux versions include: Red Hat Embedded Linux, Wind River Linux, Ubuntu 9.04 Mobile and Ubuntu 9.04 Desktop. Prices begin at $248 in OEM quantities. This price includes CPU; memory and storage are extra. A companion evaluation baseboard, the MB-73220, begins at $152 in OEM quantities.

WIN Enterprises, North Andover, MA. (978) 688-2000. [www.win-ent.com]

SBC Supports Twin AMD 6-Core Processors

A PICMG 1.3-style single board computer (SBC) supports twin, AMD Socket F multicore processors, including the AMD Opteron six-core processors. The MB-80020 from Win Enterprises also features the AMD RS5690 chipset, FireWire, LSI chip and PCI-X. The new device supports 32- and 64-bit data-intensive computing that enables OEMs to easy upgrade within their high-performance product lines. The MB-80020 supports up to 20 lanes of PCI Express providing unsurpassed throughput for high-performance boards.

An MXM-II connector supports an ATI Radeon e2400 mobile MXM-II Graphics Card that enables graphic support for applications such as medical imaging, scientific computing, oil and gas, surveillance and more. Optional cards are available to provide HD Audio output and Firewire support.

Features include AMD Opteron Multicore processor support (Socket F)—dual, quad and six-core, the AMD SR5690 / SP5100 Chipset and 4 Gbyte memory. Temperature, fan speed and voltage are monitored and a Watchdog Timer generates software selectable timeouts and system resets. The SBC provides dual 10/100/1000 Ethernet LAN ports with dedicated PCI Express and a HyperTransport Link supports a stackable IP-90330 CPU module with second processor and additional memory. One dual RS-232 serial port and four USB 2.0 port headers are provided along with onboard DVI-I and LVDS ports that pass dual-head video signals from optional graphics card. In addition six SATA-II Ports with RAID 0/1 support are available from SP5100 Southbridge. Software support includes Windows XP, Windows Server 2003 and Linux versions where kernel support is available (still under test).

WIN Enterprises, North Andover, MA. (978) 688-2000. [www.win-ent.com].

16-bit MCU Family Combines eXtreme Low Power 20 nA Sleep Currents

Today’s portable products need to operate longer with less power and more functionality. To meet that demand, Microchip Technology has introduced its low-cost, low pin count PIC24F04KA201 family of 16-bit microcontrollers—the latest to feature nanoWatt XLP extreme low-power technology. Starting at less than $.99 each in high volumes, the PIC24F04KA family makes it even more cost-effective to take advantage of low sleep-current consumption microcontrollers, with typical sleep currents as low as 20 nA. This low power and lower cost, combined with small-footprint 14- and 20-pin package options, make the PIC24F04KA201 MCU family suitable for battery-powered applications, energy-harvesting applications and other power-constrained applications that are also cost and space constrained.

The new PIC XLP microcontrollers contain features that are suited for applications such as remote sensors powered by energy harvesting or sealed-battery applications, enabling them to run for up to 20 years from a single battery. Additionally, the lower price and smaller footprint of these new devices make them even easier to integrate into space-constrained products where low power and low cost are of primary concern.

The key to the PIC24F04KA201 MCUs’ 20 nA sleep currents is Deep Sleep mode. By isolating power to various circuits during sleep, Deep Sleep mode reduces power consumption to a minimum. Additionally, Deep Sleep gives designers the flexibility to customize their applications for the lowest power consumption through multiple internal wake-up sources, such as Brown-Out Resets, interrupts and Watch-dog Timers, all while maintaining the I/O states.

In addition, the PIC24F04KA201 MCU family has high C-code efficiency and computational horsepower, which makes it well suited for applications requiring advanced algorithms. Other key features include up to 16 MIPS operation using a 32 MHz internal clock, 4 Kbytes flash and 512 bytes SRAM, and a 10-bit, up to 9 channel, 500 ksps Analog-to-Digital Converter. Both PIC24F04KA201 16-bit family members are available now for general sampling and volume production, with prices starting at less than $.99 each in high volume.

Microchip Technology, Chandler, AZ. (480) 792-7200. [www.microchip.com].

Integrated Industrial PC Line Based on Intel Atom

A family of industrial PCs based on the Intel Atom series of low-power x86 processors offers three basic versions with a host of options among each of them. The Microspace PC Systems from Advanced Digital Logic are integrated in ruggedized chassis with one model, the MPCX27MIL, rated at 16/150G as well as MIL810. The MPCX27MIL incorporates a sealed chassis against water and uses MIL waterproof cable connectors. 1 Gbyte of memory and a 32 Gbyte SSD-drive are standard. That Atom 510 processor runs at 1.1 GHz and the system typically consumes 15 watts. All three systems also incorporate the Intel US15W mobile chipset.

The MPCX27R/RL likewise incorporates a sealed case but uses N/M12 waterproof cable connectors. The RL version has a 3.5-inch touch screen and a GPS option lets it be used for navigation and communication applications. Additional options include GSM and WLAN with watertight antenna connections. Vibration and shock ratings including the SSD-drive and optional GSM are 16/150G. Additional integration options are available with a PCI/104-Express card.

The MPCX28 series of fanless computer systems is based on a 1.6 GHz Atom processor and has drivers and connectors for enhanced graphics. Graphics also includes DirectX 9 3-D support, and stereo audio input and output are provided. The system offers external connections for VGA and for DVI-I. The unit also has on the front panel a removable SATA hard disk, which may be replaced with an optional flash disk. In addition it has an external Compact Flash socket, two USB ports and a SIM socket. Using M12 connectors, the MPCX28R is geared for railway applications and can also be ordered with isolated DC inputs. It also incorporates a 0.001 to 6G three-axis acceleration sensor. In addition to the 10/100 Mbit/s LAN connections on the other two systems, the MPCX28 series also offers 1 Gbit/s Base-T Ethernet.

All three systems support remote power on/off and can accommodate customer-specific functions such as wake on ring, event wake up or a wake on LAN, which can be realized using the built-in FPGA and a microcontroller. Supported operating systems include Windows 2000, Windows XP and Linux.

Advanced Digital Logic, San Diego, CA.
(858) 490-0597.
[www.adl-sua.com].