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Single board computer consumes only 5W

Posted: 18 Jun 2009 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:single board computer? processor? interface? embedded?

CoreModule 730 SBC

Adlink Technology Inc. is offering the CoreModule 730 embedded processor, based on the ultralow power Intel Atom Z510 and Z530 processors at 1.1GHz and 1.6GHz, respectively, which sets a new efficiency standard for tiny rugged computers by using the new SUMIT expansion interface.

The device reinvents stackable and mezzanine architectures by packing an enormous amount of data bandwidth and easy connectivityincluding multiple PCIe lanes, USB 2.0 interfaces, LPC bus, I?C bus, and SPI businto a fraction of the space previously occupied by only the 33MHz parallel PCI-104 bus.

With PCIe, Gigabit Ethernet, USB 2.0 ports, and a CompactFlash socket, the CoreModule 730 features the lowest power Intel chipset available, the US15W, to complement the Intel Atom processor for a total power consumption of only 5W. Conductive cooling solutions are also easy to implement for small sealed boxes with no internal air flow. The release of the CoreModule 730 means that system OEMs in military, avionics, transportation, data logging, portable computing and other rugged markets can add Intel Architecture controller to their systems without a custom carrier board design.

"While many board manufacturers require their system OEM customers to design custom carriers or use two-board solutions in order to take advantage of their Atom-based computer-on-module (COM) products, ADLINK offers CoreModule 730 as a true single-board solution, ready to run with simple cables," said Colin McCracken, product director for Adlink's embedded computer division. "By departing from space-inefficient pin-in-socket expansion with parallel buses, CoreModule 730 will bring stackable SBCs (single board computers) into new application areas. Even after the merger, Adlink continues to build upon Ampro's reputation and tradition of pioneering modular small form factor technologies for high-reliability and long lifecycle embedded markets."

The CoreModule 730 is the first SUMIT-ISM product on the market. SUMIT is the new standard expansion interface from the Small Form Factor Special Interest Group. The CoreModule 730 offers a choice of 1.1GHz and 1.6GHz Atom processors, US15W chipset, DDR2 533 SODIMM RAM up to 2Gbyte, Gigabit Ethernet, four USB 2.0 ports, IDE interface, CompactFlash socket, eight GPIOs, and integrated graphics engine with H.264 decode acceleration, analog VGA output and 18bit /24bit LVDS interface for LCD displays.

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