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COM Express module handles high-end data apps

Posted: 07 Jan 2010 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:computer-on-module? processor? graphic controller?

Express-MV COM Express module

Adlink Technology Inc. unveils the Express-MV computer-on-module, a COM Express type 2 module that supports the Intel Core2 Duo and Celeron M processors. Based on the Intel GS45 Express Graphic Controller Hub SFF (small form factor) and the Intel I/O Controller Hub ICH9M-SFF, the Express-MV claims outstanding graphics performance and is specifically designed for high-end data and media-processing applications.

Equipped with the 45nm Intel Core2 Duo processor, the Express-MV is available with a clock speed of up to 2.26GHz. Combined with up to 8Gbyte of DDR3 dual-channel memory at 800/1,067MHz, the Express-MV provides higher data-transfer speed at 30 percent less power consumption compared with DDR2 memory. The Express-MV is designed for embedded applications with high demands on data-processing and high-end graphics performance. Its target application areas are medical diagnostic equipment and medical imaging, digital signage, infotainment, industrial automation, gaming, video preprocessing, point-of-sale and kiosks.

The Express-MV integrates the Mobile Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 4500MHD, which supports Microsoft Direct X10, Shader Model 4.0 and OpenGL 2.0. The Intel GMA 4500MHD provides high-level features such as hardware decoding for MPEG2 and Intel Clear Video Technology. The Express-MV also supports Intel Dynamic Video Memory Technology 5.0.

"In accordance with higher data transfer and performance-per-watt needs, the Express-MV combines the 45nm Intel Core2 Duo CPU, GS45 chipset and DDR3 memory in one module. It is a comprehensive package that perfectly fits the needs of customers who are seeking an advanced graphics performance and energy-saving, low power consumption solution in small form factor," explains Henk van Bremen, product director for the embedded division at Adlink. "With reduced power consumption and the latest integrated graphics controller, customers can access high-performance graphics and space-saving features with modest investment, which is also backed by Intel's seven year production lifetime support," Bremen adds.

The Express-MV combines the Intel Core2 Duo processor with Intel's GS45 Express Chipset. The chipset consists of the GS45/ICH9M-SFF North- and Southbridge and supports up to 8GByte of dual-channel DDR3 800/1,067MHz memory on two stacked SODIMM sockets. The Intel GS45 Express chipset integrates a Mobile Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 4500MHD that provides CRT, single/dual channel 18/24bit LVDS and TV-out (SDTV and HDTV).

Aside from the onboard integrated graphics, a PCIe Graphics x16 (PEG x16) bus for SDVO/HDMI/DisplayPort or general purpose x8, x4 or x1 PCIe devices are also supported. Up to six additional PCIe x1 lanes are also available from the Southbridge.

The Express-MV also features a single onboard GbE port and four SATA/300 ports. Legacy support is provided for a single IDE channel, 32bit PCI, LPC, SMBus and I2C. The module is equipped with an AMIBIOS8 supporting embedded features such as remote console, CMOS backup, CPU and system monitoring, and watchdog timer.

Adlink currently chairs the PICMG COM Express Carrier Design Guide subcommittee. The recently released COM Express Carrier Design Guide aims to increase the use of COM Express modules by defining a set of carrier design guidelines that enable interoperability and increase compatibility between COM Express modules from various vendors.

Adlink's complete COM product family includes ETX modules for PCI/ISA oriented designs and COM Express modules for PCIe/PCI designs with optional legacy support through LPC. To evaluate or test our modules, prototype boards in ATX form factor are available.

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