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Ruggedized Atom-Based COM Express Module

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A low-power, long-lifecycle computer-on-module (COM) is based on the cost-effective, ultra-low-power Intel Atom N270. The Ampro by Adlink Express-ATR is specifically designed from the top down using the Ampro by Adlink Extreme Rugged design methodology for applications that require MIL-STD-202F shock and vibration compliance and an extended -40° to +85°C operating temperature range.

The Express-ATR is a 95 x 95 mm low-power consumption COM that features the Intel Atom processor and embedded 945GSE Express chipset to provide a low-power, low-cost alternative for applications that require only single core performance levels. The Intel Atom processor N270 features a thermal design power of just 2.5 watts at peak levels while supporting Intel SpeedStep Technology. Although much smaller in size, Intel Atom processors share the same architecture as Intel Core2 Duo processors. Atom processors support Hyper-Threading Technology, which allows more than one code thread to be executed at the same time on a single core.

The Express-ATR is an entry-level COM Express module for systems that require ruggedness and a full set of graphics features. The module supports an extended operating temperature range of -40° to +85°C and comes with integrated support for a high-resolution CRT, single/dual channel LVDS and TV-Out (SDTV and HDTV). In addition to the onboard-integrated graphics, the chipset’s SDVO bus can connect to DVI, TMDS, or additional LVDS or TV-Out device controllers on a custom designed carrier board. The graphics support is well-suited for in-vehicle systems, lab equipment, test and measurement applications, video preprocessing and industrial control.

The Express-ATR supports up to 2 Gbytes of DDR2 533 MHz memory on a single SODIMM socket. The Mobile Intel 945GSE Express chipset integrates an Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950 that provides CRT, single/dual channel LVDS and TV-Out (SDTV and HDTV). The board also allows connection of up to three additional PCI Express x1 devices on the Intel I/O Controller Hub, ICH7M Southbridge. List price is $325.

ADLINK Technology, San Jose, CA. (408) 360-0200.  [www.adlinktech.com].