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SBCs pack Freescale multicore processors

Posted: 05 Jul 2010 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:COM Express SBC? single-board computer? multicore processor?


Emerson Network Power rolls out modular single-board computers (SBCs) based on the COM Express small form factor powered by Freescale Semiconductor's multicore QorIQ processors.

The COMX-P2020 and COMX-P4080 bring Freescale QorIQ P2020 and P4080 multicore processors onto modules that incorporate the mechanical features and dimensions of COM Express.

According to Emerson, its COMX-P2020 and COMX-4080 computer modules are designed to accelerate deployment across diverse markets by eliminating the chip-level design effort, simplifying the OEM design cycle while reducing the customer's hardware design time and cost.

Typical application examples for the COMX-P2020 include programmable automation controllers, security gateways, civil aeronautics and renewable energy; while the more powerful COMX-4080 can be used in storage servers, enterprise routers, enterprise VPN gateways and railway signaling/control equipment.

The COMX-P2020 features two processor cores operating at 1.2GHz, while the COMX-P4080 has eight cores operating at 1.5GHz. They offer compact footprints95mm x 95mm for the COMX-P2020 and 95mm x 125mm for the COMX-P4080and energy-efficient power usage. A typical use case with the COMX-P2020 requires only 12 W.

The modules can support a wide variety of interconnect options and contain special interfaces for maximum design flexibility, including local bus, multiple I?C buses, DUARTs with flow-control, and IEEE 1588 clock signaling.

Emerson Network Power COMX-P2020 and COMX-P4080 modules will support a wide variety of embedded OS including packages from Green Hills Software, Lynuxworks, Mentor Graphics, QNX and Wind River. Development kits, including memory, heat sink and carrier board are available through Freescale (Freescale part numbers P2020COME-DS-PB and P4080COME-DS-PB).

- Ismini Scouras

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