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May 2011

COM Express Module Boasts Rugged RS-DMM Memory Module

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A new COM Express module boasts one of the first implementations of the rugged RS-DMM memory specification. The Toucan-QM57 from Lippert Embedded Computers is a COM Express revision 2.0 Type 2 module with an Intel Core i7 processor. The module is specifically built for applications exposed to rugged environments and hence the integration of the highly rugged RS-DIMM memory module. The memory module is fastened by screws. The raw computation performance of the processor and DDR3 RAM lends itself to image processing, video encoding, communications and other demanding tasks.

The COM Express module offers 4 Gbyte of soldered RAM and another 4 Gbyte of RAM by way of RS-DIMM card, which optimizes board space and ruggedness. The module also supports interfaces including dual channel LVDS, 2 DisplayPorts, Gigabit LAN and eight USB 2.0 host ports. In addition, there are four SATA ports with RAID support and one PATA interface plus six x1 PCI Express lanes and one x16 lane.

With 1.06 GHz dual-core Core i7-620UE processor, the module operates over -40° to +85°C. The 2.53 GHz dual-core Core i7-610E processor model is rated to +60°C for avionics, transportation, marine, imaging, communications and some automation applications.

For these applications, additional embedded features add to rugged reliability. Lippert’s Enhanced Management Technology (LEMT) provides condition monitoring and supervision capabilities with an API for popular operating systems. In addition, there is a flag for the reason for a system restart (normal shutdown, watchdog, power loss, system crash), 1024 bytes of Flash memory for system manufacturers’ use, 128 bit encryption key, board and the ability to store the lowest, highest and current environmental temperatures. Finally, the input power current draw is measured and stored, allowing the OEM’s software to monitor its own health by calculating the module power consumption under various operating conditions.

LiPPERT Embedded Computers, Mannheim, Germany. +49 621 4 32 14-0. [www.lippertembedded.com].