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ETX Module with Dual-Core Atom for Upgrade Path and Longer Life of ETX Systems

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Based on the latest dual-core 32nm process Intel Atom Processor and NM10 Express Chipset, a new ETX module from Adlink aims to further support its ETX customer base with continuing product development. The ETX-CV is targeted at replacing current entry-level and older high-performance ETX modules (up to Intel Core Duo Processor L2400). Power consumption ranges between 6 and 12 watts and is much lower than that of previous-generation products.

The ETX-CV is positioned as an entry-level ETX module for generic systems but is also aimed at systems that require a full set of graphics features. The module comes with integrated support for high VGA up to 1920 x 1200 resolution (WUXGA), single/dual channel 18/24-bit LVDS and onboard DisplayPort connector. The ETX-CV conforms to the latest ETX 3.02 specification and provides two additional onboard SATA connectors while maintaining full backward compatibility with earlier ETX standards. Operating system support includes Windows XP, Windows XP Embedded, Windows 7, WinCE and Linux. Primary focus is for applications in medical diagnostics and imaging, gaming, industrial automation, test and measurement, point-of-sale (POS) and industrial control.

The dual-core Atom Processor N2000 and D2000 Series on the ETX-CV replace the previous generation Atom processors N4xx/N5xx. Although much smaller in size, Atom processors share the same architecture as Intel Core2 Duo processors and additionally support Hyper Threading Technology, allowing more than one code thread to be executed at the same time on a single core. The ETX-CV’s thermal design and powerful CPU core allow it to provide the same or even better performance than earlier generation modules at more modest power consumption.

The ETX-CV supports up to 4 Gbytes of DDR3 memory on a single SODIMM, incorporates an Intel-based 10/100BASE-T Ethernet port, and provides dual channel IDE, two channels SATA, four USB 2.0 ports, two serial ports, one parallel port shared with floppy, one PS/2 keyboard/mouse interface, and HD audio. The module fully supports PCI and legacy ISA based on high-speed PCI/ISA bridge and is equipped with an AMI Aptio BIOS supporting embedded features such as: Remote Console, CMOS backup for battery-less operation, CPU and System Monitoring, and Watchdog Timer.

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