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New CompactPCI boards are conduction cooled

Posted: 29 Sep 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:D601? SBC? MEN Micro? Intel Pentium M? processor?

The new D601 single board computer (SBC) from MEN Micro Inc. feature Intel Pentium M processors and conduction cooling for fanless operation. This device can be used in extended temp applications in military, aerospace and industrial control applications.

Fitted with either a 1.4GHz LV (Low Voltage Pentium M) or a 1GHz ULV (Ultra-Low Voltage Celeron microprocessor, a conduction cooled 6U-sized CompactPCI (cPCI) D601 is capable of operating over the entire extended industrial temperature range of -40C to 85C, without forced-air cooling. Alternatively, a D601 can also be equipped with Intel processors with speeds up to 2GHz.

On-board memory is high-speed double data rate (DDR2) DRAM. It ensures access rates of up to 2Gbps.

Intel chipset
These SBCs also use Intel's 915GM chipset. It provides high-speed communication for Gigabit Ethernet connectivity and graphics. The chipset also supports two high-throughput serial ATA ports.

The single-slot D601 has a 32bit 33MHz interface to the cPCI bus, but it can also function as a standalone processing unit in bus-less systems.

In addition to the two SATA interfaces, the D601 also has a parallel ATA port. It can be connected to IDE CompactFlash memory, or a hard disk.

To enhance resistance to shock and vibration, there are no socketed components on a D601. All devices and components are soldered directly to the printed circuit board.

The I/O on the rear panel includes VGA graphics, and you can display the same or different images on multiple monitors. The two Gigabit Ethernet interfaces use the board's PCI Express lanes. you also get three USB 2.0 ports.

Several watchdog monitors are available for observing the performance of a D601's processor, board temperature, or other performance metrics. The D601 is supported by packages for Windows, Linux, Wind River VxWorks and QNX operating systems.

Pricing starts at $5994 for single units.

- Alex Mendelsohn

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