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Extended temperature ETX 3.0 COM

11 November 2009 Computer/Embedded Technology

Diamond Systems has launched a series of ETX 3.0 compliant computer-on-module (COM) products based on Intel’s LV and ULV Core 2 Duo and Core Duo processors. The modules operate over an extended temperature range of -40°C to +85°C, making them suitable for performance- and reliability-critical applications, including aerospace, defence, transportation, energy management and industrial automation.

To simplify the migration of PC/104-Plus stacks to these high-performance Intel processors, the ETX-945 is available as a pre-integrated ‘Pluto’ module with a PC/104-Plus expansion interface. The highly compact (114 x 95 mm) board is built around Intel’s 945GME and ICH7M chipset, and provides an onboard SODIMM socket for up to 2 GB of high-speed DDR2 system DRAM.

The ETX-945’s high-resolution display controller works with analog and LVDS-interfaced CRTs and LCDs at resolutions up to 2048 x 1536 pixels, and supports dual independent displays. Other onboard I/O interfaces include one 10/100 Mbps Ethernet port, two SATA interfaces (support one drive each), one IDE interface (supports two drives), four USB 2.0 ports, two serial ports, PS/2 keyboard/mouse support (USB keyboard/mouse also supported), parallel port and floppy controller (shared interface) and AC’97 audio (mic in, line in/out). Five ETX-945 models are offered, each with a different soldered-on Intel processor, ranging in speed from 1,06 GHz to 1,66 GHz.

The ETX-945 is used as a macrocomponent, plugged into system baseboards containing application-specific circuitry, interface buffering, I/O connectors and other required functions and components. The module’s inclusion of both 32-bit PCI and 16-bit ISA expansion buses on its ETX 3.0-compliant interface maximises the ease and flexibility of system development. Supported operating systems currently include Windows XP and Linux 2.6, with support for additional OSs and RTOSs available on request.



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