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COM Solution Uses Latest Atom Embedded Processor Family
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A new COM Express board is based on the new Intel Atom E6xxx Series processors, formerly code named Tunnel Creek. The E6xx series is the first Intel Atom processor-based system-on-a-chip (SoC) for embedded applications. The highly integrated SoC uses PCI Express (PCIe) as the chipset interface, which means the processor can pair up with any PCIe-compliant device such as a proprietary ASIC, FPGA or application-specific I/O hubs. A combination of this SoC with the Intel Platform Controller Hub EG20T is called the Queensbay platform by Intel.
Built in the small COM Express Compact form factor of 95 x 95 mm, the Toucan-TC embedded PC module from Lippert Embedded Computers takes advantage of the Queensbay platform and features the Intel Atom E6xx in versions ranging from 0.6 GHz to 1.6 GHz and up to 2 Gbyte of soldered DDR2 memory. The Toucan-TC also offers both SDVO and LVDS graphics interfaces, 3 SATA ports, one PATA port and five PCIe x1 ports. Additional interfaces include seven USB 2.0 ports including a client port, a Gigabit Ethernet port with PHY, a Micro-SD Card Slot, a CAN bus and four UART ports on mechanically lockable option connectors.
In addition to the COM Express features, the Toucan-TC offers a Fail-Safe BIOS function, an optional solid-state drive (up to 32 Gbyte), a uSD card slot and comprehensive condition monitoring. The Fail-Safe BIOS functionality allows secure remote BIOS flash upgrade, while the Condition Monitoring (LEMT), available on all new products from LiPPERT, provides numerous additional software functions. LEMT comes with a programming interface in source code. As a special feature of the Toucan-TC, the user can determine in real time the current consumption and thus the power requirements for different operating states of the CPU. The Toucan-TC is also optionally available in the extended temperature range of -40°C to 85°C. Cooling is supported with a suitable heat spreader. All memory is soldered to the board, in order to achieve high levels of shock and vibration resistance.
LiPPERT Embedded Computers, Mannheim, Germany. +49 621 4 32 14-0. [www.lippertembedded.com].