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Module integrates Core 2 Duo, high-end graphics

Posted: 16 Jun 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:COM Express module? Core 2 Duo? graphics controller?


Adlink Technology Inc. rolls out the Express-MC800, the latest and highest performing member of its COM family. The Express-MC800's design, measuring just 125mm x 95mm, is fully COM Express Type 2 compatible. COM Express modules are highly integrated off-the-shelf building blocks based on PCIe bus architecture that plug into custom-made, application-specific carrier boards.

The Express-MC800 is positioned as price performance leader in the area of extreme (graphics) performance. Key application areas will be medical diagnostic equipment and medical imaging, gaming, industrial automation, test and measurement, video preprocessing and industrial control. The Express-MC800 will be the first COM Express module that provides a general purpose PCIe x8 lane multiplexed with its PCIe Graphics (PEG) lanes. This makes the module well suited for applications in data communication, video acquisition and storage where a growing number of PCIe x8 and x4 I/O devices are entering the embedded market.

Reduced system cost
The Express-MC800's integrated Mobile Intel Graphics Media Accelerator X3100 is the first integrated graphics controller capable of offering high-end features such as hardware Transform and Lighting, programmable shader units (up to 128) and Intel Clear Video Technology.

The module's excellent graphics performance avoids the need for an additional high performance discrete graphics controller. This would allow customers to reduce costs considerably and simultaneously provide a significant reduction of the total power budget of their system. In addition to reducing cost and power consumption, the integrated graphics solution also protects your design investment, as it is covered by Intel's embedded production life support of up to seven years.

The Express-MC800 combines a Core 2 Duo CPU with Intel's Mobile GME965 Express chipset. The chipset consisting of the GME965GME/ICH8M North- and Southbridge, supports up to 4Gbyte, dual channel DDR2 667MHz memory on two stacked SODIMM sockets. The Mobile Intel GME965 Express chipset integrates a Mobile Intel Graphics Media Accelerator X3100 that provides CRT, single/dual channel 24bit LVDS and TV-out (SDTV and HDTV). In addition to the on-board integrated graphics, a PEG x16 slot is available for connection to high end PCIe x16 graphics chipsets or general purpose x8, x4 or x1 PCIe devices. The PEG x16 bus can alternatively be used in SDVO mode to connect to DVI, TMDS or TV-out device controllers. The board allows connection of up to five additional PCIe x1 devices on the ICH8M Southbridge.

Also featured on the module are a single onboard GbE port and three Serial ATA/300 ports. It has legacy support for a single parallel IDE channel, 32bit PCI and LPC. The Express-MC800 comes equipped with an AMIBIOS8 supporting many embedded features such as: remote console, CMOS backup, CPU and system monitoring, and watchdog timer.

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